We had the BEST time during our four day slayathon in the magical rock and roll paradise of ARKANSAS! GodDAMN we know the prime people in this state, it rules! It’s also the MOST beautiful time of year to tour Arkansas beacause the Autumn Ozarks are in their fullest glory! Life rules!
For our first night in the state we returned to our beloved town of Russellville! We love this town, it reminds us so much of Ames and we know such prime homies here thanks to our good friends Half Raptor and Pecan Sandy and Adam Faucett and William Blackart! We got to play at the amazing all ages space Thurberdome and it was a life-changingly sweaty rage-fest! For the grand finale I managed to crowd-surf my way up into the rafters of the venue and finish the set playing the trumpet while hanging upside down from the ceiling! Then I fell down and didn’t even get hurt, although I did dent my trumpet a little…but, fuck it! Also, The Depaysement absolutely MURDERED at this show and it was the first time EVER that a Japanese band played in this town! HISTORY WAS MADE!!! Thank you Russellville, you are rock and roll!!
Then we returned to another great rock town: LITTLE ROCK! We literally played in an abondoned house. The dudes who set it up had to run power from next door! Our legendary outlaw promoter friend Casey Jones set it all up and, like always, IT WAS A FUCKING PARTY! It was the second-smallest room we have ever played in and, not gonna lie, we shredded it to pieces! Our amazing new friend Seth came to the show too and partied with us for the second night in a row and also brought his friend Matt who played some trumpet with us! Seth also got a video of us singing our Halloween song “Season’s Greetins”! We love you Seth! We love you Matt! We love you, Little Rock!
And then it was off to make play our first ever show in Fayetteville, which is a BEAUTIFUL town! We loved it! The venue was a super nice spot called Smoke & Barrell and they treated us so well and the people who came out to the show were such great folks and they totally danced and got down and we met a new friend named Kayla who puts on art shows around the community! Everyone was so great, we will definitely be returning to Fayetteville!
And then it was off to our favorite rock club in this whole nation: MAXINE’S in gorgeous Hot Springs! This was truly a legendary show, one of the best nights in our whole career…and it was Halloween!! We got to play with the truly brilliant songwriting hero JEFFREY LEWIS & THE JUNKYARD as well as the genuinely mind-blowing local psych-punk band WHITE GLOVE TEST. This show was fucking brilliant: big crowd, amazing costumes, total dance party, old and new friends, delicious free pizza…I mean, it was perfect! Plus we played a great set and so did The Depaysement. We even pulled out a rare a’cappella version of our song “The Way That I Live” which seemed suitable for Halloween!
Arkansas, we love you more than we can ever say. We will continue playing in your great state for as long as we live. IOWASAW will never fade.