It’s rare that we do an official “update”, and thought that these few days off would be a good time to do so. We’re in Orlando right now staying with one of my (Ryan) best friends from high school and it’s been a great break from the “polar vortex” that seems to be following us. Before I start this brief update I want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has had us over to stay on this tour, or any tour in the past for that matter. We couldn’t do it without you all. Thank you!
What We’re Up To: Brendan, Ben, Dave, and I have been on the road for about three weeks now and have been having a great time seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and hanging out & playing music. Last year was a good and busy one, and this year is shaping up to be pretty busy as well. We did a solid 10 dates with a great band called Night Riots. Definitely check them out. Great guys, great music, and we had a lot of fun hanging out at the shows with them. Now we’ve headed to Florida, and will be trekking right back into the thick of winter after that. By the time April rolls around we’ll have already been on the road for 8 weeks this year. We’ve said since we started the band that we would keep working until the opportunities stopped presenting themselves, or if it stopped being fun. It’s definitely taken time, but things feel like they’re moving in the right direction, and we are enjoying writing and playing music more than ever. We definitely miss our buddy Shea, but have been excited about our new friend and guitarist. The last couple years with Ben on guitar have been reinvigorating and we’re happy to have him on board.
We’ve been trying to hit everywhere in the U.S. but, it being such a large country, it will probably take another tour or two in the spring to get everywhere we want to go. The south and midwest have been good to us on this tour! We’ve met a ton of new people, many who will be setting sail out on Sixthman Record’s The Rock Boat next week out of Miami, FL. Everyone has been so cool, and we can’t wait to hang out for a week, play some gigs on the boat, and watch some of our favorite bands like Collective Soul, Sister Hazel, Will Hoge, etc.
New Music: When we get back to LA in March we plan on finishing up some new songs that we’ve been working on, and releasing them soon after. We never want to wait too long for new tunes, and seeing as we’re taking the DIY route right now, we figured ‘why wait for a full album? Let’s make some new music. Just not a ton of it, cause, well that’s expensive’. So, we’re excited about that, and we’re already excited about heading to the parts of the country we have yet to visit with this new record.
Today, we’re off to St. Petersburg, FL to play Whig Fest with some cool bands. We play at 11p but it’s a holiday tomorrow so if you’re in the area come hang out! Time to hit the road…
Hope this finds everyone well, and thank you thank you thank you for keeping up with us. Looking forward to making more music, and seeing you on the road this year.
Ryan and the guys