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Sparks

Day 12: New York City
The Bowery Electric

New York City shows are always some of the most hectic for us. On top of the normal issues that are inherent with playing gigs in the city, the guys also have the added dynamic of having to split their attention with their significant others and families. And rightfully so, seeing that we are on the road so much.

Adam and I started our day in White Plains 3 hours after we got there. The bottom step of our bus and also the tail pipe have both been in need of some attention, so while we had the bus up at Root’s place we capitalized on the chance to put a band-aid on them. We also used this time to take care of our laundry.

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The welding took up the whole morning, and soon it was time to shove off. We made our way down to the city, doing our best to avoid the minefield of abundant potholes that cover the streets of New York.

When we got down to the venue there was a movie being shot right across the street. That meant that parking, which is already a ridiculous experience in the city, was that much more of a pain. We circled the surrounding blocks countless times, like vultures waiting to swoop in at first opportunity. Giving up for the time being, we parked at the edge of an intersection, unloaded our gear, and then Nate took over the search. After he found a place to weigh anchor, the guys set up for soundcheck.

On this tour, Miggs and Open Air Stereo are co-headlining, which means that whoever is headlining that night get the opportunity for a full soundcheck. The rest of us get a quick line check, which is a sped up version of a soundcheck. Being that this show was our hometown album release party, we were given the headlining slot, with the longer soundcheck. Once they were done, getting all their levels correct, the guys headed off to an interview.

Gail, the head of our street team, had flown in for the show, so I went with her and some of the band girlfriends to grab some dinner. Afterwards, we headed into the venue for the show.

The Bowery Electric is a narrow venue, so once the show started there wasn’t much room to move about. To get from one end of the bar to the next was at least a 5 minute trek of excuse me’s and push throughs. The club is well aware of that so they had a camera set up pointed at the stage, that fed to tv screens above the bar.

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Some unforeseen circumstances led to the departure of our Merch girl, meaning that I was sentenced to the booth. (Ok, it’s not so bad… It’s just that I’m not used to being tied to one area all night… And I miss the light board!)

After the show everyone went back to their homes, and Gail and I went to Nate’s. The lack of sleep the night before got the best of me and I passed out faster than a hemophobic at a slaughterhouse.