Butter on a summers day

We just got back from a small west coast tour.   It was amazing, waaaay to short as the three of us are still pining to be back out there and not back in Portland at work again. Day 1. We started in Boise at The Crux, which is kinda like the Backspace of Boise.  Its an all ages coffee shop that serves beer and has local art and good bands play.   We got to play with Vestiges (a black metal band from the east coast), and didn’t realize until after the show that we were a big deal or something.   We stayed with my cousin (thank you Carissa!) that night and drank tall cans in her front yard. Day 2. We had the next day off, and the plan was to drive to a lake in the Nevada desert, camp, and do some mushrooms.  It seemed to be a good halfway point between Boise and San Francisco, and mushrooms in the desert sounded great.   We ended up blowing a tire a few hours into the drive in the desert of southern Oregon, in the middle of nowhere.   Long story short, we waited almost 5 hours in the sun for AAA to show up, just to tell us that the rim on our spare didn’t match the van.   We ended up buying the spare off the AAA guys truck ($150!@#) and were back on the road after catching a nice sunburn and mild heat stroke.   When we finally arrived at the lake to camp around midnight it was pitch black, and probably not...

  As we continue  working on this new record and get ready to go to back on the road this summer I can’t help and reflect on years past.  This will be our third full length studio record in 4 years, and our 4th major tour in that same span of time.  Throw in a few EP’s, a live record, and numerous NW mini tours on top.   It’s nice feeling like  we are doing something with our lives, even if it’s only important to us. Shawn and I started in the spring of 2008, jamming out parts in the basement of the delaware house, with plenty of all night conversations about what would happen if we stopped talking about doing something and just actually did it.  The prevailing idea that came out of all of that was “just go, fuck the costs, we’re all in”.  We’ve been staying with that philosophy, and paid (sometimes dearly) for never taking our feet off the gas.   There’s been a few hospital trips, 3 vans, a bus, a few relationships, and a litany of employers that we’ve left in our way.   I don’t think either one of us has any regrets or would change a thing.  We’ve gained and lost some members along the way too, but I feel lucky that I’m still able to call them friends despite our differences involving the band. We’ve always been ambitious, maybe to a fault, but that’s a mistake I’ll happily keep making.  The goal of the band has always been to play, and do it as much as possible.  We’re not looking for a record...

Recording

Recording has been going really well.  We have drums, bass, and guitars done.   Last week we added some banjo, and today is rhodes.  We’re probably about 70% finished at this point.   Having all of our friends come in and add to the record has been amazing, we are humbled by the talent and generosity of those people. First few dates of a short west coast trip in August are starting to come together, couldn’t me more ready to hit the road.  Sorry for the lack of pictures and stuff, we’re really bad at that kind thing. Cheers  ...

We’re live!

Hello interwebs!   This is the new home for das hague.   It’s pretty neat, huh?  Thanks to Devon for hooking it up.  We’re in Toadhouse Studios working on our newest record “The cat has no penis”.   Its a concept record about goldfish.  Needless to say, we’re pretty excited to share it with you.  I’m way to sober to write a post.  ...