It’s been too long, and I apologize. We’ve been busy. Hope everyone had a wonderful summer. I figured it was about time to let you all know what’s been happening with us over the lately, and what’s coming up in the future.
CBC Festival was a blast! We were put up in a swanky hotel where we had posh rooms and free meals. It was more than we’ve ever experienced before, and we felt like we had finally made it. Usually our hotel experiences involve finding the cheapest place in the city on Hotwire. I won’t get into any gory details, but let’s just say we’ve seen our share of bedbugs. And crackheads. So to have our own rooms in these luxurious suites was a welcome change. The festival itself was pretty awesome as well, probably the most professional production we’ve ever been a part of. You can see some videos here.
We spent most of June touring through Ontario, and had some fantastic shows. The CBC Searchlight contest gave us so much publicity that some people actually knew who we were! We even had sold out shows in places we’ve never played before. I couldn’t help thinking “Who are you people and what the heck are you doing here?” But again, a welcome change.
We had more van troubles. Andrew Ross deserves a medal just for keeping us on the road. We left the island in June, and soon we were noticing a funny smell, and what seemed to be a little more smoke than usual coming out of the exhaust. Andrew checked it out when we arrived in Quebec, and realized that there was probably a turbo blown on the engine. I don’t know what that is. Fortunately for us, Andrew knew how to keep the ol girl on the road long enough to get back to Newfoundland. Unfortunately for us, when driving at slow speeds or going up hills, we were now spewing smoke. It goes without saying that we didn’t want to be spewing blue smoke everywhere. So we realized as long as we kept the van at highway speeds, the smoke seemed to subside. Which made for some pretty wild stops at highway gas stations, with us trying to keep the thing up to speed until we got close to the gas pumps. Sorry mom. We did it for the environment. We got pulled over twice when driving through Ontario, and soon realized that we were better driving under the cover of darkness. So we did mostly night driving until the thing was fixed.
We spent Canada Day driving from Ontario into Nova Scotia to get the Sydney ferry crossing that night. Pretty much steady driving across Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. When I say we spent all day driving I mean this- we left in the night after a Hamilton gig, and drove about 20 hours straight to get back to Sydney. We were a little disappointed we didn’t have a gig for Canada, but we did get to spend the day seeing a lot of this great big beautiful country of ours. We were hoping to see some Canada Day celebrations, but the schedule just didn’t allow it. Though as the ferry floated out into the ocean, we went out onto the deck and saw fireworks in the distant Sydney skyline. That was alright too.
We have been spending our time lately finalizing all the things necessary for a fall album release. That’s right, you heard it here first. No more delays. We’ve got mixes, we’ve got artwork, this thing is going full steam ahead now and it’ll be in your hands long before Christmas. I don’t know if anyone remembers when we played at the Arts and Culture in Corner Brook a year or two ago. That night, we pointed microphones at the audience and got the crowd to sing along on certain songs. We finally have those mixes back now, and I’ll be the first to say it: You all sound fantastic. It’s a really special part of the album, and it filled me with a lot of Corner Brook pride to have so many voices in there singing along. We can’t wait for you all to hear it.