“Well. It’s about the idea of unrequited love, and this feeling that if someone loves you that will make you a better person. And that’s a really fucked up idea. But I think it’s something a lot of people get themselves into believing. This idea that you need someone’s love and attention to feel worthy. And a lot of the album was written about that.”
5 old VW camper vans. 4 bands. 3 thousand miles. 2 weeks. 1 gloriously backwards tour. The adventure starts after a fire-fuelled final night at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, where the bands (Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bear’s Den) pile into their rides and head northeast. They play everywhere from bars to barns, rooms to rooftops, packing out tiny venues and wowing crowds with their unique sounds. But heavy rainstorms, multiple breakdowns, and cramped conditions remind them that to push through sometimes you need to pull together. Featuring Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett and narrated by Gill Landry this documentary is about a modern tour, done the old fashioned way.
sometimes the universe is incredibly sweet and allows two people who are madly in love, to take two lives and make them into one. and sometimes, it takes the system hundreds of years, but they finally decide that even if you’re both women, they will allow it. on this particular day, that was enough. my heart is forever humbly and joyfully indebted to you, my love. 9|5|2015.
Photos by Em Martin, St. Louis