Life on the road is highly romanticized. Luckily, one of our writers Sean Gonzalez is about to be wed to that idea soon thanks to Hodera, a rock/folk outfit out of New Jersey. Expect lots of fun and scares from his adventures as he embarks on a six week tour to SXSW and back with the band.


Well here we are. Across the eastern and southern part of the United States Hodera played 32 shows, across a span of 44 days and one wild week at South By Southwest. Pretty successful. The last few shows were extremely emotional and I believe by the end it hit everyone that tour was a wrap and life would soon be retracting back into jobs, old friends and a (hopefully) stable home life.

There’s a weird contrast to life now. I no longer am huddled in a van with four musicians. I am no longer handling merchandising. I am no longer waking up in new cities and driving to new places and meeting new individuals to spill a part of my soul too. Instead I am sitting on a couch in a town that sounds directly out of Lord Of The Rings (Iselin) in a state that is made fun of across the entire series of Futurama (New Jersey) and watching South Park mindlessly laughing (with Doug).

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Tour, especially for D.I.Y. bands offers a wide spectrum of shows to be had. There are the crowded basements that we played in that try to blow out your hearing or the professional venues with ample sound systems that blow everything out of the water. There are groups of people across the country who help run the Do It Yourself scene with such grace that their name transcends their area and spreads nationally. A rush like no other I have felt has slowly come to a stop. Driving my car feels weightless in comparison to the gigantic and slightly intimidating van. I learned a lot about the industry and how it is run. I’ve been apart of a life altering course that only took 6,700 miles to realize that this is what I want to do the rest of my life.

The pace of my life will soon mellow back out and I will learn how to relax more comfortably (complete joke) and await for the next time I can be spending each night watching a favorite band of mine play. There is an itch scratching near my brain that needs to be filled with blasting music and great friends. For now, I continue my couch hopping stunt until Shaky Knees Festival in May. Thanks for reading.

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Photo by Jen Schlecht

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