Defacto Oppression U.S./Canada Tour 2k

Day One: Camping in Illinois So we've been on the road for around 8 hours or so on our way to our first show in Bloomington, IN (which is quite a haul from Menomonie). Anyways we eventually ended up finding a random state park on a map and pulling into it, only to find it was completely EMPTY. After drinking ample amounts of alcohol around the fire Jake and I decided to venture on through a clearing in some trees only to find: empty Illinois DNR headquarters! Jake, out of contempt for the fascistic DNR decides to try and start one of their bulldozers which all still have keys in them. We decided to keep the keys. Anyways, we eventually found an unlocked pop-up camper and managed to grab a Coleman propane grill thing and a fire extinguisher. After intense campfire conversation and having Jake spray extinguisher foam all over us we decided to retire for the night.

Day Two: Bloomington, IN We arrived in Bloomington somewhat early and met some skater kids who told us where the show would be- at True Skateboards. After hanging out in the parking lot we met up with some kids from the other band, North Star. We chatted with them awhile and walked around town, checking things out here and there (Bloomington, incidentally, has a damn cool anarchist bookstore called The Secret Sailor that I highly recommend checking out). Jake and I stopped into the local head shop, cleverly named 4:20, and the clerk let us smoke some legal "weed". It sucked. After Jake purchased "Stir Crazy", some book about making "space cakes" and "heavenly hash brownies", it was about time for the show. Thirteen people, most of them in other bands, showed up. No big deal. After the show we ended up going to a pizza place called Rockit's for free pizza and afterwards went with some of the kids from Secret Sailor and the North Star crew to swim and one of their apartments. About 15 of us all skinnydipping in a pool that was supposed to be closed- a recipe for trouble. Eventually the landlady got pissed and supposedly called the cops, so we had to evacuate and revert to drinking more beer. We ended up leaving the apartments around four a.m. and going to someone else's house to sleep on the porch. It seemed like a good idea at the time but we were awoken by an early morning flow of loud ass traffic. Fun.

Day Four: Lansing, MI Lansing was a last-ditch effort show- we set it up just about a week ahead...regardless it was fun as hell. Sketchy, but fun. We met John who set up the show (who we ran into at our show in Montreal) when we rolled into town, a really nice guy. The show was at the Hellcats Punk House or something in that order, and we ended up being the only band (the other band, from Detroit, flaked out...). Once again the night ended with drunken mayhem- the crowd was really receptive even though we played like hell, and we met tons of cool kids afterwards (including the two biggest Twisted Sister fans imaginable). A pretty typical night but fun as hell nonetheless...

Day Five: Camping in Ohio We had another long haul ahead of us after Lansing- next show was in Colombus, OH. After driving for quite some time we once again found a state park to camp at. And once again a night of drinking. Eventually Jake and I made our way over to another campsite where we met some small-town Ohio folk who we talked to for some time. Later they came over to our site and had a few with us. Nice people.

Day Six/Seven: Colombus, OH This remains one of the coolest shows of the tour- Submission Hold and Antiproduct (From Ashes Rise, much to our dismay, cancelled) at this place called the Lab...anyways, we rolled into Colombus kind of early and met up with Mike at the Legion of Doom house...the other bands were hanging out too so we just shot the shit for awhile and poorly attempted to screen print some t-shirts...after hanging around the house we rolled on over to the show- it was a benefit for a women's center. Kick ass. After we played our set, Submission Hold was up, and frankly, they blew me away. Definitely a very original style and tight as hell. Next up was Antiproduct, who turned out to be one of the most passionate and inspiring bands I think any of us had seen all summer (with some bitchin' cello to boot). After they played, however, the show was far from over. Outside in the parking lot myself and about six or seven other hand-drummers got together for a drum jam while gas-mask clad dancers blew fire and twirled and juggled fire-sticks- fucking intense! This was quite a climax to an already amazing show! We stayed with the other bands at Mike's house that night and the next day proved just as fun. After a good two-hour wake up session the Submission Hold/Antiproduct crews took off and brought back tons of vegan food for a feast. Definitely one of the best meals of the tour- those bands know how to fucking cook! We spent about 3 or 4 hours eating veggie burgers and tofu pups, vegan nachos, Nate's black bean soup, grilled veggies, and tons of other shit while bullshitting and playing badminton....two of the best days of tour, no doubt...