The pop/punk band, Rivers Monroe, is currently on the holy grail of summer tours, the Vans Warped Tour. While they’re on the tour, they will be doing an exclusive blog for us. You can check out the second entry, with photos, after the break.
It finally caught up to us. After weeks of no sleep, meeting fans, partying like rock-stars and putting on daily shows we finally have to pay for our good time. Three of the five of us are completely wiped out, running fevers over 100 and are hacking up a lung. We just kept telling ourselves “We aren’t sick! We aren’t tired!” so we would believe it and get through one more day. But, now we have no voice left and a couple days off so we decided it’s okay to be sick.
Let it be known that we collectively blame Kirby.
Still though, if you ask us if it was worth it you’ll get nothing but a resounding “hell yea!” It seems like a small price to pay for the blast we had over the past month. So many new friends (and now family). So many hilarious times that put us on the ground just thinking about them… like that time we showered in a Walmart parking lot sprinkler system and Doc was eaten by fire ants (Doc: Hey! That wasn’t funny!!) and the time Mike punched a bear in the face (Oh, wait that was Nicolas Cage in The Wicker Man). Still, you get the point.
The Vans Warped Tour community has been amazing. Perhaps this was most evident at our community service day in Gettysburg, where all the bands, their crews, Kevin Lyman and the WT staff, and reps from Journeys worked together to clear out overgrown land and plant trees for soldiers that would otherwise be long forgotten. You might think from Mike’s haircut that he can be prissy, but give that man a garden hoe and he will dominate out in the field. It was a really great experience to work with and interact with other musicians in a totally different capacity. Also, Doc was eaten by fire ants there for a second time… so, that was really funny.
We closed out the tour with another string of great shows and an appearance at the APMAs in full space suit gear. After party was off the hizzle, and what happens at the after party, stays at the after party. So you’ll get nothing from us about about how Kirby went feral and returned to the woods or how Mat started break-dancing on the bar in a space helmet. We mean it! Nothing! Lips sealed!
But thank you to all our fans old and new for following us and for the tremendous support we have received along the way. You are all family and we could not have done it without you. Next up on our docket: Get better, record concepts for our NEXT album and prepare for back to school when we hit up the college circuit starting at the end of August! Special guests to be announced!
Note: The oddness of this blog is brought to you by DayQuil… making sick people Robotrip since the mid-90s.