Tour Journal Entry 2/10/2013
Well, Last Night was the final night of this round of shows. We Played in Cleveland with Conceded, Kriadiaz and Law of Destruction and as usual The Cleveland Crowd came out in force got drunk got in fights and had a lot of fun! We played our full set since we had all of our guitars at our disposal and as much time we wanted to play. I think the Crowd dug the show even if they couldn’t hear the guitars (but hey, who doesn’t want to hear me play an hour long drum solo!?!?!? HAHAHA!)
I am very pleased with what we were able to do on this trip (a few great shows, and 3 songs written and recorded in just under 2 weeks. That’s pretty good for anyone especially given the last minute disasters we had to contend with that could have derailed the whole thing at any point and all this in the middle of Winter no less!
*Reminder to Self (and congratulations to anyone that got to see us on this round of shows) This will be the LAST time we Book ANY sort of Touring in this region during the snowy season… WE ARE DUMB!!!! (but not anymore! See you in the SPRING, SUMMER or FALL!)
Thanks to all the bands that shared the stage with us, friends that helped us out and came out to see us, and I hope we will all meet again on the road in the not too distant future.
All that aside I think this whole thing was a success and I hope to do it again soon… but not too soon. Maybe give me a few weeks to figure out what Month it is and then we’ll talk. Until then….
Tour Journal Entry 2/8/2013
We were forced to cancel the Pittsburgh Show that was supposed to happen tonight (due to circumstances we could not control) at the last minute and although we were completely bummed out about it I suppose it’s for the best considering there is a huge Snow storm hitting today in that region and we would no doubt be stuck in the middle of it. As a result I realize this “Tour Journal” has become more of a “Studio Journal” never the less I will continue to tell everyone all about stuff they may not care about, at all! :-)
That being said, in our down time we have managed to come up with and begin recording 3 new songs. I just finished drum tracks on the second one last night… I am glad because it is hands down the MOST BRUTAL Shatter Messiah Song to date. I had to finish recording it with a blown out calf muscle as well! So if I missed a beat on one of the left side kick drums I apologize. The Irony of the whole thing was that throughout the entire recording I was playing and hitting as hard as possible and killing myself to get an extremely hard fill correct (the very last thing I needed to record) when I realized that because this was a quick set up we were actually triggering the bass drums (because we had no time to get perfect sounds) so I was killing myself for no reason as the triggers allow you to play as light as you want and not sacrifice the sound…. IDIOT!!!
Anyway, we finished the drum tracks and I can’t wait for people to hear this one. BTW we are NEVER PLAYING IT LIVE!!!! So don’t even bother asking! HAHAHAHA! It would be like running a damn marathon every night, Not that the Shatter Set isn’t already like that, but this song is Ri-Fucking-diculous! The worst Part is that I was the one that came up with the impetus for it and I was the one that decided on the 240 bmp tempo… Never again will I be left in charge of making stupid decisions like that again!
We have one final song for me to record tonight (thankfully at a more manageable tempo) then a 2 hour Band Practice before our Show in Cleveland tomorrow, where we will be adding 2 additional songs to the set list. This should be a really good show as everyone has been hyping it and there are some really good bands on the bill, I wish New England had more shows like this; I might actually leave my compound and venture out into the public once in a while if we did.
I am hoping this last show will allow us to go out with a bang on this trip. I’m also hoping we won’t end up with the van in a ditch again. But even if there was snow on the roads up here I’m fairly confident that unlike Kentucky, Ohio has discovered the benefits of both salt and plows!