After we left Daikaiju in Forth Worth,TX. This show was pretty excellent we made a bunch of new friends and got to hang out with a three-legged dog. Elmo Jone’s Metal Music Complex was a hidden jem. The metal complex was complete with its own metal church.
Then we got a message from our friends Saucy Yoda and Mythological Horses about playing a show in Tulsa,OK. It was a pretty long drive through no man’s land to get to Tulsa and when we got there it was quite strange. It was a all age venue so the crowd was very young and the bar only served 3.2 beers and we had to make it to the liquor store before 7pm because thats when it closed Plus we were only to drink backstage which was weird. The kids wouldn’t dance for nothing they just stood there. The show apparently ran late and ran past midnight. We were suppose to sleep at the venue over night then leave for St. Paul,MN in the morning. But due to a minor fight between our hosts we decided to pack up and head out early to St.Paul. After a quick stop for a nap in a parking lot we drove for what seemed forever to the northern most point of the tour. There was 4″ of snow on the ground when we arrived in St.Paul,MN. We played at Big V’s Saloon which was a pretty sweet northern bar the show as interesting but we connected with some people. Then we stayed with Todd’s friend Ryan and that was sweet we did all things you do in Minnesota we got piss pounded and went sledding plus Todd enjoyed some fresh wide-mouth bass. Plus Grain Belt was a pretty tasty local cheap beer. We stayed in Minnesota for a few days then we headed to Milwaukee,WI to meet up with Abby and Matt.
I have a hole in my pants and dust in my lungs and for the last week have been desperately fighting off train-hopping crusties who keep trying to steal my back patch. You know the one with the baby tiger smoking a cigarette behind a giant cupcake? I dont blame them, it’s kind of expected. I mean if I was in a pit and saw a patch with a kitten shooting heroine behind a giant donut I would definitely try to rip that piece of art off the back of whatever poor sucker was dumb enough to wear it into the pit at the Dead Milkmen concert. I mean who wouldnt? Thank god for loop stitching and dental floss thats all I have to say.
Speaking of the Dead Milkmen, what a show! I’ve never been so happy to get kicked in the head multiple times. Front and center Jordan NIna and I had the best view imaginable. People went crazy for 45 minutes straight. There was not a second without stagediving punks and the constant moshing and throbing of the crowd felt like a warm hug shared among thousands of really close friends. Blood was spilt and the only result was smiling faces. The MIlkmen played a fantastic set and sounded as if they were no different from the days of their youth. It was a moving experience that was surely treasured by all who were there. Fret not if you missed it though for they are embarking on a tour with their new album. Maybe if you’re lucky they will be stopping near your town.
That show was definately the highlight of SXSW except for maybe the food. I’ve never seen so many food trucks in my life. I want to live here just for the food trucks. Korean BBQ Tacos and Cupcakes out of a trailer who could ask for more?
I guess it would only be fair to say that the overall experience here in Austin has really shifted my attitude towards Texas. Who knew it was so much fun? We played a sweet house show at our friend Blake Weavers house, and for only two days of planning it was killer. We raged on hunch punch and wallowed in the chaos that followed. It was so much fun to sit in the back yard in kiddie pools and enjoy the sweet jams that poured from the deck coutesy of The Shivas (pland, ore), Saucy Yoda (Pland,ore) Mythological Horses(pland,ore) Chase Frank (Austin,TX) and the Counterpart Kids (Austin,TX). Also playing was yours truly TAMTAM. We rocked it so hard that even the cops who came to shut us down told us that we ruled and let us finish anyway.
Well I’d love to tell you all everything that happened here in Austin but Im too lazy to write a novella so this small excerpt will have to do. Just remember if you’re ever in Texas and you aint got nothing to do come down to Austin and have yourself a good time with a bunch of random cool people from all over the world.
We finished our leg of the tour with Chicken & Whiskey we had a blast in Houston,TX. We made a bunch of new friends and got to play outside on the street at Mango’s then cops came and shut it down. Then we got to see Davila 666 for free and then a massive party went well into the morning then we decided to get to Austin and now we are here. If you are here too and want to hang out txt 321-285-6130
Thanks Jeffery Howard for the kind words Houston was amazing last night got to see Davila 666 for FREE! Austin Bound in a few hours so excited.
So being the procrastators that we are we waited to the last minute to screen patches and stickers for tour. Our great friend Matt Kamm from Telethon came over helped us screen we did a great job on the patches but the stickers were a different story we printed them all on the wrong side of the paper.
We left Orlando and headed north to Tally Nasty for the first show of tour with Chicken & Whiskey we were playing OAF House. Which was this awesome house right down the street from Hip-Hop fish and chicken. We showed up pretty early and found out there was another house show across the street at Coolifornia House with Week Teeth. So we headed over there to try and round up some sort of crowd you know how college towns can be during Spring Break.
We set up in The Shaq which was a shed behind the house we basically played the split tape then hung out with the really nice people that allowed us to stay at their house.
Here is our interview inside the Lighthouse Music Bus.
Snail’s Pace (Nina had been drinking whiskey)
New Song Pizza Slut!
There is still a lot left to do. It feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day right now. Like we only have 54 Hours left on our Kickstarter goal. Tam Tam Kickstarter. Plus we leave in 2 days to parts of this vast country we have yet to see. We have also been working to get this brand-new cassette into your hands. But we are running out of time and hopefully they will meet us in Austin,TX. But if you want to hear this sweet tape before its a tape go to http://godlessamericarecords.bandcamp.com/
Tonight we will be in St. Augustine,FL to play with our great friends Lighthouse Music who are going to be premiering their movie “Moving On”. Also our other great friends from Tallahassee,FL Jane Jane Pollock are going to be there. Plus we haven’t playing in St. Augustine in a while due to no real solid venue after Nobby’s went away. So if you live in or around St. Augustine and are in need of a good time come see us.