In this Crazy Tour Stories segment, the alternative rock band, Crooked Coast, shares one of their stories from being on the road. You can check out the story, after the break.
Touring as an independent band can be rough (although it seems like a lifetime ago that anyone could actually tour at all.) Last year we were playing a Brooklyn show on an east coast run. The Philadelphia show the night before had been a total bust.
New York was different though. We have fans there so we were excited to play for a packed house. As the opening bands are playing our merch guy Rafe approaches me and is like, “I think Johnny Stevens (Highly Suspect singer/guitarist) is coming to the show tonight.” I call bullshit but he proceeds to show me an IG messenger conversation where Rafe is explaining to Johnny that we are a band from the Cape on tour and in the city. Johnny is like, “Cool. I’ll check it out.”
Highly Suspect are the hometown heroes on Cape Cod. They went from grinding it out on the local bar circuit to world touring, playing Coachella, Lollapalooza, and receiving Grammy nominations. Honestly I didn’t think the dude was going to show up though.
As we got to the last few songs of a killer set I looked out and sure enough there was Johnny Stevens (hard to miss with all the face tats) and their other guitar player Matt. After the show we said what’s up but didn’t want to come across as too starstruck so we kept it moving packing up our gear. They kicked as the club emptied out and then were like, “So you guys wanna go to another bar?” We definitely did.
We would up drinking in the courtyard of a little bar in Brookly till around 4 am. We talked about life on the Cape, touring, writing music, and everything in between. It was a hell of a night.
Hanging out with someone from your hometown who’s “made it” is some inspiring shit. The dream we’re all chasing can seem so far away, then one day it isn’t.