Just before the tour, a friend of mine taught me a new metaphor:
Ducks glide gracefully across ponds. There is such ease to their movement that it barely creates a wake. But rarely do people think about the ducks feet. Just below the calm water, they are moving frantically, propelling the duck so it can get where it needs to go.
Speaking frankly, I’ve never identified with a duck, and neither have my friends, but something about this idea really resonated with me. It feels like more often than not, people perceive bands through their onstage presence under the spotlight or through an Instagram filter the next day. While that’s not a bad thing, (please keep going to shows and following everyone’s progress through social media), most of the time we are just duck feet, peddling tirelessly and thanklessly under the surface. Well, duck feet with great hair.
Waterfowl analogies aside, this last run of shows took us from:
- Burnstown Ontario to New York City.
- An 80 person capacity bar to the K-Rock Centre with The Glorious Sons
- T-shirt weather in Canada to a show that was canceled because of ‘dangerous weather’ in Philadelphia.
It was one of the wildest tours to date because every day presented fresh adversity. But as ducks feet do, we kept pushing on against the current. This is not a ‘woe is me’ post by any means - the shows were so much fun and we had the opportunity to connect with so many people. This was just the first tour in a long time where the unexpected happened more often than not. So as always, I’ll leave a brief note about a few shows.
K-Rock Centre (Kingston) – Surreal experience. Being on that stage meant a lot to all of us and it was truly wonderful to share it with such a hardworking, creative and supportive group. We learned to be the band we are today by playing every spot with beer and electricity in downtown Kingston – much like The Glorious Sons. We really appreciate that they felt it appropriate to have us on that bill and we owe them and their team many rounds of drinks when they get back home.