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The show will be opened by local groups Folky Strum Strum and the Barracudas, as well as Tall Cans (aka Mitch Vinet from Nelson, B.C.) who will be joining Twin Peaks on tour.
“It’s just nice to share what we’ve been doing for the last little while with everyone,” says Pratt, “and everyone can meet Mitch because we’re going on tour with him.” Shore chimes in, adding, “They can latch on to Mitch like they’ve latched on to us. He’ll be a local for this weekend.”
The home kick off, the money from which is going towards gas money for the tour, will also serve as a bit of an ego boost, before heading to city’s where they’re virtually unknown.
“Everyone has told us that we need to be prepared that we won’t get the same response anywhere else,” explains Shore, “so we’re just going to soak up this awesome response for now so that we’re prepared for those really crappy ones.”
So far there are 17 shows on the list, in cities across B.C. and Alberta, from Edmonton to Vernon and Prince George. Luckily for the group, Pratt has family members in every city they’re visiting, which will help cut down on tour costs.
“One of the perks of having a huge family like mine is that we don’t have to pay for hotels anywhere we go, because that sucks a lot of money out, and food,” explains Pratt. “I’m sure they’re going to feed us!”
Even with the luxury of a guaranteed place to stay, the tour will definitely be a frugal one, with the three musicians and their equipment crammed into a Chevy Trailblazer. Vinet, who has been on a similar tour before, says he expects it to go smoothly, as long as they stay organized.
“I think it’s just important to have all your ducks in a row, and have contacts for every venue just in case anything should happen… and take in all in, enjoy it, because there’s ups and downs.”
Although they originally ran into difficulties booking venues without knowing anyone, Jodie Ponto, the booking agent for fellow local musician Miss Quincy, gave them a list of contacts and information on venues that helped them book shows. Now that the shows are booked, they now have to try an fill the venues, but they have a few creative ideas: “We’re going to busk on the streets,” says Vinet, “spread the word, spread the gospel.”
They’ll also try to make appearances on local radio stations to try and drum up some interest. Regardless of whether they’re able to drum up a crowd or even make some money, the tour is more about getting their name out and getting some live experience away from home. It might even make for a song or two.
Twin Peaks’ Album Release/Tour Kick Off Extravaganza will take place Friday, July 20 at the Lido Theatre with doors at 7:00. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $20 at the door, and CDs and t-shirt will be available for $20.
For tour dates, visit www.twinpeaksmusic.ca/shows.
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