Joel and I have just left Seattle, and with two shows already in the books, the tour that has been six months in the making is now officially underway.
And although this tour, at first, was nothing but a thought without any plan to make it real or any reason to think we could actually pull it off, bit by bit it has become very real indeed. For us, however, making something real always involves an amount of hard work, time, and persistence that is nearly all we have, as well as willingness to put almost everything on the line.
To leave on this tour, we’ve quit our jobs in Los Angeles, rented out our apartment, sold our car and bought a van, got rid of our remodeled rehearsal space, sold as many of our other possessions as we could, and scrapped together funding for a not insignificant amount of equipment, merchandise, and promotion. We will be gone for a full two months, travel the entire country, and most of the time, the van will be our home.
We have some reason to believe that all of this will take us to a place we want to be, which is to be working on music full-time like we are right now, but of course there are no guarantees.
One thing that is certain is that it will be quite the adventure.
Packaging promo CDs to ship to NYC
Spray-painting stenciled designs onto our clothes
Scrubbing the bathroom floor before showing our apt., visiting the Genius Bar to get our laptop functioning
Last minute equipment and merch purchases, shipping back 1 of 2 malfunctioning keyboards
Empty boxes used to ship us posters, buttons, t-shirts, gear cases, guitar pedals, CDs, jewel cases…
Fixing a flat tire on our van and replacing missing lugs only a few days before we left
Washing and vacuuming the Ford Escort before selling it