weeeeee only day off of tour, lets go to church!


jeff in his josh stephens pose next to... well just look at it that creepy priest in same come hither pose with littleboy statue. sadly right as we're getting the settings right to get a truely fantastic picture...

this lady busts in on the scene and commenses lecturing jeff (in front of large group of young students trying very hard to contain thier laughter) on how the bishop in the statue was martyred and how he this and that and blah and blah.

metal devin decries it's time for shopping! or at least window shopping because we have no money. let's go!

just a stones throw from church of christ the alter of commerce is ready for your worship!

at the lego store we rediscover our inner legomaniacs!

wo ist die bahnhof? oh right here.... good times, meeting up with friends gonna get some R&R in



Oberhausen DE @ Druckluft 

au - to - baun (fun fun fun auf der autobaun)

(explicit language warning for those of you that are at work, your parents house, or old\sheltered)

backstage entrance at the druckluft, it's a huge squat in a pretty industrial part of town. the whole thing is covered in epic graffiti murals and there are multiple rooms and bars and performance areas thruout the compound. pretty intense but super cool all the same.


tonight is the only night where we don't have a long drive and another show waiting for us at 8 am the next morning so as far as we're concerned tonight  getting Oberhausen = getting Super Housed! We're really needing some R&R for sure at this point

i think this band went to my high schoolthis drink is roughly translated as "the oil spill" and it looks like an oil slick on water. i think it's like jagermeister and a clear licorice schnappes like thing... corey learned how to make them and made this one for devin

our new german friends were very insistant that we all try these little does devin know that it supposed to be done in a shot glass not a juice cup and it's about to feel like pouring sweet sticky oil all down your throat and chest...


tetris masters expertly fitting all the gear in the van with maximum efficiency!

staying quiet and respectful at the still night hostel....


Dresden, DE @ Scheune Club

Scheune Clubplenty of shots of this super cool looking venueloading that gear into the venuenow up the secret ivy entrance to the band apartment!getting all settled in the band apartment above the venueepic meal time for sure with delicious indian foods that were totally detroyed almost before this panoramic photo could be captured. we're feeling super thankful to be so well put up in such a beautiful venue here in eastern germany and anticipating an amazing show.

stalking the streets after the show with new friends anka as well as sven and phillip from the other band webermichelson who were definitly one of the coolest bands we've played with so far on tour. check out there music here or this video that doesn't really do them justice

 seems in order to have a bar in germany you have to have a disco ball thats at least 5 feet tall


Wiesbaden DE @ Kulturpalast with Kokomo 

german wine yardskokomo slaying in the darkjeff is a ghost

really had a great time hanging out after the show with our new friends in weisbaden and sampling the local favorites of drinking. awesome times hanging out in the town i was born in for the first time since the 80's.


Alon, BE - The Old Courthouse\Disney Castle

the only time the catfish is excited to go to the courthouseswagswagswagswagswag!let's go backstage! don't forget your wristbands and laminatsmost of the belgians were shocked to see us drinking this beer and anxious to make sure we drink good belgian beer but i have to say it kicks the dale out of PBRbefore the show a fine meal and a toast with some fine french wine to the spectacular hospitality of our belgian hostsmix master jean G at the knobs of steelshowshowshowflashwirrboomblidow. insert clever caption here. the lights and sound system were intense this is the finest room we've played up to this point and it was great to have some space on stage to thrash and stomp about without fear of taking casey out with the headstock of my guitarcaption contest #2


Zwölf Zehn in Stuttgart, Germany

They make Porshes here and yeah thats about what we know about stuttgart. Nice club though, swell people too. I went to bed early but i think jeff can fill you in on the local night life i think it involves shots of vodka that come with a hard boiled egg...



what were we doing again?

rolling hills and quaint little towns germany is beautiful and surreal. even the evil looking factories in the industrial areas look picturesque and fantastic.




First day of tour and there are so many things to do! Early in the morning while Drew, Jean, and Shoe head to pick up the van from gent Casey and I head on a pilgrimage to purchase some cables and power adaptors that we left in new york.

functional french lesson for today for use in the tram around brussels: "PAR - DON, SEE VU PLAY" translated literally "excuse me, if you please" actually kind of comes off like "i'm pushing you out of my way (string of expletives) don't be angry about it". Upon mastering this expression i am no longer a "in the way foreigner" i am a "about town world traveler".

We have back line and the most beautiful bus ever, feeling very excited about spending the next couple weeks in it!

the video cassetes for which the cafe video was named

view from the hotel. apparently every town in belgium has at least two churches like this.

i really can't say enough great things about the show in gent, it was so good to see all our friends we made at dunk festival and hang out with them after the show. warm and fuzzy feelings all round



It's a celebration, we have a couple days off in belgium to sort out our gear, prep stuff, and get rid of ourselves of jetlag here in the beautiful city of brussels

We're commending ourselves on the decision to arrive in brussels a few days early to shake the jet lag. When in New York I kept telling everyone to focus on the logistics of escaping from the city and we could sort the finer details of the european leg of our journey when we get there. I must say it there were allot more of those details then we anticipated with a few unforeseen complications thrown into the mix.

swagswagswag... swag for days. all sorted and ready for slingingjeff hanging in dada studios

Due to my recent denial from entering Canada i wasn't allowed to take my connecting flight to Brussels so i had to fly back to NYC from montreal. I have to say the immigration officers were very kind and really did everything that they could to let me walk that short distance to the terminal but alas they "couldn't take that risk", that is the risk of the belgians not wanting me and sending me back to Canada where i am decidedly unwelcome (at least for the time being).


sad and blue in new york. dejected and unwanted by canada devin resorts to myspace like photoshoot

i really can't tell you how happy i was to see corey holding this sign once i got thru belgian customs. even happier to have a friend to carry the 50 lb bag i had filled with all the personal clothes of everyone in the band but myself





Meanwhile the rest of the AOE crew is staying with Jean in Brussels. Jean will be accompanying us for the tour doing sound as well as helping with the intense urban driving and intense french speaking. Jean's friend Jules an in house engineer at one of the finest studio's in Brussels and allowed us to stay in the band apartment of the studio which was a nice change of pace from crashing on floors and couches.

case looking at scarves at the marketeveryone's favorite belgian past time (chowing on frittes)The next day i rejoin the crew very pleased to find that most all of our affairs are in order, the CD's came in from the UK and our backline and gear are ready to pick up. I try to soldier out the day but totally pass out on the couch before dinner.

catfish vs. jameson

Jules was nice enough to share some of the most formidable bottle of whiskey i've ever seen with the crew (as whiskey is not so much his thing and being from TN it is naturally ours). Photo session ensues unbeknownst to me.

guess who of these three is actually asleep

out at the bar with pierrethe belgian line up




Ascent of Everest will be opening for Envy on the Esmerine tour on October 19 in St. Gallen, Switzerland.(excitement)

Here's the offical dates:

12 Belgium, Ghent @ Café Video
13 Germany, Stuttgart @ Zwölfzehn
14 Belgium, Arlon @ The Old Courthouse
15 Germany @ Wiesbaden @ Kulturpalast with Kokomo (GER)
16 Germany, Dresden @ Scheune Club
17 Germany, Oberhausen @ Druckluft
19 St. Gallen, Switzerland with ENVY (JAP)
20 Slovenia, Ljubljana @ Channel Zero
21 Austria, Innsbruck - Sunday Smile Festival @ PMK with Codes in the Clouds (UK), Rival Consoles (UK) and Audiocaeneat (GER)
22 Romania, Cluj-Napoca @ Days of No Light Festival II with Blueneck, Rosa Park, Downfall of Gaia
23 Romania, Bucharest @ Control Club
24 Serbia, Belgrade @ KC Grad
25 Austria, Linz @ Kapu
26 Germany, Offenbach am Main @ Hafen 2