March82014

SXSW and Tour

March 10th will start our third straight SXSW in a row.  Listed below are all our dates for the chaos.  Come Hangout!

* All shows are FREE and most are 21+ except for Opal Divines, The Vortex, and Trailer Space Records which are all ages.

Mar 10th - Metal & Lace | Austin, TX | 12:15 am (technically Tuesday 12:15 am)
Mar 11th - Opal Divines | Austin, TX | 9:00 pm
Mar 12th - Texas Rock Fest | Austin, TX | 6:00 pm
Mar 12th - NOMAD Bar | Austin, TX | 10:15 pm
Mar 13th - Chuggin Monkey | Austin, TX | 1:00 pm *Red Gorilla Music Fest*
Mar 13th - The Aquarium | Austin, TX | 9:00 pm
Mar 14th - Trailer Space Records | Austin, TX | 3:45 pm
Mar 15th - The Vortex | Austin, TX | 5:15 pm *Altercation BBQ - Free Beer w/ River Boat Gamblers*

If you are interested in coming to the Riverboat Gamblers show you need to RSVP HERE

October222013

F Words

Once again we are traversing the US on tour and I’m going to attempt to keep up with a tour diary.  We have some awesome shows coming up this tour.  We have THE FEST in gainesville, a show with Code Orange Kids right after FEST and Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX where we will be opening for The Misfits.

We hit the road on the 17th stopping at my parent’s house in MD to print some tshirts.  One day we will be prepared when we leave for tour, until then we will print shirts from the road.  As always my parents made us feel right at home.  We woke up the morning of the 18th and headed down to Richmond.

It was our first time in Richmond, VA and it was awesome.  Super cool city.  Our show with The Gospel and Blackout Shift went well.  It was a fun night and Mike Jones and his wife Kensey of The Gospel let us crash at their house.  After a few episodes of Digimon with their son Reid and a trip to River City Diner we headed down to Whiteville, NC to crash with our tour manager Richie’s parents. 

Our drive to Whiteville was an easy one and that whole “southern hospitality” thing is no joke.  We were greeted with fried chicken, biscuits and mac’n’cheese.  After food and a whole bunch of Modern Family we went to walmart to pick up somethings.  We headed back to Richie’s house, watched some Inglorious Basterds and passed out.

That morning we woke up and headed down to Wilmington.  If you have never been there it’s a super cool city.  We played at Orton’s and it was so far our best show of tour.  We played with No Label’s Fit and The You’re Gonna Die and go to Hell’s.  Both bands killed it and it was an incredible show.  After the show we got a head start to Charleston, SC where we managed to book a last minute show at The Mill.  We made it about half way and pulled over in walmart parking lot to get a few hours of sleep. 

The show at The Mill was okay but the hospitality we received from Wally, the owner, was second to none.  It was a good time and Charleston, SC treated us well.  As soon as the show was over we headed to Savannah, GA where I currently sit as I write this post.

Hope to see you guys one the road.  There will be more, I promise.

July242013
We’re happy to announce that us and our buds in American Pinup will be hitting the road together once again on a 14 show tour this August! All the shows are listed below along with the poster. If you’re in a city that we’re playing at come and hang with us!  August 9th - Charm City Art Space / Baltimore, MD  August 10th - Legendary Dobbs / Philadelphia, PA  August 16th - Phoenix Down Recording / Somerville, MA  August 17th - Snapper Magee’s / Torrington, CT  August 18th - Snapper Magee’s / Kingston, NY  August 22nd - TBA / Easton, PA August 23rd - Excuses Bar & Grill / Pittsburgh, PA  August 24th - Baba Budans / Cincinnati, OH  August 25th - The Rock House / Indianapolis, IN  August 27th - Tin Can Pub / Springfield, IL  August 28th - TBA / Quincy, IL August 29th - TBA  August 30th - Glass Nickel Pizza Company / Oshkosh, WI  August 31st - Reggies / Chicago, IL

We’re happy to announce that us and our buds in American Pinup will be hitting the road together once again on a 14 show tour this August! All the shows are listed below along with the poster. If you’re in a city that we’re playing at come and hang with us!

August 9th - Charm City Art Space / Baltimore, MD
August 10th - Legendary Dobbs / Philadelphia, PA
August 16th - Phoenix Down Recording / Somerville, MA
August 17th - Snapper Magee’s / Torrington, CT
August 18th - Snapper Magee’s / Kingston, NY
August 22nd - TBA / Easton, PA
August 23rd - Excuses Bar & Grill / Pittsburgh, PA
August 24th - Baba Budans / Cincinnati, OH
August 25th - The Rock House / Indianapolis, IN
August 27th - Tin Can Pub / Springfield, IL
August 28th - TBA / Quincy, IL
August 29th - TBA
August 30th - Glass Nickel Pizza Company / Oshkosh, WI
August 31st - Reggies / Chicago, IL

April282013
We’re not gonna give too much away but we have our best music video yet for our song “Not Afraid” coming out very very soon that we think you guys are gonna love.  In the meantime here’s a sneak preview of our lovely little kin from the video shoot. Enjoy! Special thanks to our Director Zach Scott, Connor McDuffy for Producing it and Mike Beham for the Cinematography.

We’re not gonna give too much away but we have our best music video yet for our song “Not Afraid” coming out very very soon that we think you guys are gonna love.

In the meantime here’s a sneak preview of our lovely little kin from the video shoot. Enjoy!

Special thanks to our Director Zach Scott, Connor McDuffy for Producing it and Mike Beham for the Cinematography.

April242013

Sale on our online store!

We just re-did our online store and we’re having an awesome sale on all of our apparel and our first album, Eastern Empire. Stop by there and check it out! Every order comes with a free patch, pins, and stickers!

Hoodies - $20
Regular T-Shirts - $10
Baseball T - $15
Eastern Empire (CD) - $5

http://lis.bigcartel.com/

March102013

Spring Tour 2013 

So as some of you may or may not know we are currently on tour with our good friends in The Scandals.  Zach and I have known Jared since we were 15 and we played some of our earliest shows with The Scandals when we were in high school.  A couple years and few band members later here we are.  

I tried keeping a tour diary when we went out in november and I did a pretty good job until the end.  I’m gonna make an attempt at a tour diary round two so here it goes.  I’m going to recap the 2nd through the 9th in 160 characters or less, maybe.

March 2nd - Met the new lineup of The Scandals, played an awesome show in Easton, Pa.  Super cool city by the way.  We then drove to my parents in Bel Air, MD.

March 3rd - Woke up in beds, showered and was fed by my parents.  Real tour has not started yet,  we are living to well.  Played a bunch of covers, did some bonding and went to the show.  Played Club K in Baltimore, did Saki bombs.  The Scandals went to Virginia, we went back to my parents.

March 4 th - Hung out, Suged it up and ate a good meal.  Real tour starts tomorrow.

March 5th - Scotty from Death To False Hope Records set up an awesome show for us in Durham, NC.  South Hospitality at it’s finest.  Steve the bartender took amazing care of us.  We then partied with all the bands on the show, Jimmy pulled out his dick, and we crashed.  Two in the van two in the house.  Real tour.

March 6th - Radio Room, SC.  Amazing.  Best show of tour for sure.  The Suge made an appearance, shit got weird and we got drunk.

March 7th - Party in Atlanta at Jake’s house.  Good times.  More beds and showers.  We are truly blessed with amazing family

March 8th - Squeaky Lizard in Ocean Springs MS.  Great show.  All tour bands but kids heard punk bands were playing and came out.  Faith restored in humanity.  We then slept in the venue.  It’s true, everyone is nicer down here.

March 9th - Gambling in Biloxi.  I lost a lot of money.  Off to New Orleans were we played to a bachelorette party and saw some friends.  Bourban street for everyone but me.  I feel like shit and am in a bed.

Wish me luck on the rest of the days.  Good Night

Nick

LIS

November112012

Natural Disastour 2012 // Day 5, 6, 7

Okay so I have completely been slacking on tour posts the last few days so here’s what I’m gonna do. This post is going to contain day 5, 6, and 7 in a little bit more of a condensed version, so here I go!


Day 5

Last night was our last night in the Red Roof Inn in Springfield. After a couple hours of sleep we got up, got our shit together and bounced. We had heard about an awesome place to eat called Charlie Parker’s.

It was in an old plane hanger and it had a retro vibe. It was pretty awesome and the food was delicious.

After Charlie Parker’s we headed into Springfield and had no idea what the fuck to do. We ended driving past this place called the Celtic Mist and we stopped in because we had spoken to the bar manager Monday night about us playing there on Thursday. He was still into the idea and he gave us keys to a beautiful apartment up above the bar.

After the bar we decided to go see Honest Abe’s house. This was the house he lived in before taking the trip to the White House. It was awesome. The whole street he lived on was basically untouched. It was really cool.

After Lincoln’s house we headed over to the apartment and watched some movies and rested up before we headed over to an open mic night.

We met up with Bis at the open mic and hung there for a bit before heading to the apartment to crash. Over all not a crazy night, but it was fun.

Day 6

We woke up at around 12 with a million tickets on the van because of the stupid fucking parking meters.

We were pretty hungry and went to this place called La Bamba that Bis told us about. Their slogan is “burritos as big as your head”.  The food was really good, apparently they are a chain in the Midwest.

After food we headed to the municipality to deal with the tickets. We were pretty fucked for the over time parking on the meters but we are fighting a no parking ticket. After the nonsense we headed to the apartment for a nap and watched the first and second Matrix movies.

After hanging out we headed to a highschool to see Bis and his cousin coach at their basketball game. We had nothing else to do and figured we would come out to support. After the game we headed back to the apartment to get ready for our show. The show went well and Bis and a few people that had seen us play throughout the week were there. It was a good night.

Day 7

We headed to Chicago today and had the best show of tour, in my opinion. Once we arrived in Chicago we went to this kid EJ’s house to hang before the show. He had hooked us up with the show last minute and his bands The Ridgedales and Nightcaps were on the bill. 

We hung for a while at his place and we found out he used to be the drumtech for Mest. He was a cool dude. We eventually decided we needed food and hit up this pizza place and got some Chicago deep dish. It was awesome.

The show at Slackers was awesome. The room was packed and we were super well received, all the bands killed it too! My favorite however were Nightcaps. They were amazing. After the show we started our drive to St. Louis and found a hotel room to crash in for a few hours.

Lemmons tomorrow!

-Nick

November62012
Natural Disastour 2012 // Day 4
Laundry time!
I got up this morning at around 1045 to do some laundry. When we left I had more dirty than clean clothes with me because of the hurricane. I walked over to the gas station across the street to buy myself some detergent and when I arrived at the front desk of the hotel I was informed that the hotel’s washing machine was broken…because that’s how this tour has been going.
The lady at the front desk directed me to a laundromat so I headed there. Laundry mats in Indianapolis are super depressing, at least The Maury Show was on.
I finished washing my clothes and headed back to the hotel. Oh, and the laundry mat had a tanning salon in it. Ridiculous.
After our check out we headed off to Springfield, IL. The drive was easy and we got to Springfield early because we had the time change. Since we got there early we explored and got to see some Lincoln history. His law office was down the street from the venue.
The show at Bar None was pretty awesome. We met a lot of cool people and had a great night. We played a killer set and sold a whole bunch of merch.
After the show we made our way to a Red Roof hotel were we will be holding up for a few days. We met a few bar owners last night and some kids that were really amped about us that are going to try to hook us up with shows.
Wish us luck!!! Also, don’t forget to vote! We are pretty excited to be in Illinois during the election…that should let you know where we lean.

-Nick

Natural Disastour 2012 // Day 4

Laundry time!

I got up this morning at around 1045 to do some laundry. When we left I had more dirty than clean clothes with me because of the hurricane. I walked over to the gas station across the street to buy myself some detergent and when I arrived at the front desk of the hotel I was informed that the hotel’s washing machine was broken…because that’s how this tour has been going.

The lady at the front desk directed me to a laundromat so I headed there. Laundry mats in Indianapolis are super depressing, at least The Maury Show was on.

I finished washing my clothes and headed back to the hotel. Oh, and the laundry mat had a tanning salon in it. Ridiculous.

After our check out we headed off to Springfield, IL. The drive was easy and we got to Springfield early because we had the time change. Since we got there early we explored and got to see some Lincoln history. His law office was down the street from the venue.

The show at Bar None was pretty awesome. We met a lot of cool people and had a great night. We played a killer set and sold a whole bunch of merch.

After the show we made our way to a Red Roof hotel were we will be holding up for a few days. We met a few bar owners last night and some kids that were really amped about us that are going to try to hook us up with shows.

Wish us luck!!! Also, don’t forget to vote! We are pretty excited to be in Illinois during the election…that should let you know where we lean.

-Nick

November52012
Natural Disastour 2012 // Day 3

After last night’s adventures, we awoke in dire need of some food. We said our goodbyes to Natasha, and JCK brought us to this place called Lindsay’s. The crowd was a combination of older folks and church goers aka we totally didn’t fit in but the food was awesome. I had some cheese cake.
It was a good morning.
We dropped JCK off at his house and headed off to Indiana. The drive was long and through nothingness until we reached Indy’s Jukebox around 6:30. We got some Chinese food and waited for the show to start.
A local radio station reached out prior to the show and was there to record our whole set, so look out for that in the coming months!
After the show, we shot over to a Ramada Inn and watched the Walking Dead. It was a good day.
Bar None in Springfield, IL tomorrow night!

-Nick

Natural Disastour 2012 // Day 3

After last night’s adventures, we awoke in dire need of some food. We said our goodbyes to Natasha, and JCK brought us to this place called Lindsay’s. The crowd was a combination of older folks and church goers aka we totally didn’t fit in but the food was awesome. I had some cheese cake.

It was a good morning.

We dropped JCK off at his house and headed off to Indiana. The drive was long and through nothingness until we reached Indy’s Jukebox around 6:30. We got some Chinese food and waited for the show to start.

A local radio station reached out prior to the show and was there to record our whole set, so look out for that in the coming months!

After the show, we shot over to a Ramada Inn and watched the Walking Dead. It was a good day.

Bar None in Springfield, IL tomorrow night!

-Nick

November42012
Natural Disastour 2012 // Day 2

Continuing on our streak of bad luck, we got a flat tire last night. We made it to the venue about 10 minutes before we were supposed to play and as we were attempting to unload on a very narrow one way street, some asshole in a bus decided to be a a douche. This soon prompted panic and in an attempt to rectify the situation with hasty moves the van slammed into a curb ripping a huge hole in the tire.

Luckily enough, we had a full spare so we changed it after our set. However, it was cold as fuck and the crank for our jack has to be the most ridiculously inefficient jack I have ever seen. After about 45 minutes we had the new tire up and running. We finished out the night and made it to our buds JCK and Natasha’s house where we spent the night.

We woke up around 12 and the three of us, along with JCK, went to a waffle house for breakfast. Did you know they have an entire jukebox full of songs about waffle houses in them? It’s fucking amazing.

After waffle house we hit up some music stores for strings and then ventured to find a coin star because we don’t have any money. I have never seen lottery ticket vending machines before. They were pretty cool.

Proceeding our excursion around town we went back to JCK’s place where we had to print merch for the tour. DIY or DIE!!! This took a couple of hours and by the time I was done, everyone in the house was high from the fumes. Doing it in a poorly ventilated basement was not the best choice.

The show tonight was at Annabells in Akron, OH. It was an awesome place and the bands we played with were great. The first band was a polka band, accordian and all, that played metal covers . They played Ace of Spades, Rainbow in the Dark, and Breaking the Law. It was awesome. 

Oh, and the singer was wearing a chicken suit.

Following polka metal was our set. We played the usual and it was a cool sounding room. Following us was this kid that played blues. He was an awesome guitar player and I watched his mom drunkenly hit a car on her way out of the parking lot.

After the show we went out in Akron with Natasha and her friends. Hector got super fucked up and now here we are back at JCK and Natasha’s place. What a night.

Indys Jukebox tomorrow, 11/4 in Indianapolis. 

Come hang out!!!

-Nick

Natural Disastour 2012 // Day 2

Continuing on our streak of bad luck, we got a flat tire last night. We made it to the venue about 10 minutes before we were supposed to play and as we were attempting to unload on a very narrow one way street, some asshole in a bus decided to be a a douche. This soon prompted panic and in an attempt to rectify the situation with hasty moves the van slammed into a curb ripping a huge hole in the tire.

Luckily enough, we had a full spare so we changed it after our set. However, it was cold as fuck and the crank for our jack has to be the most ridiculously inefficient jack I have ever seen. After about 45 minutes we had the new tire up and running. We finished out the night and made it to our buds JCK and Natasha’s house where we spent the night.

We woke up around 12 and the three of us, along with JCK, went to a waffle house for breakfast. Did you know they have an entire jukebox full of songs about waffle houses in them? It’s fucking amazing.

After waffle house we hit up some music stores for strings and then ventured to find a coin star because we don’t have any money. I have never seen lottery ticket vending machines before. They were pretty cool.

Proceeding our excursion around town we went back to JCK’s place where we had to print merch for the tour. DIY or DIE!!! This took a couple of hours and by the time I was done, everyone in the house was high from the fumes. Doing it in a poorly ventilated basement was not the best choice.

The show tonight was at Annabells in Akron, OH. It was an awesome place and the bands we played with were great. The first band was a polka band, accordian and all, that played metal covers . They played Ace of Spades, Rainbow in the Dark, and Breaking the Law. It was awesome.

Oh, and the singer was wearing a chicken suit.

Following polka metal was our set. We played the usual and it was a cool sounding room. Following us was this kid that played blues. He was an awesome guitar player and I watched his mom drunkenly hit a car on her way out of the parking lot.

After the show we went out in Akron with Natasha and her friends. Hector got super fucked up and now here we are back at JCK and Natasha’s place. What a night.

Indys Jukebox tomorrow, 11/4 in Indianapolis.

Come hang out!!!

-Nick

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