Vaz invades 2 new continents in the Eastern Hemisphere and brings home a Split Single, a Video Documentary and a Live Record from Asia.
Last August in Missoula, MO, at a music festival called Total Fest, Vaz was lucky enough to meet a wispy young go-getter named Jem Moloney, from the Australian band Dead. After our set, he insisted that we tour Australia, and that it might be beneficial for both our bands if we toured it together. And so, after discussing it among ourselves for .05 seconds, we thought it a good idea, too. After all, we've toured the US and Europe countless times--maybe it was time to push on to somewhere new. So we took a long, wistful look into the Vaz coffers and set off into our own private lives to see if this was even logistically possible, given that we all live in extreme-cost-of-living-NYC, have jobs to juggle, have rent to pay, the "dream tax" to come to turns with, etc....
Meanwhile, Jem, getting a probably hasty green light from us, begins to set up the tour not only for Australia but for SE Asia as well. Our excitement grows as we hear how quickly the tour dates are filling in. On two new continents!
Jem, besides playing music with his own band, puts out, distributes records and sets up tours around Australia, and generally knows the ins and outs of that huge country we really haven't a clue about (The Simpsons "30 Years of Electricity" is about it...). He is even savvy enough to negotiate a government grant to help fund the potential tour. (In other words, all of our expenses are pretty well taken care of once we get there--via Dead and their van, etc. Once we get there.) But even after hearing how well things are going over there our wry smiles turn into rye smiles as we discover that round trip flights to Australia are, on average, $2000!
That's $2,000. A ticket. Each.
So, that's why we're here.
Considering this tour is also a good opportunity to make all sorts of things happen in a brave new hemisphere, we have decided to make the most of it and let you share in the benefits and rewards of this musically intensive, activity-laden, trip. In other words, we won't be sitting around on the beach eating barbified shrimp all day.
Upon arrival, we set in motion a three-point plan:
1) We film a Vaz Documentary/Home Movie that not only chronicles our adventures in the Eastern Hemisphere but will also include a collection of VAZ live footage and, uh, one act plays that we have accumulated over the years. To be released sometime in the following year.
2) We record and release a live record gathered from shows played all across SE Asia. Did you know that in SE Asia, kids are informed of punk/art/rock happenings via cellphones and assemble/move like schools of fish towards it, once they learn of a happening? To us, this seems like an excellent backdrop for a live record. The Asian stint ends in Kuala Lumpur, where we mix the live LP and prepare for our trip home.
3) We'll also record a split single with Dead to be sold in Australia initially, and then distributed in US at a later date. We'll do this in either Melbourne or Brisbane.
Besides all this, let's not forget, that we will also be honing lots of fresh, new material for an upcoming double record which will be recorded once we're back in the States and released in the spring of 2013 (give or take a few months) on Sleeping Giant Glossolalia Records.
All of these prospective projects will be available to you and to you first, if you help make this tour a possibility.
Besides this intense schedule though, we do plan on having a good time blowing people's minds, meeting new friends, etc. Or maybe we'll drink with the locals, fight and get lost in the mid-continental desert.Whatever happens, you will see it in our documentary. But first, we must get the golden tickets!
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