Since we last spoke we’ve played with some of our favourite bands, written a bunch of new songs, and are getting ready to record them.
It’s been a summer of outdoor shows/festivals, which as one can imagine is a totally different beast than playing in bars and clubs. The first few outdoor shows can be strange and intimidating. We (and I’m sure most other bands) spent our formative years in basements and bars building a live show and learned how to be comfortable, loud and entertaining in the familiar confines of four walls and a roof. I’ve always found that once you take the lid off of that box, you can feel the energy on stage change and the band has to adapt. I remember sound check at my first outdoor show, the kick drum echoing off the back of Springer Market Square and realizing just how huge the sound was. We’ve grown a lot since then and now it feels like an old hat – I sometimes feel that we perform and sound better out in the elements rather than in a shoebox club. That being said, nothing beats the energy found in a hot room…maybe I just like playing shows and am nitpicking…I digress!
~ Some recent highlights ~
We played a show with the Sam Roberts Band back in May. It was one of my favourite shows not just because I’m a big SRB fan, but because it felt like something really clicked for us as a band. Since that show we have felt tighter and more capable on stage.
Watch out roads, the fellas are up and running - we bought a van! Up until now we have been borrowing tour vans. It has been trying at times, booking shows and then figuring out how we are going to travel hundreds of kilometers…we always made it happen, but it’s nice to finally welcome one of our own into the family.
PS: HUUUUUGE shout outs to Phil for lending us ‘Humphrey’ and to Geoff for the use of his van/trailer from Jan-May and Paul for occasional use of the ‘Intruder’.
We have a few more shows with SRB at the end of the summer at The Kee To Bala in Muskoka, something we have been looking forward to for months. We also have more festival shows coming up before the summer winds down (August 19th at the Westport Music Festival near Kingsotn and August 21st at The CNE in Toronto). After a short sabbatical, Kingston’s own Wolfe Island Music Festival is back in action and we can’t wait to see what Virginia Clark and her team has cooked up this year!