Hello, friends! Rob here.
I couldn’t find it, but I was hoping to start this post with a quote from the Chronicles of Narnia about how Narnian air changes normal people. It makes them graver, more formal, and more formidable. Because touring has a similar effect. You spend a week or so breathing the thick air in a van full of unwashed dudes, and you start to change. You care less about sleep and hygiene. You play more. You drive more. You drink more. You talk to strangers.
You’re better on the road, no matter how much it pains you to admit it.
Speaking of pains, WE HAD TWO FLAT TIRES IN TWO DAYS. WHAT THE CRAP. They weren’t even on the same side of the van, so there is no reasonable explanation. To make matters worse, both were within thirty miles of our destinations, and both destinations were shows to which we ended up arriving late. Oh well.
Hey, do you know what the best thing ever is? Me neither, but I’m pretty sure Galactic with Corey Glover made the short list. Friday was our first of four shows opening for Galactic this tour, and it was awesome. Ben (their saxophonist, producer of our almost-completed album) has been trying to manage our expectations in terms of the crowds that their opening acts get, so we were pleasantly surprised by the number of people who showed up early.
So things were good for us as far as the show went, but it was also an excellent learning experience in a lot of different ways to watch Galactic work. It was a great opportunity to learn about their process and their dynamics and even to just listen to them talk shop and tell stories. Musically, it was impressive to watch them go from kicking around the idea of covering “Kashmir” the afternoon before the show to figuring out how they were going to work it into their set during sound check to astonishing a sold-out crowd by executing it perfectly.
Other than that, we’ve had a nice couple of nights Falls Church, Charlottesville, and Charleston. Well, Charleston was technically more of an afternoon (which was great because we were all pretty wiped after Friday) but whatever you get the idea. Now we’re on our way to Birmingham to link back up with Galactic and get a few more glimpses of what life is like in the light at the end of the tunnel.
Hopefully we’ll see you there.