Tour is a strong word for 4 days away I grant you, but if I don’t use strong words to try and look cool then I’m out the game. Not a chance my natural good looks, wit and charm are going to cast that particular illusion.
Anyway, self-deprecation and procrastination aside, I went on what we’ll call a tour for the first time in November with who I feel I can legitimately call my bros in Swallows. The fine gentleman in the band were kind enough to invite me along to take photos and video of the tour. I guess they were just used to playing with my lens in their faces by this point and it’d throw them off if that wasn’t the case. So naturally I took up the offer with a tremendously enthusiastic, “Sure, why not?”
Putting as much time and effort as you have to keep something like a band going is no mean feat, and to throw yourself so into it at an underground level that you take time out of the rest of your life, and significant amount out of your bank, to throw yourself fully into it is a drastic move. You can’t do without total conviction and some great company who share that conviction. Or that you really enjoy ragging on all the time. Whatever’s available.
Touring is hard. Some times no ones turns up. Sometimes the promoter didn’t do their job. Sometimes you break down on the motorway in the middle of the night in torrential rain. Occasionally you get a floor or a bed to sleep on, largely its in the back of the van with as many blankets you could find in the services station.
It’s also incredible. So here’s my choice of photos from the four dates I documented with Swallows. I was far too reticent in retrospect to get as candid as I should have with the band ( I still ebb and flow alarmingly between artistic conviction and my natural social awkwardness and meekness) and really get capture everything about the tour and there’s a million and one things I’d do differently now (like not wuss out and black and white 3 of the 4 shows when a bit more work would have given some nice colours). These things aren’t just about the shows, they’re about the whole journey.
But now, thanks to Swallows, I can do that next time. Because everyone needs a first time, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have break me in. They were the perfect amount of gentle. Take from that what you will.
Also thanks for putting one of my photos on your shirts guys. Seriously, one of the coolest things ever.