Sunday, May 4, 2008

Destination Death Or Better Days

Modern Life Is War was doing their final tour and it was decided that a road trip was in order. I remember seeing them in Winnipeg back when they just released their demo 7" and it seemed like a good idea to send them off. Always a great live band. Time to venture into Babylon yet again. This is a beautiful site.
This, not so much.
The roads were terrible and we missed all of Holding On and a few tracks from MLIW in MPLS...SHUT YOUR MOUTH!
When the show was done it was time to get the fuck up outta dodge and grab some food from Luce. Just so you know, Will loves pizza and is a serious bro.
There's Billy behind the big ol vegan rustler! Another serious bro. This trip was pretty amazing for meeting new people and it was just getting started. Not pictured is Vegan Eric who also took part in this delicious pizza and gave us a place to stay for a couple nights, always appreciated.
It might be a little hard to see due to the pick being set by some random dude...but there is two young gentlemen going into the washroom together (this happened after a small discussion between the two just outside the door)
A message from Kt.
Delivered via expressmail.
It was officially time to leave Luce after that and get back to Eric's for some post blizzard driving/show/eats sleep.
The next day began right back at the Triple Rock for breakfast.
By chance we ran into Scott, Billy, Will and Kt. Coincidences are nice. A morning onion read by Jars.
Hardbro morning pic. Will and Nate reunited.
A different version of the hardbro morning pic. Long distance drive bros.
Best friends, Dani and Kt, together at last!
I wish I knew what to say in regards to this, washroom stickers are always good for a LOLz.
This is the kind of magic you find in the land of excess. That red bull is a double if you can't tell that Monster can is approx 1 liter. It truly was heavy metal or maybe even heavy mental.
After a good breakfast it was onwards to Iowa...a place that everyone loves, right? Well the drive was pretty uneventful but some pretty dope jams were played and oddly enough Slipknot came on just as we crossed the state line. You never really know what to expect when you go to Marshalltown, it was my first time. When we turned off the highway one direction had a "pavement ends" sign and the other direction also had no sign of life. We kept on and found the Moose Lodge that show was happening at. I never thought I would see the real deal allover print show up at the show...streetwear eat your heart out. Pepsi had that shit on lock ages ago, since we both know that piece was not made in the last 10 years...maybe even 20.
Slipknot is alive and well in Iowa.
It was time for friends I hadn't seen in a long time to start showing up! Nate is in Jeff's shadow today!
Tyler, the ladie's man.
Bert, just playin it cool.
Dennis, always classic. Anybody smoke weed here?
Fuck all your vans slip ons. Farbro keepin it real.
During the Luce post show meal in MPLS, we were lucky enough to hear an email that Billy got regarding an angry parent in regards to his band...Silverstein. They played in Calgary and showed peta videos that were apparently graphic and the singer wears girls jeans. They were accused of converting her child into a *gasp* vegetarian and he started wearing girl jeans to be like the singer. It was a pretty amazing email to say the very least. Oddly enough...we found some "converts" waiting in line at the last MLIW show. Billy...will your unholy crusade ever end?
The punk patches can't hide what's really goin on here man.
After waiting for approx 2 hours...our tix finally arrived thanks to always "reliable" Angel. We were finally inside. Who better to run into than Jason? Exactly. Ask him about a certain contest that happened in the Triple Rock parking lot...
Some people have crazy demands...
And some people don't listen to them.
It's gonna be a sad time when we all have to part ways. Will bestowed many LOLz and Billy brought it by giving me delicious treats not once, but TWICE! Will miss both of you dudes.
Time for some action. Actually got to see Holding On play this show. My pics turned out terrible but I thought I would at least show the dudes a little love.
Not now chief, I'm in the fuckin zone.
This is the aftermath of about 1/4 of the first MLIW song.
Lots of people jumped in and took care of the broken stage.
You can't stop Billy, he's gettin it done.
After a little delay and the move onto a tiny stage and a little security courtesy of courage crew...the show went on.
This is the kinda thing that makes me realize why I still love hardcore and am willing to jump in a car and drive hours and hours just to have some fun. There is nothing else I have found that makes me feel this way. The people, the vibe, everything just seems so right. It's always a shame to see it come to an end and go back to the grind of "real life". The people that I spent this night with made it what it was and it won't soon be forgotten. I'm glad everyone got back to where they had to go safely. Word to Karl, you didn't get a pic but it was great to see you two nights in a row. The drive back to MPLS was nothing but being tired and wanting to sleep. It finally happened. A quick sleep and then a nice little breakfast, once again at the Trock. They stepped the french toast game up, fully backed.
Not pictured, home fries w/ vegan nacho cheese sauce. I could eat those for every meal. Joe has a plan to be an overweight male stripper. It's pretty elaborate, ask him about it when you see him next. Toilet's plugged and cigarettes smoked. The pose is undeniable.
A nice way to spend a weekend. Good people met and and old friends seen. Get out there and live while you still can. Get outta the shade.


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