Brooklyn’s metal obsessed post-hardcore band Husbandry are embarking on a 2 week tour across the US with fellow New York weirdo rockers Moon Tooth. Starting in Philadelphia, PA on 11/1 and returning to Amityville, NY, on 11/16, the 6000+ mile trek takes them as far west the infamous Viper Room in Los Angeles.
With a few stretches in the van as long as 15 hours, we thought it would be interesting to get Husbandry’s take on life on the road with a multi-part tour journal. Follow Arnau Bosc (bass), Jordan Usatch (guitar), Carina Zachary (vocals), and Andrew Gottlieb (bass) on their epic journey across the United States.
Their new 5-track EP Bad Weeds Never Die, is out 12/1 on Aqualamb Records, but is available early from the band on tour now. Pre-orders for the 120+ page book/cd combo are also available at http://aqualamb.bandcamp.com
DAY 1 – Arnau
Here we go! Our first National tour supporting our friends in Moon Tooth. Feels strange but dangerously exciting. I told Andrew I feel like a cat curiously poking an unfamiliar surface to test its stability. We like cats in Husbandry.
I’m on a crusade against junk food so on our way to Philly I got a parfait that sadly ended up in the van all day, untouched.
Our show went well, 1 out of 13. I tend to be very critical of my performance but lately audiences have been channeling really positive energy, which compensates by bringing more enjoyment on my part.
Moon Tooth really knows how to put up a fun show. It’s very humbling to see people banging their heads and smiling throughout the set. Jordan pointed out how that doesn’t happen as much during our shows. I guess we’re a bit more cerebral and clinical… There’s something cool about noticing the tone differences between the two acts, yet it makes sense because there’s a mutual respect and we complement each other pretty well.
That night we crashed at Carina’s nice suburban house in York, PA., right in front of a golf court. Last time we were there, we saw plenty of ‘Make America Great Again’ signs outside homes, which gave me some real perspective of the political climate in other parts of the country.
In the morning, as I stepped into the van, I found the parfait and went back inside to toss it but Carina’s step-dad José stopped me and gladly took it claiming it was still edible. Hope you’re alright José!
DAY 2 – Arnau
Cleveland show was awesome, I remember jumping and moving around more than usual due to the size of the stage “So much room for activities!”.
After the set I had a great conversation with John Panza from Hiram Maxim and Vivora, who also played that night. John is a professor of English literature and was kind enough to let us stay at his 100+ year old Cleveland Heights house that night. It was cool hearing about his experiences working with Martin Bisi and geeking out about his synth and pedal collection. He also showed a lot of interest about the political situation in Catalunya, where I’m from, and even considering moving there some day. Thanks John!
DAY 3 – Arnau
Friday was a long drive to Reggie’s. We met our touring “compañeros” and sat down for dinner. Good bonding times.
Me and the rest of the guys were really impressed with the opening band Lower Automation. Their set was an excellent blend of punk-prog which immediately made me want to step up my game that night. Really cool people too! I find it essential to surround yourself with talented musicians that remind you to do better every time.
Sadly we didn’t really get to see much of Chicago as we had to prepare for a long ride the next morning, but touring is not about comfort. You have to keep moving to the next thing, and the next thing was Riot Room in Kansas City.
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