POZ Road Blog: This Is Hell
From Rick Jimenez:
A trip to Spain and UK for just two shows in 3 days? No problem. The majority of the trip was spent traveling in cars, vans, shuttles and planes and involved close to no sleep. A trip from eastern Long Island to pick up each band member, head to the airport, do all the pre-flight airport stuff and about 5 hours later we’re about to clear security when we realize that we forgot to loosen our guitar strings. This is a hotly debated thing while flying with guitars… loosen your strings to avoid pressure snapping the neck on the flight or the whole “it’s a myth!” thing. We started stressing like crazy and went back to check in to try to locate our shit so we could fix it and it became a huge hassle where nothing was done and we almost missed our flight. Over the course of the next 6 hours on the plane my hair turned more gray and I was waiting to show up in the UK with a broken guitar. Fortunately, our shit was fine when we grabbed it from check out and we thanked the four winds for blowing in our direction.
Because we just sat on a plane for 6 hours, we crammed all our shit and the 4 of us into a tiny little car and drove an hour and a half with a friend to another airport so we could fly 2 hours to Spain. Thankfully my chair didn’t recline.
Upon arrival to Spain, we got into a shuttle bus and drove 2 hours to Resurrection Fest. It had just begun and was pretty empty which was kinda “oh shit, is this gonna suck?” We chilled out for a bit and headed over to the stage and by the time we were to play the tent was packed and the crowd was ready to go. The staff and stage crew were immensely helpful and our friends in Set Your Goals arrived to hang just as we were about to play. The show was totally rad… kids were ready to get nuts and there was lots of circle pitting and dirt kicking mosh and singing along and everything good about festivals. We were really happily surprised. I took a picture mid song while I had nothing to play on guitar for a few seconds which was a new thing for me and totally cool. The 30 minute set made the past 18 or so hours of traveling in tiny seats totally worth it. We wound up hanging out at the fest til 3am and got to hang out with lot of friends we don’t see often and see their bands etc. Converge, Set Your Goals, Agnostic Front, H20… all awesome and great to see everyone at all, let alone in Spain. Crazy lives we lead.
We were shuttled to the hotel and after waiting outside for about 20 minutes someone finally let us in. At this point everyone showered and went to sleep asap but I stayed up until 7am because I was working on a song and couldn’t sleep until it was finished. Might as well only sleep 3 hours at this point, why not?