On Tour “Touring Is Weird.”
posted by June 27 at 14:24 PMon
From Benji Rouse, drummer of the Bow+Arrow:
Touring is weird.
I was expecting Santa Cruz to be one of the better places to play, but unfortunately the other band dropped off and we had to play a non-promoted show with no PA. The only person we knew in town is Lucas’ cousin. We hung out and toured some of the Lost Boys sights, then played to a room on maybe a dozen people (including a random old Seattle friend we ran into who was there doing a cyclocross race).
We didn’t secure a place to stay, but one of the kids working at the cafe told us that if we want to potentially crash in his girlfriend’s front yard we should wait around a few hours and he’d call us about it. We went to Cafe Saturn and got some late night veggie food and waited around, and while we were there one of the waiters walked up to us and slipped Jonny a note, telling us that a girl thought he was cute and wanted to give us her number. Jonny didn’t want to call, and Lucas was too shy to call (though he says he wasn’t), so I called them and they invited us to hang out at their place and play Uno. We went there and they were all super nice. They let us sleep in their living room, and we stayed up watching Mall Rats and played with their adorable hyperactive jumpy flippy kitten.
The next day they and their friends let us take showers at their places, and they took us to the Monterey Aquarium for free (they have a hook up). It was fucking rad - way beyond the aquarium in Seattle in quality and quantity.
We left our new buddies and came to San Luis Obispo and played on KCPR (the local college radio station). The kids doing it are super quiet but nice, and also let us crash at their house. They recently dumpstered 25lbs of pasta and 20 lbs of sauce, so they fed us a very basic and bland meal, and we crashed for the night.
We all woke up a little bit ago. When I came downstairs for my morning pee, I was assaulted by the house dog, who bit me on the ass. We’re about to leave for Santa Barbara, where we’ll be staying with the oh-so-awesome Rebecca of Watercolor Paintings for a few days.
After SB is our rad show in LA (Bow & Arrow, Bow+Arrow, @ Bow & Sparrow*) then we’re playing a house show in San Fransisco that a friend of someone who saw us at the BART station is setting up (apparently there’s quite an internet buzz about us after that), then playing in Napa again on the 2nd, then come home and play with Des_Ark at Camp Nowhere. This is going to be a rad week.