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On My Honor, a pop-punk band from TN, has just started their fall tour and will be on the road until early November. The band has a busy month ahead of them as they are currently touring with GA pop-punk band, Veara (Epitaph Records), will then meet up with The Swellers (No Sleep Records) and will also play Fest in Gainesville, FL next month before ending their tour. Needless to say, these boys will be busy and we have your behind the scenes look of their life on the road!
October 12 We arrived in San Antonio, TX a few hours early for load in. Lucas took the van to the gym and the rest of us walked about a mile to the Alamo. After talking myself out of peeing on the same spot where Ozzy Osbourne urinated some years ago, we headed back to the venue. Drew and I ventured over to the adjacent VFW hall for a beer and some much needed air conditioning. We then proceeded to head back and help load our gear into the venue. The promoter provided us all with free pizza and we all embarked on a feeding frenzy of epic proportions. The local bands were all great and the turnout was starting to look really good considering we had never played in San Antonio before. We played through our set and left the stage completely drenched in sweat. San Antonio is incredibly hot in mid October, go figure. Veara killed it as usual and then we all loaded up and headed to our place of residence for the evening. We all threw back a few drinks, experienced some good conversations amongst one another, and then crashed for the evening.
October 13 I slept for most of the drive to Denton, TX. We pulled up to the venue at 6:00 and loaded in our gear. The venue was very nice with a good sized stage. I then re-strung my devil bass and then chilled at the bar. There were four solid local bands before us that all did a great job. As we began our sound check we noticed what appeared to be our first heckler of the tour. Lucas quickly put an end to that and invited the kid to come do our sound check for us. It was awkward for him yet so awesome for us :). Our set was well-received and then we rushed off stage so Veara could prepare for total domination. They succeeded! Us and the Veara crew then reconvened at the bar and toasted to another great night of tour.
October 14th. So Austin, TX rules simply because of Del Taco. We stopped and ate a tremendous amount of tacos and burritos. Their hot sauce was magnificent and the show was pretty cool too. The bar was made out of old punk band fliers such as Rancid and Black Flag which obviously made my heart happy. We played with a badass local band called Thieves that played a killer cover set consisting of pretty much everything on my iPod including but not limited to: Thrice, Weezer, Blink 182, and Jimmy Eat World. The always brilliant, Veara, then graced the stage and talked about acid while playing a super trippy set. There were lots of tye-died beavers running around and it was a good “Texas” night for sure.
October 15. We played in a town called Metairie, LA which isn’t too far from New Orleans. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to go and destroy Bourbon St. but we had a pretty decent time at the venue. We consumed a bunch of free pizza then us and the guys/gal in Veara snuck a bunch of beer into the the gated parking lot that served as a perfect place for a tail-gate party. Apparently the locals bands had the same idea which resulted in a massive fenced in band bash resembling something that would have taken place before a Guns ‘n’ Roses concert back in the 80’s. Needless to say, it was a great time. Oh, and the show was good too (except for the fact that the venue owner decided to not pay any of us).
October 16. This was an off day for us. Luckily my parents live on the way to Louisville, KY and were ok with shacking up 12 stinky musicians. My mom cooked a bunch of food and filled the basement fridge with highlife. We basically did nothing but eat and drink all day and night. It was a well deserve day of optimum relaxation.
October 17. We played at Spinellis in Louisville, KY last night. Louisville is basically our second home and is always a blast. We got to see a bunch of good friends, and as always, ate free Spinellis pizza (which is delicious!). After the show we all went out with the Louisville crew to a few bars and proceeded to do what we do best. My girlfriend had driven to town for the show so I got to hang out with her for the first time in a month. That pretty much made my day. Al in all it was a fantastic evening in Louisville as usual.
October 18. Today was our first show with the Swellers and oh how badass it was! We played at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago which is one of the sickest venues I’ve had the good fortune to experience first hand. The turnout was probably the best since our first show with Veara back in Augusta. The show started very late but people just kept piling into the building. We plowed through an abridged version of our set in order to leave ample time for the Swellers to bring their rock to the eager masses. They performed a flawless and extensive set comprised of material reaching all the way back to the earlier years of their career and up to their current release. I was blown away (as were the rest of my band mates). It was definitely my favorite show of this tour so far. We left around1:30 am or so and headed to Dan’s aunt’s house for a good night’s sleep and bagels for breakfast.