photos and updates by Hayley Young
Day 2: Loch Lomond and Hey Marseilles have the intimate cocktail room of The Vintage surrounded. The bands have been invited to this private after-party by the proprietors who attended the show. Spilling out from the bar into an ivy-covered patio, Richie Young struggles with the propane heaters while cigarettes are lit and a growing circle of conversation begins.
The Eugene venue, although comparatively shy in attendees, provided a quality of sound beautifully compatible with Loch Lomond’s collection of harmonies while articulating the many members of Hey Marseilles dynamic attributes. This reflection, along with tomorrow night’s expectations, opens the topic of discussion while the bar supplies a variety of sophisticated spirits involving cucumber, beets and the occasional jalapeño.
After last call, Philip Kobernick, having refrained from drinking, takes on the challenge of getting us safely to Medford. Braving the Sexton pass, we stop for gas in a nameless exit. When returning from the snack shop, I find the gas attendant playing Frisbee with Kobernick and Nick Ward in the empty station stalls.
At 4am, Frisbee is still a commodity.
5am and we have arrived at our hotel. A hint of daylight halos the cascades surrounding the Rogue Valley. Once in our rooms, the curtains are drawn as Bishop arranges for a late check out.
When we awake we will travel to Davis, via the Siskiyou Pass. Mount Shasta will lead us across Northern California and the van will get us to our destination without strife. The temperate warmth of the early summer sun will add to the experience while enhancing the vibrant colors of our passing vistas.
Tuesday, 6/15 @ Muddy Waters, Santa Barbara CA
Thursday, 6/17 @ The Bootleg Theatre, Los Angeles CA
Friday, 6/25 @ The Harbor Steps, Seattle, WA
Tuesday, 6/29 @ Sonic Boom, Ballard, WA