We had another round of van problems in yesterday, moments after leaving the loving arms of our friends in Greensboro NC. One tow truck, our last shred of sanity and a few sun-baked hours later in the middle of nowhere (yet I somehow still managed to walk down the highway and come back with some Red Foxx party records, a Thin Lizzy 8track and a pair of antlers) the result was a guy hacking off our (5 day old) catalytic converter, welding a straight random pipe in its place and telling us "if you run straight for it you MIGHT make it another 1000 miles on this." We were only a few hours from Va Beach but it was rolling the dice either way (wherever it died, we would be leaving it for good and having to get all our shit home) so we took a vote on playing/not playing the rest of the shows and ended up driving all the way back from VA to TO (not recommended), belching smoke, and it did indeed die right in my driveway in Toronto.
It's not even about good or bad luck, we're just some dummies who bought the wrong van. It is possessed by playful, malevolent goblins. You fix one thing, something else falls apart. We're scrapping it or giving it to a homeless guy. So our apologies about having to miss Va Beach, DC, Brooklyn and Kingston. We have to reassess our west coast plans, or any out of town shows, until we have a line on another vehicle that isn't an epic gaylord. I am pulling for a 1987 Chevy Suburban myself.
Thanks to everyone that came out to this tour. Every night was killer. Thanks to Converge for bringing us out and Trap Them for being amazing and looking out for us. Van shit aside, it was probably the best tour we've done yet, and we got to see all our fave people and bands, and friends new and old everywhere we went. Like I said, stay tuned about west coast and other plans, as it stands we got no wheels. But the Chicago and LA shows with All Pigs Must Die in a few weeks are still on. I'll post all that momentarily, as well as more info on our Coliseum split LP, the upcoming Fight Amp split, and more news. And big ups to Nate Newton. You're a trooper, hope you're back in action and feeling better, brother.
PS. Listen to Kim Phuc.