Ionia is currently on a headlining tour with Saint Diablo called the “Wintour 2013”. While they are out on this tour, they will be writing an exclusive Road Blog for us. You can read their third update after the break.
You tweet this, you Instagram that, you like this, you unlike that, this is how we passively interact with one another on a regular basis. We type in abbreviation, we speak in shortened syllables and barley pay any attention to what we read, watch, or consume. Welcome to the new world, where we show language very little respect and our time is not spent on anything that does not entertain. The thing about touring is you are face to face with each other in ways that almost feels vintage. Your band mates, your audience, everyone comes together and for a brief time you can see glimpses of how it must have been before cellphones, before the Internet, before our best friends were tiny screens we held in our hands. When we play shows we strive to be completely in the moment. We are there together, everyone in that room is no longer a page measured by likes or digital popularity. But just there together experiencing something. As humans must have before we put up so many walls. Before we became too scared to tell one another how we feel, you can often forget that there must have been a time when people laughed, cried, came, and fell in love and had there hearts torn to pieces not in front of a monitor, but face to face with another human being. The reason for this digression is simple. No matter how anybody in that venue is seen by the digital world we live in, a jock, a nerd, a trouble maker, a basket case. While the band plays and if they mean it and are able to draw us in, and lift our eyes from our hands it will not matter. We will be one. Not a label or a brand, but alive. My gratitude to the asphalt, Ionia.