Okay, so after we last left you while we were cruising the French Quarter, Danny (vocals) tried to sleep in a guitar case, we found out Christian (drums) can’t rap, and that maybe, just maybe, there’s a reason two visits to New Orleans should be kept few and far between. Overall though, we weren’t in too bad of shape.
It’s a relatively quick drive to our next stop in West Louisiana, a small town outside of Shreveport called Bossier City where we had stopped before. The venue there is also where Evan (bass), on a previous tour, had nearly destroyed the entire lighting truss with an over excited bass spin, so of course the running joke of the night was something to the tune of “Hey, don’t go breakin’ any more of those fancy lights” or something equally as creative. The lights would prove to stay safe however, since the addition of a disco ball hanging even lower than the lights was a much more appealing target anyway.
The next three days were spent in Texas starting in Austin, then into Houston, and finally stopping in Fort Worth. The shows themselves were almost tame and uneventful by comparison to the local color in some of the cities. We got a good laugh of course the first few times we spotted someone actually wearing the “10 gallon hat”, watched the homeless make drug deals in front of us in Austin (sketchy), and I’m still fairly certain the “sound guy” in Houston may or may not have lived in the venue. Actually, thinking back on it now, I think that our stop in Fort Worth was the only quote un-quote “normal” show out of the Texas dates. All together though, Texas lived up to its reputation of amazing Mexican food, overly nice locals, and this really strange overwhelming sense of state pride amongst the locals.
We made the trip northeast from Fort Worth to Tulsa, OK to meet up with our homies in Outline In Color (a great metalcore band based in Tulsa so do yourself a favor and check them out) for a quick one off show in their hometown. It’s always great to see familiar faces after being on the road for any length of time, and it’s even better when you get to share the stage with those same faces. Hands down, this was one of the best sounding venues we played on this tour, which is even more impressive considering Sanchez, the sound engineer, is only 17. At the end of the night, we packed up the trailer with the parade of road cases, say our “laters” to our friends and new fans, and started the trip to Memphis, TN for the final stop of “TOURn Down For What”
Easter Sunday usually means bright colors, plastic eggs, and candy induced comas. But since we had a lack of all of those things stowed in our trailer, we spent the afternoon before our final show wandering through the streets of downtown Memphis. We had a few hours to kill before having to load in and sound check so we did the tourist thing and hopped across the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum. If you’ve got an hour to kill, and want to see some of the crazy outfits that the likes of Elvis and Isaac Hayes wore in their heyday, it’s worth stopping in next time you’re in Tennessee.
We spent some time after the last show talking with some fans that had stuck around by our tour van. Danny’s (vocals) birthday was at midnight so a quick celebratory birthday drink for everyone that wasn’t driving, and then we were on the road. (Interestingly enough, Danny was also given a birthday “gift” of four quarters by a homeless man, which could easily have been the greatest act of generosity that any of us had ever witnessed. There is now a homeless man in Memphis very stylishly dressed in the latest NTJ tees.) A quick 13 hours of driving later and we’re unpacking suitcases and backpacks, finding at least a dozen socks or other articles of clothing that had been lost to the nooks and crannies of the van, and heading towards a real bed and our own showers. Load in, set up, sound check, sit around, play music, break down, talk to fans, load out, pack the trailer, drive. It’s a lot of the same, but it’s the most fun you can have doing the same thing day after day. And just like that, this tour is a wrap.
Forming in 2008, Not Tonight Josephine has had six years in which to perfect their distinctively infectious take on the post-hardcore genre. During that time the quintet has picked up an impressive number of accolades, not least of which has been sharing the stage with some of alternative rock’s most prestigious names – A Day To Remember, Underoath, Rise Against and New Found Glory to name but a few. Aside from relentless touring, the band have found the time to build up a devoted international fan base with their powerful and impassioned EP’s. The most recent of these, 2013’s ‘Common Gold,’ saw the band receive almost unilateral praise from fans and critics, being recorded and produced under the guidance of James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Hands Like Houses, Paramore.) You can keep up with the band and purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here. Check out their first tour diary here.
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