We finally uploaded some pictures to our new flickr account---the first album contains a bunch of photos from our last European tour that took place May 5 - June 5. We'll be posting photos from previous tours as well, all in due time.
We wanted to sincerely thank everyone involved with this last tour for helping us along the way. Despite going through some serious ups and downs ourselves, the people around us were always unbelievably kind, generous and warm. The European folks have always welcomed us with open arms, and this last experience was no different. Really, a big thanks for being a part of this tour, one way or another---we do hope to see you again.
We also wanted to thank Ben Karis-Nix for joining us on this tour. Ben provided vocals, played keyboards and guitar, and did some additional percussion as well. He learned 25 songs in a short amount of time and had only a week of rehearsals with us. We're grateful for his hard work and patience with us---this man kept it cool the entire tour, which was impressive. Thank you Ben, we're grateful for everything you did for us. Make sure to check out his own music and other projects here: http://www.benkarisnix.com
This was definitely the craziest tour we've ever been a part of; it pushed us physically and mentally to the edge. Some of the drives we made were fucking intense, and were done with little and sometimes no sleep at all. We've played about 90 shows in the last 5 months, spread over 3 tours, and for every single one of those shows, we've done everything ourselves: driving, managing, selling merch, setting up our gear as well as visuals, etc. Combine that with no sleep and visits to countries where we sometimes felt completely culture shocked, and what have you is a serious test of inner strength. No, we're not some kind of heroes for pulling this off---but, we wanted to share with you a little bit of what we went through. These pictures are the first part, and we'll also post a more detailed diary for those interested in reading about some of these crazy stories. Needless to say, by the end of this tour we reached an exhaustion level that I don't think we've experienced before. But, totally worth it when thinking back about all the places we saw and the amazing people we met---we can honestly say that this tour had a truly profound effect on all of us.
This concludes months of touring in support of "Matador" and some of the other releases we've had in between. We're not sure when we'll be back on the road again, but most likely not for a while. There are some other things we want to shift our focus to, but this doesn't mean we'll stop making music. A new album will be in the works soon, and we'll keep you updated with what we're up to. Again, thank you so much for supporting Arms and Sleepers; there are never enough words to express our gratitude, but we do thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Spring 2010 European Tour: http://www.flickr.com/photos/armsandsleepers/sets/72157624156782641