Thursday, April 15, 2010
Sorry about the length of time without an update. We've been busy covering the entire continent of Europe. You know, no big deal. After a week or two in Eastern Europe, we moved into the warmer and more civilized counties like France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. It's been rad. The other day we got to hang out in Badalona, Spain, a vibrant little city on the Mediterranean outside of Barcelona. We hung out on the beach and then got lost in the city. That's what we've been best at. Wandering away from the venue every day and getting lost. Today we were in Lyon, France. We got lost and then ended up at this park with all these gardens and atriums that were built around the turn of the century. There were deer just walking around and a lot of people on razor scooters for some reason. It was wild!
A couple days before that we were in Lisboa, Portugal a huge city on the coast. It's an old city with tons of statues, cathedrals and narrow streets that wind up and down the hills and makes no sense. The venue we played that night was on a street too narrow for the tour bus, so we unloaded the trailer at a hotel across town and had to load everything into the promoter's van. It took about 3 trips to get everyone and every thing there. The ride to the venue was like a death race dodging traffic and old trollies through the streets. The venue was at the bottom of a hill and the road going up the hill actually went over the venue, but it was just an overpass, there was a city block built on top of the venue. WILD.
Shows have been lots of fun and we've been having a blast with Agnostic Front and This is Hell hanging out on the bus. We couldn't ask for better bands to see Europe for the first time with. Here's a a few pictures from my phone, with the exception of the live shots. Some better ones coming soon
A video blog we'll be up soon, and hopefully if this volcano in Iceland chills out soon, they can resume European air travel and we'll be home in just over a week. If not we might be stuck here for a while. We'll see. That's it for now. More updates soon!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
We have been on our European tour With Agnostic Front for about a week now and it's been pretty rad. We've been chillin' on the bus, hanging out with skin heads, storming castles, things like that. It's been a lot of fun.
The tour started out in Kassel, Germany. We flew in the day before and hung out with our German friend Tim from Today Forever, who was nice enough to order all our food for us since we don't speak German. The next we played the first show to over 500 people. The place was packed! When Agnostic Front came on the place went insane, and that's how it's been every night.
After Kassel we headed to Wroclaw, Poland, our crossover into eastern Europe where the effects of the iron curtain are still visible. In Kassel the crowd was about 50/50 hardcore kids to skinheads. In Eastern Europe there's about 80 skinheads for every 20 hardcore kids. Skinhead culture is alive and well in Eastern Europe. This might explain our mediocre merch sales. Don't get me wrong. People are getting into it and we're having a lot of fun, but none of our merch has iron crosses on it, so they're not interested.
The other day we played Bratislava, Slovakia, a beautiful modern city with an old world feel. It was a fun show and we got to check out the city before the show, including Bratislava Castle. The next day we played in Kocise which is close to Slovakia's border with Ukraine. It was quite the contrast to Bratislava: grey, dreary and depressing. Exactly what you would think former communist city would look like. What's strange though is how much people love ska and dancehall out here. In the most depressing city so far, the back stage had Specials and Aggrolites posters everywhere and the walls were painted with checkerboards and Jamaican colors. Ska is alive and well in Slovakia.
Today we're in Leipzig, Germany at a place called Conne Island and it's supposed to be awesome. They already made us some tasty sandwiches, so I got a good feeling.
The week before we left for this tour we were finishing up our new record "Life of Defiance." so here's our video blog from making the record. We had a pretty good time. Check it out:
That's it for now. There will be a bunch more updates about tour and the new album soon!