In a few short days we start our #PUNK#ZOMBIE#ROCKNROLL tour. It seems no matter how well organized I strive to be or with how much structure I approach such a grand undertaking, I always end up in the same position; out of clean underwear and smelling like a homeless kid who’s misplaced their debit card. Staying on top of twenty different aspects is a hard road…being in a band is not glamorous. The saving grace is that the liquor store I frequent has a good selection of beers over 9%.
We gave up our apartment on Feb 1st in order to save money; well, I wouldn’t really call it saving. We’ve easily spent what we’d normally spend in rent money on all the things we need to be tour ready including new merch, CDs, dropcards, a trailer hitch, and so on and so forth. I want to take a moment to thank our friends Steve G and Will S for letting us crash at their houses this month, as well as all the kids at the Matador house in Vancouver.
I thought that it would only take me a few days or maybe a week or two to complete all my uncompleted projects, and that I’d have time to coast and couchsurf and practice guitar before hitting the road. I was so. wrong. I have three days left in Vancouver and I’m only now finishing all that needs be finished, the biggest project of which was the epic hand-drawn comic book I recently completed to accompany the new release. A 17-page hand-drawn and colored piece of art is a lot of work for anyone but is a special challenge for me. this month I’ve had a long-awaited, much-anticipated, badly-needed formal diagnosis of ADHD. Not a shock and not news, but a relief to finally have the validation that I’m not lazy, stupid, clumsy, or an airhead. People often say to me, “Dusty, you’re always so busy, you’re always working on something!” What probably seems like a virtue to many is a personal prison for me; I CAN’T relax. My mind is always racing, my feet are always tapping, my fingernails are always picking or scratching, my mouth is always talking. So, I can start any project with boundless enthusiasm; completing a project is another thing. ADHD has interefered with my ability to keep a job, to keep friends, to have pets (i’ll get into that another time), and to feel good about myself. To actually follow through and complete a project once the initial “brain candy” of something new has worn off was excruciating. It sometimes only came a page at a time or even a panel at a time; my poor publicist has been hounding me for weeks. The truth is that completing this comic is one of the first (personal) things I’ve done on my own in years and tied neatly with a bow. I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it if it hadn’t been for the help of doctor-prescribed medicine and the support and sometimes very strict enforcement of “work time” by Mykel.
Tomorrow we are releasing the EP of the same name and I am excited to announce that we will be providing a free download link for everyone along with a comic that I drew by hand to accompany the release. This re-release of ours features a brand-new acoustic version of “Geisha With A Switchblade” so please download it!
We’ve put out a video for our single “Law Abiding Citizen”, check it out here.
We will also be releasing a video for “I Want Revenge” on Tuesday, March 11th. We worked really hard on this video together will director Will Strawn and we are so proud of what we accomplished. I’m super stoked for you guys to see it. I want to take a moment to thank Mykel Exner for producing and Will Strawn for directing/camera op. Special thanks to Cariboo Brewing and Dead Reckoning clothing for sponsoring our video, and to Terminal City Rollergirls, Academie Duello, and Audrey Bride for being in it!
We’ve also gotten some pretty amazing reviews of the re-release. Our favourite is this review, in which the reviewer calls us “like the Beach Boys, but evil” and says that I sound like “a female Rob Zombie”. I’ll take it! Check it out here!
This review says that my vocals are perfect – best. compliment. ever. Canadian Beats says the album makes you feel empowered just by listening to it. We are super happy with how much positive press this album has been received and are excited to lay it on you all for this tour.
I’m so excited to move out of the administrative phase of the tour and into the actual rock and roll phase of the tour that I could squee and just roll around on the floor. March 6th can’t come soon enough! I can’t wait to see everyone again and to bring you all new merch and new tunes.
Feb 28 – Abbotsford, BC – Gators Pub (details)
Mar 6 – Vancouver, BC – Railway Club (details)
Mar 7 – Maple Ridge, BC – the Wolf Bar (details)
Mar 8 – Mission, BC – the Zoo (details)
Mar 11 – Kamloops, BC – Cactus Jacks (details)
Mar 13 – Vernon, BC – The Green (details)
Mar 14 – Williams Lake, BC – Overlander Pub
Mar 15 – Prince George, BC – the Croft Hotel (details)
Mar 16 – Burns Lake, BC – Private Party (message firstname.lastname@example.org for details)
Mar 17 – Valemount, BC – Log & Rail Pub
Mar 18 – Hinton, AB – Valley Zoo
Mar 20 – Edmonton, AB – Studio Music Foundation (details)
Mar 21 – Edson, AB – Fat Greasy’s Metal Lounge
Mar 22 – Calgary, AB – Dicken’s Pub
Mar 23 – Red Deer, AB – Slumland
Mar 25 – Moose Jaw, SK – 23 Main Street (acoustic show)
Mar 26 – Regina, SK – The Exchange (details)
Mar 27 – Brandon, MB – North Hill Inn
Mar 28 – Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirates Pub
Mar 29 – Timmins, ON – Victory Pub
Apr 3 – Sherbrooke, QC – Bar le Magog
Apr 4 – Montreal, QC – Katacombes (details)
Apr 5 – Sorel-Tracy, QC – Pub O’Callaghan’s
Apr 8 – Toronto, ON – Bovine Sex Club