In February 2011, we emailed Paul and Storm in the middle of the night with a message starting: “Dear Misters Paul and Storm”, mentioning their upcoming show in PDX, and ending with this: “If you are looking for some girls to play a love song about gaming at a show sometime, we may be your gals. It’s a long shot, but I wanted to try.”
What I didn’t say in that e-mail was that their songs, in their current band and their former one, were by far my most-played tracks of all time (especially “Title of The Song”, by their old band Da Vinci’s notebook, which was on a CD of a local a capella group I stole from my sister in high school, and the “Pillsbury Cookie Dough” Jingle). I didn’t say that I’d seen them in concert 3 times, listened to all their podcasts, and watched all their YouTube videos.
Probably a lack of mentioning those things helped a great deal—and though that email SHOULD NOT HAVE WORKED, it did (they even said we had “very funny stuff!”)—and we opened for Paul and Storm in Portland for our largest audience ever, probably still one of our best shows ever, and at that show we met amazing friends and our very first in-real-life geeky fans.
Now, almost 4 years later, we’re proud to consider these nerds our friends. They have invited us to play with them at w00tstock and on a GOSH DARNED CARIBBEAN CRUISE, they’ve asked us to participate in their music videos, kickstarter, and on their songs, and we’ve trashed bedrooms in both of their houses. They’ve given us infinitely valuable advice on touring and Kickstarter, dealing with fans and being yourself—where to eat in Indy and which fantasy/sci-fi-books to read—and they’ve introduced us to (or tricked us into meeting) people like Neil Gaiman, John Scalzi, Wil Wheaton and Paul F. Tompkins—and of course Molly Lewis, the best friendship set-up of all time.They have been generous and honest and kind and just so, so great. They are brilliant songwriters and real real good singers and very smart—and our lives are enriched because of the great things they do.
Thank you, Paul and Storm. Thank you, so much.
THESE FEELS BROUGHT TO YOU BY AN UPCOMING SHOW! We are so so so excited to once again be opening for Paul and Storm in Portland next Wednesday (August 27) at Holocene, thanks to Ground Kontrol & the Hollywood Theater! Please come to this show, PDX! Please make a full circle beautiful! Tickets are available now!
(And then on Friday we will be opening for P&S at (holy crap) the PAX MAINSTAGE CONCERT—the place we first saw them perform in 2009.)