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SKSW Guest Blog: The Cloak Ox

Mar 12, 2014

The Cloak Ox reveals that they will all get matching Dodge Grand Caravan emblems on their forearms. Also, they miss their families.

Dear Radio K,
     I am riding shotgun in Dosh's Dodge Grand Caravan. Dosh is driving. Mark Erickson is in the backseat. Our bandmate Jeremy Ylvisaker is driving separately in his own Dodge Grand Caravan. Dodge thoughtfully donated our band The Cloak Ox two Grand Caravans to get to and from sxsw, and in exchange we will all be getting tattoos with the Dodge Grand Caravan emblem on our forearms backstage at the Totally Gross National Product/ Dodge Grand Caravan showcase. 
     It's always hard to leave your family for a tour, unless you don't like your family of course, but I happen to like my family a lot, so it was tough to wave goodbye to my wife and child as we pulled out of the driveway this morning. I had a fitful night of insomnia last night, and what little sleep I did manage was filled with every "bad show" dream I have ever had mashed up into one bad-show-dream-megamix. I guess that was my dumb mind working through all my anxieties about leaving on this trip, and my musical endeavors in general. But I have to put all my anxiousness, loneliness and guilt behind me now, as we fuel ourselves up with Starbucks (or Starby's as we call it in the industry- shout out Paul Hirte) and hit 35W south forever. We are already making each other laugh about stupid shit, which besides the playing of music is the best thing about being on tour, so here we are. I will try to keep my mentality as positive as I can- it's easy to be cynical and skeptical about a trip of this nature- but I intend to embrace the slimy, overflowing vat of music biz Texas Chili that is sxsw with purposefulness and an open mind. 
Warp Speed! Engage!
Andrew Broder
Ps. Here's me, trying to find where we are playing at sxsw:

Andrew Broder


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