Tour life might seem totally glamorous and fun, but it’s often a mixed bag. Up-and-coming bands are faced with homesickness, long drives and often super sketchy places to rest their head, but if all goes well they also get to play their music to new crowds each night and explore crazy corners of the world. Since forming in 2010, Texan progressive-metal troublemakers Polyphia have been fortunate to travel around the globe and gleefully spread their totally insane brand of millennial shred to the masses. Later this year, they’ll hit the road once again, this time joining R&Bcore crew Issues for a massive North American trek. Ahead of that run, we caught up with bassist Clay Gober to get his take on the weirdest and wildest places he’s visited on tour.
1. GUWAHATI, INDIA
That was some crazy culture shock, man. You really have to go there and see it for yourself. Some of the best food I’ve ever had.
2. TOKYO, JAPAN
We’ve been there three separate times and I continue to have my mind blown to this day. Exploring Shinjuku has been a good way to break up any touristy monotony. Definitely check out the Robot Bar if you ever find yourself there!
Singapore was gnarly. We saw this big-ass building that was basically two huge towers connected by a boat on the top. And just a bunch of cops carrying machine guns and shit like that. You can take more pictures in that place than anywhere I’ve ever seen.
4. THE ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA
Amsterdam was cool as fuck. You can buy weed in coffee shops and apparently some sort of shroom-like thing called truffles. Truly a playground to be had on an off day.