Hey everyone, after a nice vacation down to Florida and back that we like to call the Grab Them Cakes Tour, Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band have arrived back in sunny Minneapolis and we're ready to get to work on a few things. First and foremost, now that our new 7" (available from ADD Records, check out addrecs.com) is out and available at record stores around the area, I suggest you buy one. And spin it. And turn it up! And then chuck it out the window and buy another one! Ok, maybe not that last part. Anyway, we're really proud of it.
In one of those crazy twists of fate, Nato was interviewed by the BBC World Service while on tour in Cincinnati! Check out the article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15549728.
Let's see... how did the tour go, you ask? Here's a recollection from each day of tour.
Friday October 21st - Normal IL at Firehouse Pizza Pub: It was a triple MPLS bill: us, the Slow Death, and Arms Aloft*! The bartenders were so generous, especially with Jameson's whiskey, that St Paddy Costello (playing bass with the Slow Death) had to be carried out, and as he was dragged away, he shouted "FUCK A PLACE THAT GIVES YOU EVERYTHING YOU WANT!!!" *Arms Aloft are technically 3/4ths from Eau Claire WI.
Saturday October 22nd - Chicago IL at Street Side Cafe: The entire band agrees that this was our best show in Chicago that wasn't Windy City Sound Clash 2010. Adam from Night Brigade joined Nato for a cover of "Atlantic City" by Bruce Springsteen, and later during Night Brigade's set, Nato returned the favor by plugging in for a punk rock version of "Dancing In The Dark".
Sunday October 23rd - Columbus OH at Ace Of Cups: The Nervosas blew our minds! And later, Matt C (roadie king) accidentally broke his knife and sliced up his finger while trying to break into an abandoned school... he was fine though.
Monday October 24th - Cincinnati OH at MOTR Pub: The BBC thing (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15549728). Then we went to Peyton from Vacation's house and listened to records under the influence of many cocktails.
Tuesday October 25th - Atlanta GA at Gravity Pub: The bar didn't even know the show was happening... but with the aid of our local buddy Goose, we MADE it happen. Never say never, folks.
Wednesday October 26th - Orlando FL at Uncle Lou's: Great party with our friends in Landlord, Street Eaters, Teenage Softies, and the Cougs! And great Cajun food from down the street.
Thursday October 27th - Tampa FL at Transitions Skate Park: Well, we'd been partying and socializing all day at a house show, so things looked dicey for a second, but we think when we played our quick set we held it together nicely (we didn't hear otherwise...). And we closed out the night with delicious food from the Taco Bus at Nebraska and Hillsborough.
Friday October 28th - Gainesville FL at Fest X: Finally got to see our split 7"-mates King Friday! Great set.
Saturday October 29th - more Fest X: Day of our show! It was great and wild! Danny from Used Kids/Modern Machines played bass on "An Honorable Man", and at the end of the set, during "Running From The Law", Nato was chased by a Hot Cop (who looked suspiciously like Matt C) across the bar - literally, ON the bar at times - and around the building! Nato escaped though and came back to finish the set.
Sunday October 30th - last day of Fest X: CLASSIFIED.
Monday October 31st - no show in Athens GA: Our show fell through, but Sam and Nato did some people watching at Three Kings Bar in downtown Athens GA. The best costume? Maybe the guy in the Tron suit with helmet, complete with working lights. Or "The Comedian" from The Watchmen graphic novel? Hmm.
Tuesday November 1st - Carbondale IL at PK's Bar: We played every song we knew, and some we didn't. Nato played a short solo set too, including covers of Johnny Cash and the Groovie Ghoulies. Lots of draft beer and a damn fine time.
Wednesday November 2nd - Cedar Falls IA at The Space: Last show of tour was tight and cool, with a fun crowd. When we left Minneapolis, we had exactly one sweatshirt for sale... and at this show someone bought it! We drove home afterwards.