So the IT AIN’T DEAD YET 2009 tour has come to a close. From the bands to the promoters, from the people giving us crash pads to the awesome fans that came out to the shows, everyone is back to their collective daily grind. It was truly an amazing couple of weeks. I think it is safe to say all of us in the bands involved have brought back a lot with us… new thoughts, ideas, and affirmations. I don’t think any of us are quite the same person we were as when we hit the road 18 days ago. Like any “trip”, we have returned from it with new experiences, knowledge, and wisdom. Our eyes are open a little bit wider.
To try and summarize everything that unfolded during this tour would be entirely too time consuming. So many ups and downs, moments made of awesome and epic win, moments of near disaster and fail. A cyclone of every conceivable human emotion. Even the weather changes we experienced while on the road were of every type of extreme, from the freak but devastating blizzard in Madison, to the debilitating fog on the way to Salem, from the blinding rainstorms in the Mountains of West Virginia, to the scorching hot sun in Atlanta that gave half of my body and neck mild sunburn while driving. It’s as if we experienced an entire years worth of seasonal shifts all condensed into a fleeting two week period. There is simply too much we could write about. Attempting to do so would transform this blog entry into a small novel, with every show, every city, deserving its own chapter in the story of our lives.
To try and properly thank everyone who helped us along our journey or helped shape the experience would also be a daunting task. But I will try my best. If I accidentally leave anyone deserving of gratitude off this list or misspell some names, I apologize. Please know that we are all extremely grateful for everything everyone bestowed upon us during this tour, and that we met quite a few new people, so forgive me if my brain is not all there right now.
We would like to express a metric fuck ton of thanks to:
Matt of Caustic for taking on the mind boggling task of being manager of this three ring circus sideshow of freaks. You conducted the chaos like a true maestro and made the magic happen man. Infinite thanks to you good sir. Also thanks for being gentle in bed as it was my first time, and for drinking all the band beer every night, preventing me from getting a DUI or wrecking my car.
Brian and Katja of The Gothsicles for letting us use your badass projector and screen, your DI box, and for assisting with our visuals and stage theatrics. And also for being awesome night after night and forcing us try to keep up with your level 99 energy levels even when we felt exhausted as shit. Maxed power is maxed out.
Kat, aka DJ Pleasure Kitten in Detroit for being so god damn awesome and letting us crash and trash your lovely house for two full days and nights. The time we all spent hanging with you and your roommates was definitely some of the most fun we had the entire tour. Your hospitality is very appreciated.
Dave and the entire Xuberx crew for letting us crash at their massive house and for showing us around DC for two days. The Museum of Crime & Punishment was most rad, as was getting to eat at Sunflower.
Peter Lee from Force of Nature for getting in the face of Frank the Douchebag in Salem and helping us get paid, as well as for letting us crash at your place. Your wife’s breakfast foods was a lifesaver.
JDavid and Andy Deane for letting us get some much needed rest and showers at both your houses in Virginia. Also for taking us to that breakfast joint and picking up the tab! I love me some vegetarian friendly tex mex style breakfast.
Will, aka DJ Dyztort and the rest of the QXT’s crew for bringing us out once again and being true professionals. The Jersey show was next level. Also for the bottles of Perrier!
Jim, Gary, and the rest of the Distortion Productions crew in Pittsburgh. The show was good times all around. Also thanks to the crew for the food catering and for helping with the gear loading/unloading.
Chris in Columbus for the hospitality. Your personal zoo of mutant and exotic animals was very rad.
Nathan in Atlanta for buying us all Sushi and getting me to try some new foods that I normally would avoid. It was delicious.
Matt, Randolph, and the rest of the Kinetic Noise crew in the Windy City for having us yet again and showing us the love. Chicago is starting to feel like our home away from, and we are actually giving serious thought to moving there in the near future. As always, you guys rock.
Kelly and her roommates in Atlanta for letting us sleep in your fancy, artistic, Clockwork Orange style house. The Medical room made me realize I had a fetish for things I never realized. Also for taking us to that crazy strip club after the show where we could witness 60 year old strippers crush cans of PBR with their tits. That was a supreme ending to the tour for us.
To all of the Promoters who threw caution to the wind to book our crazy asses.
To all of the Sound Guys we encountered who all did superb jobs… with the exception of the Richie Hawtin looking dude in Philly who knew less about sound engineering than any of us, as well as the the most unprepared unprofessional tool we have ever had the displeasure of working with. Other than him, each and every Sound Engineer we encountered was like a gift from the gods. I apologize for not remembering all of your names, but we will definitely remember all of your faces and the great work you did for us.
To the opening bands Defcon, Split Horizon, My Parasites, Xuberx, and The Dark Clan. All of you rocked it proper and it was a pleasure to share the stage with you guys and gals.
Last but most certainly not least, many, many thanks to everyone who felt like showing up. We know we can’t please everyone, and that some of our performances were better than others. But in every city we visited, no matter how big or small the crowd, we made plenty of new friends and fans by the end of the evening. So many of you had such nice things to say. So many of you showed your support in so many ways, from buying our CD’s and Merch, to giving us gifts and toys, to just hanging out afterward and taking a picture with us. We deeply appreciate all of it. This tour was entitled IT AIN’T DEAD YET not only as a spoof of the similar Skinny Puppy title, but because we indeed wanted to prove to the scene, as well as to ourselves, that the essence of Industrial is indeed not yet dead. Each and every one of you that come out to these shows are living proof of this. It is the audience that shapes the scene, and you were all one hell of an audience. We couldn’t ask for more. We have returned home, through all the ups and downs, ultimately inspired and eager to start working on our next album. As always, thank you for listening.
Nikki has been going through and organizing some of the many pictures and videos all of you have been linking to us. Please keep them coming! Here are a few galleries for your viewing pleasure thus far:
IADY2009 Gallery 1 – pics by Nikki
IADY2009 QXT’s Gallery 1 – pics by Zein
IADY2009 QXT’s Gallery 2 – pics by Mike
IADY2009 Charlottesville Gallery 1 – pics by Chad VanPelt