THE LONGEST LONESOME NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINER

Last show just ended. Pittsburgh, PA, Aug 4th. Now I’m in a van and the very first thing I want to do is write about it. So I am. Rarity just booked in-house and played 60 shows across all of Canada and the United States. That’s a whole-ass continent. A pipe dream last summer, but with the Longest Lonesome finally ready (and a healthy dose of impatience) we wanted to fill our year with new stories, new friends and really just throw ourselves into it. We wanted to grind it out, bring the new record to people who might never find it, and push the band in a way we hadn’t before. 

We gave ourselves all the heavy lifting and I am so flipping proud of all of us for what we achieved.

Canada- Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Coast to coast you brought the love and filled rooms we never would have expected to see full. We saw so much of our beautiful country this year, both landmarks and people. We tried new food, explored new cities and brought as much rock and roll as we could fit in our trailer (it’s a big trailer, we brought a lot). Needless to say we’ll be back very soon with a whole slew of new songs to yell at you.

America- You truly made us feel welcome this summer. It’s a scary thing booking a tour in a different country; you feel blind and you just have to put yourself out there. We just played 30 of our favourite shows ever. Thank you to anyone who came out, told us a story, sang Exhale with us and brought us into their homes. I’m legit just in a van on the way back home reminiscing about the last month, smiling ear to ear!

What do we do now? Well we have an album to release. August 30th The Longest Lonesome will be available to everyone and we are thrilled for everyone to finally have it. It’s cliche but we can’t stress how much the support over the last year has directly had a positive impact on the band. Every pre-order, share, re-post, re-blog, hand-written letter and tattoo has and will resonate with us forever. Even just telling your friends helps push The Longest Lonesome to places we could never reach on our own. Thank you to anyone involved with this band. 

This month will be sick too, we have a lot of fun stuff to do in preparation for the new record. New tours are booked for the fall, Evan STILL has a sample pad, so, you know, there’s a lot of fun stuff to look forward to. 

Thank you to all the bands, companies, agents, promoters and fans for making this possible. Romancer, Calling All Captains, Heavy Hearts, Sleepshaker, Anyone Anyway, Roseview, West Means Home, Noise Brigade, Casey, Joe Day, Matt Spafford, Christian Wagner, Chris LeMasters, Brandon DaCosta, Vic Firth, Ernie Ball, Bird Audio, Dark Glass, New Damage and Dine Alone Records.

Thank you for giving us patience and love when we needed it. Rarity is the best we’ve ever been now and it’s entirely thanks to you all. If you’re reading this, pat yourself on the back. Find someone to give you a hug for us. 

  • Adam, Loeden, Evan, Corbin, Cole, and Brandon

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Winter Tour 2018

see small writeup below

It had been one year and four months since Rarity had last hit the pavement. It felt different this time. There was a sense of comradery that had never been there before. We didn't care that it was going to be freezing. We were just excited to be a bunch of smelly dudes living out of a van again.

Day 1:
In the early morning, Loeden, Cole, and I met in Oakville to clean out the van which hadn't been gutted in months. It was literally just Evans old drum heads and bags full of Taco Bell wrappers. After that adventure, we met everyone at my house. We proceeded to hit the Wendy's and set off to Windsor, ON. A 3 hour drive turned into 7 hours when good old Vanne Hathaway misfired on the highway. None of us have any knowledge of how cars work. We are very fortunate to have such an honest and trustworthy mechanic who was willing to jump on the phone with us right away (hit him up if you live in Hamilton - https://goo.gl/mbxLJ9). I learnt more about cars in those few hours than I had in my entire life.

We managed to make it to the show an hour before our set time. It was an absolute blast. I think it had been something like 2 years since we last played in Windsor. It was incredible to see so many familiar faces again and if any of you who were there that night read this. I just want you to know how much we appreciate you. A bad day turned into a great evening and we can't thank you enough!

Day 2:
We wake up in our friend Gibel's apartment and priority #1 was to get the van to a Canadian Tire for a repair (it was a Sunday and every decent mechanic in the city was closed). Our presumptions were right. We fried a coil. It was a relatively cheap fix. Thankfully.

We made our way to the border and set off to Chicago to crash with the Belmont dudes! And with some classic Rarity luck...the van misfires AGAIN. Luckily, there was a mechanic directly across the street from the Belmont house. We roll into their spot and Alex from Belmont busts open a bottle and talks Cole into a drinking competition. It's one of my favourite memories from the tour. They literally got drunk for absolutely no reason at all. Cole was SUPER hungover in the morning. Definitely made us feel better about everything that had happened with the van. What a weird way to start this tour haha.

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I couldn't find time to finish this write up but I hope you enjoy reading about the first couple days. We could do more of these in the future if you guys found it interesting. Just let us know!

long time coming

The second Rarity full length is finally done tracking. We spent what felt like our whole lives writing this beast and the last month and a half recording it. Days really blur together when you do something so earnestly for so long. A lot of us as people went into the making of this album. New concepts, new instruments, new inspirations. I will say it's a massive breath in and out looking back and knowing it's done and we couldn't be more excited to hold it in our hands.

permanent spider-man

It’s day two of tracking drums. Our alternator broke in the van yesterday and pushed everything back. Despite that we hit the ground running and have been slamming through these songs. Twice now my hand has locked up and turned my fingers into a permanent web slinger. I’ll have to stretch tomorrow aha. I’m playing a crazy 14x8 ludwig snare on this record and I’m thrilled about how it sounds. Two solid days of drums! Prepare your speakers.

- Evan

w a s t i n g a w a y

It's Monday morning.  

We're watching Sam restring his crazy Evertune guitar and discussing the weekend. Evan and I dove into Stranger Things. Episode 5 was absolutely insane. Corbin went back to work where he delivers pizza and throws celery at his coworkers. The highlight of Loeden's weekend was waking up at 11:30 and Tim Horton's haha.

Guitar rhythm's are almost done. Recording this album has been an entirely different process than we're used to. I think it's bringing out the best in all of us and I can't wait to play these songs live.

- Adam