I was going through my notes on my iPhone and found the only journal entry I made at the start of our 5-week tour through Canada/U.S.. I thought it interesting. Enjoy.
“April 12, 2013
“If you want an illustrious career in rock n’ roll, I suggest you think about it…” Greg Dean (on the KMFDM Beat By Beat Tour 1995).
I just want to say about that quote above: Our trip is most likely not as crazy as some bands’, but touring in a band is not like a road trip with your friends or family, and it’s not really like camping except for some things you bring with you. We don’t have a crew, and playing is merely 10% of our job. The rest is lugging/hooking up our gear, driving long hours (and battling the elements), being paranoid about security, taking extra care in maintaining our health, and eating not as wholesome as we’d like.
Day 1 of the Short Circuit Tour (excluding the Toronto show, cause we didn’t actually leave until the following Thursday)..
Drive was alright. Chals got one of those fancy “GoPro” cameras to document our journey. I swear they use those in the Canada’s Worst Driver tv-show.
Anyways, the 8-hr drive seemed short. The quaint size of Sault Ste. Marie reminded me of certain areas of Regina, and Moose Jaw, SK. It’s bigger than I thought, since the last time we travelled through (at night) back in late-fall 2009.
We get to the venue ’round 5:45pm and eventually meet the promoter. Nice guy. Fed us, bought us drinks. As the night rolls along after soundcheck and we’re playing the “hurry up and wait” game, I’m starting to get super tired. I’ve been up since 4:30am and by 11pm I was ready to crash. I was given an energy drink and after finally playing I gained a second wind.
A nice couple invited us to their house to sleep and shower. I had especially taken advantage of the shower.
Unfortunately the crazy snow storm from southern Ontario had caught up with us, and the next morning had us a little weary. On our way out of the city, a snowy steep hill stopping us from progressing as we halted half way up, and causing us to “jack-knife” the trailer trying to back up DOWN the hill. Chals warned on-coming traffic, as us dudes pushed the fully packed heavy trailer SIDEWAYS to get straight, disconnect from the van, then swing around to aim down the hill, then painstakingly re-attach to the van without getting run over by our own trailer.
After finding an alternate route, we hit up Timmy’s and fill up on gas. Then it’s continuing on the seemingly perilous mid-April winter journey to Thunder Bay.
I hope there’s enough lightning in Thunder Bay to zap this snow into hell.”
This was originally supposed to be a post on my frustration of the whole anti-Muslim thing. My fears and what not. Not with Muslim people, but with people who are trying to convince me that we’re on the verge of war thanks to the “decline of Western Culture”, and to think that compassion for other humans is foolhardy.
Then, last night, I watched your recent Empire Files video on Steve Bannon.
Keep up the good work. I’ve been a fan since your last couple of years on RT. You’re fighting the good fight with great journalism, and I’m grateful! Stay safe out there.
This is a long one so you might want to get some snacks…
In this second part, I’m recalling my time in The Rabid Whole from end of 2010 to mid-2013. Things got pretty serious.
The song “Metro” from The Rabid Whole’s second album REFUGE is posted at the end of the video.
The live still after the game footage is from a gopro taped to my guitar during a show in Dallas, TX, back in 2013, touring with Dope Stars Inc.
Enjoy my terrible playing of Pinball Quest for NES.
Yes, it’s an emulator. I own the cartridge. I don’t have the means to capture my retro consoles.
My “Stuttering and Stammering” videos continue with me talking about my first few years in The Rabid Whole and its key moments of our progress as a band. The first of 3 videos. Enjoy some NES goodness from Power Blade, and there’s our first track we ever wrote called “Selfish Nature” at the end of the video.
A couple of years ago when it was announced The Mars One Project
was taking applications to go to Mars in 2023(?), I was considering getting into shape and applying.
I mentioned this to a close friend, my lady, and my mom, and all them responded with varying degrees of puzzlement. Reactions ranging from “Huh?” to “Do you want to leave me behind?”.
My thoughts were I could have a chance to be apart of something epic even if something could go wrong. I was born too late to explore the Earth, and too early to explore the Galaxy.
Anyways, I’m not going now.
Recently I’ve been watching Discovery News’ YouTube channel, and they did a piece on the whole traveling to Mars thing: “Basically you’re going there to die” (Something along those lines).
My lady hears this, leans into the living room and says, “And you wanted to go to Mars…”
A had a big grin on my face. Not because I was a fool to think it could happen, but because I’m one of the few people on this planet who had “And you wanted to go to Mars…” said to them.
*laugh track *
Some might call this a humble-brag, but whatever…
I posted the song “Jack” and tagged her character’s voice actor on Twitter. I did this because I appreciate her work and wanted to show her that. Social media is great for getting in contact with these performers no matter how casual it may be.
Anyways, she responded and it’s bloody f’n cool, man!
I don’t know if she actually likes the track, but at least she appreciates it.
I’ll be doing the same with the other tracks once they’re finished, posting the complete album on bandcamp/soundcloud/YouTube.
I don’t expect acknowledgement but it sure is a hoot and a holler when it happens.
Over the last few months I’ve gotten into the whole YouTube video posting thing.
This started once a friend from back in my TRW days asked me to be on his podcast just talking about video games. It turned out to be a regular thing for me, and I enjoy it very much! Everyone on the podcast has their own YouTube channel, so I thought I’d get back into making videos.
Since getting a PS4, its been very easy to capture my gaming sessions to video. So I just import them to my computer, and record my own commentary over them. This has been a great way for me to sort of combine a “let’s play” and a video blog together. I also have been dabbling in creating some more video game cover songs.
I’m not cranking out videos every 5 min, but when I can I’ll put one out. I’m more interested in quality, not quantity.
I’m not looking to get popular at all, I just feel like I want an outlet to project my thoughts with my favourite hobby.
Anyways, here’s a few videos…More to come…Boom…