Tour Diary: Dearly Beloved and Die Mannequin
Ottawa was the first show. Oh Ottawa, I don’t know what it is about you… we didn’t see any fights – this time. We saw a bird eat some vomit though, which nearly made me do the same. Show was fun. We played with Doll and, of course, reunited with our tour/label mates Die Mannequin. And it was Tony’s birthday!
Our friend Spookey Ruben invited us to join him in Niagara Falls for the Heavy Pickle Party – an event held at Queens Seneca Theater. It featured a combined 65 artists in three different rooms; a visual explosion of sorts. It started with the screening of Adam Burell’s sci-fi flick and escalated into a totally bizarre and random affair featuring magic tricks and dancing bears.
Stage at Heavy Pickle Party
The Heavy Pickle Bar
NxNe was action packed, kicking off with the 1st Annual eOne Kegger held at DB’s very own Phoebe Street studios. With over 400 people joining the party, we handed out hot dogs and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream amidst impromptu performances by Glory Hound, Secret Broadcast and Die Mannequin. The killer hang was on the rooftop though – watching the melee from above and playing some ping pong.
The view from the top floor at our first annual eOne Kegger
Pre-Party Ping Ponging
Die Mannequin live at Phoebe Street at the eOne Kegger
The next night was a mad dash as we had two NxNe shows. The first was at the Mod Club, wicked venue save for the fact we had to get there during Taste of Italy: traffic in a Toronto, what a joy. It was was worth it though – Sloan’s Patrick Pentland joined us for a couple songs as did Tony and Care from Die Mannequin on our single “To Better Days.”
Epic shot courtesy of Eric Alper, eOne
We didn’t have much time for high-fiving because we had to bolt to Velvet Underground for our slot with the legendary Ivan Julian. He was a guitar player for Richard Hell and the Voidoids and incredible bands he has played with include The Outsets and The Clash.
These photos courtesy of Anna Coquette
We shot 3 songs for Exclaim TV on June 20 (which tied for the hottest June 20 on record in Toronto) at high noon. It was an awesome, sweaty mess. Ridiculously hot. Check for it soon on exclaim.ca.
And look! We’re on the listening post at HMV! Not only that but we have two songs charting on the Canada-Alternative Rock Chart Top Gainers. You might ask, “what the hell is that?” To which I respond, “I have no idea but two songs is better than none.” We’re in good company anyways: Smashing Pumpkins, Metric, Hollerado, Arcade Fire…
Get your headphones on! HMV Listening Station
Our custom light box
Next up, a return to the Red Dog in Peterborough. Basically we watched the best thing ever – 11 year old drummer Darius Parsons who has been “Drumming for a Cure” in honour of his grandparents who died of cancer. He is such an inspiration, and I honestly don’t know if I’ve seen bigger cheers on this tour.
Watch lots more of Darius here.
Hooray Windsor! Gav’s folks not only fed us twice while we were in Windsor, but hooked us up with a deluxe suite at Caesars. Pretty, pretty rad. I meant to take a picture of the glazey eyed gambling crowd, but apparently I was too mesmerized by all of the blinky lights. The show was a great hometown show for Gavin at the Dominion House Tavern. Built in 1850, it is one of Ontario’s oldest taverns. It even has rum running tunnels in the basement. I was reunited with my old friend Somersby Cider and our host Chris was pretty rad. Sometimes on tour, it’s all about the little things — and this time, a few hot homemade pizzas post show was just perfect.
Then it was on to London, care of the great Tony Lima and Call the Office. There are many layers of art on the walls, courtesy of the myriad of musicians who have graced that band room upstairs.
The show was pretty wicked. Again, it was super hot, but so much fun. Care joined us onstage for our song ‘To Better Days.” It’s always fun when Care or Tony do that. London also gave me a chance to visit my lovely little nieces and nephew.
Rob with Tony Lima
Diner Alert! Early Bird in London, YUM.
Then Guelph! Well it was fun while it lasted – all 5 songs that is. It’s frustrating to play those clubs that turn into a dance club. I mean, how long has it been since any of us have had a curfew? Long and short of it is that it was a definite wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am kind of show. It was also the first time that Rob and I joined Die Mannequin on stage for their song ‘Dead Honey’. Goddamn catchy tune that is …
The strangest thing happened the next morning in the hotel pool. I was swimming on my own and minding my own business when 10 adults walked in with two toddlers. A 40-year-old-ish man gets in the water, followed by a slightly younger woman. I thought they were posing for some weird engagement photo but then he proceeded to baptize her. Right there! In the chlorinated water with me treading water in the background. Tres bizarre is all I can say about that.
Ooooh SCENE Fest! We were so excited and it was a fun day. The sun was shining even though the weather report had called for thunderstorms. Our friends in Die Mannequin asked us to sing on Dead Honey again. Our only regret was not being professional enough to request the Almighty Backstage Laminate, we’re so sorry to have disturbed your oh-so-busy security guard. We had a couple hours to chill and get interviewed by our friends at PainTV, who also interviewed us the first time we played Mikados. Butch Haller played before us. Billed as the oldest living rockabilly onstage, he dons a legit old man mask and his show is part comedy – peppering his set with grumpy ol’ comments and cover songs that he claims he wrote.
Fancy a cocktail?
SCENE Fest Side Stage
The Beloveds played a bombastic set to an early crowd. We had some superfans that met at the Pickle Party come out to our set again – their third time in 3 weeks. We capped off the night by seeing Eamon McGrath and Darlings of Chelsea, I just wished we’d picked up those backstage Laminates.
And that’s that. The wrap up to our Die Mannequin dates. Short but sweet. It was gratifying seeing familiar faces and meeting new fans. Summer is now upon us and we’re gearing for a couple of live performances for XM The Verge and Live at Gibson. Hamilton Super Crawl is also up in September, but who knows what will be in between…
Words by Niva Chow