Here is an update on what each of us has been down with or up to:
Davey Latter (drums, percussion): Well first off, I sure miss my boys!! What I've been up to. I'm super excited about my new rehearsal space. Been goin' in there a lot. Any free time, some woodshedding. Also, I've been giving tons and tons of surf lessons, tryin' to pay some bills and rent. Also, I've been hired to go to Lollapalloza to work for Dhani Harrison's band "The New#2." I've been asked to tech for The Cult, but it runs into Everest tour and recording. That's ok, would obviously rather play. Just a good way to make some dough, in between. Drummin, surfin, teachin. My summertime.
Thursday morning, it's 7:45am and my alarm is banging out a rumba that seems to be a part of last night's dream about kittens and 1970's horror films. The sun is asking to enter and the crows and Blue Jays are reminding me that a new morning has come , and Bonnaroo is on the horizon. I get out of bed and walk to the bathroom, take a swig of water and look in the mirror and think,
"Today is going to be a long one and a good one."
It's been a while since we've posted anything so I wanted to pop in and say hi. Hi.
Up next we're going to play Bonnaroo in Tennessee June 12th. We've been hearing about this fest for a long time (look at that picture above??!!), and we haven't played in Tennessee yet so we're itchin' to get there. Fun stuff. Also, in early July we're going to play the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA and then spend an afternoon in Big Sur on July 4th with some genius friends (Parson Red Heads, Port O'Brien, Mother Hips). Then, we're going to do a big free all-ages show at the beautiful Hammer Museum in LA on July 9th. It's going to be a special summer night for sure. In late August/ early September it looks like we'll be headed up the West Coast to play Bumbershoot in Seattle, one of the best festivals in one of the best towns. We'll also add a few more shows here and there while we're working on the record, so stop in and visit our tour page on this site, or on our mytwitfacebookspace pages. Also.......
Greetings indeed... from lovely Kelowna, BC. If you ever have a chance to get out this way, I highly recommend it. Yesterday our trusty bus driver Wayne guided us through one of the most beautiful drives we'd ever seen. We passed through Banff National Park, Glacier National Park (different from Montana's Glacier National Park), and then drove along the Okanagan Lake in awe of the crystaline blue/emerald waters. One great view after another. We even saw a black bear at the side of the highway sniffin' through the grass. It was almost like Yellowstone and Yosemite wrapped into one alpine winter day, with a brilliant spring sun showing that summer is knocking. Amazing. Aside from some colds being passed around the bus, we're really having an amazing time hanging with each other. A lot of laughter, for sure. The shows have been amazing and we couldn't be luckier to get to see so much of Canada with Young Neil. The country has been amazing to us and the people have been super sweet. We've been changing the setlist up slightly every night, finding pockets of energy for ourselves and the people we're sharing with.
We arrived in St. John's Newfoundland on the 5th of April. The Island is the 16th largest is in the world, originally a part of Africa. Reportedly, the bay of islands was discovered by the infamous Captain Cook in 1462.
It's a beautiful place, full of character and good souls. We played two nights and had a great time with it. I recommend taking a trip here in the summertime. The best seafood you'll ever taste. Great people, beautiful history and culture. Our next journey was to Halifax, Nova Scotia. We jumped on a plane the size of a town car (pictured above) and had a bumpy ride to Gander, where we transfered to a slightly larger plane that took us the rest of the way to Halifax. We caught a couple taxis to our hotel and settled in for a bit before going down to the Shoe Shop for dinner. You can't walk a square mile there without bumping into a local and having great conversation. The show was one of the best for us, we really enjoyed the vibe at the Metro 1. The crowd even sang "Happy Birthday" to sweet Eli Thomson. Thanks Halifax! See you next time!
Moving, a reason to do something, impetus. Our band has several reasons to do what we do, but none are stronger than the pull of the music itself, however, the adventure stands next to nothing. We ventured the coast of the Pacific Northwest, took some swings at 70 mile an hour fast balls, skated a half pipe, Visited our Two Sheds in Sacto, snapped into a Slim Jim, thought deeply about cubing the sun, hung out with Richard Swift(his new record melted our hearts),
made up several versions of songs we'll never use, met a boy named Seth, Drank milk, ate Purple donuts, drank Stumptown coffee, watched a river flow through a dining room, danced with hippies, slept for a few hours, pondered the life of Blake, committed sums of hours to Aldous Huxley, read surf magazines, watched America's craziest home videos, played with Day of Lions in Eugene, OR, Saw Mt. Shasta, Took a picture, sold some vinyl, met good people.
ahhhh....life on the road. More soon.
World Cafe Broadcast Notification:
A note for your calendar... The World Cafe will be broadcasting the EVEREST session on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009.
National Public Radio's World Cafe with host David Dye can be heard on nearly 200 stations nationwide. You can find your local station by scrolling to the bottom & choosing your state under "Find a Program Broadcast Time" at the following link:
…or worldwide you can listen online to the WXPN/Philadelphia stream Monday through Friday, 2pm to 4pm Eastern Standard Time by going to:
Late in the day of broadcast, the audio will be available on the National Public Radio website:
You can check out a gallery of Zoran Orlic photos from the session (taped at WXPN in Philadelphia on Davey's birthday) on our photo page or on MySpace.
Our talented friend Anthony Crawford (pictured above working out harmonies backstage with Russell) from Neil Young's band directed a video for our song Reloader. He did an amazing job of capturing our daily routine on the tour of setting up backstage to work on songs, doing group sing-dance-a-longs in the hockey showers, getting to soundcheck in big fun echo-y rooms, and playing to some of the best audiences we can imagine. We've posted that video and a few others on the fine "cinema" page, so go have a looksee. We should be announcing more tour dates soon, and we hope you'll come out and support us. More in a bit.
It's been an amazing year with memories burned into our brains that we will cherish... thanks to everyone who has supported us and made the adventure great. Sorry we haven't been able to write more about the tour yet, but we'll try to do a big wrap-up summary of the whole shebang soon....
Above is a photo of us by Zoran Orlic at soundcheck at the legendary Philadelphia Spectrum, one of the last shows to be held in that historic building! We'll add more photos from Zoran, tour manager Fred Sablan, and our friend Malia James over the next few weeks (as well as some new videos), so don't be a stranger.
Last night, we wrapped up our first tour of Canada and it was a blast. We got to play for some of the best crowds we've ever shared an evening with, and hope to get back very soon. Last summer when we were swimming in a pool in LA with Hayden and the guys from Cuff The Duke after a short tour together... it felt like we'd met some friends that we'd know our whole lives. Now we're half a year and a few thousand frozen miles away from that day, but this run of shows has definitely confirmed that bond. It was great to see Corey, Wayne, Dale and Hayden along the road on the this trip. It made it special. If you don't know their music already, please check them out. Last night, for our 2nd show at the Air Canada Center in lovely Toronto, we were joined on stage by Hayden, John & Pat (from Wilco & Autumn Defense), and Anthony Crawford (from Neil's band). It was a special moment to have such warm voices and smiles up there with us. Anthony has been a true friend to our band. He's been working on a tour video that we'll share with you soon. Promise. Wilco was up next and soldiered on through a Glen-less set (he'd been previously booked in NYC with the Kronos Quartet).