We had a blast a couple weeks ago, rented a van, filled it up, drove up to northern CA and back. We lost our singer along the way though…
First stop was Chico, CA. LaSalles with Clouds on Strings and Goat. Two awesome bands, bought their album, have not stopped listening to Pomology. Our good friend from Mute Witness and Hail the Sun, Donovan, let us crash at his place, what a dude!
Next day was San Francisco at Bottom of the Hill, nice venue, everyone has played there… well, just about everyone. Saw an AMAZING band, Glimpse Trio, they were like Phish, Zappa, and more all rolled into one and done nicely. Super strong musicians and super tight. Due to some band friction that night, we ended up driving to Sacramento that night.
Next was Sacramento! We went to this used music store, and I bought some cheap mics for fun, thought about buying many other things, but space was an issue in the van. We played at the coffee shop call the javalounge. Heard some crazy fusion stuff from Tao Jiriki (sp?) and some refreshing Tera Melosesque math rock from some young dudes called Former Animals. Hung out with the grandparents who regaled us with stories for hours and then watched Me, Myself, and Irene with grandpa.
Drove to Fresno the next day, took a nap, went to this tiny bar called the Lamp Post and set up. It was sparsely attended, but the people who stayed and watched seemed to enjoy us. It was an instrumental show, due to Natalie’s departure, but it was fun!
I like that the band is always down to do ridiculous drives, like leaving SF at 2am to drive to Sacramento, or playing a show in Fresno, then driving to LA afterwards. Makes me look forward to the future and all the driving we will be doing together.