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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Spelling Bee Returns From A Tour That Included A Break-In And Several Great Bands

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What did you bring with you in the way of merch and music, and what sold best?

We had our full-length on cassette tape and CD along with our split 7" record with Glass Teeth. Everything sold fairly well, and we're down to less than 30 copies of the split 7" and less than 10 copies of the cassette tape.

What was the best band you played with?

Some favorites are Arvid Noe from Boston, Black Pus from Providence and Heavy Medical from Philly. We will supply a handy list of links at the bottom of the interview.

What piece of advice do you have for other bands heading out on tour?

Take pictures and video if you can! So much happens so quickly on the road, and it's always nice to bring something home to share. Our plans were foiled by an unexpected break-in in Brooklyn, but we're hoping to do a full tour blog the next time we're on the road.

What did you give up in order to go on this tour?

Money. We have never struggled so much with money than we have this Summer. Both of our amps went haywire (and for different reasons) only days before we were slated to leave. We had to cancel our date in Iowa City to have both amps repaired. That was over $200 right away (tube amps are worth it, though). Day 8 of our tour had us performing in Brooklyn, where one of our car windows was smashed in during the concert. Luckily our equipment was inside the venue, but our personal belongings were stolen out of the car. This included a laptop computer (which had MANY photos and videos from the previous week), other small electronics and all of our clothes and bath supplies. We spent day 9 scoping thrift stores for clothes (and Target for underwear). The window replacement set us back an addition $400.

What did you gain on this tour?

Every tour leaves us with similar feelings. After six tours, the feelings only get stronger. We perform alongside wonderful artists on the road and return to St. Louis, hoping to integrate what we've learned into our music. Spelling Bee started as an excuse to travel and enjoy experimental music in other cities. Because Mabel starting playing guitar specifically FOR Spelling Bee, our sound had literally been shaped by our experiences in and out of the city.

Here are our picks from our August 2011 Tour:

Coping (Chicago, IL) The Reptilian (Kalamazoo, MI) PONDS (Easthampton, MA) Jack Topht (Buffalo, NY) Dope Body (Balitmore, MD) HUME (Washington, D.C.) Wume (Chicago, IL) Black Pus (Providence, RI) TINSEL TEETH (Providence, RI) Bad Drugs (Chicago, IL) Mother Night (New Bedford, MA) Arvid Noe (Boston, MA) Pile (Boston, MA) The Sediment Club (Brooklyn, NY) Bangladeafy (Brooklyn, NY) Bubonic Bear (Philadealphia, PA) Heavy Medical (Philadelphia, PA) The Fordists (Washington, D.C.) Sign-Off (Athens, OH) Gnarwhal (Nashville, TN)

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