Daily Archives: October 18, 2013

Workin’ on the chain gang

Day 30: Lucky Dog
Worcester, MA

Following the Northampton show I had to ride back to Great Barrington with Down County. I have an ongoing project that I’m working on that I need to finish before we head back west again. The guys headed off to Worcester without me, (I’m trying to get one of them to guest blog about it) and I didn’t hear from them until they woke me up at 2:30 in the morning to say they were in Rhode Island and missed me. Sallys!

Learning to fly

Days 27-29
Days off and The Elevens

Northampton, MA

I really hate lumping days together on the blog, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.
I spent my weekend in the Berkshires, as did Root. We hung out a little, but for the most part we just spent time with our families, and I worked a bit.
Nate, Stevie, and Mochello had all taken the Panda Express back to the city, so we arranged for them to meet up in Springfield, MA on the day of the show.
That night, Down County played their 2nd of three shows on this tour with us. Being that it was their first non-home area show, they couldn’t help but feel a little bit of fish-out-of-the-water syndrome.
Touring for a baby band, especially one that hasn’t been out before, is a whole different animal than playing an at home gig. You don’t have all your friends and family crowding into a room, screaming the lyrics to songs that they have been listening to since they were just noodled notes on a guitar in a basement. In fact, you’re usually lucky to recognize a handful of people in the room. The lack of that instantly reciprocated energy is a shock at first. I honestly don’t think that there is a way to prepare a band for how truly different the touring gigs are from a home show without them actually experiencing it firsthand. It’s a true learning curve. But if you view it as such, then your next gig can only get better!