Native - Tour began, we're far from home, it's warm and I like it.
It’s hard to believe that three nights ago I was sleeping on my couch in preparation for the hectic morning that followed. It was freezing out, snow on the ground and more on the way. In the blink of an eye I’m in a hotel room in New Mexico and it’s rather nice out. I think we’ve forgotten how much we love the southwest, especially since it’s been two years since our last visit. Thankfully this time around has been more successful, we’ll all having a great time.
To recap a bit, we kicked things off at our favorite venue in St. Louis, MO, the Lemp Neighborhood Art Center. The place is run the way venues should be, totally for and all about the traveling artist. Although the show was last minute it went without a hitch and proved to be a very fun night. Unfortunately we were still plagued by equipment issues (carried over from our hometown send-off) but we worked through it.
The next day we found ourselves in Oklahoma City for the third time. We really love this city and have played all over it (the most favorite time being in Bricktown probably, such a rad district of the city). This time we played at the Conservatory, which is a really rad club tucked away from downtown. Next door there’s an awesome shop called Side Records with a lot of selection and a huge soda store. The show was also plagued by gear malfunctions but after our set we managed to tie up all loose ends and get everything working right. There were a lot of great kids at the show and we realized we have another home away from home.
Another daring dash through the night landed us in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since this was technically supposed to be an off date of tour, we decided to hook up with some friends for a house show to help get us across the huge distance. This proved to be an fruitful decision, providing the best show of tour yet.
We took on a couple more hours and now we’re resting up in a hotel room for the night. Tomorrow begins our first of six dates with RX Bandits and Fake Problems. We’ll be playing in Flagstaff, AZ at probably the biggest venue we’ve encountered to date. Naturally we’re all a bit nervous, but definitely excited for the experience at hand.