Category: Tour Diaries


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.

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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.

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Chase H. Mason describes Gatecreeper “firsts” & rudiments of booking tours

At the end of March, TourKidd sat down with Chase H. Mason of Phoenix’s most prominent local death metal act, Gatecreeper, to discuss the band’s very first tour, as well as his own affiliations with the DIY ideology as they pertain to local involvements. Chase explains how his own observations, connections, and his commitments at The Mantooth Group prompted him to book a fulfilling first tour and establish a strong cornerstone for future tours of greater calibers.

To hear more about Chase’s thoughts on Gatecreeper’s first tour and his general approach to booking, touring, and the importance of DIY, check out the interview’s full audio recording (link is located at the end of the article).

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Sean Bonnette of Andrew Jackson Jihad talks “vulnerable music” & Phoenix roots

In February, TourKidd had the opportunity to chat with Sean Bonnette, vocalist and guitarist of the band Andrew Jackson Jihad (AJJ).  Over the past several years, AJJ has taken their moving lyrics and upright bass-pluckin’ rhythms from the sweltering pits of the Trunk Space to European stages, gathering an impressive following of some of the most dedicated and passionate fans.  Their music, which covers a vast array of genres but is concentrated in the folk-punk realm, integrates lyrics that combine adult themes of life’s struggles and major questions with the unapologetic honesty of a child.  This blunt, relatable expression in their music has been a secret ingredient to the band’s success, as it has pulled on the heart strings of listeners and created anthems for fans to scream together, sweaty arm in sweaty arm, at AJJ shows.  The powerful camaraderie felt and seen, through tears of joy and pain, at AJJ shows make them unforgettable nights of emotional turbulence that turn strangers into friends, impatiently waiting for the next AJJ experience.

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John Hoffman Talks “DIY” Within Weekend Nachos and Hardcore Punk

TourKidd was fortunate enough to get in touch with John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos, Spine, and Bad Teeth Recordings, prior to his departure for Weekend Nacho’s first ever tour through Japan, to review the relevance the “DIY” ethic plays in his different creative ventures and its importance to the larger hardcore punk community. John provided elaboration behind the dedicated sentiments that fuel his current ambitions and the initial observations that sparked his fervent and enthusiastic motivations.It’s these personal motivations that have really driven Weekend Nachos to evolve into a position where they’re, more or less, beyond reproach, with Spine starting to follow in a similar trajectory.  
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Smoke and Mirrors – Society of Musical Esotericism, Interviewed

One of Félix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze’s lesser-known contributions to political theory is the distinction-collapsing notion of the war-machine. Free of the forms of “overcoding” and “machinic enslavement” associated with internal, isolated nation-state relations, war-machines are organizations (which may or may not be subsumed by the state) which engage in ritualistic, non-lethal warfare for the purpose of a non-paradigmatic, non-hierarchical method of social control, free of the semiotic hegemony of the state. I’ve heard the language of the war-machine used in describing the Phoenix DIY music scene, but that’s never how I’ve seen it. Phoenix is cliquey, but the cliques serve a syndicalist role, as subsets of the whole work together to make it fun for the rest. It’s not unusual to see people with wholly different creative interests coming together and making friends with one another at an event. This is, for the most part, why the Phoenix scene is so good.

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Playboy Manbaby Reflects on First National Tour & AZ Burritos

In late November, TourKidd caught up with Playboy Manbaby in Flagstaff after the final show of their national two-week tour.  The screaming punk band has long been a staple of Rubber Brother Records and the larger Phoenix music scene, fostering growth of the city’s music community through supporting small venues (such as the late Parliament, RIP) and delivering high-energy, interactive performances that make the Playboy Manbaby experience unique and addictive.  With the immense support that the band has received from their Phoenix fan base, Playboy Manbaby embarked on their first national journey this November, playing material from their new album Electric Babyman along with havoc-wreaking favorites like Falafel Pantyhose in various venues and cities, from small Vermont colleges to Brooklyn record stores.

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Patrick Kindlon on Honesty, “DIY”, and Dangers of Fast Food

TourKidd recently met with Patrick Kindlon of Self Defense Family,  outside The Nile Theatre, on their tour with Goodtime Boys, to talk about his views on creativity and honesty in the alternative music community. He also offered some poignant critique of what could be called the “D.I.Y. ethic”, among many subcultural tropes and themes we’re all more or less familiar with.

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Why being a show promoter means being a community builder, too
{it’s deeper than ticket sales.}

by Khayree Billingslea

The term “promoter” doesn’t quite explain it all in the sense that the word, taken at face value, doesn’t really describe the work and actual importance of what the people we call “[good] promoters” do.
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TourDiary #1 – How DIY Musicians Describe Being on Tour

By Khayree Billingslea

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”

— H. Keller

You go to your favorite local band’s “Tour Kick-Off” show.

You know the crow.
The crowd knows the words.
The band shouts out to the fans and community members that have been so supportive of them and their growth, thus far.
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