September 5, 2016

On Tour With Belle Noire: Day 1

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A little backstory if you need it…

Sunday, Sept 4, 2016

Today marks the first day of tour. We were initially slated for leaving for Salt Lake City on Saturday, but some last minute work was required from a couple band members. I arrived at Joey’s house in Milpitas mid-afternoon and met Rob for the first time. Joey was out running errands so Rob and I used this time to get to know each other a bit better. We had lengthy conversations about our favorite bands and what type of music we would be listening to out on the road. Joey’s wife has been ever so gracious to pack us a mountain of fresh sandwiches, snacks, water, and most importantly: beer.

Once Joey arrived we packed up what gear we had at the house and headed to the band’s studio in San Jose. There, Dan was waiting for us so we could load up the equipment. One of the most surprising things so far on the first day of tour is the calmness in everyone’s demeanor. (more…)

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September 5, 2016

On Tour With Belle Noire

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I have been fortunate enough to join the local San Jose prog-rock band Belle Noire on tour this Fall as they make their way across the country and back. Tour begins on September 4th and ends on September 28th. During this time, we will travel from San Jose, CA to Chicago, Boston, New York, Orlando and many more amazing cities along the way. I’ll be accompanied by Joey (guitars/vocals), Dan (bass), Rob (guitar), and Roman (drums).

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From Left to Right: Dan, Joey, Rob, Roman

I wanted to use this as an opportunity to document my experience with a touring band from an outside perspective. I have never been in a band nor gone on tour before, but have always relished the opportunity to tag along for road trips and this one looks to be the king of them all. I will do my best to write about my experience every day on tour and share with the world what are sure to be some of the most fascinating and unique stories of my life.

Written by: Patrick Marion

Day 1 – September 4, 2016
Day 2 – September 5, 2016
Day 3 – September 6, 2016
Day 4 – September 7, 2016
Day 5 – September 8, 2016
Day 6 – September 9, 2016
Day 7 – September 10, 2016
Day 8 – September 11, 2016
Day 9 – September 12, 2016
Day 10 – September 13, 2016
Day 11 – September 14, 2016
Day 12 – September 15, 2016
Day 13 – September 16, 2016
Day 14 – September 17, 2016
Day 15 – September 18, 2016
Day 16 – September 19, 2016
Day 17 – September 20, 2016
Day 18 – September 21, 2016
Day 19 – September 22, 2016
Day 20 – September 23, 2016
Day 21 – September 24, 2016
Day 22 – September 25, 2016
Day 23 – September 26, 2016
Day 24 – September 27, 2016
Day 25 – September 28, 2016
Day 26 – September 29, 2016

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September 1, 2016

We The Wild – ‘From The Cities We Fled’

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Portland rockers We The Wild have just released their debut album, From The Cities We Fled, to end the summer on a bang. Combining punk-infused melodies with raw emotion, this album gives you every reason to bang your head about and scream at the top of your lungs. It’s a love-letter to 2007 with all the right influences in-between. Check these guys out on Bandcamp.

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September 1, 2016

AOTM: September – Crooked Teeth

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I got the chance to catch up with Tyson Evans of Crooked Teeth at VAMP: Vintage Art & Music for the People in Oakland, CA last month where he filled us in on his last days with Second To Last talking about pop-punk.

Casual Punk Fan: I’m sure lots of people would like to know, what’s the story on the ending of Second To Last and what inspired Crooked Teeth to emerge?

Tyson: I had just cycled through so many members of Second To Last. Being so young when we started, people got worn down quickly by it. When we were 17, there was a label that wanted to sign us and was giving us the push and pullback. We were all like 16 and 17 years old. We were overwhelmed because at the time we were still in school. We got really excited about it even though we didn’t really understand it. I think I was the only one who slightly understood the scenario. (more…)

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