Thursday, June 16, 2011

An update to the saga. The issue of the wheel coming off was apparently only half the issue. Both front wheels were set to fall off, two more minutes of driving or so and one of the wheels would have fallen off for sure. Regardless, our mechanic, much to our surprise, actually paid for the repairs to the van. While this helps out considerably the drive through the mountains wailed on our wallets. Whatever, 31 hours of driving later we're just stoked to be on California. Thanks for the love, the help, and serious thanks to chris and erik for driving us to and from Belevedere.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

How to almost die and cancel shows at the same time

So, as usual we got the van checked out before the tour so that we wouldn't experience any problems on the road.  We're usually pretty fastidious when it comes to these kinds of things, mostly because the bands that we have been in have all had shitty van trouble.   Our mechanic, the same one we've gone to numerous times before, put the front, driver's side wheel of our van on incorrectly.  What that amounted to was a slight feeling of resistance when we were driving, but having just taken the van to mechanic we ignored the feeling figuring it must just be the road or something.  Looking back obviously we should have paid closer attention to this detail, but we relied of the professionalism of our mechanic and figured it must be in our heads.

We were driving Northwest towards Minneapolis on a stretch of highway that was under construction leaving only two lanes of traffic.  About an hour and a half outside of Chicago on that highway the car suddenly jerked to the left and I lost control of the van for a second or two.  I managed to pull over to the side, and thankfully the driver next to me and the one behind me both reacted quickly preventing a major accident.  We knew we had trouble because it wasn't a flat tire as we imagined, but rather smoke was coming out of the hubcap and the wheel itself looked like it was angled strangely.  We called for help, eventually getting towed by Illinois highway safety to a safer part of the road, and then we were soon picked up by a tow truck sent by AAA.  Both tow truck guys were very kind, and the second one found our wish to cram into the front of his tow truck to be funny enough to put on his facebook. The mechanic we went to was very helpful and insistent that he could get us on the road, as long as there was no major damage, which he figured there wasn't.  Sadly this was not so.

Apparently, our mechanic forgot to put in a pin that keeps the bolts in place, that keep the wheel tightly secured to the spindle.  Without the pin the bolts became loose and the wheel span irregularly while the wheel bearings began to grind into each other destroying the wheel and the spindle.  The spindle needed to be ordered, the shop was closing and wouldn't be open again until Monday.  According to these guys the wheel was able to freely move about a foot each way, and was on the verge of falling out.  In fact, they were fairly surprised it didn't fall off, citing this as one of the worst examples of this type of problem they had ever seen.  So, we are lucky that not only because there was no accident when the van swerved, but also that the wheel didn't fly off outright.  Considering the size of the highway and the steep embankment next to us, the disaster this situation could have been is frighteningly large.

We were left with no choice but to leave the van at the mechanic's shop as we could not move the van, or hope to tow it back to Chicago.  A wonderful friend of ours came to pick us up, so lucky are we that this did not happen farther outside of Chicago.  Carrie and Kyle went to our mechanic today to demand a refund for the original job as well as the cost to cover the emergency fix, however, a decision will not be reached until Monday.  Even if they do cover some, or all of those costs, we lost money on the drive, on the shows we are missing, and at our next prospect which is driving 2000 miles over 31 hours to reach Sacramento in time to pick up the rest of the tour.  We are committed to this idea, and we intend to do it, but we have no hope on recouping any expenses on this tour.  If you are reading this ahead of any shows that we are going to play, please be generous at the door and buy some jazz, we're just trying to spread the noise.

In all, we're happy to be alive and undamaged and to have such amazing friends who would help us out like they have.  We're unbelievably bummed and sorry to have to cancel our Minneapolis, Lincoln, Denver, and Provo shows; hopefully y'all understand, this wasn't our choice and it didn't occur out of negligence.  We'll make it up soon.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Easy Action

Gossip Wolf Article

We got a piece written about us in the Chicago Reader's Gossip Wolf column.  It's not so much gossip as it is straight up news about the album, but whatever. 

The Cacaw / Tinsel Teeth Bad Ass Mother Fuckers tour kicks off this Thursday at Crown Liquors.  It is a small venue and it will be packed, so get ready to kick some major ass.

You can hear the first track off "Bat Skin Robes" on soundcloud here.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Album, New Tour, New Everything

We don't usually update anything, but we're aiming to change that.

We just finished recording and mixing our new album, "Bat Skin Robes" at MINBAL studio in Chicago with Cooper from Cave. It's 6 songs, 25 minutes, and far and away the best thing that we've ever put out. Those who complained the last record sounded weak, we agree, we ramped up everything and it's the heaviest shit we can manage to far. Tape release is June 9th, which so happens to coincide with our tour kickoff with Tinsel Teeth.

Here are the deets we've got of the tour so far, but this is subject to change.

June 9 Thurs Chicago @ crown liquor w/ running
June 10 Fri Minneapolis @ some warehouse w/ skoal kodiak, twat fucker
June 11 sat Lincoln NE @ mad ave
June 12 sun Denver, CO @ Rhinoceropolis w/ hot chip
June 13 MOn SLC, UT @ the compound

June 15 Wed Sacramento, CA
June 16 Thus Oakland, CA
June 17 Fri San Fran ?????????
June 18 Sat LA, CA
June 19 Sun San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
June 20 Mon Palm Springs, Ca ?????????
June 21 Tue Phoenix, AR @ the tribe
June 22 Wed Las Cruces, NM
June 23 Thu Denton TX @ Rubber Gloves
June 24 Fri Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservitory
June 25 Sat Austin, TX @ Emos
June 26 Sun Houstin, TX @ the mink

June 28 Tus Columbia, MO Hairhole?
June 29 Wed St Louis, Mo
June 30 Thu Iowa City, IW @ Wherehouse

So you there or die!