No one in Washington Square Park have ever been on a tour with such an inauspicious start. In the span of an hour on the first day a truck driver parked his truck in front of Max’s driveway when we were trying to leave and wouldn’t move it, we found out Late Nite Wars, the band we were doing this whole full US tour with dropped off, the first two shows were cancelled and the rain was completely out of control while going down the garden state parkway. Luckily, the crew we have are extremely positive people and that’s the most important thing for a touring band that makes no money. We’ve pretty much dubbed this tour the Walking Bar Joke Tour: We have a punk (Me, Brian, Bass), a Jew (Max, singer/guitarist), a Ginger (Keith, guitar/vocals), a black guy (Dexter, drums) and a Guinny (Pat, merch dude, resident Italian). The stares have been plentiful.
After getting cheese steaks in Philly where our first show was supposed to be, we decided for the first night to go to campgrounds in North East Maryland (that was actually the town name). Keith set up a great tent he brought but after getting eaten alive for a few hours we ended up sleeping in the van anyway, and our night was capped off by five minutes straight of a female’s blood curdling screams.
A pipe broke in the basement of the kid’s house we were supposed to play at in Virigina, but we were able to get a last minute show in Murfreesboro, North Carolina at Zakk’s Coffee House. There’s a reason way you’ve never heard of that town, I’m pretty sure the only thing there was churches and cops. Cindy, the woman who ran it was nice as hell and fed us. I noticed not one but two bands on the greatest video game sound track of all time, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1, played there: The Ernies and Speedealer. It was Dexter’s first show with us after our drummer Mike fucked himself up pretty bad in a motorcycle accident (get better!) but he sounded really great, we’re really stoked he pretty much dropped everything for us!