Tour life might seem glamorous and fun, but it ain’t for the faint of heart. Between the homesickness and long drives, there’s also the issue of where to rest your head each night. Up-and-coming bands cutting their teeth playing tiny gig after tiny gig don’t get to ride in a lux tour bus much less stay in a hotel room every evening. Instead, they get to crash wherever they can while trying to save up gas money. Brooklyn-based gothic-industrial outfit Fellahin Fall know all about this — they’ve stayed in some pretty shady spots while on the road. We caught up with guitarist Raphael Pinsker to get a look at what tour life is really all about, warts and all.
1. Walmart parking lot
Not that weird when it comes to touring metal bands, but we have crossed this luxurious resting spot off our bucket list many times.
2. Park benches in Toronto
After a not-so-restful night in Toronto, half the band spent the entire day-off napping on park benches.
3. Pool house of a mansion in Tennessee
We were on tour with New Jersey black-metal band Hercyn at the time, and we had just played a show in Knoxville, Tennessee. The promoter was gracious enough to offer us all a place to crash for the night, so after stocking up on beers and snacks we pulled up to a legit mansion where we had the opportunity to crash in a pool house.
4. A band house in North Carolina
We were doing a weekend run with North Carolina doom band Helgamite and were offered to stay in a house that was run by musicians. Beers, BBQ and jam-and-recording sessions took place all night.
5. Outside of The Exit in Chicago
After playing Reggie’s we decided to pay a visit to the infamous metal bar in Chicago, where we drank until 4 a.m. and ended up passing out in our van parked outside of the bar.