Welcome to part 3 of our ongoing coverage of Heaven's Basement current major North American tour with The Pretty Reckless which will see the bands playing until November 11th before heading off to tour in the UK. Heaven's Basement recently wrapped a headlining tour of the UK, including a sold-out show at London's The 100 club. Heaven's Basement's latest album Filthy Empire has been performing extremely well, including the hit song "Fire, Fire" which was a top 20 song on the Active Rock charts. Check out what drummer Chris Rivers had to say about the current tour!
Welcome to part 2 of our ongoing coverage of Heaven's Basement current major North American tour with The Pretty Reckless which will see the bands playing until November 11th before heading off to tour in the UK. Heaven's Basement recently wrapped a headlining tour of the UK, including a sold-out show at London's The 100 club. Heaven's Basement's latest album Filthy Empire has been performing extremely well, including the hit song "Fire, Fire" which was a top 20 song on the Active Rock charts. Check out what vocalist Aaron Buchanan had to say about the current tour!
Heaven's Basement are in the midst of a major North American tour with The Pretty Reckless which will see the bands playing through until November 11th before heading off to tour in the UK. Heaven's Basement recently wrapped a headlining tour of the UK, including a sold-out show at London's The 100 club. Heaven's Basement latest album Filthy Empire has been performing extremely well, including the hit song "Fire, Fire" which was a top 20 song on the Active Rock charts. Check out what guitarist Sid Glover had to say about the current tour!
The band Across Tundras is a group of musicians who have actually been able to successfully construct their own fusion of music which is simultaneously seamless and creative. This past April the band released their latest LP, Electric Relics, via Neurot Recordings. Recorded by Mikey Allred and Tanner Olson at Ramble Hill Farm during February of 2013, the album would also be mixed and mastered by Allred.
Boston, Massachusetts-based rock duo Yellabird is one hell of a band. Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Martin Stubbs and drummer is Felipe Gaviria, Yellabird just plain rocks as evidenced by their massive-sounding EP Little Brother which dropped on August 29, 2013. The new disc was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Q Division Studios in Somerville, Massachusetts and was mastered by Mike Quinn with artwork coming from Robert Parks. With a underlying Bluesy/Southern vibe, the fuzzed-out guitars soar in a stoner rock-ish manner that's just plain groovy. Check out the exclusive album track-by-track we got from Martin himself.
Picture a Summer night and a crystal clear sky filled with stars. There is something really beautiful yet hauntingly mysterious about it.... This is the inspiration for Huntess' second album Starbound Beast, release on June 28th in Europe and July 2nd in North America via Napalm Records.
7/28 - Hilltop Fortress (West Lafayette), 7/29 (Toledo): After a victorious show in Chicago, it was back to Indiana to play the hilltop fortress. This time in Indiana would be different. But first, there was a pit-stop at Hooters, where the ladies would not leave Joe alone thanks to his good looks.
July 27, 2012 - Reggie's - Chicago, IL w/Diamond Plate, Smashed Potater, Lich King: This is the show that we all were waiting for, that our entire tour was booked around. We were slated to play the reunion show with the legendary Morbid Saint, and with the unstoppable force that Diamond Plate has grown into since they were even younger than they are now. I was especially fired up about it because I learned that one of my brothers-in-arms, Luke James from FATAL, had just moved to Chicago, and we had made arrangements to meet up.
July 25, 2012 - Hammerheads - Fort Wayne, IN w/ Argonaut, Testimony, Lich King: Driving up to Hammerhead Hall was a brutally long, and corn field–filled excursion through the flat, expansive plains of the rural mid west. Passing through, I spent a lot of time thinking to myself "holy shit this place is AMERICA (yes, I thought that in caps lock) as the stereotypical red barns, tractors, and mill silos lazily drifted by on a green sea of corn stalks. Suddenly, our GPS indicated that we were a minute away from the venue, and the pristine country scenery had not changed at all. Consternation overtook me as I exclaimed: "What the fuck kind of venue would be a minute away from THIS place?" The LK guys gave a smirk and shrug as the seconds-remaining on the GPS dwindled down to zero as we pulled up to a huge, ominous building reminiscent of an old – timey movie theater, abandoned.
July 22 in Brooklyn, NY and July 23 in Philadelphia, PA: Being provided with an excellent place to sleep by the promoter for today's show, we were well rested yet again even, even after a night of hard partying. Tom from Lich King was fairly insistent that we go to the diner called the Rutherford Pancake House. The breakfast food there was great. Massive omelets and stuffed french toast that tasted like it was stuffed with the cream of the Metal gods themselves. Just don’t get the burgers unless you enjoy being disappointed. I wish I had a picture of the "8 oz" burger for you. I know what a half-pound of meat looks like, and this was not it. (Wish I had a picture for you)
So after Dublin we arrived in Lorient, Brittany. We did over 15 shows. 4 of them were unexpected and were shows we got offered from promoters. People where insanely nice and loved every note we did during our shows. Some bodysurfed, some danced on stage with us and a lot, I mean a lot of them, were dropping their drinks on stage and in the venue.
July 21 - Jersey City, NJ. On Saturday, July 21, Sonic Pulse set out on our first tour out of our territory. We already had a slight head start from staying at the Lich King’s lair the night before. Thanks to our touring partners’ hospitality, we hit the road well-rested, well-practiced, and confident.
Since June, we've been touring in Switzerland and France for 2 weeks. During this time, we took a lot of footage of technical crews and new friends. Everywhere we went, we made them wear smiles made out of cardboard. One of our songs called "Wearing a Smile" has for a concept to stay positive in life as much as you can even in difficult moments, cause life does go fast!
Montreal: Montreal, what can I say? Easily one of the most beautiful cities I've seen. Much like Toronto this city is alive at all times. However it had a more relaxed, "have a good time" vibe. We ended up arriving in Montreal late afternoon. Due to pricing and parking we ended up staying across the bridge in Brossard. About 20 min away from venue.
Ottawa: After all the driving we had done the last few days it was a relief we only had a 4 hour drive to Ottawa. We got to Ottawa around 6pm and quickly found a hotel near the venue. We had enough time to find a chip wagon and make a quick stop at the LCBO to pick up some drinks. After a few drinks we headed to the venue.
Toronto: The trek to Toronto from Winnipeg was long, hot and did I already say long? I mentioned in the Winnipeg blog we were delayed an hour due to a crash. That was followed by 8 hrs of driving through storms and winding roads. We made stops in Thunder Bay followed by Sudbury. All in all about 20 hrs driving time. From Sudbury we made our way to Niagara Falls and spent most of the day there before heading to Toronto.
Winnipeg: We hit the road a little later for the 6 hour drive to the Peg. Breakfast was had in the parking lot of a strip mall. We were all feeling pretty good despite the late night. The road from Regina to Winnipeg had a lot more to see which was a nice change to our previous day of driving.
Regina: We left Edmonton fairly inspired & excited about the new adventure that was currently underway. 4 hours later we stopped in University area of Saskatoon to stretch our legs and refresh some supplies. Beautiful area which had some great looking buildings & great looking women.
Day 13, 14, 15, and 16: Fullerton, Camarillo, San Jose and South Lake Tahoe, California: It seems as though the last four days have been more of a vacation than a cross-country tour. We had short drives which means we got to spend our days at the beach instead of the van! We all still have the sunburns to show for it as well. Which I defiantly got hit the worse with. I decided to take a two hour nap on Venice beach which is a bad idea for a fair skinned Canadian. Also, nobody told me I should brush away any sand that piles up on your body. I currently look like a red and white dairy cow. Blotchy, pale and sore.
Day 7: Nashville, TN: So, are you as excited as I am for the new Taylor Swift video to be released? Anyone? No? Well seeing as TICTP could very well be featured in it I don't see why you wouldn't be! What a day in Nashville!