The problem with playing out of continent – aside from increased border patrol and visa restrictions – is that bands often don’t get to travel with much of their own gear. Meeting up with London’s Let’s Wrestle was just this way – they were alongside Man Man at Hawthorne Theater for the Friday of MusicfestNW but only had their electrics.What we needed was two acoustics in a half hour or the whole thing would be for not.
It seemed daunting for a pack of out-of-towners to do; after being spurned by a steep rental fee at our first music shop, morale took the back burner. Luckily enough, we tapped on the window of Artichoke Music just as Richard was closing up. He let us borrow an instrument based on our word we’d come right back with it. Moments later we ambushed a long-haired dude walking through a field with his guitar in tow. His name was Micah from Boulder, Colorado and everywhere else. He hopped into the car and we were in business, catching the band right as they were leaving to fetch some embroidered Nike jackets. Now with the first British contribution under the West’s belt – the commonwealth is alive and well in the states.