The Monster in Me

TBASA. Hell Mary. Patrick Galactic. The Triple Headed Monster Tour. 9 days, four thousand miles, and a Chrysler 300. It’s done. It was awesome. It’s…weird. I was happy to come home, see my cats, my roommate, and sleep in my own bed but I was JUST getting used to waking up early in some strange-ass room, silently listening to tour mates talk in their sleep, take a shower and get the hell back on the road. 

Things I Learned

-        Instagram is the best thing ever when you’re traveling and seeing new cool shit all the time. It also prompted me to think about how to make my day-to-day life more interesting. In short, Instagram saved my life.

-        Everything is expensive when you have no money. This was a DIY venture through and through. Thanks to our amazing family of artists and assorted creative types in Seattle, we made enough money at our send-off show to pay for nearly all our lodging. My total hotel bill for the tour was $21. Thanks friends!

-        Gas costs a lot more in the desert where there are only a few places to fill up over several hundred miles.

-        There is no such thing as a bad dancing meth girl in the audience. ‘Nuff said.

-        Big cities like Portland, San Francisco, and LA are cool. Very cool. But the weird in-betweens are also pretty amazing. Jamestown, California is a one-road old gold mining town that is still set-up to look period-correct. Lots of weird history, weird tourists, and great pictures. Just as rewarding as any other place we visited.

Most Important Thing I Learned: playing a show every night brought me closer to my songs. Performing for me is like a waking dream. When things are going well I'm not paying attention to anything or anyone around me. Without a week or several weeks in between shows, I spent more time in that trance-like state and felt the regenerative, medicinal effects of it. When I got home I was exhausted but in a way I felt stronger than I had when I left.

Tim's wife, Pauline (aka PBASA) ran our merch stand and gave our swag the swagger it needed on a nightly basis. She managed a lot of aspects of our tour and deserves a huge thanks! It is SO worth to bring someone to focus on the non-musical aspects of putting on a show. Whoever it is probably won't be half as rad as Pauline but it's worth a shot.

Because we were in a large sedan and not a van, I don't think there are many people I could have made this trip with. We had very little space to spread out and, as it turned out, that was just fine. I had a blast with my tour mates! We listened to a ton of music, talked a ton of shit to each other and laughed our asses we off. We saw burning cars on the highway, drove through the Redwood Forest, walked the streets of Los Angeles in 108 degree weather, almost got our balls bit off by a really sweet dog, drove through the desert and eventually got an entire bar to sing "Stand By Me" a capella in Bend, OR when the karaoke machine broke down. 

Now it’s back to getting my EP done so that there’s a reason for me to tour next year. Very special thanks to Erika, Ryan, and Seth for putting us up along the way! Thanks to everyone who tuned in to our social media bombardment and to everyone who came to our shows and bought our merch. 2016 is already shaping up to be a very big year for me, I’m excited to share it with you!

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Photo by Pauline Basaraba

Photo by Pauline Basaraba

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PBASA - tour manager and resident legend. Photo by Tim Basaraba.

PBASA - tour manager and resident legend. Photo by Tim Basaraba.

Photo by Tim Basaraba

Photo by Tim Basaraba

Photo by Patrick Galactic

Photo by Patrick Galactic