From Chad McDonald:
It’s 6:40 AM. We arrived in Baltimore last night at 10:30 pm after an 18 hour van ride back from Baton Rouge, LA. We drove straight back to Baltimore after the show, which I think is the reason I am now awake at 7 AM on a Saturday. Over night van rides always mess with my sleeping schedule.
The last few shows of the tour were fine. Birmingham, Alabama was one of the better shows of tour for us. A few guys came up to the merch table and said they had seen us play in a garage outside of Birmingham 4 years ago. I vividly remember that show because we kept getting shocked during our set because the garage’s power supply wasn’t properly grounded. It’s odd to think how different that tour 4 yearsago was from this one. Two completely different experiences in the punk touring spectrum - from house shows and art spaces to bar venues and music halls with a well known band.
I wrote this a few years ago in the summer of 2010 after returning from a 41 day tour that was mostly house shows and art spaces:
Tour is fun because of the uncertainty that goes along with it. Not knowing what the show will be like, what kind of people you’ll encounter or where the night will end is a liberating feeling that you don’t often get to experience. You have the slightest bit of control over your daily destiny and it is up to you and your band mates to figure out how you’re going to eat, where you’re going to sleep, who’s going to drive, etc.
If I were to write an end of tour round up right now it would go:
This tour was unlike any of our prior tours. Each day we had a scheduled arrival time, load in, sound check and set time. Uncertainty regarding the shows did not exist. We were never surprised by a broken PA system or a dilapidated punk house or no one showing up or not getting gas money at the end of the night. Everything just seemed to fall in to place, which is very unusual. We entered a new touring reality where punk time does not exist and everyone involved with the show is a professional. Shows start on time and run smoothly and at the end of the night the promoter pays you what you agreed on beforehand. The audience didn’t seem to like us very much, but some people said nice things after our set. We got a lot of blank stares and disinterested faces in the front row each night but eventually your skin thickens and you play harder.