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Southern U.S. Summer 2003

start: Friday, June 27, 2003

end: Wednesday, July 16, 2003

We went down south for a few weeks, hitting TX, AR, TN, MS. LA, FL, GA, NC, VA, PA, MI

See a map of this tour.


#1 – Friday, June 27, 2003 — Guido's Pizza, Nashville, TN
#2 – Monday, June 30, 2003 — Fat Cat's, Houston, TX
#3 – Tuesday, July 1, 2003 — punk house, Baton Rouge, LA
#4 – Wednesday, July 2, 2003 — Dixie Taverne, New Orleans, LA
#5 – Friday, July 4, 2003 — Checkpoint Charlie's, New Orleans, LA
#6 – Saturday, July 5, 2003 — End of the Line Cafe, Pensacola, FL
#7 – Sunday, July 6, 2003 — The Ark, Gainesville, FL
#8 – Tuesday, July 8, 2003 — the ACRC, Asheville, NC
#9 – Wednesday, July 9, 2003 — Ziggy's, Chattanooga, TN
#10 – Thursday, July 10, 2003 — Asheville, NC
#11 – Sunday, July 13, 2003 — Robot House, Philadelphia, PA
#12 – Tuesday, July 15, 2003 — Project 1877, Pittsburgh, PA
#13 – Wednesday, July 16, 2003 — Detroit, MI


Nashville, TN — Guido's Pizza

Friday, Jun 27, 2003

show # 1


venue: Guido's Pizza
Nashville, TN

age: all-ages

part of tour: Southern U.S. Summer 2003

review: Our first show of the tour was at a little pizza place in Nashville. There were quite a few kids there and most of them were really young. The opening act was one of those "just a dude and a guitar, but loudly amplified like it's a full band" kind of things. Or maybe he had some kind of beatbox too, I forget. Next was ALLERGIC TO WHORES. All their songs are about death and ashes and tears and pain and death. They have fashionable tattoos and pants and stuff. I had heard their recorded stuff before & it sounded not that bad, but live, they were kind of a train wreck (at least they were that night). Sound = mud. We played next, followed by locals THE SEX. They're all about twelve to fourteen years old, their dad is a studio cat in Nashville, and they play the pizza joint all the time. They played some pretty OK straight-ahead fast punk/hc, and they also did some horrible experimental weird keyboard stuff. Well, after that, it got really late and although numerous other bands were rumored to be hopping on the bill, we had to split. Mega big thanks go out to Matt and Sabrina for putting us up & feeding us, you guys are the best. Thanks to Steven too, for taking us to Grimey's record store.

Houston, TX — Fat Cat's

Monday, Jun 30, 2003

show # 2


venue: Fat Cat's
4216 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007-5638

age: all-ages

part of tour: Southern U.S. Summer 2003

review: Well, we had tried to hop on a few shows after Nashville, but nothing worked out so instead we hung out there for an extra day, then took a leisurely drive down the Natchez Trace Parkway, stopping at the place where Lewis (of Lewis & Clark) supposedly shot himself, then spent the night in Vicksburg MS and the next day took in a tour of the battlefield. The most impressive thing was the ironclad U.S.S. Cairo which has been partially restored & is a monster!
Well OK, then a bird flew into the windshield of our van, then we drove to Houston TX. For some reason, there were two shows going on across the street from eachother. Our show was at Fat Cat's, and I don't know what the other place was called. Why they didn't just combine them, I don't know. Anyway, Fat Cat's was a pretty big bar, mostly a big empty room, with a stage. We played first, to not very many people. But hey, it's a Monday nite... Then DEFEND THE GHETTO played, more people started trickling in, and finally when FLOOR played there was a smallish crowd there. FLOOR was deafening loud and sludgy, but good. If you're a fan of THE MELVINS, you'll dig 'em.
Thanks to the Hands Up Houston folks for setting this up. Mega big thanks also go to my buddy Steve Skoog for coming to see us & putting us up at his swell pad!

Baton Rouge, LA — punk house

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2003

show # 3

venue: punk house
Baton Rouge, LA

age: all-ages

part of tour: Southern U.S. Summer 2003

review: I'd have to say that this was one of FOURTH ROTOR's all-time best shows ever. The show was at this guy Kurt's house in Baton Rouge, where they've had numerous shows, but I think this was the last show as they were moving & trying to find another space. Anyway, it was a punk house with dogs & beer. We went walking around the neighborhood a bit -- it's full of small houses and tropical vegetation, and part of it is below sea level. Everyone I met kept talking about the bad economy in and how there's no jobs in Baton Rouge. Well, anyway, on to the show part...Kurt and Joseph's two man band opened the show. They were frenetic, weird, and experimental. We were next -- there was something about the small living room we were crammed into, the huge enthusiasm of the small crowd of kids, and just the atmosphere in general. We felt totally in our element, and played our set damn near perfect, and enjoyed the hell out of it. After us, there was a guitar-playing, singing guy who did some mellower stuff. It wasn't just the big contrast with the blah bar show of the previous night -- this show was something really special. The real underground, DIY.
Big thanks go to Kurt for setting us up and cooking us vittles, and to Joseph for recording our entire set.

New Orleans, LA — Dixie Taverne

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2003

show # 4

venue: Dixie Taverne
3340 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119-6206

time: 10:00 pm
age: 21+

part of tour: Southern U.S. Summer 2003

review: We arrived in New Orleans ridiculously early and sat in front of the Dixie Tavern for hours. Luckily, we had lawn chairs. Yes, we're a band that travels in style. Finally the bar opened up and we went in. The kid that ran the bar was watching the Simpsons. He said he was 21 and had been running the bar for 3 years.

This was not a very good show. It was the type of atmosphere where we felt like "Watch the gear. Watch the merch." Although most of the folks were cool, it seemed like a few assholes (actually mostly 1 asshole) ruined it for everybody. This one guy was slobbing around during the bands, being an asshole and shoving people, etc. He also wasn't happy with the free sticker I gave him; claimed it was too hard to get the backing off. Sorry dude, what do you want for free? The first band was called DAISY and they were pretty atrocious metal/punk, kinda like THE ACCUSED but without that band's talent. They also had some sort of equipment issues where there was constant high-pitched feedback and other aural torture. I think we played next, or maybe it was FALL RIVER, I forget. FALL RIVER and FED BY FICTION, I believe were touring together & were both from Wisconsin. They were both real screamy noisecore.

Most memorable lines of the evening:

Dude at show (right before we played): "Are you guys hard enough to mosh to?"
Douglas: "Oh, it'll be hard for you."

New Orleans, LA — Checkpoint Charlie's

Friday, Jul 4, 2003

show # 5

venue: Checkpoint Charlie's
501 Esplanade
New Orleans, LA 70116-2016

time: 11:00 pm
age: 21+

part of tour: Southern U.S. Summer 2003

review: We were killing time in New Orleans, trying desperately to pick up some shows to fill the gaping holes in our tour schedule. We were drinking bloody marys at the edge of the French quarter dive, and couldn't help but notice that some bands were playing that night. With absolutely nothing better to do, and completely zero prospects, we asked the bar people if we could play that night. They said we could, but after all the scheduled acts were done. On 4th of July in the French Quarter, that meant about 3 or 4 am. It was miserably lame. The two or three drunks that were still alive sort of seemed enthusiastic.

Pensacola, FL — End of the Line Cafe

Saturday, Jul 5, 2003

show # 6


venue: End of the Line Cafe
610 E Wright St
Pensacola, FL 32501-4922

age: all-ages

part of tour: Southern U.S. Summer 2003

Gainesville, FL — The Ark

Sunday, Jul 6, 2003

show # 7


venue: The Ark
22 NE 11th Street
Gainesville, FL 32601-3611

age: all-ages

part of tour: Southern U.S. Summer 2003

Asheville, NC — the ACRC

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2003

show # 8

with: BLACK LUNG BRASS BAND, The Willows, Delta Dart

venue: the ACRC
63 N. Lexington Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801-2823

age: all-ages

part of tour: Southern U.S. Summer 2003

Chattanooga, TN — Ziggy's

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2003

show # 9


venue: Ziggy's
Chattanooga, TN

time: 10:00 pm
age: all-ages

part of tour: Southern U.S. Summer 2003

review: This was a last minute show for us, and our long lost old acquaintance Tom got us on the bill. Thanks Tom!

Asheville, NC —

Thursday, Jul 10, 2003

show # 10

Asheville, NC

age: all-ages

part of tour: Southern U.S. Summer 2003

Philadelphia, PA — Robot House

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003

show # 11

venue: Robot House
Philadelphia, PA

age: all-ages

part of tour: Southern U.S. Summer 2003

Pittsburgh, PA — Project 1877

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003

show # 12


venue: Project 1877
4805 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1301

age: all-ages

part of tour: Southern U.S. Summer 2003

Detroit, MI —

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2003

show # 13

Detroit, MI

age: all-ages

part of tour: Southern U.S. Summer 2003



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