Happy Monday y'all! We are currently at home and off of tour for a short bit before we return to the road for June and the summer dates. Sometimes I try to write about relatable topics, sometimes I try to keep it funny and tell stories of shenanigans from the road, and sometimes I try to write about something that may be of some use to someone going through a tough time. I think I'll just combine all that today and I know just the fitting story. It was our early days of touring, I believe the year was 2011 and we were fresh off our getting stranded in WV days and had finally found a guy, who we are still great friends with to this day, to start booking for us and to help clean up the mess that we had all collectively made. We were a brand new band on the scene so we were trying to get out and play any show we could to gain exposure and we definitely found a way for that. It was in Kansas. We were coming from Michigan, however, and our next show was also in Michigan. We had Michigan, Kansas, Michigan.... that's not very good routing, but we stuck it out and made the trek regardless. It had been raining the entire 14 hour drive and we finally arrived at the venue and were trying to get ourselves dried off and cleaned up, as well as, get loaded in and set up for show time. It was what we like to call a Humdinger of a show. There were probably 7 bands in the bill, no room to store gear, so it was quite the fiasco in itself just to be able to play the show. It came time to hit the stage and we noticed that Eric has been missing for the past 45 minutes and we just got set up on stage and ready to play so that sort of causes an issue when you don't have your singer. Right as we were about to head out the back door to go find him and give him the slightest and most polite cussin, he comes walking through the stage entry door with his head down, soaking wet, and barefooted...... comes up to me and says "hey man, uuuuuuhhhhh.... can I wear your shoes? I can only find one of mine." After I had a modest chuckle at his appearance I complied and said: "sure, if you can fit in them then knock yourself out." I gave him my shoes because I'm such a gentleman(right?) and took my shirt off to start the set and threw him my shirt so he could dry off a little bit and then we threw down and played a pretty good set for the people and it was well received. After the set we kissed hands, shook babies, and then had to go put the suburban back together because it had been absolutely ransacked by Boat as he was scrambling to find his shoe, which was never found and we think it fell out as we were getting gas. We had to leave relatively quick, though, because we had a 16 hour drive all the way back to Michigan. When we get to the venue and get settled in we are browsing Facebook and promoting shows and this article popped up and it was a review of the show in Kansas. It started off in a totally different note than it ended though, so it had us scratching our heads. It started off saying that we were very stand off-ish to the people there, and we kind of came off egotistical at first etc. then he dipped down into our story and the events that had taken place and ended up giving us a fantastic show review and concluded by saying that you can't judge a book by its cover, and his first impression of us was totally off after he had talked to us and heard about the long drives and chaos that had been going on, and that we were not the egotistical band at all in fact, we were just dog tired. At this time we had a very small following on social media. When this article came out it started to catch wild fire and became a pretty large article and ended up helping us gain over 500 new fans and like on Facebook. That was huge for us and definitely a blessing! Gritting our teeth and powering through the long drives ended up paying off for us big time! Through 14 hours of pouring rain, losing shoes, and pure chaos of how those couple days went, there was a guy who recognized what we had just done and put out an article that paid off for us and helped us gain tons of exposure for a brand new band. Sometimes when you grit your teeth and go forward full steam it ends up working out for you in the long run. Not always, but for the times when it does happen, it makes it all worthwhile. Now that the moral of the story is out of the way let's all just take a second to laugh at Boat for losing his shoe and having to wear mine!