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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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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