December 2, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 4

icarus day 4

Friday, December 1, 2017

I can’t say I’ve ever woken up on the first day of December sweating until now. We rolled into a Best Western at 4:00am and put up camp in the parking lot. Jake was quite irritated he had an 8:00am work meeting with only a few hours of sleep. He kindly went to a nearby Starbucks so he didn’t have to wake us up while working.

This was a huge day for the band. Their fifth studio release, Rearm Circuits, officially debuted. They were attentive to their phones with messages of congratulations from fans, family and friends. There was a visible notice in their demeanor. It was a “it’s finally here” type of mentality. Icarus is very proud of the record and having heard it a lot in the last week it’s easy to see why.

We treated ourselves to a Whole Foods breakfast and made our way towards a friend of the bands nearby. A couple mid-afternoon beers later and we found ourselves already driving towards the venue. Honestly some days  go by so quickly you can hardly remember where the time went. While this is a normal occurrence back home, it’s not something you want to make a habit of on the road. How often do people get to do this? You want to try and take it all in.

Jake and I indulged in some cheap fast food only to find out the band was given a pizza as well. Sometimes you just have to shake your head and laugh when that happens. The venue, Rock City Studios, is a newer spot in the area and doubles as a recording studio during the day. It’s no surprise the sound was fantastic as well.

Band members mingled and talked about varying vocal techniques, their latest drumming practices and of course what video games were emotionally satisfying. Being on tour is like being on a giant playground. There’s no denying it’s a job to perform, but it’s really just people brought together by their passions and it’s easier than ever to talk about what you love in these shared spaces. Music has always been a passion of mine. Whether it’s listening, writing, attending concerts or creating it’s always a big priority, but never my number one priority. These bands have taken it a step further and made it their livelihood. It’s truly a spectacle to witness what they do every night. Made all the better when the first thing they tell you when they get off stage is, “that was fun.”

Written by: Patrick Marion

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