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PropertyOfZack Road Blog : : This Providence (Final Update)

by Zack Zarrillo - May 18, 2012

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From Dan Young:

So tour is over. This is bittersweet. I miss the friends I made on the tour, but I have a feeling I will see many of them again and again and again in the future. We ended the tour in Saint Louis and the tour-pranks were plentiful! Go Radio fed us shots of some weird drink between songs so that by the end of the set, I got off stage, sporting a rock-hard hair-do, a bleeding forehead and was in-capable of any serious conversation. Obviously, we made sure to give our fair share of nonsense to them too. It was a hilarious night…guess you had to be there. I always wonder what the attendees of these shows think - is it disappointing? I would like it.

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PropertyOfZack Road Blog : : This Providence (Update V)

by Zack Zarrillo - May 2, 2012

This Providence’s Dan Young forgot his laptop at home for his last Road Blog entry, so he decided to write one out in a journal for PropertyOfZack to change things up. The band also just released their new Brier EP, so make sure to download it here while reading the new Road Blog update below by clicking “Read More!”

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PropertyOfZack Road Blog : : This Providence (Update IV)

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 23, 2012

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From Dan Young:

I cried for the first time in years yesterday and god damn it, it felt good. It’s an uncertain time for me right now. Quarter life crisis? Possibly. I don’t really want to go into the details, but I feel like my head constantly battles my gut for command of my decisions, which only leaves me confused and stagnant. On top of that, I’ve willingly thrown myself into a whirlwind of live music, partying and late night philosophies. Every night I have the time of my life, and every morning I wake up and remind myself of all the more “important” nonsense I have to take care of. I wish life was a little more like the movies, where the mundane is tucked away, out of sight, somewhere between the scenes.

I do enjoy the fight though. For some reason, I’m naturally drawn to the unpredictable, I love the adventure. At some point I’m sure I’ll settle down and take things a little slower, that certainly sounds nice, but I ain’t letting go of the road any time soon. No way. We have a friend playing guitar with us this tour, his name is Luke. During one of those aforementioned late night conversations, Luke shared this insightful quote from his late grandmother with Gavin and I, “You’ll do what you have to do, for as long as you have to do it.”

I take comfort in that. It helps me remember that even though life is short, there’s no avoiding the bullshit. The end result is always the same, right? Mays’well have fun in the meantime. Stressing is a waste of energy.

Alright, I’m done playing the wise guy. Here’s a quick glimpse of the mundane that they won’t put you through at the movies: 

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PropertyOfZack Road Blog : : This Providence (Update III)

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 9, 2012

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From Dan Young:

We’ve been back at the touring gig for about 3 weeks now. The novelty of the road is just now starting to lose it’s appeal. Maybe it’s just today…well, and yesterday, but I feel suddenly spent. I think we all must. And it’s times like this when all the little things seem to get under our skin, “Someone left the van un-locked, again!” and, “Uh, guys…I left my toiletries bag at the hotel,” and, “Hey! DAAAAAN!!! I’m on the phone, cut it out!” and, “There’s no green room again? *sigh* I’ll be in the van.”

I’m tired of being in the van. There’s no green room tonight, I’m in it right now. It’s confined and congested with pillows, blankets, clothes, water bottles, food, trash, books, bags, electronics, cables, and the list goes on. You’ve seen a 15 passenger van before - try to picture yourself and 4 roommates (or siblings) cramming everything you use daily into one of these things. This is your home for the next two months. And home it is, you’ll return to it constantly. You’ll find it a place to rest or escape the night’s commotion. Sure, it has it’s charm, but I liken the phenomenon to the way a dog grows accustomed to it’s crate.

Thing is though, when it’s our turn to take the stage each night, the last thing I’m thinking about is how difficult it is to use my laptop on some shitty east-coast turnpike. No way, this is where it all makes sense. This is why we spent all of last night driving. We’re here to play a rock ‘n roll show and to play it better than we did yesterday. If the van is our kennel, the venue is our backyard. The show is when we get a little play time!

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PropertyOfZack Road Blog : : This Providence (Update II)

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 2, 2012

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From Dan Young:

Tour: (n) drive, work, play and a bunch of other nonsense.

We’ve been staying with friends as much as possible this tour. Trying to save some money because our women are tired of us pushing through the front door with empty pockets. The last couple of nights we stayed with some old tour buddies in Brooklyn, just outside of Manhattan. Sleeping on the floor this often isn’t ideal, you feel it in your back in the morning (or afternoon), especially after loading and unloading all of our cumbersome road cases every night. Goes something like this: out of the trailer, into the venue, unpack it, put it on stage, play the show, get it off stage - quick!, pack it up, load it back in the trailer, drive. Some times I think people think tour is just one big party. It is, but it don’t come cheap. Tour is work.

Last night we played the Gramercy Theatre in New York. The set went well, we felt good about it. But it’s easy to get lost in the commotion that surrounds a show like that. So while the rest of us were chatting with friends and fans down by the merch, Gavin was busy pushing all our gear out of the venue by himself. Obviously he was justifiably frustrated, and it didn’t help things when one of the road cases rolled into a glass entry door. Oops! Shit happens. I pulled the van and trailer around, we loaded it up and parked. The inevitable - I don’t remember exactly what set it off, it must have had something to do with the broken door, it could have been anything at this point - Gavin and Andy had it out. Almost close enough to kiss, they shouted insults at each other briefly, Andy slammed the door then ditched the van. They we’re looking to do some damage, but it doesn’t really ever work that way. We all understand that we’re in close quarters and sometimes you just snap. 20 minutes later I’d settled everything with the venue regarding the door, and back at the van Andy and Gavin were apologizing to each other. I had taken a shot of Jameson with the production manager so I came back feeling good and I laughed at them. I can be a dick like that. 

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PropertyOfZack Road Blog : : This Providence (Update I)

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 26, 2012

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This Providence are kicking 2012 off in a big way with a tour with Go Radio and an upcoming EP. Dan Young from the band will be keeping fans up to date on the tour with a new Road Blog for PropertyOfZack. Check out the first update below and come back each week for more!

From Dan Young:

We’re back at it and it feels really good. It feels like home. A messy, uncomfortable, sort of make-shift home, detached from the realities of what we call, “real life.” But it feels like home. I’ve learned to love the constant movement, the trekking from one city to the next. Every day is a tiring mix of humdrum routine and new experience. And it does wear on me. In my exhaustion, I’m known to become a bonafide asshole. Say the wrong thing, hear it the wrong way, fuck up royally on stage, leave a capo behind at last night’s venue, and our distasteful humor and childish shenanigans will quickly turn to the bickering of middle-aged women in some trashy reality TV show. But all of this is secondary to the music, to the story. This feels like an adventure, like we’re characters in a novel searching through the jungle for buried treasure. And we don’t have much of a map, and we’re going to have to use our gut as the compass. We’re on our own. 5 musicians in a van, no crew. It’s simple and sweet. I never thought I’d see the day when this band could handle such a feat. To some people this may seem ridiculous. It is. But I’m proud of us. 

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