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 12 – Carina
It’s a little bit of a blur. Today was a day off and we spent it driving to Little Rock, Arkansas, where we’d be staying the night. I’ve only ever really thought of Arkansas when remembering the case of The West Memphis 3. I read the book “Devil’s Knot” when I was younger and watched many documentaries on the case of three teenagers accused of murdering three young boys. The case was full of evidentiary holes and forced confessions and was reflective of a horrible justice system. We ended up having dinner at a Mexican food restaurant, much to Andrew’s delight. I honestly have no clue how many tacos this guy has had by this point, but I’d say a good 14. The food was alright, but the margaritas were on point. I was excited to have the day be over, mainly because I knew Nashville was next on the calendar for us.
Day 13 – Carina
Okay, so this was a day I’d been looking forward to throughout the whole tour. For anybody who doesn’t know, I am obsessed with the show “Nashville” and I have been since it began. I love the music, the characters and I’ve generally wanted to find out what Nashville was all about for years now. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
We went through Memphis briefly and one thing I will say is that people are so incredibly [NICE]. I don’t know if it’s the fast paced life or having to constantly grind to pay your rent in New York, but that genuine,inviting niceness of people in Memphis, is few and far between. Jordan and I had a ball buying Rap Snacks chips and even encountered some deep words by rapper Fabolous, that hit a bit close to home. It spoke about using your struggles to learn and evolve and become everything you’ve dreamed. We gunned it Nashville and our first stop was Carter’s Vintage Guitars. We went there mainly for Jordan to geek out on guitars and amps, but upon entering, I was mesmerized by all the beautiful guitars and banjos and mandolins. I’ve always had a love of these instruments and it made me think about how I really want to incorporate playing into my life in a more consistent way.
Andrew, Arnau and I ditched Jordan after a while to head to Third Man Records, nearby. I felt like a kid in a candy store. I loved the decorations,the staff and the selection of records to choose from. But the best part of the visit was being able to record part of a song with the guys in a little recording booth. We were able to get it pressed onto a six inch vinyl and even test it out on a player in the shop. Touring bands are able to do it for free and keep the copy, which I thought was awesome.
After getting to the venue, we ventured out in search of food. Andrew had mentioned hearing about a place called Hattie B’s that was supposed to have amazing fried chicken. So we headed there and the line was about a block long. We decided to wait it out while Jordan left for another spot. The wait was worth it, I had pretty much the best fried chicken I’ve ever had in my life. The show at The End that night was a blast. I think the guys and I felt really energized and the crowd seemed to really enjoy our music. The other bands, Itinerant and Sheep Shifter were insane to watch. And Moon Tooth of course, tore it up after our set. Next up was Atlanta,Georgia.
Day 14 – Carina
The next morning,we headed to Atlanta. A couple of days prior, we had read an article about a shooting that took place where we were heading out to play, The Masquerade. Apparently, there were two fatalities over something that seemed extremely petty and unnecessary. I felt more upset and annoyed at humanity and our government than uneasy about playing there. It was a pretty long drive and I entertained myself in the van by watching MindHunter on Netflix. I basically binged watched all of Stranger Things and this show, on these long drives. We were a bit late to the venue, but once we got there, people who worked at the venue helped us load in quickly and were extremely helpful in getting us situated. After setting up merch, we scurried over to catering and inhaled a ton of delicious food provided by the venue.
We were playing the “purgatory” stage. Apparently, the venue is divided up into different areas/stages and there were multiple shows happening that night. Animals As Leaders, Periphery and Car Bomb were playing the “heaven” stage and Drug Church was playing with The Story So Far next door to us at the “hell” stage. While we were waiting for our own show to start, we went back and forth between the other shows and had a great time. After being in a van so long, it was awesome to be able to catch these bands. It gave me the motivation I needed that night to play a great show. I also got a much needed phone call from my best friend that night that made me a little teary eyed. I had been feeling a little detached from the world that day. Not sure if it was lack of sleep, or the hovering notion that in a few days I’d have to go back to a “regular” monotonous life of going to work. But I felt better and ready to get on stage. The sound there was awesome and though there weren’t many people in the crowd, I did catch Patrick (vocalist of Drug Church and Self Defense Family) come from next door to watch a few songs of our set. And that made me go extra hard. He’s a great performer and we’re all very much into his work.
After our set, I ended up drinking a lot haha. Moon Tooth gets me hyped, but it was also a combination of wanting to party and wishing there were more people there to see them and enjoy it with us. I’ve never been around a group of more talented, hard working, friendly and genuinely great people to spend time with. And I think the world owes it to themselves to partake in their music. After the show, we spent some time in the parking lot with members of Car Bomb. There were some enlightening and interesting conversations going on all around. And it was a very cool moment of the night. That night we were going to be staying over a friends house. I first met Emily in New York, through John LaMacchia of Candiria. She had been in town shooting for a documentary on women in the metal scene. John referred me to her and we got to talking. We met up and I ended being a part of her documentary. When I found out we were playing in Atlanta on this tour, I reached out to her and she offered to let us crash at her place. Upon reaching her house, we were all kind of taken aback by how beautiful it was. Her amazing photography lined the walls as well as signed posters from bands and people we all admire. She set up the living room area for us and provided us with delicious cheeses and beer for a late night snack. We spoke about our love for Henry Rollins and the many bands that have come through Atlanta and stayed there. And the changing/gentrification of that neighborhood. We’re all super grateful for being able to spend the night and shower and get good rest.
Day 15 – Carina
We got up super early and headed to Waffle House for breakfast. I’d never been there but had been very familiar with it’s aesthetic and popularity on IG. Once we ordered, I realized why it was so popular. It’s so cheap to eat there! I had some scattered,smothered and covered homefries and eggs and even ate some waffles. Not the most impressive food I’ve ever had, but kind of the perfect on tour breakfast. We then made our way to North Carolina. We were playing at Local 506 in Chapel Hill. I’d never been to North Carolina and I have a friend in the Marines who’d been stationed here for years, who’s wanted to see us play. Unfortunately, he got transferred some time before we embarked on this tour.
After getting to the venue and getting all set up, we headed to a local Mediterranean spot to have dinner with the Moon Tooth guys. It was nice to catch up with them and eat a pretty healthy,hot meal. It was really cold out, so I kept my thermos full of green tea handy. I’m not sure how Arnau had the energy to play at all, after eating an entire leg of lamb with rice! The plate was overflowing with food haha. I had been really sleepy a day, but once our set started, I had this really intense energy. And I think we all had a lot of fun playing for that crowd. We met a few guys in the opening band that Moon Tooth has stayed with before, who also knew our label mates, Godmaker. People seemed to really like our music and I definitely look forward to coming back to Chapel Hill. We ended up not staying for Moon Tooth’s set in order to get a head start on making the insane drive to long island the next day.
Day 16 – Carina
I think by now, each of us has lost a bit of their minds. There are certainly impromptu screaming sessions that happen in the van, mainly Jordan’s, which make me laugh. We spent the night somewhere in Virginia. I think Arnau didn’t get too much sleep because he was in such close proximity to *someone’s* snoring (hint: Not me lol. I talk in my sleep). It didn’t help that we had to get up extra early today. We showered, ate breakfast and hit the road by 8:40. I pretty much zoned out in the van. I drifted in and out of sleep for a few hours and continued my MindHunter binge. I was both excited to be heading back to New York to play and a little bummed out that this meant the tour was coming to an end. There wasn’t really anything stimulating happening on the road to long island so I’d say it was mostly long and boring. But it was kind of a cool feeling to see that New York skyline and recount with the guys the fact that we had been all the way out to Los Angeles, everywhere in between and back to New York in the span of 16 days.
We finally made it to long island and there it was, Amityville Music Hall. This was Moon Tooth’s town, the last day of our tour together and a homecoming for them. We all knew this was going to be THE show to turn up at. Long Island came through, within a few hours the venue started getting packed with people. The guys and I went to grab something to eat and naturally, after being away form New York for so long decided pizza was the only way to go. We ate our slices and started getting into show mode. After some bone shattering good ol’ Long Island hardcore by Inverted Earth and Jab, it was our turn to keep these folks going. Looking out into the sea of people there will never leave my memory. We all went hard for this one. And during the last song, The Mark Of Qayin, John, Nick and Ray joined us on stage for an extended version. I knew Nick would be playing guitar but I was ecstatic to see John and Ray come up and add their own colors to the song. It felt surreal and magical and powerful. It was a beautiful note to end this tour on and I’m eternally grateful that we got the opportunity to share an experience like this with that band and those guys.
Once they began playing their set the crowd went wild. People sang along, danced, moshed and even crowd surfed. I myself am sore as I type this, from dancing and headbanging and shoving around in the pit! This is what music is about. Sharing a moment with and connecting with other people and feeling that electricity. I met Nick’s mom and Vin’s sister at the show, which made me a bit emotional because it was so awesome to see their family there supporting and being as proud as they are of these guys. After the show, we hung out and chatted with a lot of the locals and friends of our that came out to the show. We took photos with the Moon Tooth dudes and Garrett(G5) who did a phenomenal job doing sound on the road for them and generally being hilarious and great peoples. The guys and I said our goodbyes with major hug sessions and smiles.
We loaded up our stuff and made the trek to Danbro studios in Brooklyn. After many weird detours, we finally got to our practice space, only to find out our elevator was not working (which is not unusual). We were eventually able to get out stuff up to the third floor. Once we had disposed of our gear, we gave each other hugs and kind of looked at each other. Both, out of exhaustion and a bit of admiration for each other, for making it through our very first national tour in one piece and still connected to this music. On my way home, I smiled to myself, humbled, more enlightened and feeling accomplished for finally getting the chance to do something I’ve wanted to do since I was 16. Can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Moon Tooth and Husbandry. But, we fucking did it, guys!
Release show info:
Brooklyn Bazaar 11/30
Doors at 7PM, show at 8PM
Husbandry will be joined by Aqualamb label-mates Black Black Black and Nathaniel Shannon & The Vanishing Twin along with Marching Teeth and Black Wail.