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Tour Diary: Beware of Darkness

We asked frontman and Santa Barbara native Kyle Nicolaides to share some of his favorite memories from his year on the road. From Conan to Muppets, here are the highlights.

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Shooting the “All Who Remain” video. Rolling Stone wound up premiering it, which was surreal.

Published on April 25, 2014

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Pohoda Festival in Slovakia.

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Talking guitars after our performance on Conan. (Shout-out to Ernie Ball for their support since the start!)

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Eurockéennes festival in France. It was insane. Everyone had these silly hats, and we couldn’t understand why.

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Posing with a Muppet while making a music video for our song “Howl.” It was built just for the shoot and then disappeared.

Published on April 25, 2014

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We were asked to play JBTV in Chicago and drove all night to do it. Jerry is a legend; he’s so passionate about music, and will surely make the Library of Congress one day.

Published on April 25, 2014

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Peoria, Illinois, on the tour we just finished. It’s a miracle when you play a city you’ve never been to and the venue is packed.

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Because fame and fortune is finding a photo of John Stamos wearing your band shirt on the Internet.

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We flew to Europe three times in 2013, and finished by playing the Reading and Leeds Festival.

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When you first start writing songs, you never think it’s going to allow you to travel the world. When it happens, you realize how powerful music can be.

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Sometimes on tour, you just have to stop to feed some baby goats.

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We came home from Europe and landed our first magazine cover with Pollstar. Pretty dope.

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We met a brilliant photographer named Rebecca Joelson, who took this and toured with us in April. She’s the best.

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At the Pohoda Festival in Slovakia. Like Kanye says: “Hard to be humble when you stunting on a Jumbotron."

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We played South By Southwest this year, and it was pretty shit. I mean really shitty. Not fun.

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Playing on a trolley in San Diego.

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We played some songs on a trolley in San Diego and made people’s commute either really fun or really annoying.

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Playing Wembley Arena with The Smashing Pumpkins.

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In London after we recorded our XFM session. I feel like we did a lot of cool stuff last year that people didn’t really notice. But they will.

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In London recording our XFM session.

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In London recording our XFM session.

Published on April 25, 2014

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