19:20 Richmond, VA
The plan was to ship out last night so we could avoid dealing with the “Escape From New York” Friday traffic. I had it all planned out: I would head out to the rehearsal space around 21:00 and pack up my gear. Andrew would roll in after 22:00 and we would leave Brooklyn under cover of the night. I was looking forward hitting the Jersey Turnpike around 23:30 with the windows rolled down and the radio on. We’d crash at Ben’s place in Philly and leave in the later morning for a nice easy drive.
What actually happened was a lot different. There was a film shoot happening so Waterbury Street was shut down and there was a punk rock show going on at the Acheron. On nights like that, they use the shared entrance that we have, pretty much killing off the idea. I drove the van out there so I could give Josh keys so he could feed Loki while I was away. As I sat in the van, waiting, I noticed that an NYPD tow truck was prowling the area in search of vehicles to tow away that were parked in the No Parking zones that the film crew set up. It’s such an adversarial trip. A production company pays money to the city and they have the green light to disrupt an entire neighborhood.
We hit the road at 08:30 and fought our way through the morning traffic. It was a real drag until we hit the Turnpike; getting out of New York is always an ordeal. Once we hit the open road, we made good time. We picked up Evan and Ben at a rest stop in Delaware and the trip was on.
I feel like I’m “away” once we cross over into Delaware. The I-95 corridor is synonymous with tour and doing gigs. This was just a one-off show, we were playing as part of the Fall Line Fest, but in a few weeks we’ll be back on the road for real. How many times had I done this run? How many times had I passed the truck stop in Perrysville?
We made good time into Richmond; even DC was pretty clear. We hit Ellwoods for supplies and drove over the Gray Matter, got a parking spot right in front. Now it’s the wait to play.
We crashed with Witte and April last night about 20 minutes outside of Richmond. The whole thing got over really late. The night was pretty slow for most of the evening. Some people started trickling as the night went on. The whole bill was solid: Sinister Haze, Bastard Sapling, Bat and Weedeater. Though, the fest people had good intentions of making it a “multi-genre experience” it ended up being pretty much a typical kind of metal bill that would happen on any weekend. It was great seeing Bastard Sapling; they are our brothers and I love seeing them play. Ryan Waste’s Venom-inflienced Bat were rad, a lot of killer riffs and solid playing.
Last night was our first set with Evan. He did a great job, in general the set was solid; I feel like we played well. Afterward, I was tired from the long day of driving.
I feel like I need some coffee.