In 14 days we visited 7.5 states and played 11 shows. Which as you can imagine means we spent a lot of time in the van.
Our tour started in San Francisco at Bottom of The Hill, the next day we were in Portland at Branx followed by shows in Seattle, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming & Nebraska. We didn’t have any shows in Iowa, but when we were in Omaha, Nebraska we were so close that we decided we had to cross the border. (You know… so we could say we’d been there!)
In life… sleep is mandatory… while on tour… sleeping is a luxury!!! (So are showers, clean toilets, home cooked meals!) So needless to say… we spent a lot of time in the van!!! Thus sleeping became a very creative endeavor. Very quickly one learns to sleep sitting up, curled up, on a bench on the floor and in some random persons house!
The none glamorous side of touring is all the time spend not on stage! Ask a musician about his tour and he’ll say he’s craving sleep, a shower and a full night sleep not in the van! Ask them if they’re having fun… and they’ll surely say “HELL YEAH!”
So what do you think? I’d love your feedback!
I love getting photos of drummers… but sitting in the dark 10 feet behind the lead singer makes getting a good shot really hard!!!
A couple months ago I purchased a GoPro camera to capture my notes at SF MusicTech. My friends made fun of me for using an HD camera (which is normally used for surfing, skating, mud runs and other extreme sports) on a nerdy note taking project. To my surprise and theirs the video got almost 2000 hits. (VIDEO)
As and experiment I set up my GoPro camera behind Blake Dahlinger from I The Mighty. The hope was to put a spotlight on the man at the back of the stage. I set up the camera, pulled the footage and then sped it up 2000%. I must admit… I’m pretty impressed with the result. However… I’m still deciding if I want to put an I The Mighty song over the squealing high pitched fast forwards sound… hmmm!!!
As I wake up on the floor of a random house in Spokane…
I started thinking to myself how
“rock & roll” this is!!!
Last night we played a show at The Kave in Spokane. We had not scheduled a place to sleep after the Spokane show and before our 8 hour drive to the Seattle show. In truth, we never really knew where we were going to sleep after shows! Most of us simply accepted that we would be sleeping in the frigid car again. However after this show we were graciously invited to stay with the sound guy in his apartment… which was approximately 10 minutes from the venue. To my surprise and pleasure, he not only invited our band (I The Mighty), but A Lot Like Birds as well! This meant the sound guy invited 2 bands on tour, w/ 12 band members to sleep in the living room of his house, which already housed 4 roommates, a girlfriend and a dog! AWESOME!
That night we at frozen pizzas, made huge sandwiches, and I ate the girlfriends left overs. For entertainment… and laughs… the sound guy put Rambo 5 in his DVD player. It was then that I realized this was not the first… nor the last time I was going to have an interesting sleeping experience while on tour with I The Mighty.
So what do you think? I’d love your feedback!
The Kave hosted Ongoing Concept, Doc Holiday, A Lot Like Birds & I The Mighty in Spokane, Washington last night.
Spokane is the 3rd stop on our 7 state tour. We have had the opportunity to meet some really awesome local bands while touring through some really cool cities. It has been exciting to meet new talent, discover new venues, and explore the neighborhoods around the venues.
A few weeks ago a friend put me onto I The Mighty, a Californian progressive/alternative rock band in the same vein as Circa Survive and Saosin. I initially assumed the band must be based out of LA as many other up and coming alternative rock bands are. It was refreshing to find that the four-piece band are in fact San Francisco locals. A hometown show at Bottom Of The Hill last Thursday 1/12 was a perfect live introduction to the band
I The Mighty play with the same emotion and flair as many well-known acts like Chiodos and Scary Kids Scaring Kids. Fans of the genre could probably save a few pennies on a headlining act and see I The Mighty play instead.
Front man Brent Walsh and lead guitarist Ian Pedigo trade off catchy riffs that compliment pitch perfect melodies, blending hooks into choruses and choruses into interludes with great ease. As a guitarist myself, I am always keen to see a band take the audience along for the ride with a simple click of a distortion pedal.
Half way through the set the band launched into their new single. “Cutting Room Floor”, a lyrically intense track produced by Erik Ron (best known for his work with Panic! At The Disco and Versa Emerge) strikes the perfect balance between the bands signature progressive rock sound and a more grasping pop melody.
Does packing for trips stress you out? It stresses me out! I’m always worried I’m going to forget something.
I’m packing my bag for my tour with I The Mighty. I’ve decided to make a list of all the things I brought, and I’ll update you if I forgot anything I really needed! Based on advice from other bands and basic knowledge from previous trip, these are the must have items when going on a 7 state, 14 day road trip:
PACKING LIST: Toiletries (Sunscreen, Chapstick, Deoderant, Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Gum, Ear Cleaner, Shaving Needs, Hair Product, Flat Iron, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Glue Stick… for mustache!) Ties (In order to look classy!) Warm Clothes (Winter Tour… the van is cold!) Work Out Gear (Sitting in a van 12 hours is rough!) Books (You’ll need alone time.) Cooler (You’ll want food other than granola.) Power Cords (You should have a car converter too!) Gift (Stayed with my parents) Promotional Material (You gotta network!) Business Cards (You better have these!!!) Big Bag, Small Bag (You don’t wanna take your big bag in ever venue!) Fresh Food (Fast Food Sucks!) Granola, Nuts, Fruit, Cereal
ADDITIONAL ITEMS: Towel
Pillow Sleeping Bag Baby Wipes Ear Plugs Vitamins Hand Sanitizer Plastic Bags Water
On Thursday January 12th I am going on a 7 state, 14 day tour with SF band “I The Mighty.”
Being that I have never gone on tour with a band… I’m a touch Worried that I might forget something. In order to avoid that happening… I’ve made a list of must have items! I would love your feedback in case I’ve forgotten something!
I intend to blog about my entire trip, return here regularly for updates!