To celebrate Record Store Day last year we played in a cool music shop in Minneapolis with an albino rapper. They didn’t even have our EP on sale in the shop…but we enjoyed it nonetheless. This year we were at Homers record shop in Omaha. No rappers this year but they did have the album on sale. Swings and roundabouts I guess.
We all love Record Store Day. With all the changes going on in the music industry at the moment, it’s a really important chance to remember the magic of music is about: Taking a walk down to the shop and searching through the aisles, checking out the artwork, hearing something playing over the stereo and having ask the guy at the counter what it is… none of us would be here without it.
We were supposed to have a show after the record store performance but there was some sort of mix up at the venue so it got moved last minute to the following day. This left us with a rare evening off, most welcome after the overnight 12 hour drive from Colorado. To celebrate this new-found freedom me, our session guitarist Matt and our new tour manager Craig went to a local bar. It turns out Craig is a very talented darts player. He tried to teach us a game called ‘cricket’, which ironically, neither me or Matt had any idea how to play. Perhaps the most exciting part about this night was that I heard ‘Freebird’ for the first time. Ever since we started touring in the USA we’re heard rumours about this almost mythical song that everyone talks about but never seems to play (as far as we can tell). Anyway, low and behold, it came on the jukebox. At least I know it now…one step closer to a green card. :-)
The next day was show day. After a long lie-in we played more darts, got ambushed by some drunk locals and eventually soundchecked. Danny’s just treated himself to some fancy in-ear monitors which me and Nova are very jealous of. We’re all currently scheming how we can each get some for ourselves! The show wasn’t the busiest, but it gave us a chance to try out some tunes we haven’t played live like ‘Insecurity.’
Last of all I’d like to thank my room-mates Nova and Craig for engaging in what can only be described as a 2 day long game of ‘top trumps’. A never-ending onslaught of bodily noises and inevitable smells has made me quite light headed. We’re back in the van now. I decided to sit at the back with Aimee next to a window in case battle commences once again.
Next stop…Kansas City and Des Moines.