We’ve had this planned for weeks and we couldn’t be more excited to finally be revealing it. Such Gold will be doing an exclusive Road Blog for PropertyOfZack on their first world tour through places like Australia, Japan, UK, and mainland Europe after they finish up their current set of US dates. Nate Derby, guitarist of the band, was kind enough to write up a monstrous and detailed account of their first week on the road for their US run. Check out the first entry below and make sure to be on the lookout for the rest of the updates!
Our world tour kicked off with a bang on Jan 11th - Crime In Stereo invited us to play their final show on Long Island - an invitation we gladly accepted. CIS was an important and influential pop-punk/hardcore band that has been setting a high standard for the genres for years, and it was a great privilege to help send them off with a proper final show. Unfortunately, our journey to the show did not go nearly as planned. After saying our final goodbyes to our loved ones we loaded gear into the trailer and ourselves into the bus for an early morning drive to NYC. The drive went without a hitch from Rochester down through PA, but things took a turn for the worse as we trekked deeper into NJ.
We had to make a stop in Brooklyn to pick up our manager R.J. and financial manager Charlie, forcing us to take the long way through the Lincoln Tunnel, and deep into the heart of Manhattan. We managed to miss the first exit for the tunnel, a mistake which set us back a good 20 minutes; after navigating back to the tunnel we were met with an off ramp bloated with rush-hour traffic - essentially the equivalent of hitting a brick wall. The trip through metropolitan New York seemed to take absolutely forever, causing us to be late to the show by over two hours. Hostage Calm and Capital were forced to play ahead of us, and we arrived just as Capital were finishing their last two songs. We quickly unloaded and set-up our gear, and managed to play our best Long Island show to date. Lateness and frustration aside, we played a great set and were met with a very impressive and surprising response from our fans.
Even after the 11 hour trip from Rochester to Long Island, we forced ourselves back into the bus for an overnight drive to Pittsburgh, PA, to drop off Kyle Tedesco of Broken Rim Records, a friend who accompanied us to the Crime In Stereo show. We were originally scheduled to play a show in Buffalo on January 11th that Kyle booked for us, but we cancelled on him after receiving a confirmation for the Crime In Stereo show. As repayment for dropping the show we took Kyle along with us, so he could see his favorite band one last time.
We dropped Kyle off at the Pittsburgh Greyhound station and made our way to Columbus, OH to play our second show of tour, and first show with tour-mates Rust Belt Lights. We arrived early in Columbus and made a stop just outside of downtown at the home of new friends Josh and Scotty - who invited us over for a home-cooked vegan dinner. We filled our stomachs with delicious vegan goodness and then made our way to the venue - Skylab.
This was our first Columbus show, and therefore first show at Skylab, so we were unsure of what to expect. Skylab is a loft on the fifth floor of an old industrial building in downtown Columbus - thankfully the elevator was working, saving us from carting our gear up five steep flights of stairs. The show went unbelievably well, and the vibes stayed positive all night. Josh and Scotty showed up with more delicious food for sale - two varieties of seitan hot wings, a vegan “sloppy joe”-type dish, and vegan deserts like sugar cookies and rice crispy treats. BYOB was in effect and everyone seemed to be having a real good time. High School, Lifeguard and Rust Belt Lights set things off properly. We started the set with ‘Sycamore’ and the room exploded! Pat Bevins (one of our companions on this tour) was forced to build a human barricade in front of the drums to keep the horde of kids singing along from knocking anything over. His efforts were foiled as microphone and cymbal stands were knocked down by the ravenous mob clamoring for the mic that Ben clutched.
After the Columbus show we made an early-morning drive towards Cincinnati, to stay with our friend Stevie. We crammed into Stevie’s apartment and got a few hours of much needed sleep. That afternoon we drove to Loveland, OH to visit our friend Mike, who we see often in Cincinnati and in Chicago, where he attends school. Mike was still home from school at the time, so we were invited over to his parent’s house with the promise of pizza, pool and a place to relax. Tim and I brought guitars in to change our strings, but as I was about to throw on the fresh pack I realized that the graphite saddle that cradles my bottom string was busted. 3 days into this tour and my guitar is broken - great. Luckily I have my backup, which I’ve been forced to play at the rest of the shows this week.
After our stop at Mike’s we made our way to Fogarty’s; we’ve played the Cincinnati/Covington area several times now but this was our first experience at Fogarty’s. The venue was a two-story pub, and naturally the show was on the 2nd floor. The room quickly filled with kids as the doors opened, and it appeared that another great show was in store for us. We had the privilege of playing with the band Foose - fronted by hardcore veteran Don Foose, who treated us with a barrage of traditional, old-school hardcore. Rust Belt Lights once again played a solid set, and we were met with a response on par with our Columbus show. This tour started perfectly - 3 solid shows in the Northeast and great hangouts with some of the friends we’ve made on tour this year.
We went back to Mike’s for the night; there was more pool and a full spread of chips, salsa, drinks and snacks waiting for us, courtesy of his parents. We left early the next morning with a full bus - two guys from Rust Belt Lights had to drive their borrowed van back to Buffalo to pick up their 80’s Chevy RV - the “Lindy”, so we had 11 dudes packed into Such Bus. The fart contest initiated by Rust Belt Lights started as soon as all got comfortable; they crushed us. It was no contest. Our destination for the day was The Rock Room @ The Penny Road Pub, in Barrington, IL, a suburb of Chicago. We have only played the Chicago area once, and it was a Monday night, so we didn’t expect much from the show. Both bands indulged on some well priced food and drink specials - a ½ lb angus burger and a beer was under $5, and their amazing ground beef tacos were $.75 a piece with all the fixings.
We were able to draw around 30 or 40 kids on the snowy, bitter cold Monday night; a few of them revealed they had seen us before, which is always a positive sign that we did a good job last time we came through. A couple of young, local punk bands opened; it’s always fun to see kids in their teens playing punk music - it definitely brought us back to when we were all first starting out opening local shows in our first bands. We made a new friend at the show - Rocin, who was generous enough put all 11 of us up for the night in his family’s apartment, and even let 3 of us cram into his bed.
The next morning we stepped outside to see Lindy waiting for it’s passengers, and they even took our merch guy O-Rock with them, leaving us plenty of room to spread out on the drive to Columbia, MO. We played the same spot in Columbia in November with Into It Over It and Koji - the show was a banging house party complete with a full keg of beer, we packed the basement and kids really went off. It was the same this time around, too. The Royalist played again - they are an awesome up-and-coming indie rock/punk band from the Columbia area that has a lot of potential. Landlocked played second - they have a solid grasp on the fast, pissed and dissonant modern hardcore sound. Rust Belt Lights played another solid and tight set, which is something you can always count on with them.
Tons of thanks go out to housemates Jen, Caleb, Jordan and Aaron for putting on another great house show, and special thanks to Jen for her “special” brownies!
After the Columbia house show we started an overnight drive through Missouri, Oklahoma and Northern Texas, on our way down to the Dallas / Fort Worth area. The show was at Eisenberg’s Skatepark in Plano, TX, a venue, which we had played back in April while on tour with The Wonder Years. We drew another solid crowd of 50 or so kids, and had a solid reaction by about 10-15 kids in the front. It’s great to be getting solid headlining numbers across the country, to see how we can do on our own, without the support of a bigger band.
We brought a couple skateboards inside and Ben and Devon thrashed up the park for a bit, and we had some fun jumping in the foam pit. However the fun ended as soon as we got off stage - the show was cleared out almost immediately and it seemed like we were being kicked out of the place. By the time I cleaned off guitars, changed clothes and packed gear up, they were shutting the lights off and locking doors on us. Pretty annoying, but sometimes that’s just the way it is. That brings us up to speed for the first set of shows - tonight we play our first Albuquerque show, we’re hoping it will be a good once since our first two were both cancelled. From Albuquerque we’ll be driving overnight to LA, for our final US show until March. Can’t wait to report in on our journey and first couple shows in Australia!