It saddens me to say that Thieves And Villains have finished up their current tour with Just Surrender so their Road Blog has to end as well. PropertyOfZack could not be more honored to have hosted the band in our new features; they did a great job! The last update from the band is below, so be sure to enjoy it!
From Thieves And Villains:
Day Fifteen - October 29 - Bronx NY @ The Point
We woke up in Jersey around noonish, quickly scarfed down some food at a local Quick Check (mmm) and were off to the BX for load in! While the weather yesterday was quite pleasant, it was back to the freezing cold temperatures we’ve been used to (whew). While loading in, we all quickly realized something….the entire area surrounding the venue seemed to be covered in dog sh*t hahah. This made for a bit of a more skillful load in and once that was done we took a trip over to a local liquor store with our good friends Abir & Topher. A bottle of Jameson and 36 Coors Lights were purchased….plus the Just Surrender guys somehow came across Kazoo’s. This led to a pretty intense freestyle session with one talented Bronx MC, Sergio on the beatbox, and our friend Jackie on freestyle jazz kazoo…it was hot. With The Punches killed it as always and we had quite a fun set as well, yet Joe’s drum rug kept moving which led for some sliding drums (probably his least favorite thing). Either way, all was well and a good time was had. We saw a raccoon outside and had a really good discussion about the best items on the growing cheaper by the day Taco Bell menu…how could it have NOT been a good time? Hamden CT tomorrow…where dreams are made.
Day Sixteen - October 30 - Hamden CT @ The Space
We stayed in NY the previous night, so we didn’t have too long of a drive over to CT this morning. That allowed us enough time to pick up some donuts for everyone on the tour (aw we’re like moms!) and after that we were on our way. The drive was really scenic and the fall colors looked so damn good. It was a really peaceful ride until we came across what looked to be a bad motorcycle accident…bummer, but such is life on the road. And it seems we weren’t the only ones to encounter some trouble that day, as the Just Surrender guys got caught in a bit of a fender bender on the way there. Thankfully they were all alright and their vehicle didn’t really suffer any damage. After loading in, some of us took a trip over to a Guitar Center because Joe needed to trade in a cymbal. Big thanks to the staff at this particular GC for really hooking Joe up and treating him like Tommy Lee when he walked in haha. After that little excursion, we all just hung out and had some drinks with the JS/WTP and two crazy hoes that were dressed up like devils. Everyone had really great sets and the crowd was beyond cool. While onstage Sergio may have admitted a little bit too much about his schooldays with Snooki, but no one seemed to mind. Load out seemed to happen super quickly this night and before we knew it we were off to a house party in CT to hang and spend the night. After a quick stop for some always delicious Taco Bell, Chris P (guitar) and Joe were destroying bros in beer pong before they knew what hit em. Sergio and Chris C passed out upon arriving at the party but Joe and Chris P were up most of the night til they realized they weren’t wearing enough American Eagle or Ed Hardy to get any of the girls at this party. Eventually, they passed out as well and got in their nice 3 or 4 hours of sleep. Last day of the tour tomorrow in Cambridge MA at The Middle East…..lets see if this scrappy group of underdogs can finally take home the championship.
Day Seventeen - October 31 - Cambridge MA @ The Middle East
So due to it being Halloween, todays show is being held early…..real early. Like, doors at 1pm early. And this meant that we were up and on the road by 9am in order to make our 11 o clockish load in. I can’t really say that we remember much of this drive because god were we all sleep deprived. After crunching our morning numbers (a daily and nightly routine…because after all this is a business mann) and taking care of some other tasks on the drive, we arrived at The Middle East. The show was already pre-sold out and when we arrived at the venue it was quite a sight to see everyone standing in line in their halloween costumes. After a REALLY hectic load in with one of the bitchiest venue women we’ve ever ever encountered, we all just hung around and checked out the local openers/halloween costumes. Sergio debated pouring a PBR on the girl dressed as Ke$ha (cause that would have been the cherry on top) and we all really enjoyed one girls Little Mermaid costume (she REALLY looked like Ariel). With The Punches killed it..duh…and I have to say we had maybe our funnest set of the tour. BIG APOLOGIES TO THE GIRL THAT GOT HIT WITH SERGIO’S GUITAR BTW…nuff said. After that we all scampered off to prepare for our Halloween prank on Just Surrender (who were all dressed up as greasers btw). It was their merch guy Brodie’s birthday (so they say), so they called him up onstage to say a few words. Once onstage, Brodie welcomed us up and we proceeded to ICE every member of Just Surrender. Incase you’re not familiar with the ancient art of icing, it’s what happens when one BRO presents another BRO with a Smirnoff Ice. Once “ICED” said bro must then get down on one knee and chug the entire disgusting beverage….youtube it. Anyways, it was pretty classic to see their entire band, already drunk and dressed like The Outsiders, down on one knee chugging this horrifically crappy drink. They killed it as always and the night was just really fun overall. The insanely bitchy woman at the venue spent our entire load out screaming and yelling about us bringing Smirnoff’s in but WHO THE FUCK CARES. After some tearful goodbyes and much hugging we all parted ways. We’ll be doing some holiday shows in December with Just Surrender and I’m sure we’ll be seeing With The Punches soon so all was well. We came, we drank, we blazed, we rocked, we CONQUERED. Glad to have you all along for this one…til next time…you stay classy San Diego.