The last week has been an absolute blur for me. I’ve spent 5 days in London with YouTube, and then headed straight on
tour a small weekender with the boys in Griever and of course, Faultlines. I got back at 1:55am on Sunday morning, and its safe to say i’m exhausted.
My adventures with YouTube will live to be told in another blog post, but I figured that one of the reasons for starting this blog would be to talk about the details of what I do, so I thought this might be a good place to start.
Let me start off by telling you that touring isn’t easy – and this isn’t even what I would consider a tour. I’m sure when I’m snuggled up with hundreds of duvets in the back of our van on a two week tour in the near future, this will be a very different story – but I hadn’t been out on consecutive dates for a while, and I definitely hadn’t done it during such a busy week of my life.
Touring and playing shows includes a lot of sleepy drives and a lot of waiting around. Arriving at venues hours before eagerly waiting to go on stage whilst stressing constantly before – (yes, I still get nervous, whether theres 5 people in the crowd or 500) and then having to rush off home if you’re unfortunate enough to live a few hours away.
After our first show in Worksop, I had to be that band member and rush off after our set, as I had a weeks worth of unpacking left at my house, and I knew I’d be pushed for time on the Saturday.
When I got home at 1am, I ordered pizza, played Christmas songs and put up the Christmas tree. I have absolutely no regrets. We didn’t quite make it as far as decorating the tree because by 1:40am I was well and truly ready for sleep.
Saturday included a lot of stress, a lot of crying and not a lot of Christmas tree decorating, which pretty much equals to my idea of hell.
Basingstoke was probably the best day possible for me, but also the longest. If you’ve ever been to The Sanctuary, you’ll know that it has an incredible open-floor plan, so there’s all of the room for activities, which is great for a band with six members. Although it was a 5 hour round trip resulting in me getting back a 2am, it’s one of my favourite venues to play and the crowd was incredible.
When Fautlines has a longer run of dates I’ll consider doing bi-daily updates, or a “Tour Essentials” YouTube video, so let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think! I kept the details to a minimum on this blog post, but I’d love to know what you’d love to hear more of.
Touring (no matter how short a run of dates) can be stressful. But it sure as hell can be a lot of fun. Just remember to take time to breathe, take care of yourself, and don’t over tire yourself, otherwise you’ll end up a crying crumbling mess.