update by Dave Einmo (HLAK)
all photos by Laura Nunez
If we could name this tour it would be the In and Out Tour. The Speed Tour. The Quickie. Thursday we flew into San Francisco to play Milk Bar (see blog part 1) and last night we played Spaceland in LA. Today we fly back home to Seattle to jump back into the studio to finish recording the new Head Like a Kite album. Playing live on the road has been a fun recess from the studio. But its felt sort of odd just doing a couple of shows and then heading home. Normally the first few shows of a tour transition us into life on the road. A life where you leave behind socks, cell phones, and favorite shirts in the homes of gracious hosts in each city. A life where hours of freeway miles blur together, eventually interrupted by our arrival to our destination. Big rock action ensues. Boas are destroyed by sweat. Then we stumble back to the living room of a friend who meet at the club, curl up on his or her couch, snooze for 6 hours, and then reboard the van in pursuit of the next show. Hit repeat for 2-3 weeks. More socks and books get left behind. Maybe even a drum pedal escapes our dummy check. But this “tour” just got started and it’s already finishing. I woke up this morning not thinking about the next show, but instead thinking about a new song I’m writing with Asya Smoosh, who is also with us for these shows. We’re sitting in an apartment in Santa Monica discussing ideas on how to approach the recording tomorrow in Seattle. Can’t wait. Gargantuan 808 beats propel a Moog bass line with stabbing guitars. Asya is going to kill this one. Shred it. She’s a song bird with a confident, dreamy voice that seamlessly flows over the more aggressive dance-floor beats I’m throwing at her. It’s innocence juxtaposed with gritty loops. We fly home in a few hours and Seattle is only two Xanax pills away. Then the Christmas recording sessions resume. Bliss.
LINEUP FOR LA
Head Like a Kite played with Alek.Fin, who recently did a remix for Radiohead and are currently working on a Head Like a Kite remix for the song “Let’s Start it All Again” (featuring Asya Smoosh). Also joining the LA bill were Big Light from San Fransisco and the bombastic mayhem of Kill Kill Kill (who would be stellar tour partners with Kinksi or Wolf Eyes).