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 (drums) 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 4 – Jordan
Today is the fourth day of the tour with Moon Tooth, taking us from Chicago down west to Kansas City. I’ve never been to Chicago, but the block the venue was on as well as the five blocks I walked in the rain at 7:30 in the morning to feed the meter were nice. That’s all we got to see. I stopped into Metropolis Coffee for a double espresso and breakfast while giving the rest of the band an hour to wake up and get ready before bringing the van back to where we stayed. The espresso was delicious, but I knew it wouldn’t be enough to start my drive shift, so I grabbed another cup of drip to throw into my thermos.
I’m the morning person in the band who does morning drives with the least amount of griping so I start the day while playing Neil Youngs Harvest and then a bunch of krautrock with the speakers faded to the front of the van.
Kansas City show was alright. We cut the set short because Andrew was a bit under the weather. The sandwich I had for dinner was better than the show… you can’t win them all, but I thought we played decently. I requested the house fog machine to get turned off, it was a bit much.
Day 5 – Jordan
We are on the way to Denver now and I feel like I’m on a safari with all of the brown and green of the prairie. I think this is the prairie? We are on a rock safari. In search of the elusive Great Crowd.
Moon Room was great as a venue… it’s funny to see some “smaller rooms of bigger venues” that dwarf most NYC clubs in terms of square footage. The sound and stage were great but Jesus Christ that altitude takes all the energy out of you… or maybe it was swigs of gin that some of the Tooth guys and I had passed around backstage. We woke up after crashing at Andrews friends spot and I’m just tight that I left my fuckin hoodie at the club. I could have used that driving through the mountains today, which are beautiful and humbling and pretty terrifying to drive through because you want to look but you also don’t want to steer yourself off of a cliff. This week starts me trying to clock in some hours at my job back home at The Music Zoo, working remote via a laptop and LTE connection. Believe it or not, at this point touring doesn’t pay the rent.
Day 6 – Jordan
Day off of driving from Denver to a hotel room in St. George, Utah. 6 hours of driving turned into around a 10-11 hour day between rest stops and view points but to be honest, it was worth it. I’ve never seen this part of the states and holy fuck is it beautiful. What a humbling sight to see, this geography that’s millions of years older than you and makes you feel like a little speck of nothingness. If anyone is wondering, there’s a pretty good Thai food spot in St. George.
Day 7 – Jordan
This is the start of the real desert drives. More humbling sights. I woke up super early at 5:30am and couldn’t sleep with my brain racing. Ate some less than spectacular oatmeal at the hotel while doing a good amount of work on my laptop. We’re going to pass through Vegas to stop at a guitar center for Andrew, I might try to bet some merch money if no ones watching me.
No one stopped to gamble. Just buy a new cymbal stand and eat In n Out. Now the van smells like Animal Style farts. LA is now a free show with unlimited guest list… thanks, I guess. Some New York homies are coming out, as well as the dude Sacha from Intronaut, who I’m stoked to hang with and show him how badly I abuse the beautiful guitar he built.
Viper Room show recap: Holy fucking shit. What easily could have been the lamest show turned into a night I’ll never forget in my life. We loaded in and set up at Viper, which had an odd stage that had our cabinets on the side and us right next to them, depending on monitors instead of the usual dimed stage volume. We played well and I appreciated the professionalism of the stage manager and soundman even if I thought the curtain in front of the stage to REVEAL the band was cheesy. Our set wasn’t the memorable part… about a couple of songs into Moon Tooth’s set, I smelled cigar smoke so I turned around to see what asshole lit up inside, but saw a super tall guy a couple feet away side stage… cigar and wad of $1 bills in hand. Motherfuckin’ Dennis Rodman randomly rolls up, and makes it rain on Moon Tooth. They had fun with it and gave him the mic for a little “rock and roll is here to stay!” speech and he sang Bob Marley. We have the video to prove it. Besides those shenanigans, Moon Tooth was next level good last night. Just 100% on fire.
I didn’t have time to eat dinner besides a clif bar and banana in the parking lot, so I got pretty boozed up on an empty stomach and am paying for it dearly today. We stayed in Echo Park, which is an area I really like, and I got up early to walk for a cold brew at Andante on Sunset. Los Angles is a weird city, as a native New Yorker I can’t say I love it, but I appreciate its odd energy in short bursts whenever I visit. An egg sandwich to soak up the booze and now we’re onto going back east for the second leg of the tour I suppose. There’s another week of this tour and I miss my girlfriend and cat dearly, so hopefully the shows keep being decent and fun and making the absence from home worth it. Onwards we drive!
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