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Hello again. We've been back from tour for 2 days and are kinda almost actually rested for once.

Tour scrapbook coming soon. In the meantime, the video for "Raising the Skate" premiered 3-4 weeks ago while we were travelling, and we didn't get to journal about it yet:



It's a heartwarming story based on true life events. Darl gets choked by delicious spaghetti. I get possessed by a cat demon, and I end up stabbing Devin with a pool cue. (Sorry Devin.) Sadie stabs me and releases the cat demon, but unfortunately I'm already dead. Bummer.

Casey Herz from Lasthaus was the director. Ariel Shvartsman helped out with writing out the general concept of the video, and he let me wear his glasses which was super generous. Amanda King and Isabel Farrington helped with costume design and other tasks. There was also a crew of about 10 other people whose names I regrettably wasn't able to catch, but their help was tremendously appreciated. (If anyone sees this and wants to send over their names, we'll include them here!)

They used an impressively high-tech camera and took lots of cues from Hausu and Suspiria. Some of the shots legitimately scared us, like the one where Sadie wakes up in the middle of the empty room with just the one glowing spotlight over her...

I swear I've had fucked up nightmares just like that.

We shot the haunted house stuff at Boston College, and the car stuff was shot a few weeks later (on my birthday) at Studio 52 in Allston.

The car we're driving is my car. It's a station wagon with wood panel.

This picture is not of my car but rather the Griswolds' car from National Lampoon's Vacation.

The connection between scary movies and skating can be summed up with two words: Matthew Lillard. He not only played Stew in Scream, but he also hosted Sk8 TV. Here he is in 1990 interviewing Guy Mariano:


And here's some more useful info:

HAPPY NEW DEER (+ nu vid)



The fresh Speedy alb is now available at a Lowes or Home Depot near you. It's called FOIL DEER and you (yes, you) can listen to it right now - legally - in 49 out of 50 states! (We heard Mississip doesn't jive with that Deer chic.)

12 Gracious Melodies:
1. "Good Neck" 2. "Raising The Skate" 3. "The Graduates" 4. "Dot X" 5. "Homonovus" 6. "Puffer" 7. "Swell Content" 8. "Zig" 9. "My Dead Girl" 10. "Ginger" 11. "Mr. Difficult" 12. "Dvrk Wvrld"

Here's what it looks like on Spotify:


None of us in the band have actually seen the album yet, but we'll be live tweeting a big cellophane unwrapping ceremony probably tomorrow morning.

And our new vid for "The Graduates" just got posted. I wonder why Sadie and Darl look so surprised. Guess you'll have to watch and find out.
http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/21/speedy-ortiz-music-video/


If you haven't seen the video yet, you should view it now prior to scrolling below because we're gonna post some spoiler pics...

We have some radio sessions this week. These are subject to change, so check our Facebook for updates on those.

Tour kick-off happens tomorrow night at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Mass!

For the first half of tour, we'll be joined by those gorgeous homies in KRILL, with the seductive sounds of ALEX G joining throughout the 2nd half. And throughout our travels, we'll also be ridin' around shinin' with maximized dopeness: MITSKI, TWO INCH ASTRONAUT, EX-BREATHERS, BROKEN WATER, and PALEHOUND are all joining us for multiple shows! (W-W-WAT?!) And before it's done we'll even get to share the stage with rad one-offs like BLESSED STATE, SLUTEVER, ACCORDION CRIMES, BITTER CANNON, and even JENNY LEWIS from the Rilos of Kiley.

Here's the link to all of our tour dates:
http://www.groundcontroltouring.com/tours/speedy-ortiz



We toured with minimal breaks from December 2013 until November 2014, so "tour scrapbooking" is pretty much caught up. (Yayayay!) For the purpose of closure, this page will encompass most of the noteworthy stuff since Ex Hex tour.


NOVEMBER 2014



Nov 11: Death By Audio got shut the fuck down
Them farewell showed were dope. Creepy pics.


Nov 13: We played at Bard
Not at Smog. It snowed.

Nov 23-24: Mixed the alb
No Beer November was a relatively huge failure for me.

DECEMBER 2014



Dec 5: Great Scott Residency Week 1
Chandos kicked it off in style. Especially shirtless Julian. I made mixes and planned to have them spun in between sets but Dan G wasn't into it. (Hire me for your party and I will play these mixes.)




Dec 12: Great Scott Residency Week 2
Speedy's plan was to play all 3 weeks (12 songs each week) without repeating songs (so 36 songs without repeats). Did we pull it off??


Dec 13: Average Cock plays at Lasthaus
Guessing that 99% of those who notice our occasional name change are unaware that the switch serves an actual purpose beyond appearing as a "surprise guest" at randomly chosen shows. But it's probably more interesting if we don't reveal why, because the reason is really boring. I've already said too much.

Hey, Ursula and Ian kicked serious ass at this show. Listen to these bands and give them Grammy Awards in 2016.
https://ripursula.bandcamp.com/
https://eyyunn.bandcamp.com/


Dec 14: Boston Music Awards
Wasn't crowded at all.

Dec 19: Great Scott Residency Week 3
Ovlov was really loud, and the ceiling collapsed during Lemuria.

Our goal of playing 36 songs without repeats fell short of 1 song. But 35 songs without repeats is still pretty cool. In order to get there, at some point throughout these three shows we played "Dvrk Wvrld" and "Mr. Difficult" live for the first time ever, banged out some covers from TV On The Radio and The Cardigans, and brought back old songs like "Cutco" and "Swim Fan" that we hadn't played live since about a year prior.

Dec 20: House Show in CT
With Two Inch Astronaut and the bands in the flier. Tried to get Andy and Devin to bang out an impromptu "Scattering Ram" to no avail. I only have one picture from this show of me playing drums that Chris Morgan sent.


JANUARY 2015



Jan 25: Got our picture taken by the great Bob Gruen
Maybe no one will care if I post one of the rejects that will never get used for anything.


Jan 29: First show in 6 weeks
Our longest duration without a show. Someone said our cheap merch was too expensive or something.

FEBRUARY 2015



Feb 3: Comic gets posted


Feb 8/9/10: "The Graduates" Video
Coming to a Vimeo near you. Shot during one of the big Boston blizzards of 2015. No spoilers allowed. But I can tell you that we could probably make another entire video with all the footage that got rejected from the final cut, which includes:
- Darl pukes eyeballs into the snow.
- We accompany a life-size bunny to a gym where he lifts weights and runs on a treadmill.
- We ran around a LOT and performed experiments at MIT.
- We played a lot of Scrabble.



Feb 12: Played at the Toronto thing
Happy birthday Red Bull.

MARCH 2015



March 16/17/18/19/20: SXSW
If you've read this far, you've likely already seen at least one of the 59,999,998 blog posts that showed me trading spots with the great Hannibal Buress during our 3rd of 8 shows in Austin that week. Here's the late-night clip where it got briefly discussed:

About an hour before the show with the Hannibal cameo, we experienced a pretty surreal moment when we were interviewed by John Norris - one of the faces of MTV News during the '90s. The Q&A was posted at MTVIggy.Com about a week ago. We forgot to take video or pictures of that exchange, so instead here's a clip of John introducing a segment about Faith No More:

One of the pictures posted below is of Rae Sremmurd where two dudes were holding oversized cut-outs of their heads. We also got to see Failure and nerded out super hard within their presence. "They roll with a pretty rough crew," said Darl Ferm.



March 21: Played at Northeastern College
Kinda tired.

March 22/23: Shot "Raising the Skate" Video


APRIL 2015



April 6: More "Raising the Skate" shooting
They wanted my car in the video. Sadie rolled around on the car hood which was probably unwashed.

April 7/8: Recording covers with Jesse Weiss


And hey, would you lookit that. We're all caught up. This calls for a celebration.

Trying to catch up on tour scrapbooking before anything else big happens. Here's some fun memories from Ex Hex tour...

10/04/14 Boston (The Lawn on D)
They had swings for grown-ups. Saw Ted Leo walking somewhere. Left amp at the show bc didn't know it was our amp. Off to a great start.


10/05/14 Washington DC (Black Cat)
Ex Hex tour kick off. Darl drove to get amp from Allston. http://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/live-dc-ex-hex-speedy-ortiz-teen-liver-black-cat.htm

10/07/14 Louisville (Zanzabar)
Release date for our split with Chris Weisman.


10/08/14 Denver (Hi Dive)
Holy fucking shit, Accordion Crimes.
Do it: https://accordioncrimes.bandcamp.com/

10/09/14 Albuquerque (Sister)


10/10/14 Tempe (Yucca Tap Room)
Attended Illuminati meeting on Bucket Of Blood Road. Weird show. They split the bar with velvet rope for the under-21s. Except it might have been police tape and not velvet rope. Traded tapes with Numb Bats. Pup of the day.


10/12/14 Los Angeles (The Echo)


10/14/14 San Francisco (Rickshaw Stop)
Requisite "Sadie gets sick on tour" day.
PICS: http://www.prefixmag.com/photos/ex-hex-speedy-ortiz-rickshaw-stop-in-san-francisco

10/16/14 Portland (Mississippi Studios)
Lots of cameos at this one. Mark from Breeders stopped by and was nice enough to run sound for us. Blesst Chest opened the night, featuring Dr. Jake Morris on the drums. And of course, Mike Clark from The Jicks joined us for the big Mike Clark 5 reunion.


Had to cancel Vancouver due to sick. :(

10/18/14 Seattle (Barboza)
Universe People were right on. Tacocat brought us Taco Bell gift cards or something. (See picture below.)


10/23/14 Fargo (The Aquarium)
For future reference, we would prefer homies to not venture behind the merch table, whether we're behind the table or not. That's like our personal space. We need it.

10/24/14 Minneapolis (7th Street Entry)
Devin got sick like 5 minutes before we played, so we played as a 3 piece. Sadie stalled with stage banter after every song thinking that Devin was going to walk on stage. Partially because of this, people on twitter thought we were far more wasted than we actually were. Did we drink with Buildings afterwards? You bet we did.


10/26/14 Detroit (PJ's Lager House)
Pity Sex! Destroy This Place! I made a cameo on Ex Hex's insta. (That's what the kids call Instagram.)


10/27/14 Vancouver (Horseshoe Tavern)
Chillin' with the Sensei kids. Kareoke with Michael Deforge. Sang lots of Nicki Minaj and Our Lady Peace songs.



10/28/14 Montreal (Il Motore)
Spent the night squeezed into Cass's bedroom. Shit got cozy.

10/29/14 Burlington (The Monkey House)


10/30/14 Allston (Great Scott)
Pile


10/31/14 Hamden (The Space)
Halloween. Ex Hex were The Heartbreakers. LOOM came dressed in all white and had a scary movie projected onto them while they played. Ovlov wore some freaky masks or something. Theo and Morgan looked particularly creepy. Speedy didn't really have a theme; Sadie was a singer from the show Nashville and my costume was a "Blunts and Bitches" t-shirt with an ICP hat, so people thought I was supposed to be a juggalo but I was really just a dumbass. (Can't find any pics from this show, but I'm sure they're out there.)

11/01/14 Brooklyn (Glasslands)
Aye Nako kicked srs ace. Definitely didn't put a huge dent in the rental van on this night.

11/02/14 Manhattan (Mercury Lounge)
Big Ups debuted some sweet jams. Doing homework and writing papers on tour is really fun and not frustrating at all and we highly recommend it to everyone.

11/04/14 Philadelphia (Johnny Brendas)


11/05/14 Baltimore (Ottobar)
I think we got Pho or something.

11/06/14 Richmond (Strange Matter)
Forgot to play The Simpsons arcade game.

11/07/14 Durham (Pinhook)
I said "Fuck Kevin Durant" and people thought I was serious and not quoting The BasedGod's "Fuck KD" from his groundbreaking and highly influential Hoop Life mixtape.

Photobomb girl pushed me out of tour pic.


Devin and Betsy BFFL


We liked her so much we traded half of our gear just to bring her back with us.


I'm actually in this one but Darl got cut out, although his love for Jesus made the frame.

We coincidentally saw pictures of Joe from Big Ups hanging on walls at at least 3 festivals on this tour, hence the title of this entry (and we kept bumping into them at more shows, much like on our last Euro-tour).

8/7/14 Gothenburg (Way Out West Festival)
Some ghosts jumped on stage during "Doomsday" and got the crowd pumped. Darl recognized Statik Selektah in front of our hotel spot. Some Swedish dudes called us "typical Americans" but I don't remember why. Someone took our picture on a carousel.


8/10/14 Skipton (Funkirk Estate)
It rained a lot and we saw The Fall walking around pissed. Chilled briefly with Joanna Gruesome.

8/12/14 Edinburgh, Scotland (Electric Circus)
The beginning of our mini-tour with Happyness. Darl says there were "kareoke cameras" and a "drag show afterwards," but I have no memory of any of this. We were shockingly pleased to find out that Happyness has a song about torture fantasies starring Win Butler from Arcade Fire. Here's a video someone took of us being dorky nerds:


8/13/14 Newcastle (The Cluny)
The Cluny sounds like one of those spots that Dave Catmur (our Euro-tour manager and former drummer from UK-alt giants Tubelord) would pronounce really properly. Also this was the day everyone learned that we would sadly not be seeing Electric Wizard on that Saturday, as ATP ended up cancelling the Jabberwocky festival. And only 4 days prior. Big bum-outs all around.

I don't remember if this is where these pics were taken but I will post them here 'cuz the kids look adorbs.


8/14/14 Brighton (Prince Albert)
Big show with Happyness and Eugene Quell. At the after-party, they rocked out really hard to Pile and Cam'ron and one dude smashed a hanging lightbulb into the ceiling. We found out later that someone had been videotaping throughout the night and the footage was used in this video:



8/15/14
No show. Everyone's plans became wide open, and a lot of club shows popped up all over London due to the festival cancellation.

I somehow figured out how to walk from Tate Modern to Old Blue Last (for the Ought/Big Ups show) by myself without a GPS despite knowing nothing about London, and I consider this a huge accomplishment. I found Darl and Devin hanging out there with Big Ups, and we met up with Sadie and Laura Snapes at the Iceage show at Apiary Studios. Later, David Catmur took us to get Hot Salt Beef Bagels, which is apparently something you're supposed to get in London. They taste way better than they look, so I won't post a picture.

8/16/14 London (100 Club)
Big ATP-replacement show with Cloud Nothings and Hookworms. Not bad considering the show was only booked 2 days prior. Darl volunteered to do stand-up comedy by himself.



8/17/14 Brecon Beacons, Wales (Green Man Festival)

It was pretty cold. Saw Real Estate & Kurt Vile. Flew back home.

("I'm sleep." - Earl Sweatshirt, 2009)

8/23/14 Monterey (First City Fest)
Saw Midlake and Beck. Some scary clown dude played a bunch of Lorde covers.


I think this was our first time getting flown out just to play 1 thing and then flying back. Missed our returning flight due to burrito. Hung out in San Francisco while we waited for our returning flight. Found some Heatmiser tapes. While in line at C.R.E.A.M. someone snagged Devin's backpack that contained the laptop with the stems for the Foil Deer demos.


9/1/14 - 9/13/14 Brooklyn (Rare Book Room)

Recording Foil Deer with Nico and Gabe Wax. We played with Fucked Up at Irving Plaza on that Friday (Sept 5). And a week later, we saw Tera Melos and Pinback at the same spot.


9/26/14 Champaign/Urbana (Pygmalion)
Tried to find Hum but they were nowhere to be found.

9/27/14 Cincinnati (Midpoint)
With EMA and Ex Hex. Got flown to Portland very early the next morning.


9/28/14 Portland (Project Pabst)
Despite the name and whether or not you're a fan of PBR, let it be known that this festival was VERY well organized and was really fun. Jammed out to GZA, The Thermals, Modest Mouse and Shabazz Palaces.

9/29/14 Portland
We didn't play a show. Just hung out and had a really fun time chillin' with Mike Clark and Jake Morris (from The Jicks). I suggested we visit an arcade kinda half-expecting no dice; however, Mike knew exactly the spot for us, and he taught me how to play Joust. At one point, I caught Sadie and Mike playing Dance Dance Revolution. Jake took us to a cool bar afterwards and we met a dancer who just happened to be from Northampton. Best day. Gold Star this one. Seal of approval.

CAN I GRADUATE + SPRANG BRANK SXSW

Hello friends. This is Mike interrupting our scrapbooking once again for some updates on recent activities.

Our new song is called "The Graduates." It debuted under the title "Dropout" coincidentally at the MIT Steer Roast way, way back in the glory days of May 2014. It will be included as track 3 on our forthcoming record Foil Deer. We also shot a video for it in Allston about a month ago - directed by the great Matt Caron - in which everyone does drugs and a large bunny lifts weights.

If you'd like to learn more about "The Graduates" why not check out these fantastic resources?

Mad bummed 3EB's 120 Minutes performance isn't on Youtube. Thank you Viacom.


We're also subjecting ourselves to yet another week in hell (a.k.a. SXSW in Austin). Thanks Sadie for throwing together this jazzy number:

If you'd like to learn more about SXSW, why not check out Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers?


The light at the end of the SXSW slime-tunnel:

Some major "achievement unlocked" territory here. On our last night in Austin (about 5 hours before our returning flight), we'll be playing just before Failure takes the stage. Honestly, I don't think any of us ever thought we'd get to see these guys, especially after our 2014 travels kept conflicting with their surprise Spring 2014 tour. But hope is alive once again.

After Failure is done (probably around 2AM) we'll be hopping on a 6AM flight, followed by playing in Boston that afternoon, followed by two 15-hour days on Sunday and Monday for the "Raising The Skate" video shoot. Andrew WK would be proud of us for partying so hard.

Also we did a new Spotify playlist. The theme they threw at us was "Everything's Bigger in Texas," which worked out nicely, since we have that song "Everything's Bigger." However, it's boring to put your own bands song on a playlist so we chose a bunch of other "BIG" songs. Check it:
6/28/14 Pittsburgh, PA (Club Cafe)
Drove to Pittsburgh for 1 show and then drove back.

7/10/14 New Haven, CT (Toad's Place)
I recall some equipment problems at this show. I got asked to fill time with stage banter, which happens on occasion, and for some reason I leaked a spoiler about Root Beer Guy. Someone in the audience yelled "thanks, spoiler!" 20 minutes later, Guided By Voices were about to start their 2+ hours of rockage, so it ultimately didn't matter.

Everything you've been told about GBV is true. Darl says, "They were so beyond wasted." @ween_ebooks was among our company at this show, and Mitch Mitchell asked Darl, "Issat your old lady?" which is an expression that I don't think I've ever heard anyone say outside of the movies. During GBV, we walked past their door and there was barely a millimeter of space on their table not covered with empty Coors bottles. We unsuccessfully tried to get a copy of the set list, which probably had at least 60 songs on it. (Actually 48, but close enough.)


7/12/14 Brooklyn, NY (4 Knots)
Big outdoor show with Viet Cong, Mac Demarco and Dinosaur Jr. Pretty sure there are hundreds of pictures and videos from this show floating around. Here's our handsomest one, posted on Stereogum a few hours later:

We saw Pile, Big Ups and Alex G that night deep in Brooklyn at the big 12-band EIS show.

7/16/14 New Milford, CT (Bucks Rock)
A weird beginning to a weird weekend.

Between 6PM and 4AM, we learned and recorded this really difficult song called "Lost Something In The Hills" for Rookie Mag. (Way more difficult than our seldom-performed "Hot For Teacher" cover.) The article says: "To get into the tune’s spooky mood, Speedy O recorded it in the middle of the night." The reality of the situation is that we're masochists who enjoy staying up until 6AM the night before leaving for a tour weekend (while in the process of learning 14 other songs for the forthcoming Foil Deer sessions).

It's entirely possible that none of us have heard this recording since the day it was mastered, probably because when you hear a song repeated for 10 hours straight it sometimes makes you not want to hear it again for a while. But we're happy it's out there, and I recall the recording came out super sweet. And of course, thanks to the great Ben Scherer for staying up late with us!

7/17/14 Kalamazoo, MI
We didn't have a show, but Kalamazoo is a frequent sleepy-time checkpoint for us, because we love it to pieces.

7/18/14 Madison, WI
Sweet block party show with tUnE-yArDs. They put our name on the marquee n stuff.


7/19/14 - 7/20/14 Chicago, IL (Pitchfork)





7/21/14 Toledo, OH (Frankie's)
Bar/club show with Perfect Pussy. They told us that Enon had played there 3 times. I tried to take a panoramic thing of the wall, but it didn't work that well.


8/2/14 Philadelphia, PA (Golden Tee House)
Extra juicy line-up with Swearin', Pile, The Holidays, Hound, Gunk & Pinkwash. This ultimately ended up as our last Golden Tee House show, and one of Gunk's final shows. If you don't know Gunk, then you should fix that. Resulting from spontaneous impaired judgement, we impulsively debuted 5 new songs. At least 4 of these were not on the original set list, and all of them were drunk. That's just the kind of parties they threw down at Golden Tee House. You never knew what was gonna happen. R.I.P. to probably our favorite spot to play in Philly.
New Preston, CT. It's one of those towns with lots of trees. Some say it's where the bears hang out, although it was not the location for the Disney IMAX film Bears that premiered on Earth Day 2014. However, New Preston was the spot where we first heard the demo for what is now our new song, "Raising the Skate," which premiered on The Fader yesterday.

Just wanna shout a "hell yeah" to whoever decided to name the URL I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss. If you'd like to learn more on this topic, why not try your local library? Or check out these informative suggestions:




So today we're taking a quick break from our 2014 Tour Scrapbook to let you know how pumped we are that "Raising the Skate" is finally out there. We messed around with it a few times on our August tour, right after we premiered a very sloppy and way-too-fast version at Golden Tea House in Philadelphia (at a show we'll probably be writing about on the next page of tour journal.)

And speaking of tour, a new round of shows just got announced. This is the longest we've gone without travelling for a while. We're looking forward to burrito hunting with our buds from Krill, Mitski, Alex G, Two Inch Astronaut, Broken Water and Palehound, with more bands to be announced soon!

04/22/2015 Cambridge, MA / The Sinclair with Mitski, KRILL
04/24/2015 Hamden, CT / The Space with Mitski, KRILL
04/25/2015 New York, NY / Bowery Ballroom with Mitski, KRILL
04/26/2015 Philadelphia, PA / Johnny Brenda's with Mitski, KRILL
04/28/2015 Pittsburgh, PA / Cattivo with KRILL, Two Inch Astronaut
04/29/2015 Cleveland Heights, OH / Grog Shop with KRILL, Two Inch Astronaut
04/30/2015 Chicago, IL / The Empty Bottle with KRILL, Two Inch Astronaut
05/01/2015 Madison, WI / The Frequency with KRILL, Two Inch Astronaut
05/02/2015 Minneapolis, MN / 7th St. Entry with KRILL, Two Inch Astronaut
05/03/2015 Iowa City, IA / Gabe's Oasis with KRILL, Two Inch Astronaut
05/04/2015 Champaign, IL / Highdive with KRILL, Two Inch Astronaut
05/06/2015 Washington, DC / Black Cat with KRILL, Two Inch Astronaut
05/07/2015 Richmond, VA / Strange Matter with KRILL
05/08/2015 Carrboro, NC / Cat's Cradle - Back Room with KRILL
05/09/2015 Atlanta, GA / Shaky Knees Festival
05/11/2015 Tampa, FL / The Crowbar with KRILL
05/13/2015 New Orleans, LA / Gasa Gasa with KRILL
05/14/2015 Houston, TX / Walter's Downtown with Alex G
05/15/2015 Austin, TX / Red 7 with Alex G
05/16/2015 Dallas, TX / Club Dada with Alex G
05/21/2015 Los Angeles, CA / The Echo with Alex G, DJ
05/22/2015 Santa Ana, CA / Constellation Room with Alex G
05/23/2015 Santa Cruz, CA / The Catalyst Atrium with Alex G
05/25/2015 Portland, OR / Mississippi Studios with Alex G, Broken Water
05/26/2015 Vancouver, BC / The Cobalt with Alex G
05/27/2015 Seattle, WA / Barboza with Alex G
05/29/2015 Salt Lake City, UT / Kilby Court with Alex G, Palehound
05/30/2015 Denver, CO / Larimer Lounge with Alex G, Palehound
05/31/2015 Kansas City, MO / The Riot Room with Alex G, Palehound
06/01/2015 Columbia, MO / Rose Music Hall with Alex G, Palehound
06/02/2015 St. Louis, MO / Firebird with Alex G, Palehound
06/04/2015 Detroit, MI / UFO Factory with Alex G, Palehound
06/05/2015 Toronto, ON / The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern with Alex G, Palehound
06/06/2015 Montréal, QC / Bar Le "Ritz" P.D.B. with Alex G, Palehound

The Stick of Truth Tour: June-Fest 2014

Like 3 days after we got back from "Sugar We're Going Tour Summer 2014" we had to rent another van and do more shit.

6/12/14 Chapel Hill, NC (Local 506)
Mac from Superchunk keeps pictures of Codeine in his wallet.

6/13/14 Manchester, TN (Bonnaroo)
Hey, check it out. I thought of a cool joke. "Boner-Roo." Get it? Like, "Boner-Roo." We got to play on a smaller stage right before Diarrhea Planet went on, so in a weird way it felt like we were on an out-of-place DIY stage that was kinda stuck in the center of everything. Also if I'm not mistaken, we were Kanye's only competition, with our set starting about 15 minutes after his. Lionel Richie was tight as hell and at least one member of Speedy relieved themselves on the ground during his stage banter jokes. Lauryn Hill was awesome but she also made me sad. Ice Cube did "You Can Do It (Put Your Back Into It)." Frank Ocean was reportedly drunk. The surprise mini-set from Mystikal was pretty dope. We went to Chappy's house and watched Britney Spears and Incubus videos for a couple hours.


6/15/14 Louisville, KY (Dreamland)
Chris Brokaw was dope as hell. Went to some bar and the World Cup was on all the TVs. We saw Nick Cave the following night and he did that thing where he points.

6/17/14 Columbus, OH (Rumba Cafe)
Craft Spells!

6/18/14 Detroit (Jumbos)
I tried to find every song on the bar's jukebox that was longer than 10 minutes. Detroit's got some characters. We met a trash guy (a sanitation engineer) who's been coming to all our Detroit shows. Destroy This Place made good on their band name. (I wonder how many times people have said that about them.)


6/19/14 Toronto, ON (Mod Club)
Varriale and Steve were at this one. Pissed Jeans played the bass for a long time. Michael Deforge said that Sadie is a polite puker.

Check out our hot butt pics from NXNE.

6/20/14 Toronto, ON (Horseshoe Tavern)
Trying to find the video of those two guys who interviewed us who were like the Toronto-version of Wayne & Garth. That night we did our first of 3 shows with Swearin', along with Greys, Perfect Pussy, and *SPACIAL GHEST* who turned out to be Spoon, so that was cool except for afterwards when the NXNE volunteers locked the room that our shit was in because they're like "no ya can't load out til the Spoon bus is gone lol" which took until like fucking 4AM. Good show tho.

6/21/14 Hamilton, ON (Casbah)
We watched Christmas Evil with the Sensei gang. They were amazed that Darl's friend's dad (or someone) played "Man #2." I think he has one line. Okay, I just found it on Youtube. It's something like, "why Santa, I see you've given up your reindeer for more modern wheels. Bwahahahah." And then Santa stabs him or something. The video posted below explains why the character Moss Garcia was such a bad kid and why he deserved what he got.


6/22/14 Ottawa, ON (Luneta)
Sick warehouse strip-mall show with Swearin'! Sadie projectile vomited. :(

6/23/14 Montreal, QUE (La Vitrola)
I wish I had a picture of while Swearin' was playing and Devin's head was poking out behind the curtain. This girl who worked at a bar confirmed that they refer to "chips and salsa" as "nachos" which felt gratifying for me.


And that was pretty much it. Summer shows are next...
Hey, it's Mike again. For those just tuning in, we're mid-way weasling through the scrap book of memories that we didn't get to post during 2014. We're not caught up just yet, so this is probably an inappropriate video to post:


5/16/14 Copenhagen
Festival with EMA. Visited Christiania. A dude yelled at me for sitting against a wall and eating a taco.


5/19/14 Liverpool (The Shipping News)
Darl says, "I remember it was a Monday and people were fucking wasted." We had to school the Liverpudlians on Hans Moleman.

5/20/14 Dublin, IRE (Workman's Club)
Squarehead!

5/21/14 Bristol (Exchange)
There's a dude who we started calling "Armband Guy" who we've seen at 3 or 4 shows. He's a big guy, really friendly, with a very heavy Bristol accent and about 100 armbands from previous festivals still attached to one of his wrists. He's more commonly known as "Big Jeff," or "Bristol Jeff," and he has some kind of sensory processing condition where he sees crazy colors and shapes whenever he goes to see bands play. David Catmur (our European TM) refers to him as "a legend." I guess he's legendary enough that the top result when Googling "Bristol Jeff" is this documentary short:

Also thanks for the awesome skate-wheel poster! Check out more of their stuff here!

5/22/14 London (Electrowerkz)
Darl put a credential sticker on his ass and the bouncer got pissed. He thought there were gay implications and said, "I don't wanna look at that." Mark Bowen showed off his bling rings.

5/24/14 Utrecht (Ekko)
Played with Big Ups at some weird space that looked like a mall but actually might have been an art gallery or something? Yeah anyway, we ended up in their video, and I'm pretty sure they're in ours. Later in the day, I finished reading the 33 1/3 book about Celine Dion, and we played with some band where these dudes wore leather jackets and played yacht rock. The main leather dude started soulfully crooning "Hakuna Matata," which is a very good song to croon when you want everyone in the room to feel extremely awkward all at once.


5/25/14
No show. Our van got searched for drugs at a German rest-stop by the German drug-cop dudes. Sorry cops! No drugs here! Also German Sailor Moon:


5/27/14 Zurich (Elmo Delmo)
God, this spot was amazing. Big show with J & L Defer, also known as one-half of Disco Doom! David Catmur rocked out on the bass during soundcheck.


5/29/14 France (This is Not a Love Song)
Mark E Smith!


5/30/14 - 6/1/14 Barcelona (Primavera)
Sadie hugged Earl Sweatshirt. We saw Slint. While Deafheaven were gone from their dressing room, we stuck presents on the walls. Sadie left them a Princess-puppy and I left them a BMO. This dude made sand castles of Bart pissing and Homer drunk. (See video below.)
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6/2/14
No show. Went to The Alps and stayed at Dave's mom's.


6/3/14 Marina di Ravenna, Italy (Beaches Brew)
We kept seeing Lee Ranaldo everywhere. Also, we're still trying to figure out what was up with this scary little "Michael Jackson banana" carnival item being sold at a rest stop. I kinda hugely regret not buying this. (See video below.)


6/4/14 Rome (Circolo degli Artisti)
As an experiment, I said "Como se va?" with some attitude during the stage banter, and everyone in the audience yelled back, "EYYY!! COMO SE VA!!"

6/5/14 Torino (Spazio 211)
Kinda sick of squat toilets. I got bored and made a video montage. (See video below.)

So Darl says, "Italy's such a weird place. It kinda feels like 'The South' of Europe. Like, their version of The South." Then I says to Darl I says, "Like, the Alabama of Europe?" And then he says, "Yeah, Italy kicks ass." And so then I says, "Or maybe the Louisiana of Europe because they both have the boot shape." (There's no punchline. I'm just relaying our conversation.)

6/6/14 Porto (Primavera)
After our set, we kinda jumped off our stage and ran directly towards the other stage where Slint was playing so we could see them again. People talk a lot more in Porto, as opposed to the dead silence during "Good Morning Captain" in Barcelona. We had a video interview in our trailer where we ended up singing all the lyrics to "Come On A Cone."

A few hours later we were on a plane heading back to the States.......