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so this is...

So it's been far too long since we've blogged, in fact this will be the first from Canada and it's nearly at an end for North America...

As usual Canada was amazing, starting out on the west coast at the ever amazing Victoria Ska Fest where we hooked up with our new awesome buddies, hi five guys, the Suburban Legends, who we played a bunch of shows with across Canada finishing up in Calgary...

You should check these guys out, I know there's a few bands back home who do some Disney covers etc. but these guys actually play covers from the Lion King, Little Mermaid etc. at Disney Land... no shit... they are super mega awesome... special shout out to guitarist from Suburban Legends, Brian, who does the most amazing Neil Diamond cover....

It hasn't been all smooth sailing on the good ship Resignator though, as Sharpy injured his shoulder in Canada and was replaced in Edmonton by long time friend, and all round good guy, Kris Bridge from Utopian Skank. Kris is doing an amazing job with limited preparation and sharpy has become merch guy extraordinaire....

Sharpy will e back on the drummers stool back in Australia after his shoulder has healed!

Anyway, there's plenty more, but we have to head to northern Quebec now... more updates very soon...

I promise

The captain

Time for Canada!

The American leg of the tour is all over! 28 shows done and dusted. The Resignators are now in Canada!

This last week was an eventfull one! The most IMPORTANT day being my 19th birthday! (And lets just say I wont be drinking Gin for at least a few weeks). And so, after roughly 5 plates of food each from an all you can eat buffet, the Resignators all went off to the zoo to celebrate! (All thanks to Steve and catlin from skank agents for the passes! ) Believe it or not, San Diegos Zoo's special feature was the Australian animals! Ha! Everyone felt that little bit close to home while viewing the koala and kangeroo enclosers. Many laughs were had at an American band putting on Aussie accents for their bush band. We even picked up some Aussie slang. 'have a g-day' and 'have a g-night' ..as learnt from the gift shop window. Lol. 4th of July was spent in San Fransisco. Such an interesting and beautiful city! After a day of walking through the city streets, we watched the independance day fire works from pier 39. And I think its safe to say on behalf of the band.. We love you san fran!

A few dodgy hotels later.. We finally got to play at the famous and legendary 924 Gilman st! Where bands such as Off spring, Green day began. Crazy cool! Now onto canada! The first show will be on Thursday night at the 919 club For Victoria ska fest! But untill the we will/and have been enjoying the sweet tunes of the ska festival! Leda x

There's a special place in hell...

There's a special place reserved in hell for take away and convienence stores that charge extra for condiments... there I've said it! I've felt this way for a long time but with takeaway stores in the USA giving out sauces, mustards and all variety of condiments with your meal for FREE it's time for action Australia.

I now am stepping up to tell Australian stores that it's just not on to charge 30c for a small portion of sauce or mustard... I mean if your food isn't tasty enough without the sauce then surely you should provide the condiment for FREE...

I have also learned that pizza boxes are a great source of cheese...

love and huggies The Captain

A day off taken is a bunch of pennies spent...

Our show in Tulsa didn't quite work out unfortunately, so we're cooling our heels here in Little Rock, Arkansas for an extra day. Our host Casey has graciously allowed us to occupy his living room an extra night, thus allowing us to save our pennies for a big long drive tomorrow to Lubbock, Texas. After a top feed last night (best Bacon Chee' I've had in the US thus far I'd say, with a side order of deep fried pickles) we played a great show at the 8-bit Tap Room (8bittaproom.com) in Little Rock, fuelled by a few cups of Diamond Bear beer. Good local brews and nosh is what good tours are made of, so Little Rock has ticked all the boxes on the Resignators checklist well. Yesterday was a welcome food adventure in Memphis, Tennessee, with a trip to a good old southern style cookin' restaurant. My first taste of Jambalaya was extremely memorable, made all the more memorable by a few hush-puppies (deep fried pieces of sweet corn bread) from Steve's plate. Hot Sauce obligatory! After this super feed we attempted to walk all the food off with a dander down Beale St, home of the blues. We enjoyed the jaunt, but failed to walk the food off. I was still full 6 hours later. Top day! At this moment we're vegetating on the couches while Sharpy cooks his arse off in the kitchen, preparing us a super pasta feed. I for one seriously can't wait. For all everybody loves a big fried feed, the selection of food at gas stations and road stops here in the US (much like Australia) consists mostly of burgers, pizzas, donuts and other lovely things. Since we're on the road most of the time, these are the foods that most touring bands are reliant upon to keep the energy up and the good tunes a-flowing. These foods, however, do not a long term healthy diet make. Therefore, the chance to cook a good old pasta dish is a chance best taken. If you're not going to make any cash from a gig, the savings are also considerable! So. A lazy, half-arsed, full-stomached, couch-ridden-wave from the USA to all the wonderful Ressie sympathisers out there who may read this sporadic blog of enlightenment. Peace and good food-love everybody!

Who wants to marry our Trombone player

We had an odd request on our facebook site after the Show in Arlington VA, a guy had pledged his undying love and devotion to our illustrious trombone player Leda. There were promises of trips to Vegas and the showering of frankensence and muir, wait that's another story, but needless to say she was very popular in Arlington...

This got us thinking.... maybe we could auction off the affections of Leda for a sizeable dowry? Please don't take this the wrong way... but for a small cow, maybe a goat, 2 IHOP coupons and a triple cheese burger from Wendys and I'm sure we could be swayed...

We put this to Leda.... we were denied... :-(

So no goats and more importantly no triple cheese burger from Wendys for me but alas the tour pushes on...

Tonight finds us above a bowling alley in Little Rock AR, the former home to one time (actually 2 times) president of the USA, Bill Clinton, if I see Monica around the traps I'll know that Hillary won't be in town... Good one Bill...

So tonight's motto is 'I did not have ska relations with that women'

check you on the flip side... almost literarily'

love and huggies

The Captain

Shows, house parties and kegs

Sharpy here. Having a couple of days off in Daytona Beach was nice until we recieved the news that our show in Gainesville had fallen through. We were all pretty pretty bummed about it until we got a msg saying us and Stop The Presses are playing a University Of Florida house party! It was everything the movies portayed college parties as in the 90's. 2 ska bands, kegs upon kegs off beer, red cups, punch and a shit load of people. There was the biggest game of beer pong i had ever seen and some random dude dressed as a horse. Both bands got a grear reception. Litterly at the end of our set the cops came to tell us to stop playing. We got to party for about an hour before the cops came back and shut the party down. Again it was exactly how it was in the movies. Wild party and a wild show. Big shout out to Jose for letting us play his "Get Ignorant" Gators party! Im so glad we got to experience a real American college party. Happy days! The next day we headed to Tallahassee for the last show with the amazing Stop The Presses from Miami. We had a big bbq and some beers with them. We also showed them the Australian movie "Kenny". Im not 100% the understood all the Aussie humor but they were laughing most of the movie. Good day. We headed to the venue and all bands played an awesome show. The first band used old game boys and nintendo consoles as instruments. After the show we also bought/swapped each others merch. I got bought the biggest can of beer i have ever seen. We got a group photo with both bands, said our goodbyes :( and headed to Duram for another last minute house show and stayed with the amazing Jack and Katey! Another wild house party show! Thank you for having us!! Last night we played in Baltimore with new friends Survey Says from New Jersey and Save The Swim Team from Orange County, CA. A massive thank you to Rachel for putting the show on, letting 3 ska bands stay at her house and feeding all of us! Thank you!! Right now, we are in a brass shop in New Jersey trombone shopping for Leda! Playing NJ tonight!

kindess of strangers

Steve here...Firat day off in awhile after some hot Florida shows...last night at Tir na Nog in Daytona was a huge surprise. This beautiful Irish pub had the best beer selection I have ever seen including OLD RASPUTINS RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT on tap! Folks rolled in late but were very appreciative and bought lots of merch and our hosts at Tir na Nog let us handpick 7 premium beers for travelers..I had a Three Philosophers from Ommegang brewing...a quadruple ale with lots of flavour and body. .. for Jez I picked the Beezlebub a 13% beer that packed am elegant punch..Leda and Stace had Unibrau beers from Quebec. ..Leda the Maudite and Stace the Fin de Monde...John had the Newcastle Bombshell. ..Sharpy the Hebrew Ale..and Francis had a Belgian style raspberry lambic... we will be returning to Tir na nog for an encore performance tomorrow night and can't wait to try more beers and meet more fine Daytona folks... highlight of the day/night off was meeting Gentle Ben at the picnic table at our hotel. ..he pulled out a 1.75 litre bottle of Bushmills, a bottle of Drambuie, a bottle of Chatreuse and more. ..the kindness of strangers keeps The Resignators on the road in style!

Blog Dogs Ramble

Stacy here, my turn to be Blog Dog on the Road. Moving out of the comforts of home provided by The Douglas family base camp of Fort Myers Florida makes me feel so lucky to have family in both the north and south hemispheres. Crossing the Caloosahatchee River I'm feeling a little heavy hearted to say bye to Steve's beaut family but Im still buzzing from getting back at 6am via the Everglades from a Miami gig with the awesome band Stop the Presses. Ali Culotta and her crew packed a punch with sugar on top the other night at Cape Coral. Glad to meet another gal who has fine taste in not only keyboards (a Nord Electro 3 of course) but shoes as well, studded heels, yay brilliant! I'll definitely have to pick up my game at the next gig and wear my Black Cherry Demonia heels. We rolled into St Petersburg Florida to play at the Local 662 bar. Ariel the merch man from Stop the Presses was wandering out on the streets of St Petersburg spruiking the show on stilts while Steve and I chowed down on some Buffalo Wings and Blue Cheese mmmmmm. Local St Petes band Victims of Circumstance are very cool boys with big rigs, great songs and very nice graphics. I have joined the Fight Against Bulging Midriffs I am the ubiquitous watchdog on sugar. Yeah good luck with this you might say but I'm trying so hard. A small bottle of cranberry juice had 71g of sugar in it! Thats at least a third of a cup. Yeah right, oh well....there's always tomorrow cos Key Lime Pie is still my total downfall. The next destination was Wills Pub in Orlando great craft beer list including Orkney Skull Splitter Green Flash Hop Head Red Cigar City Pacific Jade Terrapin Rye Paleale Orange Blossom Pilsner. And more. Here the barman cooks wonderful free tacos during happy hour. Yay! Equal to the prolific beers was the number of bands playing at Will's. 5 rocking bands Dog, DNA, Yugoskavia. Stop the Presses and us. Now we've just landed in Daytona to play at Tir na nOg, Land of Eternal Youth provided by the bottomless Glass of froth and bubble of course. Mmm might get a nice dark beer tonight top up my iron levels.

Shit! How long has it been since the last post?

The ingredients to a good night: Playing music, drinking beer and throwing machettes at a tree. And that's exactly what we did after the Marrietta show. Thanks to the guys and their sweet landlord for putting us up.

Florida, the sunshine state, greeted us with the tail end of tropical storm Andrea. Our first FL show was at the Burro bar, Jacksonville as part of the 'Art Walk' festivities. Thanks for a great turn out, it nice to get to know y'all. Big cheers to Jimmy and Katie and their fantabulous Party Pallette. Big thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas for some excellent hospitality, and some overly full stomachs. Rack'em Billiards held some surprises. Three of the best bands we've played with this tour were keen to get the crowd dancing. The last minute addition to the line-up was The Whole Tones, lacking a drummer and with the addition of a trumpeter on a few tunes, they were still a first class act. we're looking forward to playing the next couple of shows with Stop The Presses. Last nights show at Bougainvias was a success, great crowd and groovy bohemian atmosphere. Till next time, adios amigos, and keep smiling.

Thanks Durham!

Three super fun shows down... Three months to go. America so far has been a blast!! On the down side being only 18 means John and I are not of the legal age to consume alcohol. (again!). Each bar gives us a big, black underage texter crosses on both hands... But aside from that, America seems to be the home great thrift stores! I am now in possession of some white and red striped overalls that say 'rock n' roll' on the front in colourful block letters. Last night the Resignators played in Durham where the crowd were definitly the best dancers so far! We played with the talented and fun Sibanac (spot the drug). And a big thankyou to Jack, for letting us stay in his lovely home! Tonight we enter the state of Georgia... Cant wait! Over and out, Leda x

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