Ah, Texas. The state is God damned massive. We started out on the west side in Lubbock, home to Texas Tech. While school was out for summer, we played a few sets at BarPM to an ever shifting crowd throughout the evening. What’s becoming really cool about this tour is going to places and knowing we’re now coming back there this Fall. I think we’ve got two dates in Lubbock at BarPM in October/November. I’m really excited about the people we met there and to start getting to know the place more.
A coffee shop gig in Amarillo the next night yielded a fantastic response from two middle school aged uber Digisaurus fans. We also finally found a few hours to do some exploring and went for a hike in the Palo Duro Canyon, the US’s second largest canyon. It was bonkers epic, and the dry heat made it at least somewhat reasonable to wander around. I definitely had a moment of closing my eyes, breathing in, and having a feeling of complete peace wash over me.
The next day we made a long 10 hour drive over to Houston. It was hot in Houston, like sticky humid hot, but the gig was a little lukewarm after two bands bailed. Austin and Killeen the next couple of nights proved to be standard mid-week gigs, and then we got to Dallas on Friday. We ended up playing after “bike night,” and the venue was exactly how you might imagine a place with “bike night” to be. We pulled off on the side of the road in a whirlwind of dust, and sent Eric into the venue to figure out load in. As soon as he entered, the music stopped and all these rough guys in leather jackets and vests turn their head to look at Eric…in his deepest V. I walk in next in my red pants and pink shirt, and order a glass of milk. Just kidding. A lot of the bikers, staffers, and other patrons were fantastic people. We chatted it up with the chapter leader, 20/20, and ended up with a lifetime of stories for any potential future offspring.
Southeast Texas yielded some memorable stops too. Downtown Bar & Grill (although they didn’t serve food) in Victoria, TX had a cool stage and room. We were joined by the fabulous Supersonic Lips out of Dallas who reminded me of Guerilla Toss. Energetic guitars, synth, bass and drums with a wild front woman named YaYa yipping and wailing over top. She ended up joining us during our set for a torching rendition of “I Need You.”
The next night we were in Harlingen which I think is about 10 miles from the Mexican border. We played at a venue called the Prelude run by two amazing souls named Angel and Rachel. It’s a big room with a big stage. They sell local music merch, coffee and snacks. They also do lessons, instrument repairs, classes on advancing your music career, and other things to assist musicians. We were sandwiched between the open mic and another band called Ideophonic, Man, I was blown away by a lot of these people. Harlingen isn’t the biggest city, but you could really see how this spot was fostering a potentially great music scene by nurturing and encouraging young talent. They made us feel right at home too by taking us out to IHOP after the show too. Highly recommend playing or checking out a show here if you’re passing through.
Playing at a hookah lounge in San Antonio the next night left me with a bit of a headache, although we did make a new friend who broadcast most of our show on Periscope. Shout outs to Scream_Wax for highlighting the power of social media. We spent the next two days by the Gulf coast in Corpus Christi/Rockport. It was great to get some beach time in, but unfortunately I got food poisoning from some fish and couldn’t make the gig at Texas House of Rock. One final stop at Super Happy Fun Land in Houston helped redeem the scene there for me. Super Happy Fun Land can give you the heebiest of jeebies with bizarre art, doll collections, and roaming cats scattering the DIY warehouse space. But it also made for a super unique show and we met some really cool and interesting people. We’ve moved on to the Southwest now, which I’ll share more about next week...but I’ll miss the friends we made in Texas. I’m looking forward to making the trek back in the Fall.