August 5th was the day "Sleepwell Deconstructor" was mastered by Nick Z. One month later, we got busy.
September 5th, 2006: Redrum, Providence, RI - Our first show was on Mitch "Trash Art" McArtor's birthday. We'd had a month of practice as a makeshift full band, which included Nat from Transistor, Transistor and John from Abhorred/Grief. For a first show, we did pretty well, playing about 18 minutes of grind to unsuspecting onlookers. Watching Mitch smile with pride was the best part of the night. We played with Mind Eraser and Breathing Fire (I think?). We had a t-shirt for sale and that's about it.
December 15th, 2006: Tyler's Basement, Manchester, NH - The date escapes me, and we have nothing to jog my memory. Somewhat of a "homestate" show and the release of our "Cunt Heir to the Throne" 7", which showed up about an hour after we played. Before the first song was over, we had blown a fuse and took all the power out. Once that was taken care of, we finished the set to a lot of familiar faces that were excited to finally see us. Great show. We played with Wasteland, which has always been one of my favorite New England bands of all time.
Lineup: Furnace, Wasteland, Trap Them, The Carrier, Unrequited
January 27th, 2007: American Legion Hall, Nashua, NH: The CD release show for The_Network's "This is Your Pig's Portrait" record. Packed house. Roughly 250 kids showed up in a snowstorm to go apeshit for The Red Chord and T_N. And apeshit they went. We started our grand tradition of bumming out the crowd immediately by insulting the bullshit posturing of a bunch of fake "hard" motherfuckers. You're from NH. There are no ghettos. 98% of you have not led a hard life. Fuck off.
It was great to play alongside a bunch of our friends, who were very enthusiastic of our set. The_Network's set was, unquestionably, epic. Not many times in the history of going to shows have I witnessed such insanity, and it was beautiful. The Red Chord cased a riot and all in all, it was a great night. Lineup: The Red Chord, The_Network, Architect, Trap Them, In Remembrance (excellent band) and Kings.
January 28th, 2007: The Elks Lodge, Cambridge, MA - Quite a setting for our fourth show. We had the privilege of playing on an amazing lineup. We opened the show, played louder than we ever had and exposed ourselves to a great crowd. The best comment I heard was immediately after we were done, someone said, "Well....I sure as hell wasn't expecting that."
Lineup: The Hope Conspiracy, Shipwreck AD, Bloodhorse, Clouds and Trap Them.
February 25th, 2007: Another warehouse I can't remember the name of, Providence, RI - A memorable day for numerous reasons. Mainly personal, because directly after the show, my wife and I started our cross country drive to move to Seattle with absolutely no plan.
The show was filled with familiar faces from Providence that I had see for the previous decade of playing and attending shows there. I remember busting my nose open and I remember it being very cold.
Lineup: Wasteland, Architect, Trap Them, Playgirl
March 17th, 2007: Redrum, Providence, RI: I flew back east for a weekend of shows. The previous night was to be in Amherst, MA, but was cancelled due to a New England style blizzard. The Redrum was freezing, but the show was fucking awesome. We played first and started around 11pm. That's Olneyville style. Great show with people pushed right up to the band. Torche (on a day off from their tour with Isis and Jesu) started their set around 2:30am and played for a good hour and a half, including Floor covers. I was happier than a pig in shit.
Lineup: Torche, The Body (amazing as always), Four Horse, Trap Them
March 18th, 2007: The Brickhouse, Dover, New Hampshire - I lived in Dover the first 24 years of my life before moving to western NH. I can honestly say NOTHING existed there for distortion. We had The Queers and The Drunks.....and that's about it. Portsmouth had the Elvis Room, which was the closest place to witness anything awesome and was home to many great shows of my youth. Anyways, to return to my hometown, where there was now a venue, was in a word....surreal. This venue is still running, I believe, and I'm extremely happy that kids in NH have a legit place to go see a show and be exposed to aggressive music at an early age. Props to those that keep it going. The show was proof we were doing something right. Circle pits were had, and the night was a success. We also received the "Sleepwell Deconstructor" CDs and were pleased as punch to sell about twenty copies that first night.
Lineup: The_Network, Porphyria, Trap Them, Despotic Robot, Goodbye Cruel World.
And thus concludes all shows that occurred before we became a touring machine. Anyone that can fill in the blanks, correct my mistakes, or remind me of something I missed, please feel free to leave a comment and jog my memory.