The rock band, The Nearly Deads, is currently out on “The Survival Tour” with special guests, It Lives, It Breathes. While they are on this tour, their lead singer, TJ, will be writing a blog for us. You can check out her first entry, after the break.
We are just finishing up our first week of The Survival Tour with It Lives, It Breathes! I am having so much fun hanging out with my dudes again, and I’m so happy we are finally back on the road! There’s nothing better than playing music and singing every night. I also love meeting fans and making new friends every day. The guys in It Lives, It Breathes are seriously cool, super nice, legit people, and they put on an AMAZING show! The first night we played with them in Steger, IL, I was blown away – they were flying all over the stage and climbing on amps, and they have the most magical merch/hype-man ever, Mike. We’re gonna be BFFs by the end of this tour! I’m already giving the guys hair-teasing tips.
Before meeting up with them, we played an awesome show in Butler, WI at Cream City SkatePark. I love playing at skateparks, because they always remind me of old school DIY punk shows. There wasn’t even a stage! But those shows are always the best! We played with a bunch of high-school kids in a band called Life In A Tree who were absolutely the most talented bunch of 15 year olds I’d ever seen. They have a bright future, and they were stoked to play with us. I love that I can be an inspiration to other younger girls who want to front their own bands.
After those shows we got to spend the day in Chicago doing an interview for the legendary JBTV! It was such an honor to stand in the same studio that has seen so many great artists like Garbage, The Smashing Pumpkins, My Chemical Romance, Cursive, and Andrew W.K. just to name a few! Jerry is an awesome dude, and it’s easy to see why he’s been on the air longer than anyone else. After our interview, we had deep-dish at Lou Manati’s and then headed up to the 96th floor of the John Hancock building! What an amazing view!
After that we headed to Muskegon, MI AKA Ske-Town! For a Tuesday, that town seriously tore it up! We performed one of our tightest shows, and we had a blast interacting with the good people of Port City Tavern. We even had some super-fans come out (which made MY night) and they sang along to “Fact and Friction” and “The Perfect Cure”. It’s always surreal to play a town we’ve never been to and have people show up who are so passionate. It’s why we do what we do!
After Michigan, we were Pennsylvania bound – but Snowpocalypse 2014 really shattered those plans! The Ohio Turnpike was shut down, so we had to drive 15 mph on back roads for hours and hours just to get nowhere fast. The roads were completely iced over, it was a pretty stressful drive, and FREEZING cold! We slept in our van at a Pilot Travel center. We love staying at truck stops because they have food, showers, and clean bathrooms. When you’re on tour, you never know where you might be sleeping, so especially as a girl, it’s nice to have a place I know I can spread out and do my hair and makeup.
Then last night, we played in Dillsburg, AKA Chillsburg Pennsylvania! We played at The Krux with some amazing local bands, and once again, It Lives It Breathes were literally swinging from the rafters! We can’t wait to go back!
Every single person we’ve met on this tour so far has been super-nice. We are blown away by the support and love we’ve been shown. I’m seriously the luckiest girl in the world – I get to play music with my best friends every night! Stay tuned for more tour updates!