2013 is IN THE BAG!
I am writing this to you all from the cozy confines of the Quality Inn in Fairfield, CA. A suburb about an hour outside of San Francisco. Our rehearsal space in Oakland is closed for the next few days, and we needed some time to figure out how to live in the van with all of our gear and clothes. We have added some new things to the live show. A lot more cool instrumental stuff with Chicky showing off all that classical music education. That being said, the van is a real tight fit right now. Where we used to be able to sleep side by side in the back, we had to try to find ways to just lay in the fetal position all night. Didn’t work out too well for us.
Sleeping arrangements aside, 2013 was an unbelievable year for us. We started off taking one of the biggest risks a band of our size could take. Touring in Europe with no money. We had a one way plane ticket and hope. It worked out well for us. We performed and got to speak at Bath College about recording and touring, we got to record at Moles studio, WE GOT FRIGGIN MARRIED! For 2 months we toured by way of the Megabus, and the National Express. It was an adventure and half. Carrying broken luggage all over various countries full of gear and merch with guitars strapped to my back in the frigid cold. But we did our thing, it was an unforgettable experience. We met people that made Glasgow, Scotland feel like another Richmond, CA, rocked the fuck out in London…can’t wait to do it again. We were there for 2 months before Issues with a booking agent we hired caused us to leave a little earlier than we wanted and we came back home.
Once we got home, we were there for a few days before we left for tour again. 2 more months out on the road in the US. We left with just enough money for a weeks worth of rental car and gas to get us to Omaha, Nebraska. We made it. 2 months out we made it. I can’t lie, I’m still in shock that we did that.
When we got home we also got the news that Justin K Broadrick of Godflesh/Jesu fame would be doing a remix for us. Little old us! We immediatly called in some favors for some of our music friends and one hell of a remix album was made. We wanted to actually press vinyl for this release. Being that we are no longer with a label we had more freedom to do what we wanted to do, but of course none of the funds. We decided, after a long talk with our manager Scott, to do a crowdfunding campaign with Indiegogo. We didn’t raise the $5,000 we hoped for, but we did raise enough to get the mastering done, and pay for some of the recording costs. We went to work to get the rest of the funds for the vinyl and the subsequent tour for the new year.