Tour Journal Fall 2017

October 7, -Bremerton I’m a week late writing this . Being on time is hard, especially for imaginary deadlines and updates no one was waiting for. The record is finally coming out, we’re about a month away from its release, and this was our first show of 10 weeks straight of shows. Not 10 weeks of touring, we’re weekend warriors for now We didn’t name the tour, but something like “fall tour for old guys” seems to fit. Doing a traditional style tour just isn’t in the cards right now. I hear people tell me “this is actually a really smart way of doing it.” Maybe they are right, but it feels wrong. Playing shows is better than not playing though, that’s for sure. First show of tour was Bremerton, WA. I love Bremerton. I’ve never been anywhere except the Manette Saloon and a gas station, and I’ve never seen it during the day. Sometimes the thing that make a place special is the illusion that only places you know are the only places that are there. We’ve all been working a stupid amount lately. For example, Jeff –“They let me leave (1 hour) early today because I’m already at 60 hours this week.” These shows are all going to be a rush to and back from, and may even be harder than a real tour because there aren’t any days off for 3 months. Just work, drive, show, drive, work. The upside of being in my own bed almost every night is cool, even if its 5am before I get to it. The ride up was quiet, I...

Low res rock and roll.

  The music to the video games that I played as a kid has always held a special place in my heart.  They were these tiny ear worms that rattled around in my head during that brief time before a person starts buying their own music.  Sure, there was always the music on the radio, or my parent’s CD collection to rummage through, but the music on those games felt like it was just for me.  We’re talking 8-bit and 16-bit era here.  Metroid, Castlevania, Final Fantasy, any of the Mario Bros, Zelda, Mega Man, and too many more to list. Lately I’ve been trying to teach myself to use this chiptune creator called MilkyTracker (here’s a link if you’re interested. It’s 100% free).  I wondered how hard it would be to create an 8-bit version of one of the newer Hague songs called “Dino”.  I spent a handful of hours figuring out how to stumble my way through the program and plugged away at it on weekends and in the wee hours before work.   Here’s what I ended up with. -Jeff The Hague – Dino (chiptune version):...

Sunday Morning Coffee

I’m listening to Foxing, drinking black coffee, and writing this post while cars blaze down the rainy street outside.  I’m supposed to be working, but lately all I can focus on is Hague.  I’m looking over my social media feeds that are clogged with pictures and news of friends in bands on tour, releasing new records, playing overseas, and having an awesome time sharing their art.  I miss tour something fierce.  It’s been a full two years since we left for anything longer than 5 days on the road, and we want to get out there so bad.  It’s taken awhile, but we are about to make another big push, and I can’t wait.  We’re ready. This record has taken double the amount of time it was supposed to take.  I just want to release it already and let the world have it and get on the road again.  It deserves more than that though.  We took several years to write 40 minutes of music, and its taken over a year to make sure that the recording of it turned out exactly how we wanted it to.  It’s currently in mastering, and will hopefully see a release in early 2017, almost 2 years after we started recording it.  We’re proud of it, and are going to do everything we can to get it exposed to as many people as we possibly can.  We don’t expect everyone to like it, we didn’t write it for everyone, we wrote it because we had to. Since our last release, both Matt and I got married, we went through several guitar players, I...

Thursday dad

Hey all. Jeff here. Look, I know having a new guy in the band is sometimes rough on the fans. That’s why I wanted to have a heart-to-heart with y’all and let you know the following: – You don’t have to call me “guitar dad” if you don’t want to, buddy. It’s totally fine. You can call me Jeff, J.D., Jeffro-puffs, Dr. Sassingill, hell.. you can call me the hamburgler if you want, champ. I’m not here to replace your pops. – You didn’t do anything wrong that caused The Hague to get another guitarist and we still love you more than kittens on Christmas. Whew, that felt good to get off my chest. If you want to have another rap sesh, we’d love to see you at one of the handful of shows that we have coming up in September and October. We can toss the ball around, work on your pinewood derby car, talk about your favorite alternate guitar tuning, you name it, kiddo. *tussles hair* now run along, squirt! And don’t forget about these dandy show dates! Sept 27th @ Valentines Oct 6th @ Twilight Cafe with Ghost Pines Oct 14th @ Analog Cafe with Westward Oct 24th @ High Water Mark with WROWS and SHE Love and hotdogs, – The...

Welcome Jeff!

Ok, we’re gonna really try and be better about updating this site.  Here is my usual long-winded update: We have a Jeff!   When I broke my wrist back in January we really needed someone to fill in on the shows so I didn’t have to do them all one-handed.  Matt knew Jeff through work (Jeff is also an audio engineer) and he showed up to practice on a few days notice having learned most of our set.  It was an odd situation, having someone else play drum parts live that I had written, especially since I was going to all the shows, but it quickly felt just fine.  I’ve always believed that the hardest part about being a band is the personal relationship part, not the playing music part.  Jeff is exceptional at both, and as my wrist started to rehab we wanted to keep him around full time.  So, without futher ado, please welcome Jeff to Hague! In other news, the recording and mixing of the album is done, and we are sending it off for mastering soon.  We’ve been playing most of the songs off it for over a year now, but have been keeping the lid on the recordings.  We’re all really proud of how it turned out, and over the next few months we’ll be looking for some label support to help put it out.  On that note, we all have a strong desire to tour more, but want to do it more sustainably.  Hopefully with some support for the record we can make that possible.  The goal right now is to put the...

If you can dream it, someone’s done it

The record is pretty much finished.  My wrist has been broken for 14 weeks.  Jeff has been killing it filling in.  We played Canada last month. Aside from the $200 we spent on Kokanee it was pretty rad. Thankfully we are slightly better at playing shows and touring then we are at blogging....