Almost to Canada. Never been through this part of New York before. It doesn’t seem like New York! It seems like the remote location of a murder-mystery movie or the vision you’d have if you tried to imagine what “North America” is. There are clear, cold rushing rivers and dense forest. It smells like chopped cedar and wind-whipped freedom. Fun to look at by yourself, yet even more fun with friends when you’re already on an adventure with them and you’re not exactly sure what lies ahead (we aren’t 100% sure we’re gonna make it into Canada(sometimes bands don’t for no real reason)). We pass by strange tufts of land peeking above waterways that seem to cover everything that isn’t carpeted in pine. The tiny islands separate and become winding walkways across the water that resemble something that might’ve emerged from Tolkien’s imagination. I’m gonna call them “fairy knolls”. We all get our phones out to take pictures.
We play in Ottawa tonight. We’ve never played in Canada before, although we’ve been touring for two years! Needless to say, I’m excited. I’m the kind of person who is always trying to travel and see new places… I couldn’t survive just in one place… I wanna see as much as possible in my lifetime and be out of my comfort zone as much as possible (not that Canada is necessarily a place where i’m gonna be feeling really uncomfortable(I can only hope)). We’re only gonna be here for a few days but hopefully this trip just means we will go again soon.
We’ve been on tour with Masked Intruder for the past three days and it’s been the best. They are one of my favorite bands happening right now so that makes for me constantly pogoing like an asshole thinking about them. They make punk fun when there are so many bands that take themselves too seriously and can make any room that seems completely dead fucking light up and laugh and dance. It’s extraordinary to watch,
actually. They also make amazing songs, which is a plus, I guess. Although I’m usually never nervous to play Mixtapes shows somehow when I have to go up and sing with Masked Intruder I always feel really fucking anxious, but in a completely awesome way. Probably because I like them a lot?!? Weird, Maura.
Anyway, enough of my creepy love monologues, we’re about to be at the border having frozen poops.