Guest Post: Deathwalk Weekend Roadshow Tour Diary Pt 3 by Mitch Laing
So, my previous post about The Heritage and Mailbomber playing at the Downtown Art Crawl stirred up a pretty lively discussion and I was glad to see both opinions on the way things went. Tonight, however, I’m posting a new tour diary from Mitch of The Heritage which showcases his side of the story and in my opinion, this shows exactly how bad we need another venue in this town for musicians to showcase their art in a much less threatening environment. Feel free to state your opinion below and I thank you greatly for reading.
Place: The Monroe art Crawl
With: Paralycircus & Mailbomber
So here is a chance for the musicians that participated in that show to talk about what led up to that performance. Contrary to popular belief, we did not just show up and start playing, nor did we tell anyone that we were acoustic acts. We were asked by people associated with the Art Crawl to come and play. When we were asked, the first question we asked was “Are you sure? Do y’all know what y’all are asking?” My suspicion is that everyone had a different opinion of what “heavy” was. I personally, was asked to do an acoustic show for Mrs. Emily in the upstairs art gallery, which I gladly did. Mrs. Emily is a dear sweet lady, to whom I have nothing but respect for. To the heavy bands playing, there was no sense of rebellion. None of us were on a mission to “bring down the man”. We were just excited about playing another show. We were all confused on how this happened, but we were jazzed to play. Playing outside is always tough, especially with the sound. Do I think we could have turned down, yes, but there was no sound guy or communication about how much was too much. We only realized we were causing a disturbance when a heckler began verbally attacking us and cursing at us and to the crowd. I believe that art is art. Whether it be pouring your heart and soul out into a canvas, or screaming your written words at the top of your lungs over abrasively crafted guitar riffs, you are still an artist. What happened, happened. The best thing to do is move on with our lives. Learn from these experiences. We are all poor starving artists trying to claim our own stake in the world. Let’s not fight each other. Nothing but alienation comes from that, and that destroys a community.
With: Paralycircus & Mailbomber
Brotherhood was the best way to describe the atmosphere at Tsunami Friday night. The two bands playing with us, were the same two bands that played the Art Crawl with us. A numbered of people had been saying some pretty funny stuff about us on the lovely social site known as Facebook. We had all been deemed “The Bad Guys”. There at Tsunami, we were free to be ourselves fully. We took advantage of that. All three of the bands spent our time drinking and making merry. The bottom line was we were celebrating. After all the nasty comments about us, we were all happy. An entire group of people who had no idea who we were two days ago, not only knew us, but were talking about us. Whether it be good or bad, those people will never forget us now, and that is satisfying. I say talk bad about us as long as you want. The still love you for your part. The crowd at Tsunami came ready to see and hear what was about to happen when all the bands took the stage. News from the Art Crawl seemed to pull different kinds of people in. All the bands played magnificently. The crowd was intense and ready to participate. The sound was one of the better sounds we have had on previous dates on the weekend road show. The best part was the air conditioning. We had been playing outside gigs and festivals for the past couple of weeks, and it felt great to be in an air conditioned venue. Tsunami was very fair and paid all the bands right. It was professionally done, and Donnie is always nice to work with.