In this Tour Tips segment, the dream pop band, Incan Abraham, give you their tips for being on tour. You can check out the feature, after the break.
1. Bring chains. One winter night on tour, we nearly got the van stuck in a mountain pass outside of Seattle. It took over an hour to get the chains on the rear tires, and I couldn’t feel my hands by the end of it. 16-wheelers were charging by us in the dark, and we were all freaking out on the side of the highway. Not fun.
2. Know your rights. We’ve encountered plenty of law enforcement on the road, and they’re almost always out to manipulate or coerce you. The “immigration” checkpoints in the Southwest are particularly egregious and totally unconstitutional. We’ve never had more than our time or money wasted, fortunately, but we’ve known bands through the years that have dealt with far worse.
3. Watch your moves. After a show in the mountain town of Pendleton, Oregon, we crawled through a handful of bars, and ultimately found ourselves at an underground dance party. Along with another band from the tour, we were hanging from the low-lying rafters and dancing in a risque manner. The owner of the establishment was offended and kicked us out. Good times.
4. Drink water at high altitudes. Upon arriving to the “Mile-High City” of Denver, Colorado, we were all experiencing the worst headaches of our respective lives, and it took a lot of liquids and pressurized oxygen to get us back in fighting form. Recreational marijuana doesn’t hurt either.
5. Never underestimate parking. There’s nothing more frustrating than driving 8 hours from one city to the next and then having to spend one more looking for a spot. Whether you’ve got an early soundcheck or you’ve been driving all night, be prepared mentally and logistically to spend time securing parking. Otherwise, you run the risk of being deeply, deeply disappointed.
(Photo credit: Chris Gibson)