Well, our intro tour was ‘great success!’ And much good came along with our 30+ shows. We figured out how to fit more GPSi (gear per square-inch) onto some very, lets say, cozy stages. Quite a few nights found people jammed in so tight that they were less than a foot from me, and just as close on sidestage to my right. I came much too close to whacking several folks with my headstock. And it was kind of an honor system of me trusting the lovely fans not to fiddle with my pedals, which they were more or less on top of. (I only remember one over-zealous fan getting carried away at one point, and trying to help me create crazy delay sounds by turning a few dials.) It actually worked out to my advantage numerous times, when I would get assistance from them fixing my setlist or untangling a cord or two, so thanks to those helpful folks. I know that at several shows, Paul accidentally crowd surfed, just because he started to lose his balance and fall, and so the crowd just swept him right off his feet and gave him the most graceful alternative possible to falling down. So a huge thanks to all the wonderful crowds that came out and made our first Odd Soul tour a very satisfying one.
Other positives? I learned how valuable our awesome crew is. Totally saving us from danger, harm, embarrassment and any other pitfalls lurking at shows. Seriously, they really are amazing at what they do and we couldn’t function the same without them. The seductive hammond from the 1940s really tried hard to kill Paul, and me as well, numerous times through strong electric currents which feel like lightning bolts and leave you painfully confused and bewildered. Between Nate taping up all metal on the organ, and specialists in several towns working on it, we eventually minimized the danger.
And I had ample time to learn the basics of my first iphone this tour, which will hopefully allow me to be able to blog a little more often. In the meantime for those of you that are hooked on Instagram, feel free to follow me (grandepic) since many of my posts are often band related. But I’ll still put a few pics here for kicks. My favorite detail is from the Rolling Stone Japan shoot, where the writers didn’t even attempt my last name. Or maybe in that country I’m just known simply as “Todd.”
“So Todd, I know you haven’t played a show with us yet, but for starters is it okay if we fly you 15 hours to Japan and put you in front of a crowd about yay big, with no soundcheck, and maybe have Paul come inches from ninja-kicking you in the head?”
“Uhhhhhh, yeah…..sure. I could probably do that.”
It’s been seriously hectic these first few weeks as new guitar guy. And it’s not even like we’re playing shows every night, but somehow I’ve still found myself exhausted numerous times. These are some highlights (with some illustrations):
—Toward end of practices- accidentally fell face down in a rainy, puddle-ridden gravel lot (cuts and bruises)—- darren and roy said it looked like a penguin dive.
—Tulsa storm destroys our stage as we’re starting show (which I posted earlier)
—Amazing first shows in Tokyo/Osaka @ Summer Sonic
—Did some deep thinking here…
—Ate the most painful ramen noodles (click the pic bigger)…
—Time travelled back to the U.S. (left right after eating lunch in Japan, arrived 12 hours later to L.A. just in time to eat lunch on the same day)
—Played to a slammin crowd @ The Troubadour…..(while Paul BLEW my mind on the rhodes)
—Got pizza on hollywood blvd, and while carrying leftovers back to hotel, had THREE completely separate guys on different blocks ask me if they could have a slice. The last guy offered to rap freestyle for a slice. SOMEONE please order that street some pizzas!! Hollywood Blvd is hungry…
—Stayed up outside all night shooting a music video for blood pressure- until the sun actually came up- which you’ll prob notice in the video when it’s released.
—While sprinting back and forth in said music video shoot- tried sprinting backwards while holding my guitar and proceeded to fall, completely laid out, backwards onto the pavement right in front of Paul and the main camera, which was still rolling. I held the guitar up in the air the whole fall, and kept the it and my precious noggin from hitting the ground. Popped right back up, and did some more sprints. What’s a few bloody cuts and a sprained wrist in exchange for a sweet music vid?
—Rocked with a really fun audience at the lovely Saenger Theatre in Mobile, AL. Then this happened….
If you can’t tell- I got on my knees to get to his level, and he promptly one-upped me by dropping to HIS knees. Touche little man. And +1up for the stylish ear protection.
—Got to come home for a day and a half break to relax, and write this, and now it’s off to the Mercury Lounge in NY. Really looking forward to playing more shows, and trying to get hurt less often. I hope this post finds you well and in a pleasant surfing mood. Thanks for reading,