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Hakuna Matata

Days 5&6:
The Social
Orlando, FL

We woke up fairly early (for us), and jumped back into the fray, working right up till we had to leave for load in.

One of the projects we had been working on was the mailing of the new record pre-order packages. Root had spent hours hand writing the addresses and packaging them up, so on our way to the venue we found a post office to ship them out so they would arrive by release day.

This was my fourth time in Orlando with the band, and our third time at The Social. Having a sound guy for the tour has been a boon, he was able to dial the band’s sound in pretty tight, giving us, in my opinion, the best sound that we’ve yet had in that room.

For this tour Nate and Stevie G have been using in ear monitors which, while Nate has used them before, are a completely new animal for Stevie.

What the guys hear on the stage is an entirely different thing then what the crowd hears. That’s not to say that they’re up on stage listening to the sounds of nature while they’re playing. Most of the instruments are mic’d and then the sounds are mixed together by the engineer at the board before it gets pumped through the club’s PA system. Given that everyone in the band is set up scattered across the stage and usually directly in front of their own amp, there is no way that Stevie G, for example, could hear Nate’s vocals over the blast of his own guitar amp. Hence, the stage monitors.

The concept of a monitor mix is so that a musician can hear just the things that they want to while on stage. A large speaker on the stage or an in-ear headphone plays their individual mix (in a perfect situation that is… In a less perfect situation, which is more common, some band members share the same mix). This allows everyone to stay on the same page throughout the show, plus it gives you the ability to self critique your performance in real time, forcing anyone who strives for self development to work on any issues plaguing them, or suffer with hearing their screw-ups nightly.

That’s why it was a big deal when, halfway through their set, Nate’s in-ear monitor died. Suddenly, mid-song, he could hear nothing but the driving beat of Mochello’s drums and the sound of his own guitar amp. When something unexpected like that happens, there is no time to stop and grab a speaker to use as a monitor. The only thing to do at that point is to push on.

To the casual concert goer, nothing seemed to change. Nate soldiered on, not missing a beat. To me, who has worked at over 200 Man on Earth shows in the last few years, well, if I had somehow missed the split second of surprise on Nate’s face when his monitor died, or if I didn’t see him take the in-ears out, I may have been in the dark as well. When a curveball comes at you, you just have to trust in your abilities and not psych yourself out, and I think Nate was able to do that perfectly in Orlando.

We stayed in Orlando after the show, finally making it to our first Walmart of the tour. The next day, after our first Planet Fitness of this run and a few hours in our local Starbucks doing some office work (NOW it feels like tour!), Mochello headed off to spend some time with his brother and family. The rest of us headed to Downtown Disney, where, after walking around a bit, Root and I did what every responsible adult would do at Downtown Disney…. We found an Irish pub. There we found Irish whiskey and those step dancers that move their legs in impossible directions, all with an eerie Disney smile on their face… (The pub also had this dense multigrain bread with this awesome dipping oil that had an amazing Guinness reduction in it… Looks like I’ll be finding THAT recipe!)

After, we headed back to a Walmart parking lot to sleep and wait for Mochello, who was meeting back up with us in the morning so we could head down to Tampa for our next show.

Workin’ Late

Days 4&5: Jack Rabbits
Jacksonville, FL
and Office work

Tuesday was a long and eventful day. We started by finishing off the drive down the coast, making our way down Interstate 95.

Driving into the familiar streets of Jacksonville always feels good. Jack Rabbits has been amazing to us over the years, so I can’t help but be excited anytime we make it down to there to play.

This was the first show where we met up with the other two bands that we’re touring with, Miggs and Open Air Stereo. Touring with other bands, especially ones that you aren’t terribly familiar with, always has the same kind of dynamic the first few shows. I find it to be an interesting process to observe, as it mirrors every sort of group interaction among humans in general.

The first show is almost like a meet and greet, everyone says their hellos, shakes hands exchanges pleasantries….. Then it almost becomes cliquish again, with everyone crowding up with their respective bands. Throughout the night, the more socially outgoing ones in the bands begin to make their way around the room, exchanging small talk with various members in the other crews, yet almost always reverting to their own circle. It takes a few shows worth of time for true entropy to take place.

For the first few shows of the tour each band tends to watch the other’s sets together, commenting amongst themselves as to their opinions of the others songs, style, and observing each other’s strong points. The reason I think this happens is, no matter now friendly bands get with each other there has to remain a healthy competition against one another from gig to gig. I believe that this is necessary for the benefit of everyone on tour. It pushes everyone to strive for ever greater heights, and helps stave any complacency that can set in from playing the same songs over and over, day after day.

After the show we headed straight to Orlando. Max, the tour’s merch girl, is from Orlando and since we’re playing her hometown she wanted to take the opportunity to say goodbye to her boyfriend before he headed out on his own tour.

We spent Wednesday doing office work all day, which is not very rock star, but, vital. With the eminent release of the new record there is much to do. And, with 99% of the workload being handled “in house”, there is always something that needs to be done. Stopping only to record a quick acoustic video with Trent, one of Max’s roommates who is a film student at Full Sail University, we all stayed busy until well after midnight.

Forgot to mention we encountered an alligator in Orlando. Don’t worry Angelo took care of everything.

Day 8 – Orlando: The day of pranks

A friend of mine from Melbourne came out to hang with us for the day, and it turned into one of the best things. Spent some time around downtown Orlando. Found some alligator statues that Angelo wrestled, and a jumbo chair. Florida has really been giving us some good weather, perfect temperature and not much humidity!

After some food, and a quick load in the fun began. After a lot of talking we came to the conclusion that Rose’s boyfriend, Matt, looked so much like Zach Galifianakis, it was uncanny! So we decided we were going to play a prank on our buddy Stevie G. The goal? See exactly how far we could take this, and make him believe Zack had in fact come out to a Man On Earth show. It actually wasn’t that hard!! Poor guy. By the end of the night two ladies up at the bar had ruined all the fun for us. However now unfortunately I have to live with the fact that for the remainder of tour, Steve is going to be up every night trying to think of the best ways to get me back. That’s okay, I’ll start plotting my revenge as well.

Orlando was great, the boys played well, and the crowd was good, despite the fact that no one wanted to leave the upper bar area. Now we’re hitting the road for some beach rocking at Bamboo Willie’s in Pensacola. Come on out and join us for the next two days! We play at 10, so we expect to see you guys out there!
Oh, and ps. Buy some shirts!

Florida you’ve given us some pretty damn good weather. Keep it up!