we launched our big Spring 2008 U.S. Tour yesterday. took our time getting out of our snowy fortress at The Helibase, making sure that we had everything in line for the next 9 weeks. we’ve gotten used to leaving, but the notion that we weren’t coming back for 2 months was a litle weird to digest. we’re all really excited to be back on the road though, and curious what sort of adventures we’ll find along the way. and curious how much, if any, of that snow around ye ‘ol Ghost Ghost will be outside The Helibase when we return.
rolled into Salt Lake City around 7pm. made our way to Curry in a Hurry for some tasty Indian food to go and then over to our friends’ place to eat and drop off some stuff. tasty tasty indian food.
we played at Burt’s Tiki Lounge. good place. they treat us well. it was a relatively quiet night with midterms going on and being a Wed. but we enjoyed our company. Eric Openshaw Band opened the show, then our friends The Gorgeous Hussies played. i think they played mostly new material. it was cool. lots of tricky changes. but they also know when to simplify and just be musical. nice balance. they dedicated a song about ‘home’ to us. had me thinking about the nature of what we consider ‘home’. in all honesty, being on the road has felt more like home to me these days than anywhere that i have my own bed. sure, i miss walking around in my underwear and sleeping in my own bed, but i can’t deny that travelling and playing music fulfills me in a similar way that the notion of ‘home’ does. it’s like my country house. my feather bed. my fishing hole. my local grocery store. my family. my friends. my job that i love. my favorite tv show. my dog. my own backyard. maybe even a trampoline or a swimming pool. it’s odd. but being on tour really does feel like ‘home’ these days. and being at where we pay rent always feels a little weird. not bad. just not like ‘home’. so it’s good to be ‘home’. really excited about the next several months.
we played after the Hussies. lisa and cam are both still dealing with colds that are making it hard for them to sing, so we adjusted our set accordingly. it was fun. lisa broke a string for the first time in a long while, but played the rest of her set on her old guitar. worked out great. good start to tour despite a few difficulties (vox, broken strings)… didn’t really phase us. we just had fun with it.
local heroes the Purr Bats played after us. 6 piece post-punk / new wavey stuff. really sweet. they all wore black crowns and big red P’s on their chests. it was awesome. had us all shakin our asses a little bit. great guys too. look forward to hooking up with them again. it was a good night. thankful to have had good bands playing with us.
now enjoying the sunny weather here in SLC. we play a benefit concert at Weber State University in Ogden tonight. should be fun.
reporting for all of us Rigginses.