Tour Diary

The ABC’s of GWC – Every Venue “The Caps” Ever Played!

Posted January 28, 2014 - 1:38 pm

After many hours of digging through old posters, Facebook events, old website HTML, and the cobwebs in my skull, here is a COMPLETE list of venues that Great White Caps have played at over our 4+ years of being a band.

Keep in mind that I could in fact be missing one or two venues. There isn’t enough coffee on this planet to re-trace every one of our steps. If you remember seeing us somewhere and it is not listed here, please email me! (nick@greatwhitecaps.com) Cheers! -Seaweed

California

Cinema Bar (Los Angeles)

DiPiazza’s (Long Beach)

Frog and Peach (San Luis Obispo)

Golden State Theatre (Monterey)

Jambalaya (Arcata)

On The Rocks (Bakersfield)

Rock Loft (San Francisco)

Stardust Club (Downey)

Colorado

Quixote’s (Denver)

Connecticut

Arch St Tavern (Hartford)

Toad’s Place – Upstairs (New Haven)

Illinois

Independence Grove (Libertyville)

Reggie’s Music Joint (Chicago)

Iowa

Parlor City Pub (Cedar Rapids)

Maine

Port City Music Hall (Portland)

Massachusetts

Brick House Pub (Housatonic)

Holyoke St. Pattys Day Festival (Holyoke)

Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton)

Johnny D’s (Boston)

Michigan

Just Bring It Car Show (Niles)

Louie’s Trophy House (Kalamazoo)

Niles Amphitheater (Niles)

Missouri

KDHX radio – live in studio (St. Louis)

Riot Room (Kansas City)

Schlafly Bottleworks (Maplewood)

Nevada

Double Down Saloon (Las Vegas)

New Hampshire

Salt Hill Pub (Hanover)

New Jersey

Asbury Lanes (Asbury Park)

The Court Tavern (New Brunswick)

Mexicali Live (Teaneck)

Newton Theatre (Newton)

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen)

The Saint (Asbury Park)

New York

Bar Matchless (NYC)

Bayou Cafe (Albany)

Bell House (NYC)

Black River Kayak Festival (Watertown)

Bowery Ballroom (NYC)

Brooklyn Bowl (NYC)

Castaways (Ithica)

Do You Wanna Dance (NYC)

Don Pedro (NYC)

Full Cup (Staten Island)

Highline Ballroom (NYC)

Jillians (Albany)

Late Night With Johnny P (Television show – Staten Island)

Mercury Lounge (NYC)

Parkside Lounge (NYC)

Putnam Den (Saratoga Springs)

Quiksilver Pro 2011 – Renegade sidewalk show (Long Beach)

Rocks Off! Concert Cruise (NYC)

Snugs (New Paltz)

The Shrine Bar (NYC)

The Suffolk (NYC)

Sullivan Hall (NYC)

Water St Music Hall – Main Stage (Rochester)

Wherehouse (Newburgh)

North Carolina

Boone Saloon (Boone City)

Calico Room (Wilmington)

The Casbah (Durham)

The Cave (Chapel Hill)

Dolce Vita (Charlotte)

Evening Muse (Charlotte)

Instro Summit – Festival

Juggling Gypsy (Wilmington)

The Odditorium (Asheville)

The Rock Shop (Fayetteville)

Ohio

Checkers -N- Trophies (Kent)

Oregon

Duff’s Garage (Portland)

Skyway Bar & Grill (Zigzag)

Pennsylvania

Abbey Bar (Harrisburg)

Art N Soul Tattoo (Allentown)

Banana Factory Hot Glass Studio (Bethlehem)

Blockley (Philadelphia)

Bullfrog Brewery (Williamsport)

Chameleon Club (Lancaster)

Charles A. Brown Ice House (Bethlehem)

The Depot (York)

Easton Heritage Day Festival (Easton)

Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema (Bethlehem)

Funhouse (Bethlehem)

Godfrey Daniel’s (Bethlehem)

Harrisburg Brewers Festival (Harrisburg)

Havana (New Hope)

John & Peters (New Hope)

Johnny Brendas (Philadelphia)

Mauch Chunk Opera House (Jim Thorpe)

Meeting Of The Minds 3 – Festival (Poyntelle)

Molly’s Irish Bar (Bethlehem)

Mother’s Bar & Grill (Easton)

Musikfest Cafe (Bethlehem)

Musikfest (Annual Festival – Bethlehem)

Nowadays (Festival – Bethlehem)

Ortliebs Lounge (Philadelphia)

PhilaMOCA (Philadelphia)

Porter’s Pub (Easton)

Pearly Baker’s Alehouse (Easton)

River St Jazz Cafe (Plains)

Riverside Barr & Grill (Easton)

Rose Garden Amphitheater (Bethlehem)

School of Rock (Downingtown)

Secret Art Space (Bethlehem)

Some Kind Of Jam 7 – Festival (Schuylkill Haven)

Spring on 4th (Community Event – Bethlehem)

Steel Pub (Bethlehem)

Steelstacks Town Square (Bethlehem)

Strange Brew Tavern (Allentown)

Suddenly Samantha Hair Salon (Easton)

Sun Inn Courtyard (Bethlehem)

Third St Alliance (Easton)

Wildflower Cafe (Bethlehem)

World Cafe Live – Downstairs (Philadelphia)

World Cafe Live – Upstairs (Philadelphia)

Rhode Island

The Met (Pawtucket)

Tennessee

The National Underground (Nashville)

P & H Cafe (Memphis)

Texas

Beerland (Austin)

Utah

Gracie’s (Salt Lake City)

Mystic Hot Springs (Monroe)

Vermont

Higher Ground (Burlington)

Magic Hat Heavy Fest (Burlington)

Nectar’s (Burlington)

Okemo Mountain Resort (Ludlow)

Virginia

The Camel (Richmond)

Capitol Ale House (Richmond)

Washington DC

The Hamilton

Sutra Lounge

West Virginia

The Empty Glass (Charleston)

 

July 2013 Midwest Tour… a photo diary by Seaweed

Posted August 1, 2013 - 1:55 pm

We recently went on the road for about 10 days across the rusty bits of the U.S. I took some pictures and wanna show them to you. Enjoy! -Sylvester Seaweed

Williamsport, PA
Montag and I played a friendly game of “Tour Photo Challenge” with our pals in Slingshot Dakota. (the picture above will take you to them!) Follow #tourphotochallenge on Instagram and see what the hell this picture is all about!

Cleveland, OH
We were scheduled to open for Dick Dale in Rochester, NY until the gig was cancelled the morning of the show. To make use of our day, we flee’d to the Cleve for a night of live music and eats. This here be a “Falafel Waffle.”

Niles, MI
We have a few articles of filth in our trusty road cruiser. However, not nearly as disturbing as this slightly racist welcome mat.

Somewhere just outside of Iowa
“It was a stratocaster with a whammy bar” -FZ

Chicago, IL
Not sure why anyone would pay any money for these old junkers. You can do everything with ProTools now anyway. Plus, they smell like old blues bars and nobody wants that in their in-laws’ family room.

Aurora, IL
Couch surfing done terribly wrong.

Clarion, PA
Well, at least they tried.

Ahhhhh Spring!

Posted April 25, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Well, as the weighty haze of chilly mornings and frigid nights starts to slowly lift itself from my life I find myself daydreaming of warm air and the smell of fresh grass (multiple types of both).  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this coming of rebirth than jumping into our trusty white steed, Chuck Truckle, and pointing his nose south.  What lies ahead is surely hell fire and brimstone all wrapped up in a sunny little package we disguise as sweet and innocent surf rock.  But bubbling beneath the surface, just as it was in 1961, is the reality of sweaty flesh and bad intentions all in pure and unadulterated good fun.  Evidence of this was just caught this past weekend when we decided to try and do something wholesome and dignified by strapping on some acoustic guitars and inviting a select group of our friends to join us for a party and intimate performance in the vein of The Beach Boys “Party” album.  It wasn’t long before it devolved into a heady mix of dog humping, shouting and rowdy as hell renditions of both The Cramps “Let’s Get Fucked Up” and Mojo Nixon’s “Tie My Pecker To My Leg”.  I guess if anything, it proved that the four individuals comprising this band and the twisted people we attract are incapable of changing.  But really, why would we want to?  We are having the time of our lives playing rowdy music with great friends.  Once we can wash the beer off the recordings we will be sure to post as much of our acoustic mayhem as the law will allow, without incriminating anyone.  So, however you find yourself enjoying the change in the season, know that we are right there with you.

Perpetually hazed-Montag the Magnificent

Home

Posted November 5, 2012 - 3:56 pm

Well, we made it. A month on the road, playing in places we’ve never been to, and where people have no idea who we are, although there were a handful of familiar faces along the way. Overall, this tour was a huge success and I feel as we finished it was really just the beginning of something much larger. The support we felt throughout this whole process was incredible. Now I sit here, listening to our brand new album Screech Beach on vinyl, for the very first time, with a glass of whiskey and a smile on my face. Readjusting to life off the road is a little strange, I even asked my wife “where is everyone?”, when she woke me up on the couch the first night back. Indeed it’s an interesting existence being trapped inside a metal tank speeding around the country, by the way we officially named the van Chuck Truckle, look for “Shut the Chuck Up and DRIVE!” t shirts in the near future. The last few stops were a total whirlwind, Kansas City was out of hand on Halloween and St Louis may be the greatest city in the midwest, largely due to Al from Greaser’s Lunchbox on KDHX and Doc and his amazing punk rock and pinball bar, Silver Ball Room! All in all we had some great adventures, played some awesome shows, made a ton of new friends and fans and got more footage for our documentary than I ever could’ve imagined. I will start editing shortly, so keep tuned for the webisodes to start rolling out. Thanks goes out to everyone we encountered along the way, or encouraged us through this past couple of months, YOU ALL RULE!!!!

Here’s the list of albums for the last stretch….

John Prine- sweet revenge
Joe Pug- live at Lincoln Hall
John Denver- greatest hits
Kiss- alive
Jerky Boys- III
Soundgarden- badmotorfinger
Arab on Radar- Yahweh or the highway
Big Black- poor mans 8 track tape
Mucky Pup- boy in a mans world
Green Jelly- cereal killer
Jon Spencer blues explosion- orange
Tinsel teeth- trash as trophy
Tweak Bird- s/t
Turn me on deadman- technicolor mother
The pussy warmers- my pussy belongs to daddy
The devil makes 3- stomp and smash
Eric Dolphy- out to lunch
Hammers of Misfortune- 17th st
Queen- night at the opera
Simon and Garfunkel- greatest hits
Jefferson airplane- volunteers
Guns and Roses- appetite for destruction
LMFAO- party rock!
Moody Blues- in search of the lost chord
The shins- port of morrow
Pavement- terror twilight
Corrosion of conformity- deliverance
Yes- fragile
Ray Charles- ray
Rush- making memories
George Harrison- brain washed
Rainbow- rising
Devo- live
Curtis Mayfield- superfly
Flaming Lips- yoshimi battles the pink robots
Jesus Lizard- show
The Kaisers- square head stomp
Garage monsters Vol 9

and just for fun, here’s the rest of them…

Phish-a picture of necture
Poison-look what the cat dragged in
George Thoroughgood-bad to the bone
Zappa and the Mothers-live at Fillmore east
U2-Joshua tree
Ben folds 5-whatever and ever amen
Kevin Gilbert-the shaming of the true
Anthony Jeselnick-Shakespeare
Circle Jerks-golden shower of hits
Battles-mirrored
Faith no more-king for a day fool for a lifetime
Mahavishnu Orchestra-birds of fire
Michael Jackson-thriller
Palace Brothers-days in the wake
Neil young-harvest
O brother where art thou-soundtrack
Jonathan Edwards-s/t
Outkast-the love below
Rick bartow-all of the above
Thundercat-golden age of apocalypse
Fugazi-13 songs
Maps n atlases-you, me and the mountain

Brian Jonestown Massacre-take it from the man
Aziz Ansari-dangerously delicious
Warren G-regulate…g funk era
Cursive-the ugly organ
Gil Scott Heron-the revolution will not be televised
Absu-abzu
Joey Lawrence-s/t
Fatback-briefly a zombie
Getz/Gilberto-s/t
Pissed Jeans-shallow
Midlake-the trials of van occupanther
Doo Rag-chunked and muddled
JFA-we know you suck
Darkness-one way ticket to hell…and back
Bob Dylan-blood on the tracks
Beach Fossils-s/t
Bongzilla-gateway
Maps & atlases-beware and be grateful
Joni Mitchell-court and spark
tUnE-yArDs-W H O K I L L
Johnny Cash-live from Folsom prison
Natureboy RD-beats from the ground up
Flight of the concords-s/t
The Band-greatest hits
Cake-prolonging the magic
Dr Long Ghost-the peasants life
Iron Maiden-powerslave
Ancestors-mirrors
Slabdragger-regress
Rodgrigo y Gabriela-11:11
F.K.U.-metal moshing mad
Skinny Puppy-too dark park

Dick Dale-KEXP session
Slacktone-Live
The Blue Moonies-s/t
Cheers Elephant-Like wind blows fire
Peter Tosh-live: one love peace concert
YOB-atma
Beach Boys-pet sounds
Chromeo-fancy footwork
Yacht-I believe you, your magic is real
Doors-LA woman
Soma session-Live at hot springs?
Joao Erbotta
Mitch Hedberg-do you believe in gosh?
David Cross-bigger & blackerer

Television-marquee moon
Bad Religion-empire strikes first
Bob Marley and the Wailers-catch a fire
Butthole Surfers-independent worm saloon
Grand Funk Railroad-collectors series
“Hour of Power” toto-Africa on repeat for an hour
Van Halen-live 1983
Nobunny-first blood
Velvet Underground and Nico
Zombi-escape velocity
Bad plus-suspicious activity
The Spades-learnin the hard way
Return to Forever-no mystery
Thee oh sees-help
Agent Orange-instro’s
Frank Zappa-overnite sensation
Sublime-s/t
Beastie Boys-ill communication

Todd Rundgren-Something Anything
Ween-Live at Stubbs
Tripping Daisy-s/t
Spunk Tank-s/t
Creedence Clearwater Revival-Chronicle
Gama Bomb-Tales from the grave in space
OBN3′s- the one and only
Ghoul-transmission zero
Behold the Monolith-defender, redeemist
Goatleaf-color scene
Black Lips-Arabia mountain
Flat Duo Jets-s/t
The spaceshits-misbehavin’
Man or astroman?-project infinity
Southern Culture on the Skids-dirt track date
Bass Drum of Death-gb city
Mariachi el Bronx-1
Willie Nelson-greatest hits
Atmosphere-Lucy ford sessions
Roots-the tipping point
Man is the Bastard-Mancruel
Greg Giraldo-good day to cross a river
Steely Dan-Aja
Beach boys-party
Death-for the whole world to see
Amplified Heat-on the hunt
Jesus Lizard-goat
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis-s/t
Dr Octogon-Dr Octogonycologyst
Ry cooder & Manuel Galban-mambo sinuendo
ACDC-high voltage
Slim Whitman-greatest hits
Schpongle-live
Dwarves-blood, guts and pussy
Tenacious D-s/t

BR549-Live at Roberts
Compulsive Gamblers-Crystal Gazing Luck Amazing
Huey Lewis and the News-Sports
Husker Du-Metal Circus
Elvis Presley-s/t
Sir Lord Baltimore-Kingdom Come
King Salami and the Cumberland 3-14 Blazing Bangers
Louis Katz-If These Balls Could Talk
Yesterday’s Children-s/t
Toxic Holocaust-Hell on Earth
Reverend Horton Heat-Smoke em if You Got em
The Byrds-Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Josh White-Careless Love
Traveling Wilburys-Vol 1
Holy Smokes-Talk to your kids about gangs
Minor Threat-Discography
Mojo Nixon-Elvis is Everywhere
13th Floor Elevators-Out of Order Live @ The Avalon Ballroom
Michael McDonald-A Very Special Christmas

Dirty Projectors-Swing Lo Magellan
Anthrax-Among the Living
Prince-Rainbow Children
NOFX-White Trash, Two Heebs, and a Bean
Flipper-Sex Bomb Baby
Dinosaur Jr-Green Mind
Damien Marley-Halfway Tree
Old and In the Way-That High Lonesome Sound
Witchcraft-Legend
Bonnie Prince Billy-The Letting Go
Slayer-Reign In Blood
Left Lane Cruiser-Bring Yo Ass to the Table
Ween-White Pepper
Bob Dylan-Planet Waves
Neil Young-Tonight’s the Night
John Alexander’s Sterling Jubilee Singers-Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb
Hank III-Lovesick, Broke and Driftin’
Everly Brothers-Golden Hits
Faith No More-The Real Thing
Fall of Troy-Manipulator

Almost there

Posted November 2, 2012 - 11:04 am

Well, here I am sitting in the van outside of Somewhere, Missouri waiting to leave and head to St. Louis. This will be our last day of tour, and then we will be running in a mad dash to get home to our families and friends. The hurricane that blew through effected our lives on varying degrees and it was quite a challenging time for us to be absent from home. At least I, have an overwhelming need and desire to be a provider and support system for my wife and there is only so much you can do over the phone from thousands of miles away. Honestly the leading up to the storm was the most nerve racking for me, as the unknown is often times way worse than reality.
Last night was Halloween and who would’ve known that Kansas City was such a cool town, well I do know one person. We’ve made it almost all the way across the country in the past three days with just short stops to play, and there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Part of it is playing at a sweet brewery tonight in St Louis, can’t wait!!
Here’s how we got from Portland to Columbia, MO…
Phish-a picture of necture
Poison-look what the cat dragged in
George Thoroughgood-bad to the bone
Zappa and the Mothers-live at Fillmore east
U2-Joshua tree
Ben folds 5-whatever and ever amen
Kevin Gilbert-the shaming of the true
Anthony Jeselnick-Shakespeare
Circle Jerks-golden shower of hits
Battles-mirrored
Faith no more-king for a day fool for a lifetime
Mahavishnu Orchestra-birds of fire
Michael Jackson-thriller
Palace Brothers-days in the wake
Neil young-harvest
O brother where art thou-soundtrack
Jonathan Edwards-s/t
Outkast-the love below
Rick bartow-all of the above
Thundercat-golden age of apocalypse
Fugazi-13 songs
Maps n atlases-you, me and the mountain

Tour diary 10/30

Posted October 30, 2012 - 8:05 pm

I think from an early age, my wanderlust was deeply instilled into my psyche by my parents. Not only by their stories of experiences and travels, which to me sounded awe inspiring, but by the music, books and artwork they filled the house with. These things put into motion the forward trajectory my life would take on. When I was quite young I discovered Jack Kerouac in my parents bookshelf, I was curious and under recommendation from either my mother or father, I honestly can’t remember which, I read The Dharma Bums. Let me rephrase that, I inhaled The Dharma Bums and then opened to the first page and started all over again. This book had such a profound and lasting effect on me, that its value in my life is incalculable. The story of a wanderer, searching and finding everything, from nothing, to intense somethings. It sent me deep into the woods around my house, with a pack and an introspective mind. It was also quite sad at times, and that was something I needed to relate to. Hopelessness is something most of us experience on some level, certain individuals more so than others, and this book helped me to understand, or at least know these emotions on a deeper level. The same thing with music, hearing my father listening to jazz alone in our garage, hearing the way Charlie Parker’s notes bobbed and weaved through the rafters and out into the night, fighting to be free and fly towards the stars. The way John Mclaughlin’s guitar twisted and shrieked as if an animal bound by chains in a dark dungeon fighting to run the mountain sides. Or on a long drive to upstate New York, my mother playing “Brokedown Palace” and those words sticking with me to this very day… “Mama, mama many worlds I’ve known, since I first left home”. Or the elusive nature of my mothers paintings, as if abstract glimpses into a world only she ever visited. I remember sitting for what seemed like hours and looking at a painting she referred to as a triple self portrait and trying to understand how her mind worked. As an adult who shares an amazing amount of the same traits as my mother, I now understand, I only wish she were still around so I was able to share it with her as an adult, rather than as a child. All of these things added to my desire for experience and an unwillingness to sit still for too long. Many share this desire and it can be quite alienating if you allow it to be. I am fortunate enough to have an amazingly supportive and understanding wife who shares this and has moved all across the country with me, plus supports me while I leave home for a month of tour. She helps to ground me, in a way well needed while on the road. Just like Kerouac in The Dharma Bums, when he spends a month or so sleeping on his mothers back porch, we all need time to be grounded. This past weekend we spent in Portland, was a great taste of that. While living there, my wife Heather and I met and created a friendship with the Quale family, which I am quite sure will last forever. Eric, Apol and their children Conrad and Eloise were so gracious as to allow us a home for 3 nights. It was the recharge I needed to make this last leg of the tour. The only tough part about it was the intensity with which I was already missing my wife multiplied a billion times, but only a few more days left. Tour is an interesting universe, reading Will Oldham’s new book he hit it somewhat right when he said, “you’re not going to these places; the tour is its own destination. You go on tour and that’s like going some place, and the other stuff, that does not equate to what other people think when they say, ‘Oh you’ve been here, here and here?’ No, not really. I haven’t really been to those places. Every once in awhile, yes, if you get two or three days or its been a specifically unique and powerful experience, but for the most part I haven’t been to the places I’ve toured.” The shows in Oregon were great, let it be known that Zig Zag truly knows how to party and we will definitely be back! Plus, getting to play at Duff’s Garage after so many years was really a blast.

Album log 10/24-10/27

Posted - 4:24 pm

Here ya go… Diary entry coming shortly, but in the meantime what we’ve been listening to.
Brian Jonestown Massacre-take it from the man
Aziz Ansari-dangerously delicious
Warren G-regulate…g funk era
Cursive-the ugly organ
Gil Scott Heron-the revolution will not be televised
Absu-abzu
Joey Lawrence-s/t
Fatback-briefly a zombie
Getz/Gilberto-s/t
Pissed Jeans-shallow
Midlake-the trials of van occupanther
Doo Rag-chunked and muddled
JFA-we know you suck
Darkness-one way ticket to hell…and back
Bob Dylan-blood on the tracks
Beach Fossils-s/t
Bongzilla-gateway
Maps & atlases-beware and be grateful
Joni Mitchell-court and spark
tUnE-yArDs-W H O K I L L
Johnny Cash-live from Folsom prison
Natureboy RD-beats from the ground up
Flight of the concords-s/t
The Band-greatest hits
Cake-prolonging the magic
Dr Long Ghost-the peasants life
Iron Maiden-powerslave
Ancestors-mirrors
Slabdragger-regress
Rodgrigo y Gabriela-11:11
F.K.U.-metal moshing mad
Skinny Puppy-too dark park

10/21 – 10/23 – Johnny Utah says

Posted October 28, 2012 - 9:21 pm

Hey everyone.  I  thought i’d take a stab at this Tour Diary action if you don’t mind.  Don’t worry we’ll return you to your regularly scheduled Montag musings shortly.
Where to begin?  it’s been a wild couple of weeks full of great friends, great music, lots of staring out of van windows, funny smelling hotel rooms, laughter, great food, surfing, sunshine and truck stops.
i guess i’ll pick up where Montag left off at the Cinema Bar in Culver City, CA on Sunday 10/21.

After that extremely productive day rollerblading on Venice Beach we headed a little ways down the road to the Cinema Bar to load in for a show set up by our friend Adam Marsland.  Like a few shows on this run, this was set up on a Sun nite, by a friend, to help us fill up a day we couldn’t get filled for whatever reason.  Funny enough Adam had just gotten back from a show i set up for him in Easton, PA at Porters, doing basically the same thing. Go figure!

So we split the nite at the Cinema Bar (an awesome little spot on Sepulveda Blvd) with the Adam Marsland Chaos Band (his amazing band of many, many years). We played a real tight set to an enthusiastic crowd. Here’s some video Teresa, bass player in AMCB, took.

Wizard of the Shore

Adam’s set was great. They focused heavily on a lot of material from his “Hello Cleveland” album.  An album i actually play on.   I ended up on that album  b/c  i was playing on an east coast tour with Adam’s band when he decided to write a bunch of songs in about 2 days and then record them in 1 day.   8 1/2 hours to be exact.   Lots of hysterical songs about america, the music business, life, stinkbugs, Hasil Adkins, polka legends and life as a traveling musician.

Their set was really entertaining to me because i’ve never seen this music performed with the exception of the day we recorded it. i think the band was having more fun watching my reactions to the songs, than i was watching them.

I also had the chance to sit and talk with Adam after the set .   We got around to figuring out that we had both been working quite a bit from home the last year or 2.   IE no extensive traveling or touring.  He had just gotten back from a 2 week run and i was in the middle of a 4 week run.  Both of us coming to the conclusion that as hard as it can be sometimes, being on the road is instrumental to finding balance in this crazy life.   The missing link.   It’s quite easy to create a very insular world to live in.  You decide what you do, where you go,  when to go, etc etc.   We get into routines and habits.   I guess we all do this to varying degrees.  But when you go out on tour, all of that goes out the window.   You control nothing.  You have no choice but to relinquish all control and let the universe take you down the highway, in the hopes you’ll make it back a better person, in one piece, with lots of good music spread to as many folks as possible.    Sounds like a good journey to me.

10/19-10/22

Posted October 23, 2012 - 6:40 pm

Rolling up to Monterey, the clouds accumulating, in and out of consciousness I could feel the change. Northern California, although not really, kind of. The Golden State Theatre is one seriously cool joint, and the people who recently took it over are on a quick track to having the legacy of the theatre solidified for future generations. They started having smaller shows right in the lobby of the theatre, which is a beautiful space in its own right, complete with balcony and huge chandelier.

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We opened for a great progressive instro band called Strawberry Girls. Next up, back to LA where we tore it up at Dipiazza’s which is a fabulous rock club in Long Beach. We crashed at Nature Boy’s crib, who is a great musician, sound engineer, producer and melodica enthusiast. His house doubles as a recording studio called Fork n Spoon. When we left Nature Boy, it was morning and he was on the front porch in his bathrobe, beer in hand and a huge smile on his face which could surely have been put there by one thing and one thing only, and Barnacle curiously had that same smile goin’ on. We then headed over and snagged an interview with Nature Boy’s bandmate and old friend of Johnny Utah’s, Josh Fischel, to talk about various things, including his project Josh Fischel and the Fiction, and one of the greatest Bigfoot stories I have ever heard.

If you would have told me at the beginning of this tour that I would be rollerblading down Venice Beach and absolutely loving it, I probably would have laughed and replied with some sort of dismissive statement. Well, that is precisely what happened, and we captured some of the most magical footage I have ever seen. Who would have known that Seaweed was so unabashedly flamboyant and smooth, once he strapped on some fruit boots. Here’s a little teaser…

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Back north! This time we go to blaze into San Francisco and straight to our first guitar player and great friend, Michael “Clamhead Retard” Davidson. Another great interview, some sick Middle Eastern food and the over to what has been my personal favorite show of the tour so far. Not only was the Rock Loft full of awesome paintings by Jesse Mosher, 3 of which he did while we were playing, we got to do a set with Clamhead and I saw a dude slow dancing with what appeared to be a two foot tobacco smoking device. After we played Jesse gifted to me paintings of Santo and Johnny! What a great and raucous night!
One thing I have heard more on this tour more than ever before in my 20 years of being a musician is the overwhelming sentiment of “don’t stop doing what you are doing” from so many people. Just about every night some one tells me this. Is the universe telling me something? Are we really onto something here? Kind of feels like it.

As promised I continue to bring to you the list of our varied taste in tunes…

Dick Dale-KEXP session
Slacktone-Live
The Blue Moonies-s/t
Cheers Elephant-Like wind blows fire
Peter Tosh-live: one love peace concert
YOB-atma
Beach Boys-pet sounds
Chromeo-fancy footwork
Yacht-I believe you, your magic is real
Doors-LA woman
Soma session-Live at hot springs?
Joao Erbotta
Mitch Hedberg-do you believe in gosh?
David Cross-bigger & blackerer

10/16-10/18

Posted October 20, 2012 - 5:22 pm

Lying in the tub at Mystic Hot Springs, and looking out toward the mountains, was a perfect way to decompress after the madness of Vegas and a high speed chase to Salt Lake. Along the way we exploded a rogue chair which had flown off someone’s pick up truck, I am surprised this didn’t incite a fit of vomiting from a very hungover Warchild, but he held it in. Mystic Hot Springs is one seriously magical place, and the footage we obtained there is breathtaking. Our performance was captured on some cameras which were used on the Price is Right, and all the folks up there in Monroe Utah are stellar. I slept outside and woke up freezing, wandered up the hill once more and drained my mind of everything inside. We hit the road shortly thereafter, and we were all a little quieter on the way out of the mountains. I can’t say what was on everyone else’s mind, but mine was wandering to a far off place and it was quite peaceful. Next stop, LA! What a way get out of that state of mind, ’nuff said. Our day off in Encinitas was fantastic and we were able to go surfing in the morning with Utah’s friend, Big Tuna! What a great dude. It was Utah, Warchild and Barnacle’s first time on surfboards and I am certain there will be some purchases made in the near future. Warchild and I performed Moonlight Beach, my ode to my wife and the place we were married, on Moonlight Beach itself. Look for the audio in the near future. We stopped in Ventura and interviewed Dick Dale’s bass player Sam Bolle, who is a great talent and a welcoming and friendly person. Check him out at www.sambolle.com

Livin’ it-Montag

“El Bravo” LIVE @ Mystic Hot Springs

Here’s what we’ve been listening to…

Roy Wood-Boulders
Melvins-senile animal
White Mystery-s/t
Wayne Hancock-thunderstorms and neon signs
Brimstone Howl-we came in peace
Iron and Wine-the creek drank the cradle
Grateful Dead-American beauty
Sasquatch and the Sickabillies-burnin’ miles of sin
White stripes-s/t
Concrete Rivals-eat there weight in snakes
Television-marquee moon
Bad Religion-empire strikes first
Bob Marley and the Wailers-catch a fire
Butthole Surfers-independent worm saloon
Grand Funk Railroad-collectors series
“Hour of Power” toto-Africa on repeat for an hour
Van Halen-live 1983
Nobunny-first blood
Velvet Underground and Nico
Zombi-escape velocity
Bad plus-suspicious activity
The Spades-learnin the hard way
Return to Forever-no mystery
Thee oh sees-help
Agent Orange-instro’s
Frank Zappa-overnite sensation
Sublime-s/t
Beastie Boys-ill communication

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Tour time 10/13-10/15

Posted October 16, 2012 - 4:22 pm

We left Austin with happy heads and guts full of breakfast tacos. As we started to roll along west, this is the point where the landscape starts to take a serious change. Lush plant life gives way to sturdy growth and rugged ground. If we were eating salads up until now we’ve been eating spring mix full of butter leaf and spinach, and now we’re munching down on shaved Brussels sprouts and radicchio. It’s an amazing thing to see the mountains and plateaus start lift from the earth in shades of reds and browns, especially if you’ve never seen it in person, so seeing Barnacle Ben’s wide eyed amazement is great. We stopped off and stood on the edge of the painted desert, which truly looks like standing on Mars.

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After crashing in New Mexico we hightailed it to Las Vegas to play the legendary Double Down Saloon, which was as great as I had hoped. We all did a heaping shot of “ass juice”, which if you ever happen to be at the Double Down go by and do one yourself. Somehow Barnacle turned our 50 bucks into 500 in a streak of Irish luck! My friend Narwhal Nina decided to hop in the van with us in Vegas and hitch a ride up to Salt Lake City for some more GWC. The people at Gracie’s rule, and a huge thanks to them for havin us out! Things are starting to get strange and now we’re headed to Mystic Hot Springs to rejuvenate and we can’t wait. Oh yeah, we had some long drives so here’s the list of albums for the last few days.

ALBUM LOG:

Todd Rundgren-Something Anything
Ween-Live at Stubbs
Tripping Daisy-s/t
Spunk Tank-s/t
Creedence Clearwater Revival-Chronicle
Gama Bomb-Tales from the grave in space
OBN3′s- the one and only
Ghoul-transmission zero
Behold the Monolith-defender, redeemist
Goatleaf-color scene
Black Lips-Arabia mountain
Flat Duo Jets-s/t
The spaceshits-misbehavin’
Man or astroman?-project infinity
Southern Culture on the Skids-dirt track date
Bass Drum of Death-gb city
Mariachi el Bronx-1
Willie Nelson-greatest hits
Atmosphere-Lucy ford sessions
Roots-the tipping point
Man is the Bastard-Mancruel
Greg Giraldo-good day to cross a river
Steely Dan-Aja
Beach boys-party
Death-for the whole world to see
Amplified Heat-on the hunt
Jesus Lizard-goat
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis-s/t
Dr Octogon-Dr Octogonycologyst
Ry cooder & Manuel Galban-mambo sinuendo
ACDC-high voltage
Slim Whitman-greatest hits
Schpongle-live
Dwarves-blood, guts and pussy
Tenacious D-s/t

Tour diary 10/11-10-12

Posted October 13, 2012 - 3:43 pm

As we fly down the highway listening to Mojo Nixon sing “This land is your land”, it raises some interesting feelings and aspirations. If you want it, and you know how to balance a complete disregard, and a thorough respect, for the rules, it’s all fucking there for you to take it. Mojo is one of those special individuals who can incite naive and hopeful thoughts like that. But really, how naive are they. Here we are blazing through the country and playing music we love to people who appreciate what we are doing. Sure, we’re downtrodden and broke quite often, but making our own rules. “You can shoot my body full o’ holes but you can’t kill the spirit of rock n’ roll!” Speaking of rock n’ roll, we visited Sun Records in Memphis yesterday. Standing in a room where so much history happened was way cooler than visiting the White House when I was in 8th grade. Jerry Lee Lewis happens to hold the recording I regard as my favorite of all time, “whole lotta shaking goin on”, and I stood in the room where it was recorded. The P&H Cafe was great and we gained some awesome and enthusiastic fans. The special brand of rock n roll you find in Memphis and Austin is one that speaks to a deep and animalistic part of my soul. Bands like Oblivians, Butthole Surfers, Tav Falco, Daniel Johnston, Roky Erikson, Jay Reatard, the list goes on and on, they’ve all made me want to perform with the same type of guiltless and unapologetic wild energy. Our show at Beerland in Austin was super fun and we got to share the bill with a bunch of great bands, Rare Birds ripped out a Blue Cheer cover!, Sixty Minute Men were some great high energy r&r “This song’s called Hard On Times it’s about having a boner”, and Amplified Heat which are three brothers with more amps than I have seen in quite some time, they were loud and killed it! Our friend Dave was amazing and let us crash at his house and showed us around town. I will be returning to Austin, no doubt with and without playing music. Here’s a picture of Seaweed to tide you over…

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Flyin- Montag the Magnificent

ALBUM LOG:

BR549-Live at Roberts
Compulsive Gamblers-Crystal Gazing Luck Amazing
Huey Lewis and the News-Sports
Husker Du-Metal Circus
Elvis Presley-s/t
Sir Lord Baltimore-Kingdom Come
King Salami and the Cumberland 3-14 Blazing Bangers
Louis Katz-If These Balls Could Talk
Yesterday’s Children-s/t
Toxic Holocaust-Hell on Earth
Reverend Horton Heat-Smoke em if You Got em
The Byrds-Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Josh White-Careless Love
Traveling Wilburys-Vol 1
Holy Smokes-Talk to your kids about gangs
Minor Threat-Discography
Mojo Nixon-Elvis is Everywhere
13th Floor Elevators-Out of Order Live @ The Avalon Ballroom
Michael McDonald-A Very Special Christmas

Bethlehem to Hurricane Mills, TN

Posted October 11, 2012 - 3:41 am

Well, folks it is 1:30 in the morning Tennessee time and I am sitting in our hotel room in Hurricane Mills, which is across the street from Loretta Lynn’s Kitchen where I look forward to eating breakfast in the morning.  Now that you know where I am, let me tell you how I got here.  Tuesday we left our comfortable homes and our loving families, to start this journey across the country.  After a long and somewhat hectic drive we arrived in Charleston, West Virginia to the Empty Glass, a historic bar with live music 7 nights a week and what I was told has been a functioning bar since 1790.  Pretty amazing in this day and age.  This was also a frequent spot where the godfather of psychobilly Hasil Adkins himself, would regularly stomp, scream, savagely tear apart his guitar, and I’m quite sure more than once passed out in the alley.  This fact was not lost on me is I snarled out “I was a teenage werewolf”, since Lux Interior and The Cramps may never have been who they were if not for Hasil.  This place was full of characters, not surprisingly.  Including a very complimentary man who told Warchild he was beautiful and kissed his hand.  Oddly enough we drove out of town and ended up staying in Hurricane, West Virginia.  This morning we dived into Biscuit World, and while that sounds delightful…  I’ll just leave it at that.  We headed towards Nashville, with a short stop at the Mammoth Caves, and a jaunt through the woods to loosen our bones.  We wandered down Broadway in Nashville and stopped off at the amazing Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop, before playing our set at The National Underground.  Utah was able to reconnect and hang with an old friend and fellow drum teacher, Tim Zimmerman, who is a stand up guy and I can only assume a fantastic musician.  I think we will find out shortly, look out for his Kickstarter soon, he will be raising money for a new record with a fantastic producer behind it.  Now we are here and I am winding down with a cold beer and a sniff of scotch.

Something else I will be doing here is posting all the albums we listen to, in order,  in the van.  Some wild and some embarrassing, but all amazing.  So here we go…

ALBUM LOG:

Dirty Projectors-Swing Lo Magellan
Anthrax-Among the Living
Prince-Rainbow Children
NOFX-White Trash, Two Heebs, and a Bean
Flipper-Sex Bomb Baby
Dinosaur Jr-Green Mind
Damien Marley-Halfway Tree
Old and In the Way-That High Lonesome Sound
Witchcraft-Legend
Bonnie Prince Billy-The Letting Go
Slayer-Reign In Blood
Left Lane Cruiser-Bring Yo Ass to the Table
Ween-White Pepper
Bob Dylan-Planet Waves
Neil Young-Tonight’s the Night
John Alexander’s Sterling Jubilee Singers-Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb
Hank III-Lovesick, Broke and Driftin’
Everly Brothers-Golden Hits
Faith No More-The Real Thing
Fall of Troy-Manipulator

And here is a guy from West Virginia talking about Hasil Adkins and Jessco White…

YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!

Posted September 20, 2012 - 10:10 am

I’m not sure how to appropriately show the amount of gratitude we feel to all of you who have supported us, whether it be personally backing our Kickstarter project or passing along the information to others, or simply listening to our music!  What started out as, and what seemed like, a pretty crazy idea to tour the whole country, put out a vinyl record, and bring a camera along to make a documentary, is now a reality.  I know it still sounds a little crazy.  But we are doing it, and it is so exciting!  Thanks to so many generous people, last night we jumped up over our goal for the Kickstarter campaign, so I can finally exhale!  We were pushed up over that goal by one seriously cool dude, who did tattoos all day and then donated the proceeds in the name of surf rock.  Mr. Eric S. Quale, my great friend, old band mate, tattoo artist and all around awesome person; and of course I can’t forget that his wife Apol and kids Conrad Danger and Eloise Sweetpea had something to do with it as well.  It is wild to think that so many people want to see us succeed as artists.  Speaking of that community, this past weekend we had the honor of taking part in a benefit, put together by Johnny Utah himself, for our close friend and fellow musician Bill Melcher and his medical bills.  To see so many people supporting each other this past few weeks has truly made me happy and has helped to put a little more faith in the ideas of community and friendship.  From the bottom of mine, and all of our hearts, a deep and humble THANK YOU!  Continue to take care of each other and I’m pretty sure we will survive.

See you along the road somewhere-Montag the Magnificent

8 Gnarly Hours

Posted - 8:39 am

As you may all know by now, we have a new album coming out sometime in October while we’re on tour, and available by November for everyone back home. What you may not know is what all went in to that album. Some bands tell tales of million dollar budgets or months spent on one song. Some bands have a story about how the kick drum sound took weeks to get dialed in. Well, us White Caps have a very different story. This is a brief story about an equally brief experience… the recording of our upcoming LP “Screech Beach.”

It all started late at night on a Tuesday. We roll up to End of The Road studios in Kempton, PA which is literally the end of the road. In fact, if you listen closely you can hear two banjos in the distance, getting closer…. closer…. ok, I’m lying a little bit. But really, this is in the middle of nowhere. This turned out to be greatly in our favor. What happened the next day, after having set up and tuned the night before, was absolutely magic. We started our recording session around noon, after a few fresh pots and a trip to the local general store (and some Pet Cemetery, Fred Gwynne quotes). We then PLOWED through each song, with only a few takes needed per song. We recorded everything absolutely 100% live in a huge barn, on a stage, set up just like we do at our shows (15 inputs for you audio nerds out there). By roughly 6:00pm we had tracked 13 songs without vocals. After a short break, Montag and Utah moved on to capturing those voices of theirs and eventually Warchild and I stepped in to assist with the final touches.

By 8:00pm, we had recorded our new album.

-Seaweed

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