We’re big fans of You Blew It! on PropertyOfZack, and apparently they’re fans of us as well. We’ve teamed up with the band to bring you Road Blogs throughout You Blew It!’s summer tour, and it should be a good one. Check out the first update below and come back each week for more!
Okay, so I’ve never met Zack. I don’t know what his property is, or what it looks like, but I like it a lot. PropertyOfZack has treated us so so well, and we’re so excited to be doing this tour blog with them. Right now we’re on our longest tour yet (36 days), and our crew is pretty cool this time around. We’ve got Timothy Flynn the drummer/drinker, Andy Anaya the guitarist/toy specialist, Evan Mcgrew the merch guy/photographer/Andy Milanokis enthusiast, Nick Inman the bassist/naked guy, and then you’ve got me. My name is Tanner and I try to sing and play guitar, and I unsuccessfully grow facial hair. We’re all shoved into this van that looks more or less like the trash compactor scene in A New Hope, just with worse haircuts.
Day 1: Atlanta, GA. Under the Couch –
This was only our second time ever playing Atlanta, and I’m going to be honest, the first time was fucking dumb. I don’t know if anyone read our last tour blog, but like, someone ended up having to go to the hospital, and I’m pretty sure 2/3 of the show’s attendance stood outside during our set, flexing their HxC knowledge/tattoos on each other. Anyways, I guess what I’m trying to say is this time was totally different. We packed the van and shouldered the 7-hour drive from Orlando to Georgia Tech’s campus. Before too long, the van was parked, pleasantries were exchanged with the promoter, and we were sitting down watching Spain make France look really stupid. Actually, can we talk about how annoying France’s uniforms are? Those things suck. They look like something dumb collared shirt Tyler Something-or-other would wear. I went to high school with Tyler Something-or-other. He sucked. One time he pushed me in the hallways and laughed in my face and then he said to his friends “LOL I JUST PUSHED THAT FRESHMAN LOL.” He bookended his sentence with “lol” and not in a sarcastic way. Really, he was clearly kind of an English language revolutionary. Anyways, I didn’t do anything. I just kept walking. I’ll write some lyrics about him one day. I’ll show HIM. Anyways, we played the show and it was pretty cool. We had to sort out some sloppy first day kinks on stage during our set, which was kind of embarrassing, but everyone was really nice about it. Except someone asked us to play a song by Dikembe. I’m not sure if anyone reading this has ever been asked to play another song by another band or not, but it kind of feels like whenever someone asks you to play another song by another band. Whatever. He was nice.
Day 2: Greenville, SC. Earshot Records w/ Apart –
Waking up in Atlanta was cool. Andy and I got up kind of early and went for a David Garwacke inspired run. Let me tell you, running over hills is rough. We did our best Walter Payton impressions, but it probably just came out as more of a Philip Seymour Hoffman circa Along Came Polly. Our host pumped us full of waffles and carted us to her bomb ass pool complex. It had slides and those silly waterfall mushrooms. Had we been filming with a super expensive camera, I’m pretty positive we could have gotten a couple thousand for Unaccompanied Minors 2. Except Nick wore a speedo, which I’m pretty sure was the demise of some kids’ futures. Anything from there on out in their lives are just going to be downward spirals in a desperate attempt to erase the all too well-defined package he was carrying around at their eye levels. So uh, sorry I guess.
Pianos Become The Teeth are out on a big tour this spring with Coheed And Cambria and Moving Mountains. The band will be doing a Road Blog for PropertyOfZack to keep fans updated from the Road, so check out the first update below and come back each week for more!
From Chad McDonald:
Hi, my name is Chad McDonald. I play guitar in a band from Baltimore, MD called Pianos Become the Teeth. We are currently on tour with Coheed and Cambria & Moving Mountains. Here’s a rambled tour journal.
Day One. Today was hectic. wake up at 530 am. drive girlfriend to airport. picked up by mike at 730. at kyle’s by 8. mcdonald’s drive thru. iced coffee is shockingly sweet, undeniably gross. Caffeine mixed with little sleep puts me in a haze. arrive at practice space. unpack the van, run the set, pack the van & drive to the show. 4 hours later - arrive, load in, wait, wait, wait & sound check. nervous energy for the first show. get on stage and play. no one throws food at us or boo’s. that’s a good sign. load out. Watch moving mountains play their set. eat free mexican food. Watch coheed. wait, wait wait. pack up merch. walk to the van. Dude across the street is blasting coheed from the back of his suv while fans stand in groups on the sidewalk waiting for them to exit. realize how surreal this situation is. back in the van. put on headphones and pass out. wake up two hours later at a super 8. 5 of us in one room. turn off the lights, lay down. someone has to pee, turn on the lights. see a cockroach scutter up the table. wake up, check out - complain about cock roach. no price break. They obviously get these complaints all the time and do not care. back in the van and onward we go.
Day 4. Sitting in the backseat of the van while Kyle drives us down to Mi-a-mi. Or actually, right outside of Miami - Pembroke Pines. Tour has been smooth so far. The two dates that we played with Coheed were surreal. Their fans are diehard. It’s a real pleasure to watch Coheed and Moving Mountains play each night. Three fans gave Kyle a huge birthday card that they had people sign at the show last night. Very sweet of them.