This is my second instalment from the Disappear Fear tour in the US and so far… it’s been pretty amazing. I know I’ll annoy pretty much every one at home by saying the weather here has been scorching hot and it’s only rained once since I’ve been here (yeah, sorry about that).
I wrote my previous article on the flight over to Baltimore and after only 1 day of rehearsing together, here’s a round up of where we’ve been so far:
* September 17th – Patterson Theatre, Baltimore
Our first show! The venue was a lovely little theatre and it was packed out with a super appreciative audience. Really cool vibes and a great way to kick off the tour.
* September 18th – Cafe Club, Pittsburgh
So after my first ever gig in the US to my first ever trip out into another state. It’s funny because to everyone else in the van it’s probably a long and boring drive going from state to state. But for me every single tiny little detail is new and exciting… the different cars and trucks and the people inside them, the road signs, the buildings, the bill boards, the scenery, the wildlife and even the roads – I can’t stop taking it all in as it’s so different to what I’m used to and it seems every state has a different look and feel. Plus I’m so very thankful to be here and in the words of that slightly cheesy American rock band, I don’t wanna miss a thing.
So the gig was super fun, but we had to load up straight after and get back in the van as we had to drive straight to the hotel in Ohio and didn’t arrive until 4am (eeeerrrgg).
* September 19th – The Canal Street Tavern, Dayton, Ohio
Before the gig we had a radio slot in the morning on WYSO Radio at Yellow Springs. So my sleep was brief but I was super excited to be playing live on American radio for the first time.
So the gig in the evening was at a cool little place that was very much in keeping with what I’m use to back in the UK… a stereotypical band venue complete with sticky floors and a back room crammed full of band stickers and graffiti that mostly featured male and female genitalia… just my kinda place.
The sound guy was really cool and had the most amazing side burns I think I’ve ever seen:
We were also on the bill with another band called Jasper the Colossal who were an all female punk rock band. They were not only bloomin brilliant, but probably the nicest band in the whole wide world.
Throughout their set they keep telling people to go and buy our CDs but at the end of the night they gave us all their gig money to go towards petrol for the van as we’re on tour….how lovely is that?
* September 20th – Ann Arbour, Michigan
Michigan is very different to the other places I’ve been to. It felt a lot smaller and they actually had lots of roads that didn’t all just go in a straight line! This venue was a really cool little church and I was playing cajon rather than full kit. As we’d not rehearsed with cajon before I really had to figure out quickly how to translate all the different parts from hi-hat, snare and kick onto one instrument – but hey, you know me, I love a challenge. It was actually a nice change to play a bit more acoustically and the audience seemed to enjoy it as much as we did.
So that’s the story so far, four down and a ga-zillion more to go! Already it’s been an incredible journey and I really am so very grateful to be here. All the guys in the band are lovely and they make really great company on the road. We all get on well and have a good laugh.
Anyways we’re on the road again, off up to Illanois, so I’ll write more soon. Thanks as always for reading this far