Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Day 6: Green green grass

Virginia Beach, Va. - You know, it's funny. I think both Cassavettes and our tour mates Girls Guns & Glory have a strange "grass is always greener" dynamic going on. The way we run business fascinates them, the way they do fascinates us (there have been many of those conversations so far on this trip). Not to say anyone from either band is itching to jump the fence, but we just look at each other's bands and think "Hmm, we didn't think of that." One thing about these guys that is omnipresent in my mind is how great of storytellers all of them are. But it's not only that they've got a knack for re-telling the story, but their stories involve genuine mischief, compared to our tales of just general silliness. An example: On the first night of this tour in NYC, they tried to convince us to go to a bar with them after the show. We played the safe route and went back to Lauren's to catch some sleep. We found out the next day that they went to the bar, ended up without a place to stay, tried to drive to Connecticut, pulled over and slept in their van on the side of the road, woke up the next morning and drove out of the way to go to Mohegan Sun casino and gambled away their food budget for the next week. Wild guys. Great story. So, Matt and I were talking about how we generally just have a play it safe mentality that rules a lot of that out. He says, "You find it if you go looking for it" (though when Ward and I discussed it later, he said they don't go looking for it, it just happens and I believe that after spending some time with them). I'm not looking for it, but I do appreciate the fancy free nature of it all. Anyway, after trading stories of respect for one another, I was shocked when we were hanging out on the beach late last night and while I was telling some story about the band, Bruce blurted out, "Man, you guys have the best stories!" See? Here I am thinking our stories fall far short in comparison, and they're grooving on them. Either way, we're just having a blast together. I can't imagine more fun tour mates, though we did lose the inaugural GGG v. Csvts football game yesterday, 35-7. Pretty rough.

We're about to head out to Johnson City, Tenn., a place I've never been nor heard of. But after some review, it appears to be fairly close to the music hub of Asheville, N.C. I'm pretty pumped up about it, although it kind of sucks that we have to leave the good time we've been having here. Lots of Shiner, beach time, and last night my parents made burgers and we had an impromptu party for Bruce's birthday. Good times.

We played a set at The Boot in Norfolk last night, mostly for my parents, their friends, and a few folks at the bar. I tried to build the set around what this wild crowd would like, which meant it wasn't as uptempo as some recent sets. I had been hoping that there would be a decent walk-in crowd since Norfolk has so many military members out on the streets, looking for a drink and a good time. However, we later found out that Insane Clown Posse was doing a set two blocks away, possibly for free. Everyone was there, turning Norfolk into a veritable ghost town. Either way, we had a good time. We weren't told until afterward that we were getting paid in a bar tab, and I ran up absolutely nothing (same with Scott, and Mike for the most part). Dang. Missed opportunity. Tonight, we know that the club is paying us in food and drink, a welcomed payment. Now it's time to head the seven hours out to Tennessee.
SET LIST: The Nadir / Carolyn, Don't Leave Like This / Golden Fleece / You'll Be Crying Soon / Seasons / Like Secrets Beneath / On the Lam / Shotgun Wedding / Debts / Trouble From the Start

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next time you guys play a football game you should recruit Terry Laubacher. I know you would win.

17 October, 2007 15:46  
Blogger Derrick said...

I don't where I've been, but this is the first time I've discovered this blog.
Oh my. Soo goooood.
Asheville, NC is where Band of Horses relocated to..or at least where they recorded their most recent album.
Man. Cassavettes on tour.


18 October, 2007 07:54  

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