Ronnie

We haven’t updated in a while, not that anyone probably reads this anyway, but, here goes: We had planned on recording way back in March, as things go we had some personal and medical issues that got in the way of that actually happening and recording has been pushed back until September.  I really hate the saying “everything happens for a reason,” and prefer to see things more in the light of “just roll with it.”   That has kind of always been what we’ve done anyway, and I think it has worked out thus far.  We’ve been able to spend more time working on new songs, and it’s hard to express how much better off I think the songs are for it. We haven’t spent a long time just writing songs in a really long time, like since before the great exodus of 3/5 of the band leaving after our first US tour.  I think the mindset these last couple years has almost been one of “we’re gonna keep going, keep writing, keep playing, just to prove that we can.”  It was never about doing it to prove that to other people, but to prove it to ourselves.  I think that as we’ve gotten over the insecurity of knowing that The Hague will continue to be thing, there isn’t as much of a rush just to put something out there. Matt has been with us for 2 years now, and we still have zero recordings with him outside of a few live videos.   I think that all of that time is going to show through in this...

Ricky

Hello Friends!   First off, Matt got married and then went to Europe!   He left Shawn and I alone with keys to his house, so we wrote some new songs and drank lot of beer in his basement, but mostly just drank beer.  We also have a show on Sunday at Slabtown with LVL UP.  Probably our last show ever at that place as its closing down at the end of month most likely. As mentioned earlier, we have been writing new songs as a three piece.  Hot tracks!   If the last album was about trying every idea, this is about tones and song structure.  We’ll post more about recording and things as it comes closer. We have shows coming up! Oct 19-Slabtown with LVL UP Nov 7-Olympia at the 4th Ave Tavern Nov 8-Eugene at the Wandering Goat Nov 14-Richland at Rays Golden Lion Nov 21-Seattle at Cafe Racer Nov 22-The Highwater Mark with Bone Cave Ballet and Bangbakc We’ll also have a few dates in the NW and into Nor Cal with Sun Valley Gun Club in January.  Finalizing those dates now.   Finally, we will be doing another big tour in the fall of 2015.   Where should we go?  ...

Summer update

Things are good with us. We’ve all become acclimated to post-tour life again (begrudgingly) and I think this is the most “ok” we’ve ever been after a tour yet. There has been some post-tour depression as there always is, but we’ve all landed on our feet well. We’ve started writing new songs! I am really excited about this, as we haven’t written anything new in well over a year. Samsara has been out for a few months, but it was done way before it was released. It feels great to be writing, its kinda like taking a shit in a comfortable place after eating taco bell and driving through eastern washington. It’s better once you feel safe enough just let it out. We are all a bit hesitant on how things would translate as a three piece, but its been great. Honestly. Writing together is fun too. Samsara was a collaboration of friends from all over adding bits and pieces to bits and pieces. It was a rad experience, but I think writing this way is more organic. We just jam, and drink, have a smoke, jam again and somehow a song happens in that space. It can’t be forced, it just slowly reveals itself. The new stuff is..the same but different? Not really any louder or quieter, or in different moods; but more about the song. We’re leaning away from using so much tapping and abrupt loud/quiet parts in favor of using odd but in-the-pocket grooves. I don’t know, you’ll hear it evenutally. We’re stoked though. On a personal note: I saw Rocky Votolato the other night. He has always...

Post- Tour Update

  I’ve spent a while trying to find the words to thank everyone for the amazing tour and describe our experience. They are no where to be found. Suffice it to say it was fucking amazing. All in all, we did over 12,000 miles and saw at least 30 states. We came home not completely broke and don’t hate each other. Oh, and we did it on.our.own. No booking agents, no pr, no label support, just 4 dudes that wanted to do it. I can’t stress enough how much everyone that came to a show, let us crash at their place, fed us, bought merch, shared a beer or a smoke, and gave us time out of their day to let us be a part of it, we are humbled by you. I feel like there are a thousand people to thank, but making a big list just means I’ll forget to add half of them. For reals through, those of you who know are in the know. We love you to pieces. Tour far exceeded any expectations we had and renewed our drive to continue doing this. Thank you to everyone that was a part of it. In somewhat somber news, Mike Moore has left our ranks. We had a great tour with him and wish him all the best in his future projects. We’re all still friends and there is no bad blood at all. Mike works at Toadhouse Studios (where our last three albums have come from) and is an AMAZING engineer/producer/musician/friend. Go record with him. That being said, the plan is for Shawn, Matt and...

Tour blog 4/4

Tour has been amazing. Tiring. But fucking amazing so far. We are all in awe of how well it is going. Not even halfway done yet. Sorry for the lack of blog posts, we have been spending a ton of time driving and wifi for more then a few hours has been hard to come by. California and the south were awesome. Louisville tonight, east coast swing starts tomorrow. More burrito pictures will be...

Tour blog 3/25

It’s a new journey. New band members, new album, new van, and the longest tour any of us have ever attempted. Here’s to tempting fate. Day 1 We kicked things off friday at Tilt. It was a bit strange playing in a hipster burger bar, and kind of last minute but we had some friends come out and made the most of it. I think we all would have like to have played better then we did, but it was the first show and nerves were high. Big thank you to Jonathan from Rags and Ribbons for hooking us up with the show, and Entendre, Entendre for opening. Hopefully shows at Tilt continue, pdx needs more all ages spots. Day 2 Matt and I met up for one last meal in town with our ladies, and after the seemingly endless last minute preparations picked up Shawn and Mike and took off down I5 South. The drive to Ashland was quick, but beautiful. Going to miss the Oregon scenery. Club 66 was an awesome spot and Uzi (the owner) treated us like kings. We played for Uzi and the bartender, but they feed us and kept the booze coming, and we ended up having a solid practice. We camped next to a creek and enjoyed a case of highlife around a fire. The tent was cold, but it had to be better then sleeping in the van without a blanket as Shawn did. Matt bought Shawn a sleeping bag from goodwill on our way out of town. Who forgets to bring a sleeping bag on a 7 week tour? Shin...