This weekend was a blast. For those of you who don’t know, Red Scare Industries celebrated ten years of putting out records and did a big show that sprawled from Gman to Metro and back again. All in all I think nineteen different sets were played by 19 different incarnations of various Red Scare acts and, from what I can tell, a good time was had by all.
I personally had a lot going on. I played a set on Saturday at 7 with my late-night sleaze project the Wandering Birds and then again at 1230 with the mightiest incarnation of the Falcon to ever take a stage. Then, on Sunday I played an acoustic set at Gman. The upshot of all this was that I had to learm/re-learn quite a few songs and keep em all together. AND, I had to do it all in a week, because I just got home from the Lawrence Arms UK tour (which was awesome! Thanks to all y’all blokes and birds for coming out and having fun with us!) the weekend before.
SO, it was a busy week and I suffered various mental breakdowns during each set as a result. During the Birds set, I was extremely nervous, which is unusual for me. Our set started with me just playing guitar and singing, and for whatever reason, the lights were so bright on not only me, but also the crowd, that suddenly I felt real, real naked up there. Luckily, those songs are all kind of groove based, and that group of dudes are real good and had everything dialed, so I settled in pretty quick after the drums started. But that was a nerve wracking couple of seconds for sure.
By the time the Falcon went on, I’d already had a burst of adrenaline and the subsequent exhaustion. When we took the stage at 1230, it was literally the very first time that the four of us (Dan, Dave, Neil and myself) had ever been on stage together to do these songs. Almost immediately, I got it in my head that I was blowing it and that Dan and Dave were rolling their eyes at my contribution to our performance. This thankfully turned out to be all in my head, and afterwards we all agreed that this would be a real cool band to record a new record with and take on the road sometime in the near future. Of course, idle plans made after a great sold out show are KIND of like promises made during/immediately following a good bone sesh, so we’ll see, but I have high hopes. First step: I/we need to write a good record, and then we’ll go from there.
Sunday turned out to be terrific. I took my family out to brunch with Dan and his wife, Dave and Nader (visual artist extraordinaire), and then Dave and Nader came over to play football and carve pumpkins with my kids and some other kids from the neighborhood. After that, I did an acoustic set at Gman which was very, very fun. The vibe was great and I got to unveil a new Birds song called I Need Hugs, which I think was pretty well received, considering how dark it is. I also did a little rapping when I broke a string, while my trusty partner in stage management, Brad Davis, fixed my guitar in what seemed like the blink of an eye (side note: band people, Brad is a great stage manager/guitar tech. You need someone, get at me and I’ll give you his info). The night ended with me finally catching up on some sleep after 3 weeks of rock and/or roll.
I think I’m right in calling this weekend a total success. We got to see friends from all over the world, celebrate a fun thing that we’ve all been part of for ten years and even drink a little beer. Now, I’m back in regular life, and for the first time since I can remember, I don’t have a single show booked. I gotta be honest, it feels great. I think it’s time to settle in, finish the Birds and Falcon records and prepare for the next chapter. Thanks to everyone who came out. I love you guys and appreciate that you wanna listen to the stuff that my friends and I do.
Thanks to Toby, Brad Davis, all the birds and falcons, and the Metro/Gman staff for being great and thanks to everyone who sang, screamed, danced or just paid attention at any of the shows. Basically thanks to everyone except the dude right in front of me who fell asleep during the wandering birds set. That was kind of a drag. But whatever. I know what it’s like to be tired, bro. I feel ya.