Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sorry

Hey Y'all,
Sorry we've been slacking in the blog department. We've been really busy. But what we've been lacking there we've been making up by recording a new album. We've finished up week one of our recording process with J. Robbins (Who plays in one of our favorite bands and has recorded some of our favorite records) at The Magpie Cage in Baltimore, MD. We've tracked 13.5 out of the 15 songs we went in with. It was pretty hectic going from two months on the road straight into recording. But I think it's working out really well. The studio is absolutely beautiful and it's a really great environment to keep productive in. Lots of guacamole has been eaten since being there.



We just arrived back from what is the highlight of every year, Berea Fest. If you don't know about it, I'm sorry, because you missed one of the best years yet. Who doesn't love seeing a bunch of great bands for an even greater cause?

Before we headed out, we swung into Cleveland to go to Melt for lunch. If you love grilled cheese sandwiches, then you have every reason to take the trip to Cleveland for these. It's insane. Our friends Matt and Greg came with us for the drive from Maryland to Berea and back, and we got to meet up with two of our favorite people Mia, and Micah.




Fifteen hours of driving, a bunch of sweaty people, a lot of friends, and great food. Who could complain about that?

Here are some photos of things that have happened since the last blog.







Hopefully I can document things a little better from the studio this week. See y'all soon!

-Kyle

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Welcome to Twin Peaks. Population: 51,201

This update comes from the back right side of the bench seat in the wonderful van known as Gary Gas Hands. Where, for the next 8 hours will be my office. Unless Sheena gets sick of driving, in which case I could potentially be called forward as driver. We're currently on our way to Minot, ND driving through Montana. We played a wonderful show last night at a venue called the Filling Station in Bozeman, MT with our good friends Black Wine (If you haven't checked out this band, I strongly suggest you do. It features members of The Ergs!, Hunchback, Full of Fancy and so many more.).

For now, let's go back a few days. Because a very monumental occasion happened. For the first time in my life I got to live some reality of what is a big part of my life. I got to enter Twin Peaks territory, aka North Bend, WA. We decided it would be a great idea to drive in the wrong direction for awhile and head out to Twede's Cafe aka RR Diner from my favorite show of all time.

On the way there we put on the Twin Peaks soundtrack and drove through some beautiful scenery to get to the small town that I've been fantasizing about since I was old enough to know better. Unfortunately due to arson, the inside of the place has been remodeled. But I didn't let that discourage me. We were greeted by a lovely waitress who was wearing a Twin Peaks themed shirt. She took our order of Coffee and Cherry Pie promptly, and we were not disappointed. This cafe is where pie's must go when they die, and the coffee, it was damn fine coffee, and hot! After purchasing every ounce of memorabilia I could get. We went on a photo crazy adventure.

While we were in the back getting pictures with the welcome to twin peaks mural. We came across a very interesting fellow in a wheel chair who seemingly spent the better parts of his days pulling pop cans out of the garbage, crushing them, and placing them in the proper recycling bins. It was awesome seeing someone doing their part in any capacity they can.

Here are some photo evidence that I had a landmark day in my life:








Fast forward to today. My phone hasn't worked since we got into Montana because of cell phone reception but we somehow kept bumping into Black Wine every where we'd go without any premeditated arrangements. we met up with them earlier at the Food Coop and ate some lunch. We all had some healthy food to keep us as healthy as possible, especially since Alex is coming down with something. Of course, I couldn't eat a salad without finishing it off with a piece of chocolate cake.



Also, this is Neuland. Wonderful man, and the inspiration for our vans name:



Thank you very much for reading these posts.

Yours Truly,
Kyle W. Paton

Thursday, July 1, 2010

west coast, USA

okay, so we, meaning I, have been slacking on our blog! we are currently in Portland, OR and headed to Seattle, WA.

we hit a couple days of misfortune. my guitar amp, guitar, and cabinet all ran into some problems. I also got spit on by a stranger in San Francisco and gary gas hands(our van) had to get some repairs. Besides this, tour has been great! Since we last blogged we have almost completed our west coast part of our tour!

Here are some of the Highlights!

<3
sheena

cute cat friends!




kyle and max sharing some beach love.



we met the pacific ocean.



leo and I shared a moment.



Meat Market with our friend Eric in LA.



Last day of our Polar Bear Club, Moving Mountains, and Living with Lions tour in Anaheim, CA.



Las Vegas Pitstop. We stayed at the Luxor for a night and ate donuts together.