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 8 – Andrew
After a crazy night rocking out with Dennis Rodman and exploring dive bars in LA, we woke up early to leave for the next show in Mesa, AZ. As the designated driver (and band dad) last night, I was the only one without a hangover, making up for putting up with the rest of the band’s drunken shenanigans. We went to a great little Cuban café for breakfast sandwiches and fresh juices, and I got a delicious giant coconut chocolate chip cookie for the road #fatsolife.
Next up was a delightful journey through LA traffic and we were on our way to Mesa, AZ. After a pretty uneventful drive, we arrived at the venue and found…nothing. There didn’t seem to be a recognizable entrance, and a poster with a calendar of shows had us listed as playing the next day. While we were looking around in confusion, some guy came up and asked us for a picture, started asking us questions (and filming us), and asked us to write down our setlist and every band we’ve all been in. We parted ways with him and went around the corner to find the venue.
Upon arriving our luck didn’t really improve, as we found out the local opening band had dropped out and we were scheduled to go on in half an hour. After a quick sound check, we kicked off the set. I immediately noticed my monitor wasn’t on and I could barely hear the rest of the band, but decided fuck it, let’s see if I can play through the set anyway. Turns out I could and I thought we played a pretty good set. The crowd included some of Nick from Moon Tooth’s family, and a nice surprise visit from Mike from our label-mates The Space Merchants.
After the show we ended up going with Mike and his buddy Jay to get some late night tacos and having a good talk about life, music and ghosts. Despite being pretty exhausted, we made the 2 hour drive to Tucson to stay with Arnau’s friend Nick.
Taco Count: 3
Day 9 – Andrew
Today we basically spent the day driving. Nothing too eventful happened, so I thought I’d take a moment to talk about the tour in general. It’s been a fun, stressful, weird, and fulfilling journey so far. I started out on a high with the first few shows, hit a low around day 3 or 4 after a sleepless night, and have pretty much evened out since then. My body is finally used to the grind of the drives and the highs of the shows. I actually drove cross country right after college, and it’s been a neat experience to relive that. Everything from the great plains and west has just been very inspiring to see – I highly recommend driving through the country if you have the chance.
The other great part about the trip has been getting to see Moon Tooth play every day. Not only are they all super nice people and always supportive of our daily sets, but they are simply amazing musicians and absolute pros. They give the same enthusiasm no matter the crowd size, and it’s a really joyous experience watching them play. In particular I have to single out Ray, my drumming counterpart – watching him play every night has been giving me a clinic in drumming. His ability to attack the drums with no wasted motion, plus his truly inventive fills and beats is nothing short of spectacular.
We stopped at a random town deep in Texas for dinner and ended up finding a pretty decent steakhouse. Somehow we didn’t make it to the hotel until midnight – time flies when you’re staring at a highway all day…
Day 10 – Andrew
We slept in a bit, copped some free continental breakfast, and left for Austin. The place we played at, Come and Take it Live, was in my opinion the nicest venue we’ve played so far. It was like being inside a state of the art log cabin with great lighting and sound. We played a good set, and got to catch up with some old friends. I also got some great al pastor tacos at some random truck in a parking lot across the street from the venue. We split up for sleeping arrangements tonight (allowing me to avoid a certain chronic snorer in the band who I won’t name), and got a much needed full night’s sleep.
Taco Count: 7
Day 11 – Andrew
For once, we had a really short drive to our next stop, so we actually got to spend the day hanging out in Austin, one of my favorite cities. I used to come here annually for Fun Fun Fun Fest, but I hadn’t been in a few years, so it was nice to get some hang time there. I started my day like I usually do in Austin, going to the nearest Torchy’s and stuffing my face with delicious tacos. I know Torchy’s is probably not the best or the most authentic taco spot in the world, but it just might be my favorite.
We split up again today, and while Jordan and Arnau emptied their bank accounts at Waterloo Records, Carina and I went on a nice hike in Barton Springs with my friends from NY Christine and Daniel, and former Husbandry singer Vanessa. She brought her cute pup along for the hike, and it was really nice to stretch our legs for once and spend some time outside.
We had by far our shortest drive to a show, and before we knew it we were in San Antonio. We managed to find a really cool BBQ spot in the middle of nowhere, and got to enjoy a nice meal with honorary 5th member of Moon Tooth, Garrett. I think we played a pretty great set and Moon Tooth were entertaining as hell tonight. A quick ride to the hotel and we prepare for another crazy drive tomorrow.
Final Taco Count: 10