This article is just a short little diary of a weekend run I did with Tyler Wells who goes by the name Portsmouth. We did 3 days but 2 shows starting in Chattanooga on Friday.
11-18: After I got out of school I met Tyler at dads garage to load up and head out for chatt, but was fighting what I still think was a short stint of the flu. I almost passed out in 4th period, but I'm the kind of guy to not give up a show unless I'm being carried out on a stretcher. That's probably not the ideal situation to most people but I just love it too much. Plus, then I'm the douchebag that drops a show the day of due to the sniffles. Nobody wants to be that guy. We show up after about a 2 hour drive and see parts of wildfires on the way there because of the serious drought we've had for a while. The promoter greets us at the door and we hang before the show. The place is called Elmo's world and was SO much fun to play (even though big bird was a no show). The artists were super talented and everybody was so nice. We tried to meet everybody at cookout after but went to the completely wrong one that was about 20 minutes away which sucked, but we both were starving so we had to take a fat L on that one. After we ate we went to our friends dorm at UTC and slept there for the night with the cutest and smallest dog we've met named Egg. Thank you for letting us pet him and sleeping, but mainly thanks for letting us play with your dog.
11-19: It's dumb to have an off day on a 3 day run so i was already kicking myself for that from the get go, but we ate at this coffee shop and met these waitresses that commented on Tyler's Foxing shirt, turns out they love that same music and one of em had seen shows at dad's garage back home and knows the guys. Therefore we sat and talked our asses off about different bands and what mutual friends we knew while eating probably the best breakfast I've ever had in my life. The day goes by and we arrive in Birmingham and go see some little landmarks, and made some funny pictures violating the Vulcan Statue. We realized our maturity as soon as 9 year old Joseph came out and said "hey take a picture of me punching its butt" and went from there. We got to the house we were staying at and went to a really sick show with the owner, and had a heart to heart with a Taco Bell worker for about 20 minutes while eating our budgeted tacos. It was so cool just to see some music, which was for this cause called Beautiful Bodies of Birmingham. I'm not sure what exactly it was for so I'm not gonna guess on it, but whatever they were doing it was awesome and I'm so happy we were a part of it in some way.
11-20: Day of the show! We hang out in Birmingham some more and hit up a guitar center to kill some time, and also went through this mall that had a lego store. Cmon, who's gonna pass that up. So we walked in and messed around, drove some more, and finally we show up to the Syndicate Lounge for an 18+ show when I'm 2 years younger than that. Thankfully the promoter was cool about it, and we played one of my favorite shows ever. The local was the frequently who are all in high school as well and just blew the roof off the place. Such cool guys and their manager/our promoter Lauren is the sweetest human being on the earth. We had the best time and both can't wait to hit up the area again. After the show we made the travel home and stayed awake by blasting microwave and free throw and screaming our throats out to the songs until he dropped me off at dad's garage where I slept on Aj's couch in his room. Knowing I'd be only getting about 2 hours of sleep before school the next day, I was dead but had best time being out with Portsmouth. We both needed that run more than anything just to run away from stresses and have fun. It's a run I'll never forget, and a great way to send off 2016.
Check out https://thefrequently.bandcamp.com/ and a huge thank you to anyone who came out or made the shows possible, or let us sleep in their homes.
written by Joseph Barnum