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Happy holidays! As we look back on 2014, we can’t help but feel extremely grateful to all the people who believed in us and took a chance on us, and to everyone who bought our record and came to see us out there, and to all the new friends we’ve made along the way…. and we plan to keep going hard in in 2015. We’ve got a ton of things in the works, including another batch of shows, another tour, some other goodies, and recording our next full-length record, which we hope to get out to you in 2016.
Meanwhile, because everyone is sharing their end-of-year top ten lists of albums or whatever.. we decided to share something a little different. Behold…the Top Five Band Moments of 2014, from each of us.
Getting to meet and shake hands with members of bands who have been majorly important to me since I was a kid. No joke, when we played Athens, Michael Stipe apparently heard our soundcheck and later on told me I was a good singer. Tour honestly could've ended right there and I'd have been more than happy. Bob from Pavement greeted me just like an uncle would when we played Des Moines, as did Mike Watt when we shared a stage together in Brooklyn. Surreal.
Our record release show at the Lamp Post in JC. You never know how these things will go, and the turnout ended up being quite overwhelming. It was amazing. Despite some technical issues (on my part, as always), we played well, and the other bands (Dead Stars, Adam and the Plants) also killed. Good night.
Getting to watch tour mates Stuyvesant and The Everymen both win over a rooftop crowd at Cheers Shot Bar in Austin during SXSW. We didn't win people over that day, though we all got to play this girl's backyard together a few nights before. With all these hometown friends in attendance, whether they were in a band or if they'd relocated, it felt like a total Jersey invasion in Austin. It was fun, but it ran long and the poor girl ended up getting a ticket. We all felt terrible, even though she didn't seem to care. She just seemed grateful that a bunch of jackasses from Jersey would travel across the country to play on her deck.
Our first Tree Bar show in Columbus. You couldn't have asked for a better venue to play the last date of a tour in. It was honestly like cheese at the end of a maze or something. Everybody was super-welcoming, all bands played really well and we closed the place out. Great venue, I highly recommend it.
Recording and releasing a record, because none of the aforementioned would've happened without it.
Opening up for & meeting Mike Watt for the 3rd time & him remembering me from California.
Meeting & playing w/ so many talented people & bands all across the country.
Chico, CA treated Overlake like family.
Not dying from CO poisoning at our practice space.
Athens GA: Ok so here’s what happened. We went to Athens. We met Michael Stipe. Unbelievable.
Columbus OH: The Tree Bar. Holy crap what a great little place that is. We will always try to play here every time we are traveling through. Amazing vibe, great people.
New Orleans LA: After we were all done playing our respective shows (we were on tour with Stuyvesant at the time), we all kind of split off and spent the rest of the night taking full advantage of the New Orleans nightlife. Many beers later, and after having been locked out of our room by our other roommate (who had taken EXTRA advantage of the New Orleans nightlife), I and one of the guys from Stuyvesant decided to spend the night sleeping on the rooftop deck of the hotel where we were staying. It was magical… it was warm, the stars were out, and even at 3 or 4 in the morning, we were surrounded by music.. you could hear it everywhere. It was a very big feeling. We finally drifted off to sleep.. and then awoke to a bunch of naked people sunning themselves.
Somewhere in CA: Touring means driving… a lot of it. For our most recent tour, we enlisted the help of our friend John Feuerbach (who is in another cool band, Désir Decir) to help out with driving and equipment moving, etc. While he did most of the driving, I played navigator and was treated to some of the most incredible scenery I have ever seen. Driving past Mount Shasta, or across from the 101 to the 5 on Route 46, CA has some truly mind-blowing moments. You can’t even take pictures of it all.. It’s just so… massive. Can’t wait to get back out there.
NJ and beyond: I have to add that putting out our first record was huge… just… huge. I am so thankful that we got to make it happen… thank you. <3