Notes from the Road hands the blog over to Austin bands. We let them take pictures, shoot video, and document the people, places, and experiences they encounter while on tour.
Austin’s prog-rockers Megafauna have a knack for severe shredding and fun, theatrical tracks. Join them as they tour the West Coast in July and August. You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
Austin > El Paso
There’s a sense of continuity between tours, as though this one picks up immediately after our last one. In reality there were two months intervening. Those two months feel like a short nap. Tour is norm. It’s just Day One and already there’s a sense of anticipation about the end of tour. A temptation to start counting down days remaining in tour. Tour is so precious and finite.
In this video, Zack delivers a quote we found in our host’s house. We are journeying for the purpose of discovery. We know that the people we meet and experiences on tour will not answer all of our questions but will bring us to a new understanding of ourselves and our music.
Here’s a shot of the Poe twins, Joseph Poe (left) and Matthew Poe (right). Joseph moved to Austin and worked Hole in the Wall for some time. He recently returned to El Paso to manage the Lowbrow Palace, the first venue we played. It was an unexpected brush with the familiar after leaving Austin.
On tour, it’s important to stay healthy! Inventing new healthy tour foods is crucial. Latest discovery: woven wheat crackers with avocado. This is John feeding vegetables and hummus to Zack.
Words to live by.
Chris is a badass bassist whose band, La Cerca, opened for us at Sky Bar. He has wicked dance moves on the stage and manages Zia Records.
This picture was taken at a rest stop in Arizona. Scarier than the poisonous snakes were the bathrooms. The stall walls were short, so we could make eye contact with the people in them.
We cooked burritos with our friend and couch surfing host, Jinnifer. Dani with a knife is terrifying. The night before, some male fans were giving Dani flack so she stepped into the crowd and head banged and moshed in their faces during the beginning of “Monsters Sleeping.” They were stunned and more respectful for the rest of the set.
We played the Sail Inn in Tempe, AZ. People from that show came to see us two nights later at the Lost Leaf and brought their friends. It was great to see them again.
This is a piece of art hanging in a restaurant in Flagstaff. It is by a local artist named “Sky Black.” Hummingbirds have been a frequent presence this tour.
This is a picture of us with our friend Jinnifer at Picture Canyon. Jinnifer frequently hosts people through couch surfing and says that since using the site, countless people have walked into her life and inspired her. We are sitting organized astrologically from Dani (Leo/Virgo cusp), Zack (Virgo/Libra cusp), Jinnifer (Libra/Scorpio cusp, and John (Scorpio). We met Jinnifer on our last tour and connected with her deeply only to discover she was the missing link in our astrological signs. We refer to the group as our ‘spirit family’.
Incidentally, sexyvirgo1986 is the name of the wireless 4g router we’re using in the van. It came from the store that way.
This picture is of John, Dani and Zack standing on a cliff at Picture Canyon in Flagstaff. What if you could record your dreams? The technology is almost there. What if people could just tune to the frequency of your dreams? Frightening! That’s sacred space for the three of us.
Getting used to foreign sleeping spaces. This is our room in the Hotel Monte Vista, an awesome hotel in downtown Flagstaff. We slept on bunk beds. Our window led out onto the roof where we meditated.
Here’s a shot from our show at Hotel Monte Vista. Jinnifer took it.
The night before we left for tour, our friend Willow did a photoshoot for us. She had done a photoshoot for fellow Austin band, Vana Mazi, a self-described “Eurasian Prog Core” project days earlier. When we showed up at the Monte Vista Stage, we saw this card reading “egafauna” wedged under the letter “M”. Vana Mazi had played that stage the night before and kindly left this card for us. They also happen to be playing Amnesia, in San Francisco, the night before we are. Synchronicity like this always seems to increase on tour.
This is us cutting Zack’s silver mane at a lake in Arizona.
This is a tribute to mother nature.
Here’s what we are listening to in the van:
The Teaching Company – Consciousness and Its Implications (lecture series)