The pop punk band, Firestarter, is currently out on their U.S. winter headline tour, called the “Firestarter & Friends Do America Tour” with Trophy Wives, Nominee and Such A Mess. During this tour, they will be doing an exclusive blog for our site. You can check out the first blog, with photos, after the break.
So it’s February 16th, 2015, day 4 of tour and we are in the van on our way to Richmond, VA. We started this run in Poughkeepsie, NY with Trophy Wives at My Place Pizza and couldn’t have asked for a better kick-off or a better group of guys to share the next week’s worth of shows with. Although touring when it’s below 30 degrees out isn’t ideal, we always make the best of it and despite the weather, kids came out and the locals set up a great night. Both us and Trophy Wives had a blast playing our sets then it was off to drink beer and hang out before Long Island the next day.
Next morning we woke up to news of a “blizzard” that might be hitting the area during the night, but prepared for the day regardless. With how meteorologists have been lately with predicting storms, we didn’t know what to expect, but hoped for the best. As we were approaching the bridge to cross over to Long Island, we received the always unwelcome email from the promoter stating the venue wouldn’t be opening because of the snow and the show would no longer be happening. As much of a bummer it was, we understood the risk of having the show with the snow coming down and getting us and everyone at the show home safely. With that said, we moved onto Baltimore, MD, had Sheetz (Sheetz is bae), and crashed for the night with Caitlin from Feed The Scene.
The temperature in Baltimore on Sunday was close to 0 and below zero with the windchill and it was rough. We stayed inside as long as we could before heading over to the Trash Mansion, an awesome house show venue in the Baltimore area. Loaded in as fast as we could and tried to stay warm before playing. The show was super welcoming and everyone in the basement had a smile on their face, enjoying the bands playing and drinking their beer or alcoholic beverage of choice. Trophy Wives ripped it as always and even resulted in a noise complaint call to Baltimore’s finest. Shortly thereafter, we set up with fingers crossed that the boys in blue would not be back to shut down yet another show of ours. We’ve honestly had a bad habit of having the cops come through during our sets to shut down shows…oops. Lucky for us, the past did not repeat itself and we were able to finish a very fun set. Couldn’t have asked for a better night.
As I had mentioned, we are in the van on our way to Richmond, VA driving into yet another snowstorm (Oh boy). We do get Cook Out for the first time on this tour today and that’s all that matters.