Let’s re-cap our BLACK WHITE Tour! We’ll be giving you a play by play with some golden goodies along the way.
Holy. Ugh. The alarm was going off at 5:45am and Paul was still dreaming. He didn’t know an alarm was even going off. Jenn woke up, still insulated in her winter coat, ear plugs and eye mask; whispering, “PAUL….the phone…..” after a few groggy moments and trying not to wake everyone in the room, we snuck out and hailed a cab to the Philadephia airport.
A word of advice to everyone, even though US Airways seems cheap when you’re booking it online, your checked baggage is a whopping $25 per bag. Good thing our band gear is just gameboy and keyboard. The TSA line was short but still took excruciatingly long for 7am. While Paul slept in a pile of jackets, Jenn was busy leveling up her Pokemon Black party to an even 24 all around. Curious about the Philly pretzel, she bought 3 for $3 at the airport terminal. This purchase went on to sustain the pair of us for the whole day at PAX East! When 8:15am rolled around, we took off for Boston. It was a very quick ride and our cab ride was even quicker to the Boston convention center. So quick, in fact, that we beat the rest of our musical cohorts to the PAX Jamspace stage. It was so nice to see a mix of chip and indie game friends in one place! The visualists had an amazing set up. HN_i_C, Batsley Adams & InvaderBacca tag teamed on two large screens that flanked the stage.
Boston8Bit gathered chip musicians to present a 3 day afternoon chip showcase in the Magfest Jam space at PAX East. It was a dream to work with! The stage had a full backline with keyboard stands ready for Jenn to use. 7th Gear started the Sunday showcase off and were followed by facundo’s nanoloop assault. We took the stage mere minutes after discovering our friends from Fangamer had never been to a chip show before! PRESSURE. We had an enthusiastic crowd that danced harder than we’ve ever seen anyone at a chill, shoegazey chip set. We had a great time and got asked to take a couple photos afterward. The Shortsleeves had never, before this afternoon, been asked to autograph anything. After us, Disasterpeace welcomed a new drummer to his live set and opened with the beautiful soundtrack to Polytron’s Fez. It was truly something else, we can’t wait to buy it on vinyl. Glomag and Corset Lore closed the chip showcases for the weekend and it was super awesome to bob our tired heads to tracks from Roland and the Lamprey. We got to make a quick round of the Expo floor before it all closed down and made sure to stop by Fangamer, Chris Hecker’s Spy Party, Pokemon, Nintendo 3DS demos and of course, Polytron’s Fez demo!
Michael Sugrue got a video of Jenn’s unreleased “Information Chase” cover by Bit Shifter.