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A Stage Dive to Home

So I know I haven’t posted in a while.. we have been so busy and we had a day off at home. Anyway, last week we played the note in Westchester, Pennsylvania. As soon as we show up our manager Doug surprises us with a LOT of mcdoubles and mcchickens. Here is a picture even after we ate a few.

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That wasn’t the only thing we ate.. the bar fed us too. :)

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The only other thing I can say about that show is James fell off the stage.. and yes there is video.. he hits the ground and says “I lost my shoe!” The front monitor nearly landed on top of him.. I’m not going to post the video yet because it will be going in the next video blog.. out of being so busy i havent gotten a chance to go over the hours and hours of video I have to edit.. but I promise it will be out in the next week so stay tuned for that!

So over the weekend we played the Smiling Goat Saloon in Zanesville, OH. We got pizza and beer and played an hour cover set. A regular SYC set.. and James and I ended the night with about two hours of acoustic. It was an awesome time as always.

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The next day we all dispersed to our seperate homes. Took showers, ate food, spent time with friends and family.. that night we played a festival called Hogjam. It was nice to see some home town crowd.
Here is James playing paint can drums with Kingston playing guitar.
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And here is some food I ate. :)

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The next day we had off so we had a good bit of r and r.. and that very next morning we left at 6am to play Johnson City, Tennessee.

Here’s some good ol scenery from Tennessee.

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The venue was called Capones.. It was obvious the people there were strictly there just to rock out. There were seats where the crowd was but they were quickly moved for standing room. We had such a blast and met so many cool people.. I can’t wait to play there again.
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Here we are now at The Georgia 120 Tavern in Atlanta. Tonight should rock. :) I’ll keep you posted! Until next blog!

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The big very crowded but enjoyable apple.

So we’ve been in New York for a couple of days. I didn’t really do a good job at taking a whole lot of pictures though.. we were in Maryland last time I left off. We got to hang out with our friend Drew Barerras and we met a lot of cool people.

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The next day we played Webster Hall in New York City. First time I’ve ever been to the big apple.. it was crowded but awesome. We got to hang with our manager Doug again.

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The day after we played Ollie’s in Amityville. I really wanted to check out the horror house but we didn’t have time.. the show was great though. Definitely not what I expected.. the crowd was incredible.

Now its Friday and we play the Note in Westchester Pennsylvania. Now excuse me while I dig into some Popeye’s chicken. :) Until next Blog!

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Walking champ, eggs, and Zelda.

So yesterday we left Wallys to head to our manager Doug Weber’s house. We hung out, talked about some things. He bought us some amazing pizza. Sadly I failed at taking a picture of the pizza.. but I assure you it was incredible. Anyway, here’s a picture of Doug.

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That’s his dog, Champ. He barks. The dog.. not Doug.

We left there to head to one of Chases friends house and we crashed. We woke up to breakfast. I had toast, eggs, and a donut. :)

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We’re here at Recher Theater in Baltimore now. We’re about to set up our gear. The only other eventful thing that has happened is that I got retweeted by the Legend of Zelda. Here is a picture.

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Until next blog!

From Bleachers to the Beach

So last night we played Bleachers in Bristol, Connecticut. We played cornhole, ate pizza, ate chicken wraps, played Mario Kart and met some really cool people.

Here are some photos.

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Today we are at Hampton Beach in New Hampshire. We saw the ocean.. buried me in the sand.. and ate some awesome food here at Wallys. Everyone got New England clam chowder and grilled cheese. I got a Burger.. haha

Here are some more pictures. :)

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Until next blog!

Food, Mario, and Jack Sparrow

So last night (7/20) we played the Rock Junction in Coventry, Rhode Island. Evans Blue’s sound guy Frank got us lunch which was AMAZING.. here’s what I had..

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Its called the Inferno Burger. It was delicious.

There were four opening bands so during our down time we played some Mario Kart on Matt’s laptop. We have PS3 controllers that control the N64 emulater via Bluetooth. Yes Matt is a genious. I’m still a champion though. I was Yoshi. :)

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This was a pretty special show because Evans Blue’s Merch guy Josh had to leave for vacation the next morning.. we actually just dropped him off personally. Anyway Josh looks straight up like captain Jack Sparrow.. so we decided to change our intro to the Lonely Island song “The tale of Captain Jack Sparrow” in honor of him.

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After the show we stayed at a hotel and got some much needed rest… and MUCH needed showers..

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So we’re on our way to Bleachers in Bristol, Connecticut.. and I see this in the sky..

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If someone wants to shed some light on wtf this is please leave your comment below. Until next blog!

SYC visits Walmart

So we pull into The Rock junction in Coventry Rhode Island. Conveniently there is a Walmart right across the road where we could pick up energy drinks and whatever else bands need to survive. Toward the end of our visit at Walmart we see on Facebook that Matt had updated his status..

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Thing is we didn’t leave. So I responded with this photo with the caption “Still here.” and I tagged Matt in it.

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We walked outside and the van was nowhere to be found.. so Matt assumed we just left him. We called James and he said he was still inside, we assumed he was in the van. Apparently James wanted to mess with us so he moved it to the back of Walmart. He had the intention on Justin, our camera guy, getting video of us going to security and watching the security footage of him hopping in and pulling around back to mess with us.. but we ended up finding the van. Just an average visit to Walmart with State Your Cause.

Poughkeepsie, New York

So last night we played at The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie New York. Aside from Evans blue we played with this amazing band by the name of Flat Five. The video is a little sketchy but the guitarists are both playing behind their backs and having a great time. These guys are very cool and I hope to play with them again sometime.

Video: Crazy night at the bar

After the show at Frankie’s in Toledo, some of us go to the bar and you’ll never guess what happens…

Back in Ohio – Frankie’s packed and rocking

Before we hit the road yesterday, I got to chat with my girl and my son via TANGO. Nice app. It was really good to hear Kingston saying, “Daddy!” and being so excited to see my face. My biggest fear was that because he is 2, and because I won’t see him for another 6 weeks that he would forget me. We made faces at each other, said our I love you’s. The guys packed up and we departed to Wal Mart to pick up some supplies to fix our trailer lights, which seem to be haunted and very moody. It’s kind of like having a computer that you’ve built, you hit the power button, and it drains your pool. It definitely has Matt pretty pissed off. We have it going now, and had a chance to change the oil in the van before taking off.

Back to the Buckeye State…

…and what a welcome home it was. More than 200 rock fans slammed into a room that’s rated for 195 on a heated night made for a sweaty show. Adding to that fact, the venue’s stage was the size of a postage stamp. Every movement meant you were hitting the guy next to you. Most bands would complain, but down and dirty, intimate shows are our favorite, and Toledo rose to the occasion.

Frankie’s is a tiny club, but it doesn’t lack in creating a terrific atmosphere for a great show, and just like every night on this tour, the staff treated the artists wonderfully. Just a heads up, if you’re ever in Toledo, be sure to treat yourself to some Vito’s pizza. Bands on the road eat a shitload of pizza, so we know when it’s good, trust me. Vito’s.

Every show holds a special place for all of us. I’m sure I am going to say this alot because each night, the fans are relentless. The small club made this show different. Everyone was on top of each other. I couldn’t help but sweat on the people in the front row, and though I’m sure it was gross, those few folks seemed to understand our plight, and rocked out even harder. I will continue to give so many props to the crowds sticking it out to be a part of this tour. It’s been a hot ass start to the summer, and no one is phased once the show starts. I am on an 8-show streak of saying “I feel like Ace Ventura inside the robot rhino. WARM.” Being that it was so hot and those who paid good money for a rock show are sticking it out, it pushes all of us to suck it up and give it all we’ve got. Everybody in the band looked like they had taken a shower when we got off stage. I think part of the reason I think Vito’s was so good is because it still tasted alright when it came back up after the show…

…that might be a bit of an overshare, but that’s how hard we’re going after it. I blame the crowd for being so awesome. The energy has been nuts, and we feed off of it. Thank you for making me want to go so hard I puked.

Evans Blue killed it yet again, and proved that big bands dominate, regardless of the size of the stage. Seeing them in a small club setting was inspiring. They’ve really reached out to us and made us feel like family. I’ve apologized to them so many times for repeatedly thanking them for the opporunity that they’ve given us. When Framing Hanley invited us out with them, I knew we were lucky to play before such great guys, and their incredible fans. Like Framing Hanley before us, EB is showing us the ropes, and doing so with such hospitality and love, that I feel I know where our first big brother band (FH) got it from. SYC is so lucky to be able to have their first two tours with such great people. To those of you that have supported us for the past three years while we built this thing, thank you. Without you, these bands would have never have known who we were, thus robbing of us of the great fortune we’ve continued to have.

We spent last night in a Wal Mart parking lot. We were rudely awakened by the morning sun, which turned the van into a sauna at 8 am. We immediately took off to Jackson, MI to hook up with Ron Rook at his Shirt Shack to print up new t-shirts. We’ve been at it all day and are taken back at how rad they’re turning out to be. This couldn’t come at a better time. With shows in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio coming up, we know there are some of you out there ready for some new swag.

I’ve got another day off tomorrow, so I won’t be checking in until after our show Wednesday night. Let’s see how Ann Arbor likes some Buckeyes. Looking so forward to getting back to work. A day not playing seems wrong. Catch you all soon.

Rolling through Grand Rapids – The barbershop is open.

There are some serious fans of rock in Grand Rapids, MI. The temperature has seemed to continue to rise without relief during the first part of this run, and sure enough, a few hundred people waited in line to see The Graveyard of Empires tour in their city in 100-degree heat. That is dedication, and if you were at the show, we’re truly grateful that you gave us your time while anticipating Evans Blue’s performance.

What a night it was. We arrived at the venue to find that our boys in 7th Cycle had their transmission go out on them as they pulled into the city. Once they got to the venue, we were directed to our dressing rooms. I might never get to say this again, so I am going to put it out there. Be jealous, our dressing room had its own Fountain Pop station (sponsored by Pepsi, thanks y’all, even though Coke is better). Needless to say, we took the stage with Mountain Dew induced highs, as opposed to the normal beer buzz.

Prior to the show, our photographer (and my cousin) Justin and I finally broke in the cornhole boards. I took three straight games on his ass (that’s right son) before retiring into the AC to escape the heat. The Intersection is a wonderful venue, with a stellar and helpful staff to match. It’s confusing to me that all of us touring acts bitch about not getting to take showers. The venue was equipped with a shower that went unused. Most likely due to it being the early part of the tour, or we’re just lazy and enjoyed our fountain pop too damn much.

I was also given the privilege of giving Dustin of 7th Cycle a sick mohawk (for which his wife will likely castrate me for once the tour runs through Columbus, OH). Shortly after, the opening band No Resolve (who had one HELL of a vocalist) played “Boys of Summer,” robbing us of our favorite cover. I rushed the stage and started beating each member repeatedly while Deepan peed on their drum kit…

…okay, that didn’t happen, but we did give them “good game” slaps on the ass, and jokingly told them we hated them for making us adjust our set. Well worth it though, they were great dudes, and terrific musicians.

We took stage and were greeted with another INCREDIBLE Michigan audience. The screams were loud and the participation was passionate. The “Woah, woah” section of our tune Digital Complexion was definitely moving. Being Buckeyes, we are so glad you all can put down our football differences and show some love, and for that I will say this – Ohio better bring it, because our home state is at risk of being owned by the Michigan crowds. Let’s see what you got Toledo, we’re in the house, show us what you’ve got…

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