Checking in From The Road

Posted by Scott

Somewhere between Toronto and Montreal. Really pretty, wide open spaces up there.

So I’m on the road for the first leg of the US Tycho tour and it’s been pretty intense; haven’t had a chance to post here in a while. Jakub is along tour managing and things have been going well. We’ve seen a lot of really beautiful landscapes along the way; so far we’ve driven from Chicago, up through Toronto and Montreal, and all the way from Buffalo down to Orlando where I’m currently holed up in a Travelodge taking a much needed night off from playing. We play Orlando tomorrow night, then on to Tampa and Miami, and then back north for a string of dates ending in Brooklyn. Beacon is along doing support, definitely check them out, really beautiful stuff.

Jakub took this one somewhere outside of Pontiac, MI

I can’t explain what a moving experience it has been to get out and meet so many people and share the work with them. I spent the last year locked in my basement working on the album so it’s been really refreshing to be out here performing it for people. I want to sincerely thank all of you who made it out so far and to all of you who have supported this project in other ways; it means the world to me and I feel fortunate every day to be able to work as an artist.

Gratuitous tour shot including the band, Jakub, and Brian Wenner who is our stage manager

I’ve been dreaming of having a proper visuals rig for a while now — we had been renting equipment — but this time out we finally have our own setup consisting of a 5K Lumen Christie LX45 projector, and Da-Lite Fast-Fold 16:9 screen, and a brand new custom rigging system (pictured below). It’s a great feeling to know that wherever we play, the show will be consistently presented. Thanks to everyone who helped out in Montreal getting this thing built, and to Darren from Home Depot in Watertown, NY for helping build the mounting plate.

Speaking of visuals, I’ve been getting a lot of work done on the new stuff. I’ve been working with Charles Bergquist on a new visuals set and things have been going great. Charles has been shooting beautiful HD footage and I have been arranging / effecting it using VDMX. It’s still a work in progress but we have been showing some previews here and there during the live show. I’m hoping to get that all wrapped up during our post Europe tour break.

As for upcoming stuff, we have a lot planned for the year: Europe, a full US tour, along with some festivals and no less than seven SXSW showcases. Hope to see you out there!


16 Comments Leave A Comment


Polyonymy says:

January 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Did you play in Montreal and I missed it?
If you did, I hope you loved it and you’ll come again. I’ve always thought this city was kind of fitting to your style.


Bryant Eslava says:

January 25, 2012 at 10:45 pm


It’s great to see you getting lots of feedback on your new album “Dive”. I’ve been following your work and listening to your music for the past 3-4 years, (we met at your last brooklyn show) – I’m the one who asked if you can sign my cellphone haha, and also you gave me the free dive album.

Reading this posts and looking at these great photographs shows how far you’ve gone.

Last year I kept wondering why you weren’t touring, but now I’m aware that you were working hard non-stop on “Dive.

Clearly you deserve to feel the wind while driving to these beautiful places and documenting it all.

See you at your Brooklyn show next month, hopefully we’ll get to talk again.

-Bryant Eslava


massta says:

January 25, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Working with Charles Bergquist? Ask him to reveal some of his shooting secrets on Vimeo please. he he. The Bjork test he did is amazing. Can’t figure out how he did it.


Philip says:

January 26, 2012 at 6:04 am

Hello Tycho gang! I’m playing in Navigateur and we’ll be opening up for you tomorrow in Tampa. We’re really excited to see you here again – especially with an extended set and some dreamy visuals. Been following your instagrams and hope you’re enjoying your time in the sunshine state! Travel safe and I’ll see y’all shortly!


macbaen says:

January 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

See you tonight in Orlando – Looking forward to the show and hearing/seeing your new material!


Chris Lovern says:

January 26, 2012 at 8:34 am

Thanks for making it to Buffalo, NY. I hope that it made you want to come back; we love you guys here. Thanks for signing my COASTAL BRAKE tshirt, ill be framing that. The show was awesome, the best one ive ever been to. Thanks for making the music that you do, ill forever be listening. -Chris Lovern, Buffalo, NY


Panicstreak says:

January 26, 2012 at 11:43 am

Scott- having been to the opening gig at LH in Chicago – I can say the expense to set up your own visual rig was worth it. Tremendous presentation. It even made me search out the Cousteau film and watch it again. Congrats and well done!


Asif Ahmed says:

January 29, 2012 at 10:12 am

Panicstreak just answered my question about whether those glacier visuals were using Cousteau clips, haha! Was at that same show in Chicago and we loved it! Cheers!


David says:

January 30, 2012 at 6:35 am

Looking forward to having you in Athens. We have a restaurant downtown on Broad Street. Five Star Day Cafe. Get in touch if you’d like and we’ll figure out a way to get you some grub. Otherwise, we’ll see you at the show.
cheers, david f.


John says:

February 3, 2012 at 8:48 am

Hey Scott,

Caught your show in DC last night. The set, what I could catch of it over the couple screaming at each other next to me, was great.

On a venue note, the Rock n Roll Hotel isn’t really a great place to see a show. It’s always too crowded, there crowd is always really rude (as was the case at your show), and the stage isn’t up high enough so people can see the band. I’d recommend the Black Cat or the 9:30 Club for future bookings.

Hope you come back to DC!


Ricky says:

February 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

Everything is sounding amazing.
I hope you reveal more info about the SXSW showcases, I am bummed to hear that the Ioda is only 21+.

Thanks, and have a great tour and travel across the continents!



February 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

Such great work and you guys share it better than most I can think of- was great to chat with you and Jakub at Lincoln Hall (Chicago) after that show and really appreciate the projection details up there- good to know what’s been working for you-
Ongoing thanks!