December 4, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 6

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Vans that incorporate bunk beds are a must-have tour accommodation. The unfortunate part of bunk beds depends on whether you get the top or bottom portion though. I’m normally a bottom bunk man through and through. I’m not claustrophobic in the least bit and I personally like the darkness and isolation. There’s nothing to read into there I swear. However, being the newest addition to an already established van hierarchy means I get the last pick. I’ve been designated a top bunk sleeper. Any slight bump, pothole or curve is met with an extreme bodily reaction if you’re not lying on your back. You learn this the hard way and I’m just thankful I wasn’t hungover from my birthday celebrations through the twisty mountains of California.

We drove halfway to Sacramento throughout the night and ended up at a gas station truck stop. After I shamelessly washed my hair behind an abandoned Quiznos, we embarked on our second leg of the journey. Sacramento came up quick and a few of us found ourselves at a Taphouse before we knew it. Yes, I was the only that suggested it. Jake claims to have had one of the best burgers of his life so I know I did something right.

The merch tables were set up on the lower level and the bands performed upstairs. My ears were glad for the night off. In a slightly dour turn of events, the boys have come down with a sickness. They informed me they were planning to do an instrumental set instead of their usual routine. Luckily their music is very technical and groovy with or without vocals. Twenty seconds into their first track Joey came bursting through the microphone to hit all his notes. He claims the adrenaline was overwhelming and he was feeling it. Hard to blame him. They finished their set as usual, but Joey was exhausted. He retired to the van for the rest of the night to rest his voice and hydrate.

One of my closest friends, Joey Lancaster (Belle Noire), made a surprise appearance as well. He greeted me with a warm hug and kiss on the forehead. Our relationship is one I truly cherish. These California shows have all been a home coming of sorts for me. I’m seeing all sorts of tour regulars make their rounds to these shows and it’s heartwarming to witness it all.

This was our last show with our friends in Eidola before they made their way back to Salt Lake City. I had developed a strong friendship with them over the last few days and had quite the sad realization they wouldn’t be joining us on the upcoming tour. I guess I just didn’t want to believe it. The silver lining is their vocalist Andrew is filling in for one of Dance Gavin Dance‚Äôs guitarists for the next 11 days. If there was an award for biggest sweethearts in the scene, Eidola would be a legit contender.

Fans responded well to the impromptu vocal set and were happy to take lots of photos with Icarus at the end of the night. Our lofty goal for the night was to trek our way out to Reno and stay with our good friend AJ, but we were weary of the mountain pass weather conditions. We opted to stay with a friend of the band just 15 minutes away from the venue. In N Out, beds, quick showers and a few beers to tie off the night is just what we needed.

Written by: Patrick Marion

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