Posted by The Devil Whale June 30th, 2010
I wanted to pull you guys in by showing you some skin. That’s us, in Joshua Tree, looking awesome. Hope you like it!
Anyway, now we’re in Portland, and I’m sitting in the Doug Fir Lounge’s green room, which is larger than some of the rooms we’ve played in on this tour. Tonight is one of the more anticipated nights of the tour, at least for me, as we’re playing w/ an awesome band called Odawas. I’m not sure how many of you have been to this venue, but this is really one of the best (if not the best) places we could ever play. Awesome place to play, awesome place to watch a show.
So far, we’ve driven 4,080 miles, spent a week an Arizona, a week in California, and w/ today we begin a two week stay in the Northwest where we’ll play a couple shows and do lots of recording. After encountering a couple brutal heatwaves in the Phoenix area and the Chico/Redding area, it’s nice to be up here where it’s nice and cool.
I’m trying to think of the highlights, in chronological order.
Sedona, AZ has turned into a destination we always look forward to. Its elevation combats the normal Arizona heat well and it’s really one of the most beautiful towns I’ve ever been to. We’ve got some very generous friends there also that always make sure it’s a “successful” trip.
We spent a night in Joshua Tree National Park, which has turned into a bit of a tradition for us. Our friends Maht and Ashley drove down from Utah and met us there, and our friend Matt Wood drove up from San Diego. Visited the Gram memorial at Cap Rock in the morning, and then continued the fun in San Diego, which was my first ever trip to that breezy city.
LA was awesome of course. Oh yeah! We also went and filmed a session for Strange Fruit, which is a new video blog based in Mission Viejo, CA. They have an awesome set arranged in their basement and we had the luxury of just kind of showing up and playing a few songs w/out loading much gear. They have a couple of sessions posted already, and ours will be up sometime in August.
From there, we ended up in another city I’d never been to, Paso Robles, CA. We spent the night in one of two houses built on fourteen beautiful acres of property in the heart of wine country. A friend of mine somehow ended up living there, and I’m glad she did because otherwise we would have had no reason to make that stop. That’s one of my favorite parts of playing music in a traveling band: it’s allowed me to meet people and see places that otherwise I never would have, and build bonds w/ these people and places much more quickly than real life typically allows.
San Francisco was perhaps the best stop of the whole swing. We played w/ some rad dudes from Canada called Hey Rosetta! and after the sets were over we took turns standing on bar stools w/ acoustic guitars and playing sing-a-long covers ranging from the Highwaymen to the Flaming Lips to Rod Stewart and some in-between. We stayed the night w/ an old Utah friend, Blake Henderson of TaughtMe, who is certainly one of my musical heroes. He was a huge influence on our music community when he lived in Salt Lake, and it was great to be able to catch up w/ him and see him in his new surroundings. There’s also something really cool about being w/ old friends in a new setting; in this case, Utah friends in San Francisco. Beautiful city.
Tomorrow, we head to Seattle and–according to the plan–we’ll be done tracking our full-length by the end of next week. Fingers crossed! I suppose it’s time to buckle down.