Los Angeles

We decided to drive straight to LA after Oakland, driving through the night to avoid LA traffic. Pretty good idea in theory but not that great in practice. I tried to sleep but it didn’t work out too well. We arrived in LA some time around 6 AM. The guys went to some beach and I crashed in the van for a bit. Woke up as they got back in and drove to some diner. The morning is hazy because of how tired I was but after eating we went to an observatory that overlooks all of LA. Again, I crashed in the van but woke up while we were still there and walked to the spot that overlooks the entire city. It was really cool to look at. The city expands as far as you can see, but the only reason you can’t see the whole city is because of all of the smog. Pretty gross.

We went adventuring a bit more after that and then made our way over to Tochtli Fest. The fest was put together by a collective of folks in LA and took place over three days. I met Julio, a member of the collective, last summer when we played in LA and he invited us to play. The fest was mostly for folk punk, and we were the only electric bands I saw today. Idaho Green fit in pretty well, but I think we were really out of place and people didn’t quite know what to make of us. But a few people said they enjoyed it and we had a big crowd. And most importantly Joel and I had fun playing and I guess that’s all that really matters.

After the show we met up with my homie Nico, one of our tour mates from last summer when we toured with his band XTRAMEDIUM.

Got some In N Out again. Cool chillin’. Going to Phoenix tomorrow.

Been listening to a whole lot of

~Heat Shy (Anthony from Run,Forever) http://heatshy.bandcamp.com/

~City Cop (Ashtabula Skramz) http://citycop.bandcamp.com

~Whirr (Formerly Whirl, pretty much perfect shoegaze) http://whirrband.bandcamp.com/

~Ramshackle Glory (Pat The Bunny) http://ramshackleglory.bandcamp.com/

~Handguns (pop punk for everyone) http://handguns.bandcamp.com/

~Xtramedium (France!) http://adventureadventurenc.bandcamp.com/album/split-cd-with-xtramedium-fr

~Our Lady (my favorite new acquaintances) http://ourlady.bandcamp.com/

~The Hotel Year (pop punk that makes you wanna fall in love not fall in line) http://thehotelyear.bandcamp.com/

~Speaker For the Dead (Greg is my secret man-crush) http://speakerforthedead.bandcamp.com/

Listen to these bands, purchase their albums, see them when they come to WV or anywhere else you might be.

Bad Hex/XtramediumSplit

Date Listened: 7/10/14

Genre: Emo/Pop Punk

Thoughts: Bad Hex’s side is more direct than last year's Cave Crawler; only one of the three songs is longer than any track on the 2013 album. The final track, “July 10th, 2012,” has some cool riffs stuffed into it. Xtramedium contributes three furious pop punk tracks about the Nice DIY scene and slaughterhouses. Xtramedium’s side sounds clear, while Bad Hex’s side is rougher, and the vocals are loaded with reverb. 6/10

Favorite Tracks: "BYOB,“"July 10th, 2012”

The house I grew up in has been torn down
I’m more willing to talk out things when they’re done
Is that my problem?”