July 6: Edmonston
After leaving the glory and triumph that came with Halifax, we traveled onward and upward. hilarious. By the time we got to the house we were playing in we were all totally hopped up on goof balls and ready to play in Mario's top floor apartment.
It was 600 degrees inside and we couldn't open a window because we would get noise complaints (seriously, what's wrong with a 10pm punk show on a Monday night?) Fucking amazing show, there were 15-20 people and it felt like 60 they were all really friendly and super cool. One of the best shows to date.
July 7 & 8: Montreal
Drove for another fucking LONG time the 7th and got lost in Montreal for 2 hours. Stayed with our buddy Joel.
Last year when we stayed at his place we put some laundry in the dryer. The next day we left Montreal and we got a message from him a few days later, it read: "Bad news: someone left a tshirt in the dryer. Good news: It's REALLY dry." So as we rolled up to his place I was pleased to know that the mystery tshirt's owner would soon be revealed. I asked Joel if he had kept the shirt and he informed me that he had. I asked him if I could see it and he handed it to me. It was inside out, making the mystery that much more intense. I slowly turned it right side out only to find i was holding it backwards! The suspense was killing me! I flipped the shirt around and yelled "AHA!" and staring me directly in the face was a shirt that belonged to none other that ME! What a TWIST!
Next day we hit the venue. Place called Piranah. It was also an amazing show. Great people, lots of dancing, singing, good times. Killer venue, great sound, good times! And we roll on..
July 9 & 10: Kitchener
We got up and left Joel's place, first inspecting the dryer to be CERTAIN. But as I think about it now, I have been unable to locate a particular tshirt for a few days now.. Shit. I'll check that after I post this blog and let you know if it's there ion the next one. We had a fucking 10 hour drive to Kitchener or some fucking garbage. GET BACK IN THE VAN!
We were staying at Phil's (Broadcast Zero) place. And cabin fever set in as we rolled up at 1 am. The drive was terribly long, and it's hard to read in total darkness so I sat and tried to sleep. Phil had thrown us a party, and apparently it was a good one but sadly we rolled in an hour or so after it had ended.
Next day we played the loudest show we have had so far. It was in a small concrete room filled with sweaty teenagers and greart bands. A really drunk guy tried to make away with the jar on the table labeled "gas money" but we caught him. My ears still hurt. We also got the new CD!!! It looks great, it sounds great. Thank you EVERYONE who had ANYTHING to do with it. Some of the liner notes were not complete, that is really my only qualm with the disk.
July 11: Hamilton/Toronto/New Market
Okay seriously what the FUCK were we thinking. We had already had two shows booked that day. One in Hamilton and then one later that night in Toronto. While we were in Toronto Dave gets a message from a friend in New Market asking if we wanna play a THIRD show that night, and like a bunch of fucking dopes we all say YEAH SURE! (enthusiasm may have differed from band member to band member).
We drove to Hamilton to play a matinee with a fucking AMAZING set of bands. Class Assassins, Steeletown Spoilers, Broadcast Zero, and The Rotten. Turnout was good, the kids there are real die hards, so it was nice to play to people who know good punk rock, and the Class Assassins brought their kids, I fucking LOVE when four year olds are running around shows with great big sets of noise dampening headgear on. ADORABLE! One of their kids pulled the fire alarm while they were on stage, haha. Badass little girls. We played our set and earlier today I received this message from one of the people who was there
"...Today, I really liked your show... Like, really really liked it. I learned something important I think. And you might have changed my life for the better with something you said. I just want to let you know that you guys are awesome and that I appreciate everything that you stand for and everything that you do..."
And THAT is why I keep doing this!
After Hamilton we took our million dollars and made for Toronto to make a million more! The Rearview Mirror was the club and we played a short set because we had to go play a third short set in an hour. Small crowd, but they were clearly having a good time so they were an AWESOME crowd!
And finally we hit New Market. Huge turnout, it was super awesome to be added last minute.
Sleep came quickly to tired little (Class War) boys and girls.
And now the adventure continues...