2 Huge Shows And A Free Download

We’ll be playing an exclusive show in the northeast on Oct 27th at Infamy in Nashua, NH. Dead Harrison will also be performing! Tickets are going fast on this one, so get them while you can by clicking here!

After that we’re flying to England to perform at Whitby Gothic Weekend with William Control, Diary Of Dreams, and many more! Our performance takes place on Nov 2nd! Click the image below for details!
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And just because we love you, we’re offering “Find Forever Gone” as a free download! Go get it and share the link on your facebook, twitter, etc… <3
Download Find Forever Gone

Gopal… Live!!

Come celebrate the release of THE BEST OF BELLA MORTE (1996-2012) with us on Aug. 3rd at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA!

This will be Gopal’s 1st show with the band in over 5 years, so you won’t want to miss this historic event! Plus, we’ve got Lauren Hoffman and Synthetic Division performing as well!

Click here for tickets!

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Old-school documentary

Bella Morte – Live And On The Road

This documentary shot in 2001 by Chad VanPelt follows the band across the country on one of our first tours. Included are interviews, live concert footage, and plenty of goofing off… These were such fun times! And there is plenty more to come… expect a new Bella Morte album this fall!

Free download!

Put on your bunny ears and download this never-before released version of Soma for free! (sharing this with your friends would be appreciated!)

When we released this song on a Cleopatra Records compilation (A Tribute To The Smashing Pumpkins) years ago they edited out a minute or so of the track without letting us know they were doing it. Total asshole move. So here it is, in its entirety as it was meant to be, free to you!

Happy secular Easter, Bella Morte fans!

Click here to download Soma now!

The Best Of Bella Morte 1996 – 2012

Metropolis Records is now taking pre-orders for THE BEST OF BELLA MORTE 1996-2012! We’re so psyched about this release! The album includes highlights from all 9 of our albums, and features a newly-recorded version of Evensong with Gopal Metro on bass for the first time in many years! And don’t worry, a best of album doesn’t mean an end to the band… we have a brand new full length album coming out this fall.

I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished over the 1st 18 years of the band, and want to thank all of our AMAZING fans for standing by us all this time. Bella Morte is as much a family as it is a band, and I feel lucky as hell to be a part of it!

~Andy

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY!

Best of Bella Morte

My take on Evil Dead 2013

I live in a small college town that doesn’t cater much to horror fiends such as me. We’re more likely to get a Dave Matthews clone performing here than a Misfits cover band. So imagine my surprise when a Bella Morte fan-turned-friend sent me a message with two free tickets to a local, early screening of Evil Dead attached! I was thrilled; reserved my seat right away and started watching the clock. When me and my crew arrived the theater was only half full, or half empty if you’re a pessimist. The lights dimmed and the screen jumped to life, and this horror-nerd was excited enough to scream. Several folks have asked my opinion of the film, so I’m going to give it.

First off, don’t compare this to the original. If you do there’s a damn good chance you’ll come away hating it. No matter what, this modern telling of the tale can’t compare just based on the original film’s place in horror cinema history. The original Evil Dead is a landmark in horror, and changed the genre forever. The new one doesn’t have a shot in hell at accomplishing this, as it’s a remake, which makes treading new ground much more of a challenge. I’m stepping lightly here because I hate spoilers and don’t want to give anything away.

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way… I loved it. Loved the grim, serious tone, the uncompromising gore (actually there was a slight compromise to get from NC-17 down to R, but I assume the blu ray will remedy that), and beautifully creepy sets. The demons are much more human in appearance in this one. Gone are the outrageous masks from the first film, replaced by glowing eyes and pale skin made monstrous by acts of self-mutilation. And it works. It’s downright horrifying and the “monster in the basement” bit works nearly as well in this one as it did in the classic. The frantic, relentless tone of the original is present here, but it’s a much more controlled, clean form of chaos. On top of everything else, Jane Levy rocked in the lead role… killed it!

So yeah, go see it, and don’t go into the theater with a chip on your shoulder about being old school. There’s some good shit spilling out of the new school right about now!

PS- Stick around through the credits… You’ll be glad you did!

Join us on the 2013 Gothic Cruise!

What could be better than a week at sea with your favorite goth band? Nothing! :) We’re officially booked to perform on the 2013 Gothic Cruise! Start making travel plans ASAP, as space is limited and we fully expect this awesome, unique event to sell out!

Get more info here!

Rare & Unreleased vol 1 CD pre-order

We have gotten a mountain of requests for physical copies of Rare And Unreleased (Volume 1), so I’ve decided to do a very limited CD run!

Pre-order now to get this compilation of our previously-unreleased early work, including the song “Fall No More” and our first demo release “Remorse”!

If you are one of the few awesome people who is waiting on Kickstarter items, they will ship with the album!!


Item is SOLD OUT


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Home from Mysticon

We made it safely home around 7pm last night after an amazing weekend at Mysticon in Roanoke, VA. To say I had fun would be the understatement of the century. There’s a vibe at these geek conventions (and being a certified geek myself, I feel a-okay using the term) that is somewhat hard to find elsewhere; A warmth of kindred souls meeting. I spent some time thinking about why that feeling exists, and came up with something very simple. People are happiest when they’re being exactly who they want to. With all the awesome, outlandish costumes at these things, it’s damn near impossible to judge anyone. So everyone seems comfortable and completely in their element. It’s just a shame that this atmosphere doesn’t spill over into the streets more often. I can’t tell you how happy I’d be to see Darth Vader or the Hulk on my way to grab a cup of coffee down on Main Street! People are just happy at these things, and I don’t ever recall seeing a fight at a con. People go to revel in things they’re passionate about and to meet the people behind these tv shows, books, and bands. And it’s rad.

The author panels i sat on were a lot of fun, as was discussing the state of gothic music with some very passionate fans on Saturday evening. We performed at midnight on Saturday to a packed ballroom using a sub-par PA system that would be more appropriate for a high school graduation ceremony. And it was a blast! A huge thanks to the staff at Mysticon and all the fans who made it such an incredible weekend! You guys are the best!

-Andy

A sexy Vader:
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A sexy mechanic:
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A sexy Santa:
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Mysticon, day 1

Tony & I arrived in Roanoke after noon yesterday & got our rooms and vendor table squared away. At 5 we were on a panel with the other guests of honor to kick off the weekend. Being a huge fan of Battlestar Galactica, I was psyched to be beside Nicki Clyne and Richard Hatch. She’s completely adorable and he’s as nice a guy as you’ll meet. To close out the ceremony Tony & I played an acoustic version of Earth Angel that I’m hoping shows up on YouTube. Richard threw in a pretty great high note at the end of the song that needs to be heard by the world!

Tonight we’re performing in Ballroom C at midnight. Come see us!

Richard Hatch:
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With Nicki Clyne:
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Spiderdude:
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Troublemakers:
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Ready for Mysticon

We’re excited to be attending MystiCon in Roanoke, VA for the 1st time this weekend!

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Here’s where to find us:

Fri. 24th
5pm – Short acoustic performance, opening ceremonies.
11pm – Panel – The State of Fear (Andy & other horror authors discuss the state of horror fiction)

Sat. 25th
6pm – Panel – “Iron Author”
7pm – Panel – “Goth – Is it a Part of Fandom?”
12 midnightBella Morte live!

Sun. 26th
1pm – Short acoustic performance, closing ceremonies.

For more info click here!

Con Nooga rocked!

This weekend was amazing! Con Nooga has grown so much over the 3 years we’ve been there, and it gets better every time. Here are a few more shots from the event…

Just woke up at a Taco Bell.
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Being executed by Emperials.
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Marshall got his BSG on!
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Tony and I traveling in style.
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Sleeping Jordan.
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Thanks to everyone who attended! More pix coming soon!

-Andy

It’s here! Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m happy to let you know that RARE AND UNRELEASED (VOLUME 1) is now available for download!  Here are a few places to find it…

Official Bella Morte online store

iTunes

Amazon (the album’s only been out a few hours and we’re already #6 in Goth/Ind.!)

Track Listing
1. Fall No More
2. Through The Window
3. Neverland (version 2.0)
4. Relics (alternate version)
5. The Coffin Don’t Want Me And She Don’t Either (alternate recording)
6. Party Time
7. Nevere (from the Remorse EP)
8. Remorse (from the Remorse EP)
9. Angels And Faith (from the Remorse EP)
10. A Memory Kept (from the Remorse EP)
11. One Winter’s Night (from the Remorse EP)
12. Stygian Shores (from the Remorse EP)

Coming this Valentine’s Day – Rare and Unreleased (volume 1)

This Valentine’s Day (February 14th) we’ll be releasing a digital-only collection of hard to find tracks from the early days of the band!  Mark your calendars and spread the word!

BELLA MORTE – Rare and Unreleased (volume 1)
This digital-only release compiles material from the early years of Bella Morte.  It features the song “Fall No More” from the “Vampire The Masquerade : Music From The Succubus Club” compilation, available for the first time in years.  Included in its entirety is the bands’ first EP “Remorse” which was recorded in the band’s rehearsal space directly to cassette soon after the band was formed. “Remorse” was sold as a cassette-only, limited-edition EP, and helped to fund Bella Morte’s debut full-length album, “Remains”.   Also included on this compilation is a cover of the classic 45 Grave song “Party Time” which was made famous by the film “Return of the Living Dead”, and the long sought after “Through The Window”, which was recorded for the album “The Quiet” but was never released.

This album will be available through Amazon, iTunes and most anywhere that sells digital music!

Andy’s latest novel available for Kindle!

Andy’s latest horror novel, ALL THE DARKNESS IN THE WORLD, is now available for Kindle from Amazon.com.  And better yet, it’s only $4.99! Check out the foreword written by the one and only Voltaire!

Click here to get it!

For those of you who prefer a hardcopy, visit the Bella Morte online store by clicking here.

Andy’s new novel back in stock!

You can get my latest horror novel ALL THE DARKNESS IN THE WORLD right here since they can’t seem to keep it in stock on Amazon!  The book features a foreword written by the one and only Voltaire!

Click the image to get your copy!

ALL THE DARKNESS IN THE WORLD by ANDY DEANE
As a troubled teenager, Jace witnesses a horrible murder at the hands of a monster in an alleyway near his house.  He narrowly escapes with his life, and over time comes to wonder if what he saw was real.

As a young adult, he moves away from home to find that some memories don’t fade so easily.  And sometimes monsters come back.  Now people from Jace’s past are disappearing one by one, and the white-eyed, pale creature from his youth has returned with a taste for blood, and will stop at nothing to see Jace dead.

Soon Jace finds himself not only fighting for his life, but for his soul.

Fan videos from the BEFORE THE FLOOD tour

Huge thanks to everyone who has been posting videos and photos!!

My Heart Will Go On – DragonCon – Atlanta, GA

Skin – Bar Sinister – Hollywood, CA

Regret – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL

As the Storm Unfolds (acoustic version) – The Haunt – Ithaca, NY

Undertow – The Warehouse – La Crosse, WI

Skulls, The Coffin Don’t Want Me…, Earth Angel (acoustic versions) – DragonCon – Atlanta, GA

Home

Today I got myself off the couch and into the recording studio for about thirty minutes. It may not sound like much, but believe me, it meant everything today. Getting home from a five-week-long tour sounds like it’d be a relief, but that sudden stop in movement always gets me down. I always snap out of it in a matter of days, but after waking up in a different city every day for so long it’s hard being stationary. But I made it to the studio… got very little done… added some distortion to a bass line, tweaked a drum line, nothing major. But it got me wanting to write and record again. I conjured up a lot of new song ideas out on the road inspired by all the different landscapes and people I ran into, and now I have some motivation to make them materialize.

I have plenty more to say about the tour, and I’ll continue posting on it ‘til the well runs dry. For now I’ll just say that it was one of the best, most enjoyable tours I’ve ever been a part of, and it left me wanting more. I can’t thank all the fans who came out to the shows enough, and hope that every damn one of you is listening to BEFORE THE FLOOD non-stop right now! :)

-Andy

Last lunch of the tour:
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Troublemakers:
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Shaving before the show:
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By Kristen McFarland:
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Bringing People Together

I’ve noticed that we’ve been seeing a lot of fans that we hadn’t seen in ages on this tour. Last night in Milwaukee was a perfect example of that… Saw some faces that took me back to our early tours. It always rocks seeing those folks, gets me feeling all nostalgic.

Club Anything in Milwaukee is great. Every time we’ve played there the experience has been excellent. Our show last night rocked, and we even pulled an unplugged song out of our hat to close the night. And after the set I was lured back to the dance-floor when I herd Ladytron, and stayed there when the DJ followed it with Shiny Toy Guns.

The night before that we were in Kansas City after a very long drive from Salt Lake City. Had a fun show there for a small crowd. Before our set we saw a gay couple in a pretty serious argument… They almost got tossed from the club! However, during our set they were standing beside each other…. I asked them to kiss from stage and they did. It was a beautiful moment. Bella Morte truly does make the world a better place!

See you tomorrow night, Nashville!

-Andy

Lunch in Kansas City:
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We live a simple life:
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Tony!:
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Live in SLC:
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Tour Journal – Distance

We played Salt Lake City for the first time in years tonight and had a great show. It’s awesome to see how much audiences are loving our new songs from Before The Flood… Feels very good after how much time, heart and effort went into making the album.

Tonight I saw some faces I hadn’t seen in a while, but everyone was as nice and enthusiastic as ever. It’s funny, we play a city, make a few friends there and sometimes don’t return for a year or more. When we do get back I always expect things to be as they were, but they rarely are. Relationships go sour, others flourish. Same with friendships and local bands. In my mind, ten minutes has gone by since I last saw everyone, but the reality is that these folks have been living life the whole time. But regardless of the changes, I love seeing the friends I’ve made here and there who have made touring so much more fun.

We’re on the road to Kansas now, a drive that will last 16 and a half hours. I foresee lots of coffee in my immediate future.

-Andy

Dinner before the show:
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In the bathroom picture messaging Eric, who was also in the bathroom:
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Left on our van window after the show in LA:
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Tour Journal – From Hollywood to a Ghost Town

Saturday night in LA was great. We always have a blast at Bar Sinister, and this show was no exception… The place was packed! We played our longest set of the tour and would have kept going if we could’ve. After the debacle in San Francisco we needed a show like that…

We had the following day off, so we got to hang out in LA. Tony hung out with his hot aunt, Jordan and Eric wandered the walk of stars, and I stayed at the hotel and watched football all day… which was great. The Steelers kicked ass and I got some time to veg out. Sunday night we moseyed down to the wax museum with some friends, but got there as it was closing. So we crossed the street and went to the Ripley’s Museum instead, which was basically like paying someone $15 to let you look around at articles on Wikipedia. Really, most of the exhibits involved manikins stationed beside wall-plaques that spelled out why the manikin should be worth looking at.

Today we started toward Salt Lake City, where we’re playing at Area 51. Along the way we saw a billboard advertising a place called “Calico Ghost Town.” We decided to stop, pulled off of I-15 and drove toward a 50’s-style diner called Peggy Sue’s. And the air was thick with bees! Like, thousands of them, literally. They were everywhere. I pulled up to the diner, baffled by the swarm of bees. We got out of the van, fearless adventurers that we are, and I asked a random guy what the hell was going on. Apparently, a truck carrying bees had been through, and some had escaped. It was crazy! No one was stung, and I can only hope that the bees were able to start new, happy lives in the desert. We got directions to the ghost town from a waitress and made our way three miles to the front gate. An older couple was manning the welcome station, and I believe they might have been the nicest folks I’ve ever met. We talked briefly about our band, and it turned out the guy was a guitarist that had done a lot of touring as well, mainly with old-style country bands. He waived the entrance fee and told us to have fun. And we did! The little mining town is definitely a tourist trap, but it’s still cool, and has one hell of a history.

After leaving we made our way back to Peggy Sue’s Diner for shakes. The waitresses were all great, and the shakes were to die for. Good stuff. Then it was back to I-15 east at eighty miles per hour. We’re at a hotel now, and tonight we’ll be performing at Area 51 in Salt Lake City!

-Andy

Calico Ghost Town:
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We just had to:
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Shakes at Peggy Sue’s:
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Tough Guy:
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Tour Journal – A Turd in the Hall

We made it to San Francisco with time to spare. Found a hotel not too far from where we’d be playing, checked in and headed to our second-floor room. We ascended the steps, started down the hall… and that’s where we saw it: the turd in the hall. Little did we know that this nugget of feces would be the perfect metaphor for the rest of the evening.

After a couple hours of relaxing we made our way to The Retox Lounge, a small, gritty rock n roll club that seemed to have promise. The promise was a lie. When we started setting up our gear I noticed that none of the mic stands worked. I mean, they could hold a mic, but they damn well couldn’t be adjusted to suit my height. But I looked past it, determined to have a good show. But seconds later, when the sound-man asked me for an xlr cable due to his not having enough of them, I knew we were in trouble. That trouble came to a head 7 songs in to our set… We were at the end of Regret when the synths and vocals went away. The PA had died. The sound guy scrambled around for 10 minutes to get it working, and eventually did… kind of. We tried one more song, but after we kicked in we had to stop because the monitors weren’t on. I asked the sound man what was up with that, to which he responded, “oh, did you want those on?” That was it. We told him to forget about it and did an unplugged song before saying goodnight. The fans in attendance were great, and found the whole thing as funny as we did. We truly have the best fans in the world.

Today, while leaving the hotel, we found yet another turd in the hall. Go figure.

-Andy

Backstage (in the van) in San Francisco:
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Car on fire on I-5:
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Some of the turds:
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Tour Journal 9-16-2011

The trip to Arizona was long, but I didn’t mind at all. We spend a lot of time in cramped quarters, so some overnight time behind the wheel when the guys are crashed out is kind of nice. Our version of alone time. We had a good show in Scottsdale, met some really great fans who had driven a good ways to see us. Paul, the guy who owns Thunderstorm Books and published my last two novels, came to the show and brought copies of my latest novel, ALL THE DARKNESS IN THE WORLD, which I had sold out of at DragonCon. He and his wife took Tony and I out to eat and we had a blast… It feels good to work with such good people. We stayed with our friends Jeremy & Kara (she sings for the excellent goth band Reliquary) both nights we were in town. We ate at a cool little Mexican place that let us borrow their decorative sombreros and pose for photos with their donkey piñata. There were also several hours spent by Jeremy and I playing Call Of Duty.

We left for San Francisco late last night, and stopped to see the Cabazon dinosaurs, which you might recognize from the Tim Burton film, “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” It was late, so we had to use the van’s headlights to take decent photos. I got tired around 8:30 this morning and had to pull off at a Walmart to sleep for a couple hours. Now Tony is driving us through a pretty valley on I-5, and I need some more sleep if I plan to jump around like a lunatic on stage tonight at the Retox Lounge.

-Andy

Bella Muerte:
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Pee Wee’s big ass dinosaur:
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Eaten alive!:
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Tour Journal – Jordan Gets Cuffed!

So we were staying with our close friend Veronyka in San Antonio over the weekend. It was great… we got to stretch out in front of a big TV and watch movies, sleep and eat as much as we wanted. Everything was going smoothly until the night Jordan decided he needed to call his mom to say hello. He’d taken a shower, grabbed his phone and walked outside. He took a seat on the curb in front of a nearby home to make the call. In less than five minutes he noticed red and blue lights heading down the street. The cop car stopped in front of him, and two large police officers got out and asked Jordan what he was doing. Jordan was confused, but told them where he was staying and explained exactly why he was outside and what he was doing. They didn’t buy it, started hassling him for an ID. Jordan admits that he got a little snippy with the cops at this point, because they were trying to make him put his hands on the car. Eventually they had him in cuffs for no good reason. He didn’t have his wallet on him, and explained that he had showered and that it was inside. The cops suggested that maybe he was lying about the shower and that maybe he had been swimming illegally in a neighbor’s pool. This suggestion was too ridiculous to merit any response. But eventually he talked them into knocking on Veronyka’s door so we could retrieve the ID.

We were all inside trading notes on goth bands we’re into when the doorbell rang. Veronyka had no idea who would come calling late at night, but we figured that Jordan might have locked himself out. She went to the door and was surprised to see the police. The rest of us went downstairs to have the cop explain that he needed Jordan’s ID. We went looking for it, rummaging through Jordan’s bags with no luck. Eventually the cops let Jordan in the house, in handcuffs, to try and find it. But the whole time they were inside Jordan kept pressing them for any reason he was in handcuffs being interrogated for sitting on a sidewalk on the phone. The cops kept saying things like, “welcome to Texas,” which didn’t clarify anything at all. The other thing they were completely fixated on was that Jordan didn’t have any shoes on. “You were outside in a neighbor’s yard with no shoes.” “You were outside in the middle of the night with no shoes.” “You didn’t have no shoes on, bro.” All of these things were said over and over and over like a skipping record. And I still can’t grasp the significance of bare feet. Is there a “no shoes, no service” law in Texas? Is there a statistic that shows that shoeless people are most likely to commit felonies? Was there a recent crime-wave involving shoe theft in San Antonio? Or maybe these guys’ dads work for Nike… I don’t know, but they wouldn’t shut up about the lack of shoes.

Eventually Jordan found his ID, dug it out while still cuffed and flipped it to one of the shoe-obsessed officers. They called him in, lied about a possible outstanding warrant for Jordan, and eventually left. We all spent the next hour laughing.

-Andy

Jordan being set free before my eyes:

Tour Journal 09-13-2011

It’s nice to be stationary. After a few crazy drives that led us from Atlanta to Austin to New Orleans to San Antonio to Bryan, TX (in that order) we got to spend the day at a close friend’s house in San Antonio. The show in Bryan last night was about as small as the town, but we still had a great time. But the GPS told us the drive there from San Antonio was only 2 and a half hours, which had us smiling. Well, the GPS hadn’t counted on Texas being on fire… we hit a detour that added a half an hour to the drive. We saw miles and miles of black-ash covered ground, burned-down buildings and several community centers and businesses with hundreds of boxes of clothing and food laid out for those who lost everything to the fires.

I was tired on the drive back to San Antonio. Very tired. Tony sat up front and helped keep my head off the steering wheel, and at one point we were listening to Dr. Dre and Eminem. Tony was saying something about how great Eminem’s verses were and my sleep-deprived brain came up with the brilliant response, “yeah, that guy is nutty.” Tony immediately started laughing at me, and I tried arguing my point before the haze in my brain cleared a little and I could see my statement for what it was… mouth garbage spewed from an overly-tired dude. In normal, everyday life, I never use the word nutty unless I’m describing peanut butter or a candy bar. But we made it back to San Antonio without dying around six thirty in the morning and I was dead to the world in no time.

I woke up around 3pm and we went for lunch a little while later. Came back to our friend’s house and watched A Serbian Film, which I liked quite a lot, though I don’t recommend it to the squeamish. This evening I tried to get some more sleep but ended up staring at the TV. But the relaxation was nice, and will no-doubt help with the long drive to Phoenix where we’re playing on Thursday at Chaser’s. I feel good and I’m ready to get behind the wheel!

There’s a great story about Jordan almost getting arrested tonight coming soon… stay tuned!

-Andy

Tony deals with an ass attack:
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Bella Morte goes 3D:
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Live @ DragonCon by Rachael Hill:
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Tour Journal 09-10-2011

Not every show can be perfect. Last night in New Orleans we ran into sound problems. We don’t know what happened, but somewhere between soundcheck and taking the stage the sound-man got his lines mixed up. We had to stop the show at one point so he could figure things out. Stuff like that is very frustrating… We always want to put on our best show, whether we’re in front of 1000 people or 50. It’s hard to do when the stage is screaming with feedback.

But we had a fun night regardless, and made some new fans along the way. I’m writing this on my phone in the van while Tony drives us to San Antonio for tonight’s show. I started driving last night and only made it an hour before exhaustion forced me to pull over at a rest area to sleep. I rolled down the window before crashing, and was informed by Jordan that I let an angry flock of Mosquitos in the van. Luckily, none of my blood was taken. Jordan must taste better than me, and I’m ok with that.

-Andy

View from the backseat:
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Danger in the ladies’ room @ Subway:
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New Orleans boobage:
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Tour Journal 09-09-2011

I’m writing from backstage at the HiHo Lounge in New Orleans. It’s one of those small clubs where you can picture regulars who know the bartender on a first name basis taking the same seat at the bar every day of the week. They’re always good to us here, so we always look forward to coming back.

Last night we were at The Elysium in Austin, Texas. Ate good food from a hot dog truck that specialized in vegetarian hot dogs. Played an incredibly fun show and got to hang out with some friends we don’t get to see very often, one of them from my hometown of Charlottesville. I dig Austin… haven’t had the opportunity to spend much time there, but what I’ve seen I like. I would have loved to have had time to catch a horror film at the Alamo Draft House, which exists only in Texas with the exception of one location in Winchester, Virginia of all places. Go figure.

We hit the road right after the show last night with me behind the wheel. I’m pretty good at driving long stints at night, and actually find it pretty relaxing, but not so relaxing that I fall asleep and kill everyone in the band including myself. I’m not into the whole “mangle your friends” thing. If anyone kills everyone in the band it will be Tony after someone cuts him off while driving and he decides that running them off the road is more important than living. Anyway, I made my way down the highway through some of the most hideous retail sprawl I’ve ever seen. The sun came up, and seeing as I was heading east with no sunglasses, I was somewhat blind. I used the force to stay on the road, but when I started hearing Obi Wan’s voice I knew it was time to pull over. The first thing I found was a grocery store. I was asleep seconds after finding a space in the back of the lot and killing the engine. Woke up a couple hours later feeling a bit refreshed. Hit the road again and pulled another hour and a half before being drawn to a Denny’s sign off the side of the road. Eric and I woke up the guys, and we went inside and enjoyed a much-needed breakfast. Tony took over at the wheel after that and pulled the rest of the drive as I slept in the back.

Now we’re just waiting for tonight’s show to get started. I wish we had some extra time in New Orleans to explore, but we have an even longer drive ahead, all the way to San Antonio, Texas tonight. And even with the lack of sleep and the crazy long drives, I can’t imagine something I’d rather be doing…

-Andy

Me with the Cinderella posse:
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Tony backstage in New Orleans:
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Left on our van window at last night’s show:
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Coffee to get through the drive:
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