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We’d like to thank the our awesome local weekly, the East Bay Express for not only running our day by day tour blog from our SXSW tour, but also printing an edition in the newsprint version this week. Awesome! You can read that edited version here, or… here:
The Bay Area’s own Victory and Associates take us through the dirt-broke lows and rock-star highs of a weeklong SXSW tour.
March 11: Starry Plough, Berkeley, Calif.
Hometown kickoff! I spend most of the pre-show set wondering what the turnout is going to be, but my worries are quickly assuaged when folks start coming in. I fret, I fume, and I am constantly concerned, but you rarely let me down, Bay Area.
Then we’re up. The first two songs go swimmingly, with decent sound and good performances. We play a pretty new song, and lo! The power on all the amps shuts off. Weird. It comes back on, I make a joke about PG&E not caring for our new material, and we try once more. Again, it goes off. The house engineer does everything in his power to find out what is going on, but these intermittent power outages happen throughout the set and we have to cover for this abrupt change in dynamic range. We cut “Friend Rock City” two lines early; “Wildly Plausible” and “Plausibly Wild” both get lines in the choruses that are a cappella by necessity, and we cut “You Can’t Stop the Signal” out completely and call the set a touch early.
It’s frustrating; I won’t lie. But we tried to keep it light and I will say this: If we’re going to have a show where there are these kinds of issues, it might as well be a block from where you live on the first day of the tour.
You can read all of our exploits in the print version of this week’s East Bay Express
Or in the online version of our tour journal.
Part 1 – Berkeley (Tour kick off), Starry Plough, CA
Part 2 – Merced, Daylight Headlight house, Merced, CA
Part 3 – Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA
Part 4 – Rogue Bar, Scottsdale, AZ
Part 5 – Warehouse 21, Santa Fe, NM
Part 6 – Rubber Gloves, Denton, TX
Part 7 – Sidebar, Austin, TX, SXSW
Part 8 – Club 1808, Austin, TX, SXSW