Rochester NY’s Polar Bear Club just wrapped a fall tour supporting Talking Back Sunday. Tonight the band bregins a headlining tour that will feature support from Citizen, Diamond Youth and Sainthood Reps. The dates support Polar Bear Club’s Death Chorus, released this month via Rise Records.
Ghettoblaster recently caught up with PBC vocalist Jimmy Stadt to discuss life on the road. This is what he told us.
What kind of vehicle are you travelling in, and what are you doing to outfit it for maximum comfort?
We are in a 15 passenger van. A Chevy express to be exact. We also have a big ol’ trailer. The only thing we do to maximize comfort is travel light. We have a small crew so whoever isn’t driving or in shotgun usually gets a bench to themselves.
What is the planned playlist for your travels?
It varies. A lot of podcasts. WTF, Comedy Bang Bang, Filmspotting, Bill Simmons. We have been listening to that Haim record a lot too. It really depends on whose driving.
Which of the cities that you’ll be visiting are you most excited about and why?
I really love Chicago and Seattle. Those are two places I could really see myself living in. Toronto as well, we always have great shows there.
Which of your destinations are you most anxious about?
Hmmmm, I think going from Denver to Salt Lake City always makes me anxious. It’s a really gnarly drive even without bad weather but it seems the weather is always bad. It’s famously the worst drive of any tour.
What are the top three essential, must-have items that you take on the road with you?
Jump rope, a couple books and ear plugs. Ear plugs not only for shows but also for when you’re trying to sleep and the rest of your band is not.
What will you miss most about home while you are away?
My wife and dogs are really important to me. I miss them terribly when I’m away.
Do you keep a diary during your travels? If so, is it public? Can we share it?
No I don’t. I’ve always tried but have been pretty bad about it. I do write frequently about films I’ve seen or stuff like that but not really a day to day journal.
That is the crazy thing you’ve seen on the road during this or other tours?
The craziest thing I ever saw on tour was in England. We were driving late at night on the highway and we rolled up to an exploded car engulfed in flames in the middle of the road. It was nuts because we were the first people there! Everyone was ok but it was weird to see that in real life.
(Catch Polar Bear Club at one of these dates with Citizen, Diamond Youth, Sainthood Reps supporting:
11.08.13- New York, NY- The Studio @ Webster Hall
11.09.13- Baltimore, MD- Ottobar
11.10.13- Cambridge, MA- The Sinclair
11.12.13- Toronto, ONT- Hard Luck
11.13.13- Detroit, MI- Magic Stick
11.14.13- Cleveland, OH- Grog Shop
11.15.13- Chicago, IL- Subterranean
11.16.13- Dekalb, IL- The House Café
11.18.13- Denver, CO- Marquee Theatre
11.20- Salt Lake City, UT- Kilby Court Gallery
11.21.13- Boise, ID- The Shredder
11.22.13- Seattle, WA- The Vera Project
11.23.13- Vancouver, BC- Biltmore Cabaret
11.24.13- Portland, OR- Branx
11.26.13- Oakland, CA- Oakland Metro
11.27.13- Anaheim, CA- Chain Reaction
11.29.13- San Diego, CA- The Irenic
12.01.13- Scottsdale, AZ- Pub Rock Live
12.03.13- Dallas, TX- Sons Of Hermann Hall
12.05.13- Atlanta, GA- Drunken Unicorn
12.07.13- Philadelphia, PA- F.U. Church)