the variety of landscape in this country is unreal. to drive from texas to michigan, via colorado, in early march, is to go from summer to winter to spring - from desert blaze to mountain snow to flat, damp hayfield in a handful of days - a handful of days if you’re stopping to play shows along the way. and now we’re leaving chicago for a long day on the road over to new york and so now bound for the big, deciduous, slopey green of pennsylvania and the glare of the industrial east. and lately, in my mind, as on the highway, i see america broadening and dividing and getting harder and harder to pin down. from the couch in canada its easy to think you know what the country is or what its people are about, but like with so many things, the closer you get, the further you are from knowing exactly what your getting closer to. i have to say its seems much worse from afar, because all you hear is that this maniac is trying to illegalize abortion and that maniac is trying to give tax breaks to the power elite, and this school was shot up and that platoon was shipped out and theres the pharmaceuticals and the biotechs and the weapons and the evangelical pyramid schemes and yeah its fucked up but on the ground - its humdrum. and i’m still not sure how the two americas connect. okay this is all a bit heavy for the band blog…lets see…the shows are going well. yes! gomez are excellent people, fast becoming fast friends and their fans are attentive and awesome. only a week or so left and we’re up on our east coast for a handful of headlining shows we missed on our recent fall tour. a week more we’re at the junos. and a week beyond that we’re over on the autoban eating waffles and soundchecking in the small brick venues of western europe. hard to imagine. but shouldn’t be too hard to endure. in the meantime, i hope spring is generous. and that the world in your mind and the world in the air are clicking into place magically.