December 1, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 3

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sometimes even with the luxury of a comfortable hotel bed you can’t help but twist and turn all night. However in one of my turns I found Joey holding an earbud out to me. I took it in and fell asleep to Saves The Day. The best part of this hilariously kind 3:00 am gesture was Joey not being able to recall this happening at all. He claims it was the first time he’d ever done anything like that. I took it as a compliment.

Tim laid down in the dungeon (lower bunk of the van) to help fight off his hangover while Jake and I put in some serious time with our remote jobs. It was a quick 3 hours to Fresno from just outside our hotel in Sacramento. (more…)

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November 30, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 2

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

As you grow older it feels like all of the plans you make to actively drink on a night off always go awry. A giant case of beer to share between 4 people shouldn’t last too long right? Well, it started off with a struggle as we just threw on a movie instead and sunk into the comfort of our Journey Inn.

Today is a complete down day for us. Icarus did a live-stream of their new album, Rearm Circuits. They wanted to make sure they weren’t rushed; hence why we left Portland early. These guys seemingly have everything on lock-down. Normally I have to be the one campaigning for day sheets, scheduling and finding the closest Walmart’s for resupplies. (more…)

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November 29, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 1

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Getting ready for tour is always a strange feeling. Sleep schedules, time management, eating habits and budgeting are all twisted and contorted until they’re virtually unrecognizable. You constantly second guess yourself about packed items and pray your nice pair of headphones can withstand another beating. An hour on the road you remember you forgot earplugs for the shows and the snoring and subtlety swear under your breath. All of this is mechanical. It’s part of the journey. Tour never starts on a high. It slowly ramps up until a groove settles in. That anticipation is what you crave and relish in. There’s nothing like being on the road.

A little background…

This tour I’m heading out with Portland based rockers Icarus The Owl. I first met them over 3 years ago back in Michigan when I was writing for AltRockLive. Our love for music spawned a genuine friendship and we kept in touch over the years. On my last tour with Belle Noire, Icarus was also on the bill. With plenty of sleepovers and a hefty amount of craft beers, it was over all too soon. (more…)

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November 28, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl

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From Left to Right: Joey, Tim, Jake, Rob

Last September I wrote about my first time out on tour with Belle Noire. I received a lot of positive responses from people to keep doing these posts with each tour I’m on. While I’ve already done three before, this is my first time with Icarus The Owl out on the road. If you’re curious to read about a different perspective on the road with professional musicians, give this a read!

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August 29, 2017

Figure It Out – Silence Isn’t Golden

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Arizona pop-punk outfit Figure It Out have self-released their second EP, Silence Isn’t Golden just in time for the fall.

The Phoenix area has knack for filtering out the best modern pop-punk acts and Figure It Out is ripe for the picking. At first I was a little weary with the their first single/track of the album, “Second Best.” It’s a bold strategy to start a genre EP off with some “Na Na Na’s” and want to be taken seriously. Luckily, Figure It Out is in on the joke and make it work to their advantage. Vocalist Mike Weakley deftly blends his harsh and soft vocals together well to create a varied track. It’s high-tempo, catchy and packs enough grit to push it past the generic fare. (more…)

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August 11, 2017

Sum 41 – Personality In Music Videos

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While browsing my Facebook feed the other night I stumbled upon a post by Sum 41. It was a throwback post to a video of their live performance of “We’re All To Blame” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 2004. This brought back a momentary bliss of nostalgia as I consider their 2004 album, Chuck, to be one of my favorite albums of all time. I remember staying up late in early 2005 to watch Jay Leno with my Dad because I knew Sum 41 was going to be the featured artist. They played a rendition of “Pieces” with lead vocalist Deryck playing piano instead of his usual rhythm guitar. That performance always stuck out to me. It’s a beautiful song where Deryck is restrained and composed throughout. One of their finer live performances.

This lead me down a path of remembering where I was when I first heard Sum 41. Like most of my generation, I was introduced to Sum 41 in the spring of 2001 with their single, “Fat Lip.” This was a track that couldn’t be missed by any pre-teen or teenager. That impossibly catchy guitar hook, gang vocals and the relentless energy made this song a staple of my 4th grade summer. (more…)

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