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02
Sep

Red Tank Tour Diary IV: Seattle to Home

The following events took place during a tour which ran from June 24 through July 11, 2015.

Dean woke up with a gnarly hangover after having drank a lot the night before. We spent most of the day doing conventionally touristy activities with my mother and Seattle friends–eating at a breakfast place called Biscuit Bitch, walking down to the pier, and visiting the ceramics park.
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It was our first free day so we had a lot of much-needed time to decompress, nap, and watch “Friends” and/or “House.” I also had a bit of time to write a song on Pierce’s left-handed guitar while the rest of the group got pizza. We spent the rest of the night playing “Ninja” in the park before leaving in the morning.

When we left for Spokane, the dense urban arteries of Seattle flattened out to yellow plains and hills. When we first arrived in Spokane, we had the wrong address and mistakenly pulled into a relatively empty rural area. We were very confused, bewildered and anxious about the prospect of potentially playing to no one in the middle of nowhere before we received the correct address.

The correct house was more of what we expected–a relatively nice two or three story in the middle of a nicely forested exurb. It was a house dubbed “Thunder Dome” where we performed with a solo acoustic artist and a hardcore band called East Sherman.

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We played in a relatively modest but crowded basement (great acoustics and muffled sound for the neighbors). It was sweaty and crowded but the sound-waves bounced around perfectly. People grooved, danced, and banged their heads but were cautious enough to not push or mosh in a crowded space. Everyone enjoyed it and it was awesome.

Elijah was also pleasantly surprised to see and catch up with some of his old friends from Pennsylvania that night. We ended up staying at the Thunder Dome. Dean prepared ramen stir fry for everyone, including the home-owner/host.

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In the morning, we got donuts and drove to Boise, where we played at Crazy Horse with Figure 8. Allegedly, Nirvana played there a number of years back. I talked to the bouncer, a SHARP, for quite a while about semiotics. Afterwards, we hung out with Figure 8 and celebrated Elijah’s birthday. We bought a couple of Fiesta Packs from Del Taco, drank, and read poetry to each other until the sun rose and we passed out.

Our show in Reno ended up getting cancelled, so we stayed with some of mine and Dean’s family in Wells, NV. We visited the lake and saw some rain–which we hadn’t experienced throughout all of tour. We drove through winding mountain roads with various deer crossing caution signs, through Las Vegas, and arrived in Flagstaff around 6 a.m.

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In Flagstaff, we got coffee and breakfast food. We met up with a number of friends from home, including my girlfriend. It was our last show before home. We played at at a house affiliated with TUFNAU with Coffee Pot and Oh, Rose (from Olympia). I kept pestering Oh, Rose about whether or not they knew RVIVR. There were a good amount of people who showed up, and it was an excellent show. The cops came during our very last song. They let us finish and told us to try to keep the noise down. I tried to give one of them a CD, but he said he couldn’t accept it. At the after party, I got a haircut that I’d wanted throughout all of tour. Unfortunately, they had improper tools, so it ended up taking roughly three hours and was performed using dull scissors and a face razor.

In the morning, we had a short drive back to Tempe, where we played a house show with Sun Hex, Human Behavior, and Brudi for my birthday.

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Our homecoming was great, if not a bit jarring. It’s difficult to slip back into the habit of “real life” after having been across a sizable portion of the country for the past couple of weeks. We met and experienced more amazing people, places, and wonders than I have in a number of years and couldn’t imagine having to return to the everyday doldrums. Though, routines can be nice and comforting. Spending time with people I deeply missed and care for immensely cannot be undersold. However, it’s difficult to know that while I’m sitting at a desk, reading articles online, or watching torrented television shows that I’m missing out on sharing music, poetry, and stir fry with strangers, or creating lifelong connections and friendships. I’m sure we’ll be back on the road soon enough.

28
Jul

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS: TourKidd Launch Show Recap

This spring, TourKidd organized a show with over 15 of Phoenix’s most active musicians to celebrate the launch of the prototype of its web application at Downtown’s historic Icehouse on April 25, 2015.  TourKidd was proud to see quite a turnout at a show that featured artists of many different sounds and from various homes within Phoenix’s large independent music community.  Founded in a city with such vibrant and diverse groups dedicated to music, it is not too surprising that TourKidd’s mission came to be helping musicians, venues and promoters help each other pursue their passions.  The variety of helping hands from AZ bands and collectives (including The Underground Foundation, AGAPE Presents, Las Fuegas, Ascetic House and Rubber Brother Records) made the launch show happen, a realization of TourKidd’s mission.

TourKidd had a chance to catch up with some of the bands that performed at its launch show.  Click on the pictures of each band to check out their interviews.

Injury Reserve Blog

 

Destruction Unit Blog

 

PBMB BLOG

 

JUSTIN MOODY BLOG

 

THE THIN BLOODS BLOG

 

CLEMENTINE BLOG

 

WILL+PRO BLOG

 

SAW FOX BLOG

 

STEVE ROGGENBUCK BLOG

 

 

28
Jul

Instructions: TourKidd Launch Show Series

While celebrating the release of prototype for it’s web application, TourKidd’s Michael Klint sat down with Justin James of Tempe’s own Instructions to discuss the takeaways that come with the privilege of being in a band, the making of the “Tony” video, and the overarching sentiments of being from, and playing to, the Phoenix music scene.

 


 

 

So, what do you consider your highlights of your time in Instructions? What have you learned from being in Instructions?

Justin: Hmmm… I think highlights are really just after every show, when there’s a lot of energy between the band and the crowd, when there’s, like, this connection, so that everybody’s moving and everybody’s dancing and everyone’s having a good time, and then, afterwards, people come up and talk and hang out. And so, it happens routinely. There are… Continue Reading..

28
Jul

Injury Reserve: TourKidd Launch Show Series

On the night of the launch show for the prototype of TourKidd’s web application, Injury Reserve, friends of the trio and TourKidd’s Michael Klint got together to talk about the intangible qualities of good live shows, the group’s experiences at SXSW, and the unanticipated waves that came along with the release of the video for “Whatever Dude“.

 


 

What formulates a good Injury Reserve show, in your guy’s opinions?

Parker: The sound and the crowd response.

Nate: The crowd willing to have fun… the crowd wanting to have fun, and at the end of the day, that’s what all matters, like, every set I’m going to be mad at myself about something about the set, but as long as the crowd enjoys it then that’s that really matters, you know? So, really, the crowd going in ready to have fun, and then hoping to god that the sound is good, like, cause unfortunately us, like, being a part of the scene, we’re some of the only acts that are using straight D.I. boxes that need amps and two vocals when everyone is just like playing. We need the speakers to sound good, we need the bass to sound good… Yeah, so, instead of just being a bunch of amps and then, like, two speakers for vocals, we’re running everything through the speakers. So, everything for us is just the sound being good and the crowd wanting to have fun, and we will have fun with the crowd.

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28
Jul

Destruction Unit : TourKidd Launch Show Series

Destruction Unit wrapped up the launch show for the prototype of TourKidd’s web application. Shortly after that, TourKidd sat down with Jesco of Destruction Unit to recall his beginnings with the band, the idea of open-mindedness when it comes to playing or attending shows, and the productive future that awaits Phoenix’s psych-rock punks.

 


 

How did Destruction Unit get started and what did you have in mind as far as what you wanted to accomplish with this band, if anything at all?Continue Reading..

25
Jul

Red Tank Tour Diary III: Eugene through Seattle

The following events took place during a tour which ran from June 24 through July 11, 2015.

In Sacramento, we woke up and got gas station coffee for the drive to Eugene. On the way, desolate yellow flatland transfigured before our eyes into the majestic forestry and mountain terrain that was the Pacific Northwest (the PNW). We watched an anime in the car that Kelsea had given us called Tekkonkinkreet. It was a touching narrative about two brothers and the importance of balance. It affected me at a visceral level.

In Oregon, you’re legally required to have someone pump your gas. However, they also had an excitable blue tank-topped bro at the Dutch Bros. stand who was happy to welcome us to the PNW. Some things are the same everywhere you go.

In Eugene, we arrived at The Boreal, a precious, communally operated DIY space–very much reminiscent of The Trunk Space back home.Continue Reading..

20
Jul

Playboy Manbaby: TourKidd Launch Show Series

During the launch show for the prototype of its web application, TourKidd had a chat in a basement of the Icehouse with Playboy Manbaby, a trumpety punk band from Tempe, AZ.  After two other interviews with TourKidd, Playboy Manbaby hardly needs an introduction.


 

Introduce yourselves with your name, what you play, and the kind of animal that you would be if it has changed since our last interview with you guys.

Robbie Pfeffer: yells at people, “I’m some sort of serial animal, like Toby the Tiger”

Chris Hudson: bass, bull frog

Chad Dennis: drums, Bullshit Beyoncé

TJ Friga: guitar, mongoose

Not interviewed

David Cosme: trumpet

 

What is a common challenge that you guys face while on tour that you’d like to see the future TourKidd app help you out with?

Chad: Some of the difficulty of touring is having places to stay, so having a place to stay when you go [on tour] would be nice, especially on a DIY tour.  [On DIY tours] you’re not making a lot of money every night, so paying for hotels is not very economical in the grand scheme of things.  That’s what I would like to see in the TourKidd app.

TJ: I think we’ve been waiting for something like [the TourKidd app] to exist, and that before TourKidd’s idea there wasn’t any centralized source of information where you can say, “This is the venue, this is the contact, this is where [the band] is going to stay, this is the promoter…”  That was all information that was separated and hard to find, and the fact that [the TourKidd prototype] exists is ideal….If we had [the TourKidd app] on our last tour, that would have helped tremendously, so we’re looking forward to giving it a test run.

 

Amongst yourselves, who would you fuck, who would you kill, and who would you marry?

Robbie: All of them with Dave (Cosme).

Chris: I’d go fuck myself…I’ll kill Dave if [Robbie] is going to fucking marry him, and I’ll marry Chad. [Chad] seems like a good long-term partner.

Chad: I would definitely fuck Dave, because that beard is some nice shit right there.  I’d probably have to kill Dave’s trumpet though, and I’d probably marry Dave’s beard.  I’m just all about Dave, on all of this.

TJ: In the spirit of polygamy, I want to marry everyone, but I’d fuck Chris because he looks like a bear.  And Dave’s got to die…Dave’s only got to die because he knows the most secrets.

 

Since your last tour, has Playboy Manbaby started developing songs around Bullshit Beyoncé, and do you guys have plans to tour in the near future?

Chris: Yes, we will [write about Bullshit Beyoncé] at some point…and we’re on the next Mrs. Carter tour with Beyoncé.

Robbie: Imagine the lifestyle difference we’d have if we were on a Beyoncé tour.  Just the idea that we’d ever even get to talk to Beyoncé…we’re from completely different planets, like what is it like to have people hand you money and take pictures of you for your entire life? I can’t relate to that…that’s a whole different experience.

TJ: Why didn’t Kelly Rowland get no love? Where’s the solo career there? C’mon.

 

A quote to capture this band, this show, this moment?

Chad: I just want to thank everybody who comes to shows, and rest in peace, Space Alien Donald.

 

TourKidd talked with more bands at its launch show that night.  Click here to check out the other interviews.

 

 

20
Jul

Justin Moody: TourKidd Launch Show Series

During the launch show for the prototype of its web application, TourKidd had a chat in a basement of the Icehouse with Justin Moody, a singer-songwriter from Phoenix, AZ.  This is what went down.


 

Introduce yourself with your name, your sound, and the kind of animal that you would be if you were an animal.

Justin Moody: folk/indie/singer-songwriter, raccoon

 

Where did you go on your last tour, and what was a highlight city of the tour?

Justin: I went to Denver, then Las Cruces in New Mexico and California.  I would say the best shows on tour were in Las Cruces, I love that place.  They had the best crowds and the best people.

 

Has your sound changed or developed over time, or has it stayed pretty consistent?

Justin: My music has become more full.  I’ve always played singer-songwriter, folk-like music but it’s gotten a bit more full and dark.

 

What is a common challenge that you face while on tour that you’d like to see the future TourKidd app help you out with?

Justin: Coordinating with people who do certain shows and just meeting different people.

 

Favorite type of show to play?

Justin: House shows.

 

How would you compare your energy and stage presence between when you perform at house shows and when you play at bigger venues?

Justin: At house shows, it may be a little more awkward to talk with some people in the audience.  [House shows] are more quiet, a lot more emotional…a lot more intimate, so it’s perfect for what I do.

 

What is a general topic that you haven’t written about yet, but that you’d like to write about in the near future?

Justin: Anything other than being heartbroken. [he chuckles]

 

If you could capture your mood in this moment with any song, which song would it be?

Justin: “Rain Dogs” by Tom Waits

 

A quote to capture this band, this show, this moment?

Justin: I’m really excited for TourKidd, I think it’s going to be a really cool thing and I think it’s going to make [the DIY communities] a lot more accessible.  I think [TourKidd] is going about it the right way, there’s a lot of good hype about it.  I’m really excited to see what happens.

 

TourKidd talked with more bands at its launch show that night.  Click here to check out the other interviews.

 

20
Jul

The Thin Bloods: TourKidd Launch Show Series

During the launch show for the prototype of its web application, TourKidd had a chat in a basement of the Icehouse with the Thin Bloods, a punk rock band from Tempe, AZ.  This is what happened.


 

Introduce yourselves with your name, what you play, and the kind of vegetable that you would be if you were a vegetable.

Jordan Owen: guitar, squash

Chris “Sometimes”: drums (sometimes), tomato

Colson Miller: guitar & vocals, bell peppers

Brendon Garrison: bass, carrots

The Thin Bloods collective spirit vegetable: asparagus

 

What was the first show that you guys ever played?

[The Thin Bloods went by a different name the first time the group performed together as a band.  The concert was in Mesa, AZ and “was a scary” experience, according to some of the band members.  The Thin Bloods were called to play a show only a couple hours before the concert started, Continue Reading..

20
Jul

Clementine: TourKidd Launch Show Series

During the launch show for the prototype of its web application, TourKidd had a chat in a basement of the Icehouse with Clementine, an indie pop-punk band from Tempe, AZ.  These guys were a lot of fun.


 

Introduce yourselves with your name, what you play, and your favorite dance move.

Chris Trevigne: guitar and vocals, “the funky chicken”

Christian Poor: drums, “the Soulja Boy dance”

Kristopher Wynne: bass, “the Macarena”

What’s Clementine’s game plan for the band’s first tour?

Chris: We’re still working on our shit…we’re taking all summer to become real awesome, just to practice a lot.  And I have one more year at ASU, so after that, tour…We’re taking the next six months and doing everything new, so we’ll be like a new band.

Kristopher: I’d love to [tour] the west coast…there’s just so much that it has to offer.  I feel like that’d be a missed opportunity if we didn’t take it.

 

How do you think the TourKidd app might help you accomplish Clementine’s goal of going on tour?

Chris: TourKidd is going to be so dope…it is filling this void that has existed for so long.…[The TourKidd app] is going to help us do the whole tour thing, but it’s going to help the community really connect with each other because there’s such a disconnect between everything right now.  I wish the best for TourKidd, and I don’t even need to because [the app] is just going to be awesome.

Khristopher: When I went to high school…I always searched the internet for this kind of particular website where you can interact with other musicians and venue and get booked, but that never existed…I thought that it’d be really cool if such a system were in place, and then I found out that TourKidd was doing that.

Christian: I think TourKidd is dope, and I think the Arizona scene is about to be super dope.

 

What kinds of animals would you guys be?

Chris: I know this, it’s a dolphin.

Kristopher: I’m just going to go with a mongoose.  That’s different, right? Come out of the fuckin’ night and just snatch things.

 

If you were to introduce someone to Clementine with only one of your guys’ songs, which one of your songs would you play for him/her?

Chris“I Miss Being a Tree”

Christian: [The song] is probably the most relatable, and most people like that one the most.

Kristopher: A lot of people know the lyrics to that one already and there seems to be some jive to it.

 

A quote to capture this band, this show, this moment?

Chris: I almost slept through everything.

 

TourKidd talked with more bands at its launch show that night.  Click here to check out the other interviews.

20
Jul

Will Neibergall and Pro Teens: TourKidd Launch Show Series

During the launch show for the prototype of its web application, TourKidd had a chat in a basement of the Icehouse with Will Neibergall, a D.J./hip-hop artist from Tempe, AZ.  TourKidd also interviewed Pro Teens, a band with a retro, pop and surf sound based out of Phoenix, AZ.  Their interviews were probably the most unique of the night.


 

Will Neibergall

Introduce yourself with your name, the different projects that you’re involved with, and the kind of animal that you would be if you were an animal.

Will Neibergall: a virus

Will: Viruses are that gray area where the classification methods in biology kind of fall apart because, depending on which biologist you ask, [a virus] is either a living thing or not a living thing.  I did a hip-hop project for five years called “Glass Popcorn,” and now I have a D.J. project called “Lady Cop.”

 

You seem to have a lot of energy and connect with your audience while you perform.  How important is it for you to have that intimate experience with your audiences?

Will: Well you see, I don’t really do anything when I perform.  My music is very simple and I’m just not very talented, so when I perform I like touching people and making sure they’re paying attention to me.  Otherwise, if I just sit there [the audience] is not going to think that anyone is doing anything and they’re going to leave.  So mainly, it’s very important for me to touch people to make sure they stay in the room and are notified of my being there.

 

What potential, you believe, does the TourKidd app have to assist people in independent music communities?

Will: I think [the TourKidd app] is pretty cool…it’s probably a good idea to put different people in Phoenix and elsewhere to [facilitate] dialogue with each other.  Most collectives and bands just kind of ignore each other’s existence, so I feel like [the TourKidd app] is good for that.

 

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Will: I woke up at like 1 p.m….but [for his first meal he] ate some chips and salsa.

 

Pro Teens

Introduce yourselves with your name, what you play, and your favorite breakfast cereal. 

Matt Tanner: drums, Reese’s Puffs

Andy Phipps: guitar, vocals and synth (sometimes), Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Chris Del Favero: lead tambourine, SpaghettiOs

Zack Parker: bass, Oh’s

Molly Parker: guitar and synth, Golden Grahams with Oat Bran

Not interviewed

Michael Coto: guitar and synth, Honey Bunches of Oates

 

What would Pro Teens’ ideal first tour be?

Pro Teens: West coast, something affordable.

 

How do you think the TourKidd app might help you guys accomplish Pro Teens’ goal of going on tour?

Pro Teens: Specifically for house shows, or places that are not typical venues, places that have P.A.s or don’t have P.A.s, so you know if you need to supply one…Booking tours for house shows for a small band like us is the way to go.  And [to know] if places would let you stay the night there, too…[the TourKidd app] should have little dollar signs [next to each crash spot] like Yelp.

 

A quote to capture this band, this show, this moment?

Pro Teens: Listen to Sun Ra…listen to Sheryl Crow.

 

TourKidd talked with more bands at its launch show that night.  Click here to check out the other interviews.

 

 

20
Jul

Saw Fox: TourKidd Launch Show Series

During the launch show for the prototype of its web application, TourKidd had a chat in a basement of the Icehouse with Sax Fox, an acoustic “spooky” folk duo from Tempe, AZ.  They invented new colors.


 

Introduce yourselves with your name, what you play, and your ideal imaginary color.

Anna C. Rossland: guitar, vocals

Adrienne Chavez: viola

Saw Fox collective imaginary color: floral-galaxy

 

What is the conception story of Saw Fox?

Anna: Saw Fox started a little more than a year ago.  I was about to leave for the Peace Corps in Paraguay, and I had a lot of feelings and I wanted to talk about my feelings.  So, I started writing songs and- [she interrupts herself with a ‘cheesiness’ disclaimer] I had a moment with nature when I saw a fox…I wanted to record before I left, and Adrienne appeared into my life, which was fantastic…and then we came [to the Icehouse] to record our first EP.  And that’s what we did.

 

Does Saw Fox travel often?

Adrienne: We took our first road trip together just to hang at South by Southwest.  Sixteen hours in the car together, that was an experience.

Anna: It was definitely a bonding moment for the group.  There was a lot of hungriness, a lot of grumpiness, a lot of giggles.  We went through so many playlists.

 

Despite all the shitty parts of touring and traveling, what about Saw Fox makes it all worthwhile?

Adrienne: It’s easy to create music together, like just sounds…We’re always just fiddling around with sounds and it’s easier, I think, to do that together than when we’re apart.

Anna: We both come from different musical backgrounds.  I have a lot of likes that are totally different from [Adrienne’s] likes, musically.  When we sit in a room together and we just play together, it works out.  We just have a lot of fun, it feels right.

 

What is your go-to drink while on tour?

Adrienne: I can’t resist coffee.

Anna: We had so many coffee shop stops on the road.  Also, in Paraguay, there’s a drink called tereré…you drink it in a little thing called a guampa and it looks like a bowl of green…it looks like you might be traveling with some sort of paraphernalia, but it’s delicious.

 

What is a common challenge that you face while on tour that you’d like to see the future TourKidd app help you out with?

Anna: Definitely finding the right venue for the right kind of sound that we want to give.

Adrienne: [The TourKidd app] is such a great idea, so innovative for the art community.

Anna: [The TourKidd app] would make it so much easier for bands to group together, I think it’s wonderful.

 

A quote to capture this band, this show, this moment?

Anna: Only you can prevent forest fires.

 

TourKidd talked with more bands at its launch show that night.  Click here to check out the other interviews.

20
Jul

Steve Roggenbuck: TourKidd Launch Show Series

During the launch show for the prototype of its web application, TourKidd had a chat in a basement of the Icehouse with Steve Roggenbuck, a poet based out of Tucson, AZ.  This interview was conducted by TourKidd’s Michael Klint, and Roggenbuck had a lot to say about his art, individualism and creating caring, positive environments.


 

One thing that I particularly appreciate about your live set is the level of comfort that you display in your performances.  I’m wondering how that and your poetry style have developed.

Steve: Yeah, well, a lot of practice.… I’ve done a lot of different shows and got to see what people react to and not. So, I guess that’s sort of just like how a comedian learns which of their jokes get the best response or not.  The comfort level…. I guess I’ve had a lot of practice and I’ve always had,Continue Reading..

11
Jul

Red Tank! Tour Diary II: Oakland through Sacramento

The following events took place during a tour which ran from June 24 through July 11, 2015.

In the morning, our host, Kelsea, took us to a Brazilian breakfast restaurant. She also took us through a trail in the redwoods, which was, amazingly enough, just around the corner from Storey House. We turned the corner from civilization and instantly found ourselves in ancient forestry. In Oakland, we ran into some more trouble. After our mishap in San Diego, we double-checked to make sure all of our bar shows would still be kosher with the underage performers.

Apparently the Oakland bar owner wasn’t talked to directly and it totally wasn’t kosher. Continue Reading..

03
Jul

Red Tank! Tour Diary: San Diego through Santa Cruz

Captain’s Log: Red Tank! Tour Diaries Chapter 1

The following events took place during a tour which ran from June 24 through July 11, 2015.


Personel:

  • Clipper- the gracious and lupine captain, vocalist and guitarist.
  • Jeff- the sandy-haired connoisseur of texture and appeasement, guitar.
  • Sam- the bearded and long-haired drummer of even temper.
  • Elijah- the young poet, full of heart, blue-haired, bass.
  • Dean- the long-haired, bespectacled survivalist, humorist and mediator, merch.

After spending a number of hours packing, tying duffle bags to the roof of the SUV, and driving past mountains and sand dunes, we arrived in San Diego. The 70 degree weather was a lush dream compared to the sweltering, sweaty Phoenix heat of the kickoff show from the night before.

Cricket, a bubbly, middle-aged blues singer, greeted us at our destination. She had moved to San Diego a week prior. She’s the mother of one of Sam’s friends–a friend who responded to Sam’s distress signal on Facebook inquiring for a last minute place to stay. She led us to her modestly furnished, though comfortable, one-room guest house (that she herself had just moved into).

The San Diego show was a quagmire from the get-go. After having a house show fall through, Continue Reading..