December 7, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 9

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

One of the smaller things I enjoy about our millennial generation is our ability to absolutely loathe Walmart. Every time someone mentions it I shudder with disgust. Take out the politics and you’re still left with a miserable place where it seems no one ever truly wants to be. People go out of necessity. Sadly, we do the same. To this particular Walmart’s credit, it was brand new and didn’t seem to embody all of the usual traits, yet.

I took the driving shift to San Diego. It was a quick a 3 hours I filled with 311, Alkaline Trio and Yellowcard to get me into a S0-Cal state of mind. We arrived at the venue two hours before load-in and we able to park in the lot behind the venue. Not having to search for parking or pay a meter can put everyone in a good mood. (more…)

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December 6, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 8

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Nothing says dinner like a gas station hot dog and a bag of chips. Restaurants with late night drive-thru options are one of our mortal enemies. The van/trailer combo is always nerve-wracking and then there’s dividing up 5 orders. It’s just messy.

Vegas! We knew we wanted to get into town early with aspirations of gambling and running some errands. Jake and I established home base in a Starbucks while the rest of the crew took off to find a FedEx to ship some pre-order packages from the road. I think I’m slowly finding my taste for coffee. I can’t decide if that’s a good thing or not. (more…)

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December 5, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 7

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Monday, December 4, 2017

I want to start out by saying I’m an animal person. I really am. I grew up with cats and I’ve always been fond of dogs. It felt like it just wasn’t my morning waking up to the sound of cats meowing throughout the early hours. The goal was to wake up at a fairly early hour and head to Reno to see our good friend AJ. The cats aided in that early morning wake up call, I just normally prefer my alarm better. After a disastrous start making way too much noise just to get out of bed, it didn’t get much better when I broke off the towel rack in the bathroom. Sometimes you just have those days.

We made our way through the mountain pass to Reno in a short amount of time to give us a few hours at AJ’s before load in. Those who hadn’t showered that morning took advantage while they could and I did enough laundry to hold me over for the rest of tour. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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December 3, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 5

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Last night’s drive featured one of the most thought-provoking discussions I’ve had in quite some time. We discussed the merits of higher education and how the experience is rewarding and essential for many in growing as a person, but too costly for most. We delved into the feminist movement and how proud we are of women establishing themselves in our modern patriarchal society. All of this took place during our 90 minute commute to Anaheim. Driving at 1am in L.A is the only sane way to get around with a van and trailer.

We woke to the faint sounds of Disneyland creeping through our windows just outside of a Holiday Inn a few miles from our next venue. The boys let me decide our lunch options since it was my birthday. (more…)

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December 2, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 4

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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. (more…)

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