After two months on the road, our North American tour is history. The five of us have lived a lot of life in these past few months, and nothing affords you more time to pause and reflect on your adventures than a 36 hour van ride from Arizona to Ontario. So with all that time to contemplate, here are some of the highs and lows that colored our latest North American tour.
New Records We Listened To – 11
When you’re at home and a new record comes out, you get to discover the record at your own pace. That can mean listening on headphones as you fall asleep, putting on a vinyl when you’re relaxing at home in the afternoon, or blasting it with your friends on a Friday night. When we are traveling, we don’t have this same luxury. When new music comes out during a tour, we are forced to listen to it over the van stereo while a small panel of amateur music critics dissect the work. It almost goes without saying that our opinion tends to change once we have some time and space to digest it individually. In any case, here is some of the new music we discovered this tour: Wintersleep (Hello Hum), Regina Spektor (What We Saw From the Cheap Seats), Norah Jones (Little Broken Hearts), and Metric (Synthetica). Some of us listened to John Mayer (Born and Raised) and we all listened to the standup of Jim Gaffigan and Louis CK.
Times We Drove With the Trailer Door Open – 1
No luggage was lost during our biggest gaffe of the tour. The fact that we didn’t lose anything spoke volumes of the steady hand our tour manager Chris Miller possessed behind the wheel.
Ballparks We Visited – 4
There’s an old saying that If baseball were any slower, it would be farming. We like it anyway. Whenever we have a day off, we try to take advantage and see a game. This tour, we were able to visit Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia and the Oakland Coliseum in California’s Bay Area. If you’re ever at Citizen’s Bank Park, try the sample platter at Bull’s BBQ – we promise you won’t regret it.
Times We Collectively Did Laundry – 7
Don’t judge us. It’s busy on the road, and to the best of our knowledge, you can’t wash clothes in a moving vehicle.
Times We Drank Four Loko – 2
“We” really means Tony and Tim. Four Loko is a particularly awful (in my opinion of course), flavoured, malt liquor beverage available in the United States. While the novelty of such a product was lost on Max, Mike and me, Tony and Tim were happy to knock back this fruit punch flavoured, FDA be damned, 23 fluid ounce slice of Americana. While I could have told them sampling this type of swill would not end well – sometimes people have to learn the hard way.
New Cities We Visited – 18
Because this was our first full US tour, we had the opportunity to discover cities we never visited as a band. Some of our favourites were: Boston, New Orleans and Louisville.
We couldn’t have had a better time on tour, and that had much more to do with the great people in the Maine and Lydia than it did with any city we explored, or drink we tried. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer group of guys to tour with. Now that we are back we’re playing a bunch of outdoor shows throughout the summer, which started last week at the Burlington Sound of Music Festival (see video attached). The “Live” tab on the site will have all the info on our summer plans. To our new American friends, thank you for everything, and to our Canadian friends, looking forward to seeing you all soon!