We spent the weekend in Sackville, hanging out with Chris’ family and all our new friends in town. On saturday night, we had the excellent fortune to be around for an epic show featuring locals Astral Gunk, Yellow Teeth, PEI’s The North lakes, and Halifax’s Quaker Parents.
It was an awesome show, it’s incredible to see such a diverse and vibrant scene in such a small town. We’re really excited to be playing with Astral Gunk members Noise Hounds when we return to Sackville once again on May 30th at 15 Allison. Also on the docket: rocking out alongside Yellowteeth at our show a couple nights later at the Somerset in St. John! Our new pal Mark Grundy of Quaker Parents is going to be in town all month doing the Sappyfest songwriter residency, we’re pretty jealous he gets to spend so much time in such a rad environment, we’ll be following his progress as he goes for sure!
The next stop on the tour was Moncton at the quickly-becoming-venerable Plan B Lounge. We’d played the bar before on our last run through the Maritimes, and we were looking forward to coming back. As soon as we arrived, we noticed a new feature of the bar: two entire walls covered in band names scrawled with sharpie markers. It was awesome to see so many folks we recognized from across our travels represented there on the wall, and we were stoked to leave our own mark on the place!
As it was a Monday night, the turnout was far from exceptional, but the amazing staff and a good number of regulars made us feel right at home. We had a great time chatting with the Sound Guy and Venue Booker Brock about our favourite venues across the country (hello, Sheila and the Apollo!). Hopefully we’ll be sharing some of that with you folks in the future with help from our pals at CKUT, more on that later.
After the gig, we returned once more to Sackville and the doll filled hotel for one more night of celebrating with Chris’ family before heading on to Halifax.
There was Tequila, there were attempts to play pool.
Also: a bar called Uncle Larry’s that would literally fit upwards of two percent of the town’s population at a time.