It’s here— our first tour! We’ve done some short runs here and there but we’re proud to say we’ll be getting in the van for a two week loop from New Orleans up to Nashville onward towards Denver, Vegas, and back, connecting the dots along the way with the help from friends we’ve been lucky enough to make on this end of our journey.
Months (often 4-5) of planning went into hammering out our itinerary; from deciding internally what’s doable for us to securing venues and fellow musicians across multiple states, it’s been a huge exercise in the discipline needed in attempting such foresights. A great amount of care went into not stepping on any of our personal endeavors related to career, family, relationships, or any other projects each of us may be involved in.
Despite such concerns on our end, as they obviously and often tend to, things beyond our control shifted and landed in a way that warrants this, our first ever blog post.
Our dearest golden boy, multi-tool, and general cy-punk wizard, Declan, had a separate tour shift around under him and is currently in a position where he feels (and we agree <33) that his best interest is to tend to the cattle and grain on the homestead *cowboy emoji*
A fortunate by-product of Dex having been on tour is we had the opportunity to fine tune a set for Stubb’s featuring just us three— we spent time rearranging vocal harmony, representing various figures with different instruments, and generally challenging ourselves to find new arrangements for these songs we’ve committed our hearts and bodies to playing.
Of course Declan is a huge part of our sound (and will always be) but in this challenge we’ve found a way to tap into a slightly more raucous, raw nerve with the songs that we’re choosing to play in his absence this go around. There are absolutely no off-put feelings between any of the projects or individuals involved on either end, we totally just want the best for our friends personally, financially, and certainly in terms of them reaching all of their goals.
We are fortunate on our end to be able to trudge forward on this run as a temporary three piece.
Though we’ll all miss Dec this Dec while we’re out there I’m having a hard time seeing this any other way; from Declan originally joining on as our bassist after Lopez had black-out punched Alco in the face in front of a What-a-burger (we’re v rock/n/roll like that), the amount of fun I had preparing for and performing at my first solo show last month at Hole in the Wall (which I plan to continue to do on occasion 🌺), to the situational curveball at hand, the one constant is our goal of sharing these songs.
All we can hope to do is find the perfect arrangement for the moment we’re in, quarter pounded black outs and all.
think of it like musical yes-anding ;;)
Just wanted to make it clear that Declan will play on all in town dates (literally the only reason he wouldn’t be is if he’s already playing out of town) and will 100% be a part of any/all future touring/recording! You can expect to see a special set from all of us at Spiderhouse Ballroom Saturday, December 1st for our send off show 👻
and we absolutely cannot wait to announce this very special bill
see you soon —XO