1995-November

ARCHERS OF LOAF TOUR! Part I

  • Nov 03 -- Chicago - Fireside Bowl
  • Nov 04 -- Minneapolis
  • Nov 05 -- Drive Thru South Dakota and Wyoming
  • Nov 06 -- Filling Station, Bozeman MT
  • Nov 07 -- Neurolux, Boise ID

 

Friday Nov 3, 1995 - Chicago - Fireside Bowl

How Apocalypse Hoboken Got Screwed

Today is the day before we leave for the Archers Of Loaf Tour. We played at a teeny all-ages club called Fireside Bowl, which seemed like the most amazing place in the world until the end of the show, when the drummer from one of the bands we played with (Apocalypse Hoboken, a local Chicago punk band) found out that we made a lot more money than they did.

The promoter was at fault for this, because he set up the deal with our booking agent. Thank god we have a booking agent; otherwise we'd end up getting stepped on all the time. We used to give away money to anyone who complained; now we don't because Ellen, our "Mom"/booking agent will explain to us softly but firmly that it is a stupid thing to do.

Anyway, the promoter asked Howie our drummer if he could keep our food buyout money, and after Howie promptly said, "Of course, no problem," he went on to guilt Howie about how the other bands were being screwed over and not getting paid enough. Howie said the promoter just kept on going. The same was true for the co-promoter; after the show, he didn't really offer to tell me how screwed up the deal was, but once he started, it was hard for him to stop. Nobody except the drummer of Apocalypse Hoboken is angry at us; at least they have the good sense to be mad at the promoter.

I feel terrible, because the deal really went far in our favor. And, we were told that A.H. brought in at least as many people as we did, but if that's the case, I'm sure they sold as many t-shirts, so they at least ought to be happy about that. But still, if they really are as popular in Chicago as we are, they got screwed. They should have gotten more money.

I am really sorry it worked out like this because perhaps we could have returned the favor for them and asked them to play with us at the Metro next time, and I really would have liked to play the Fireside Bowl again but it seems like we should stay away from there; as we seem to not be punk enough.

We have played many shows for less money than we are used to at certain clubs, just to open up for a different type of band; just to be seen by a different audience. Sometimes it is evident that we were the main draw, when we were getting about 5% of what the headliner was making. We never complained about the money. Sometimes it works out in your favor, other times it just doesn't. I believe it all comes out even in the end.

We have a word for a show that gets screwed up in some way: we call it "A Learning Experience."

Sorry, Apocalypse Hoboken.

 

Friday Nov 4, 1995 - Minneapolis

Archers Of Loaf Are SO DAMN GREAT

If you don't know about Archers Of Loaf, please start learning. They are like (I have to mention other bands in my reviews because I suck at reviewing things) the best of Polvo, Pavement, maybe a hint of Superchunk, Fugazi, Girls VS. Boys, I don't know. They even say they've been inspired by us. They are wonderful. They are starting to bug me though because they're starting to try to get us to play AFTER them. It's supposedly a co-headlining bill, but I think we should play FIRST.

Maybe they are Poster Children fans but that doesn't mean their fans are. We may have to arm-wrestle them or something. I can't think of anything worse than having to listen to a bunch of people going, "WHY are ARCHERS OPENING UP for Poster Children?? *gag*.

more "INSIDE EDITION" - What happened to EDSEL?

We are scheduled to play a show at a place called The Nile Club in Mesa AZ, and we just found out that the bands Edsel and Silkworm had a show scheduled there and the promoter just cancelled it out from under them. They showed up and there was another band on the stage, soundchecking. Edsel got into a fight with the promoter and got beaten up, I guess. The promoter refused to honor the contract, and didn't give them any gas money or anything, so they told him that he just sold out his reputation for $500. So we're not sure exactly what to do about this. We have played this club before and we were treated pretty badly. We will probably just cancel our show, because why be treated badly again, especially knowing that this promoter may just cancel our show without us knowing, anyway? Weird stuff. We're checking into the details of this mess.

 

 

Sunday Nov 5, 1995 - Drive Too Far Through Wyoming

This was stupid. I had a motel room booked in Gillette WY, and I ended up driving us about an hour and a half past it, to Sheridan WY, because I thought Gillette=Sheridan. The last half-hour was through a blizzard at about 2am. Oops!! I'm glad nobody ever gets mad at people when they make mistakes in this band...

Monday Nov 6 - Bozeman Montana

The Filling Station is about the best place to play in the country, I think. Last time we played there on a Tuesday night and the place was packed and kids danced and wouldn't even let us stop. Tonight was a Monday, and they put on a similar show. The promoter of the show made us this incredible Mexican food. The people in Montana are ... dreamy? I don't know how to describe it. Rick thinks they've got too much time to think. There are a lot of movie stars that live up here, too (Peter and Bridget Fonda, Margot Kidder, Steven Seagal) - the promoter was telling us about them. I walked into the bathroom of the club and two drunk girls were babbling in there; then they both announced that they enjoyed the show very much and that we should write a song that is a palindrome. The town down the road from Bozeman, which is Livingston, is reportedly the most published town in America.

Earlier, when we walked into the club, there were about 40 men in there, and every one had a beard. A couple of mountain-man-looking people lined up excitedly at the window of the bar - I asked what they were watching for, thinking there's probably going to be some sort of motorcycle fight outside. They told me they were waiting for the full moon ("It'll be just a few minutes from now!!") to rise over the canyon across from the bar, and shine on all the clouds caught over the mountains. They told me it would be quite a show. (It was.)

 

The Crazy Mountains, I-90 across America

We have done this drive so many times now, and it is still fun for me. I always look out for the Crazy Mountains, but it was only last tour that I found out why they were called that.

Archers Of Loaf took I-94 (even cooler!) through North Dakota because they'd never driven through ND. Now they have driven through all the lower 48, they said. We only lack Nevada.

The other day we remembered we had gone off the interstate into a town somewhere in South Dakota last year, and found the greatest little indie-restaurant (NOT a Perkins or Dennys!), filled with hunters and their kids. We had no idea where it was this time, but we took an exit again, and found it. It's neato to find familiar places so far away from home.

 

Tuesday Nov 6 - Boise Idaho, Neurolux Club

Then only bad part about the 10-hour drive to Boise and then having to play and then, without sleep, having to drive another 8 to Seattle is that we couldn't spend any time in Boise at all. Boise is a neat town with great toy shops; the area around the Neurolux Club is especially full of stores where I'd spend a lot of money.

The Drive To The Boise Show

We took "shortcuts" on the drive from Bozeman to Boise -through every sort of terrain imaginable. First straight down on snow-packed highways, to the "snowmobiling capital" of the US, a little tourist town called West Yellowstone. Then there's a short mountain pass through Targhee National Forest over a wimpy 7000 foot mountain on the

Continental Divide between Montana and Idaho, a drive through very tall snow covered pine trees and running streams, like we're driving on a dark green and white birthday cake, and then, an hour later, we find ourselves in something that looks like Arizona desert! Yellow, short grasses and dark green short shrubs! The snow was gone! We hardly travelled on any major highways on this trip, and cut out about 2 hours of travel time, I think. The best part was driving through ARCO, Idaho, "First Town To Be Illuminated By Atomic Power." Arco is about 3 hours from the pine forest, through bright yellow, empty fields, and sporadic mountains. We'd see a mountain off in the distance, then a half hour later the road would lead right to its base then swing right around it. There are a lot of government testing stations on this road, too, big signs in the middle of nowhere saying, "TURN LEFT" - and if you drove straight, you'd have to go through a guard gate. We even passed a sign that said "Road Subject To Sinkholes."

 

Craters Of The Moon National Monument

Later on we drove through Craters Of The Moon National Monument which exceeded my expectations.

It is a huge area of leftover lava from a volcano - we drive around a yellow mountain and all of the sudden, the earth is BLACK, lumps of coal black cinders and cracked HUGE rocks everywhere, and we can see off the the distance more yellow, where the volcanic rock ends and the fields begin again. It didn't look like the moon at all.

The sun was setting right while we were driving through here so dried bushes growing amidst the black were shining a weird silver-grey color. After we passed through the forest of black rocks, we drove straight towards the sun and the fields were blazing GOLD straight into my eyes. Later on, the sky turned bright pink,the color of raw meat, as we drove through Mountain Home, Idaho, shotguns, pickups and espresso truckstops.

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