I have never disliked a river more than I disliked the Missouri River yesterday. After an overnight drive from Denver, Colorado, through Nebraska, to West Missouri, we were stuck. The Missouri had overflowed and flooded 125 miles of freeway along the state line, leaving us unable to cross over into the state without adding another 5-6 hours to our trip. Unfortunately this left us only one choice, to cancel the show.
The good thing of this is that our van started having troubles at this point and we made it to a place that we know well before it finally gave out. Now, I know we are from San Jose, but Topeka, Kansas may as well be our second home. Back in October, our transmission blew out here and we got stuck here for a week. Now, we are stuck here again and searching for another new van. The fortunate part is that we know so many great people here now who help us and give us a places to stay! The van we just recently purchased miraculously from California to Kansas, rolling in just as a ball joint cracked. We spent the last two days relentlessly searching the country for a new van and actually found one at a good price that we will be getting and being able to make it to the first show of the tour at Creation Fest East! We are beyond stoked to finally be moving on the Fire With Fire tour and playing some rad shows across the country.
Throughout all this we got a chance to do a little rehearsing and ended up writing a pretty heavy song and are super pumped.
One of our favorite things to do on the road is finding awesome restaurants, especially cheap ones. After the show in St. George, the promoter took us out to this Mexican place called Alvaro's and I've gotta say...they make one mean burrito....AND it was only THREE DOLLARS! Such a good deal for being on the road. So, if you're ever going through Southwest Utah, hit up some Alvaro's!
Things will be picking up here shortly and we will have another video blog to show you guys soon, so keep checking back!
Since we last heard from alternative rockers I Am Empire with 2011’s highly heralded Tooth & Nail debut Kings, the San Jose-based band logged endless miles of sweat equity on the road, supporting the likes of Emery, Brian “Head” Welch and Project 86, alongside its own headlining outing, plus a pair of performances at Germany’s enormous Christmas Rock Night festival. The results have not only found the foursome cementing their already apparent chemistry to indestructible degrees, but has also renewed their zeal for constant creativity that manifested itself throughout its second long player Anchors.
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Austin Lyons - vocals
Andrew Stanton - guitar
Joshua Case - bass
Eric Martin - drums