News, Tour

I have survived!!!!

Hello everyone,
I have successfully survived another 4 months on the road. This time with some definite obstacles. Before I get into the whole story, I just want to let everyone know that I spent my entire day (yes, entire day) redoing this whole website. There are two things about it that still bug me (1. the bright yellow color…I like it but if I could tone it down a notch it’d be cool and 2. the font – I like the headers but I don’t like anything else). Other than that this is the closest I can get it to being “cool” and “updated.” Cause like C.C. (drummer for The Great Outdoors) says, “worse than not having a website is having an outdated website.” So it was either delete this thing or work on it…and I chose the latter cause it actually is a helpful tool to have and something I should keep up on. So I added some diddys here and there and now it looks good (I think at least). Anyway, I’ve been in Jersey City since Sunday (it is now Saturday) and I am tired! So much walking and carrying things and meeting people and hearing noises. It has been a lot to take in but I like it. I’ve played two shows this week and I’m playing another tonight at Krogh’s in Sparta. I’m sure by the time you read this it will be too late to go but hey, who knows haha. But besides that in between shows I’ve been spending my time playing music on the streets and subways and I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve been having (my blisters can)…while I was playing some guy walked up to me to just chat for a minute who had a guitar in his hand. This guy, Claudio, ended up being my buddy for the next couple days…we played so much music together it was so much fun…and he is the funniest person ever ~ here is a picture.


And here is a short clip of us playing a song.

ANYYYWAYYYYY!! Yep, that happened. And I also met one of the other funniest people in my life…my newest friend Polina who is hilarious and extrememly talented. I went to watch her play last night and she invited me up to play some hand drums with her…where she put me on the spot with some cut out solo spots while she’s yellin, “I GOT YOU I GOT YOU” and going “WOOOOO!!!” the whole time hahah. Later in the night we got lost looking for a place to dance cause I’ve never been dancing before. I ended up just going home after walking around for like 40 minutes haha. Here’s a video of her and her band though…Β you can’t see anything but you can hear it!!

SO, back to the details. On this past tour we (me and Matt Pless my tour dude, road dog as they say haha) got in a car accident in Omaha. This kinda messed us up as we had to get a rental car, buy a new car, and do a lot of extra driving to get paperwork done and all these things (5 times across the desert hahaha). And it was crazy!!!! But so much fun!!! That was the craziest part of it all though and it went from tour to survival for a minute…but we are good and everything is good and Matt has an awesome car now that might be better than his last! So that is what is going on over here. Next week is tour with my lovely backing band The Great Outdoors. Here are the shows ~


Check the shows page for more info like the venues and times and such…also have a facebook event pageΒ happening ~ hope that link works for ya!

And just for fun’s sake…here are a few pictures from tour that I enjoy πŸ™‚

Alright folks…that is all. Check out the website if you have a minute. I worked pretty hard on it haha. Let me know what you think…and it might not be that good looking on your phone…but I hope it gets ya all the info you need. Keep your head high and light insideeee. ❀ melissa



1 Month Update ~ Pictureessssss

Heyyyyy everybody!!!
I’ve officially been out on tour for one month now. I just wanted to share some pictures and let ya all know how I’m doing (by the way you have no idea how hard it is to not say ya’ll while in the south…it just makes perfect sense and is probably gunna be added into my vocab pretty soon). Here’s some stuff to look at!!!!!!!

Abandoned insane asylum ~ Buffalo, NY

Hiking ~ Akron, OH. This place used to house an Indian tribe and a 12 year old English girl they kidnapped.


Hanging out with my super fun nephews in Ohio.


Fire in Chesterton, IN.Β Burning a Christmas tree 8).

My really good friend Jenny and 4 month old Mia…loves of my life.

Tour truth…home sweet home~ Rockford, IL.

Derby Day Party – Louiseville, KY…Tall Squares killing it!

Really awesome backyard in Nashville, TN.

Playing on the rooftop of the Hard Rock Cafe ~ Nashville, TN


Annnddd….how I feel pretty much every time I get to play guitar πŸ˜€


That’s allllll folks…I’ll try to post some actual stories soon but for now these pictures will do! Playing and hanging in Oklahoma City for the next couple days…yAyyYyYy! See ya aroundddddd



MAY TOUR DATES ~ w/Matt Pless

May 1 – Bloomington, INΒ 
Rhinos Youth Center
331 S. Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN
w/Tiny Teeth

May 2 – Indianapolis, INΒ 
Ferret Petting Zoo
571 N Belmont Ave Indianapolis IN 46222
w/Space Age Pessimist
8PM | $3-5 Donation

May 3 – Louisville, KY
Derby Day Party
1429 Morton Avenue
6:00 PM

May 4 – Nashville, TN
House show at 49th ave
Details TBA

May 5 – Nashville, TN – TBA

May 6 – Huntsville, ALΒ 
255 Pratt Ave shows
8:00 PM

May 7 – Memphis, TNΒ 
The Courthouse Co-op
1577 court ave. 38104
8:00 PM

May 8 – Little Rock, AK
Afterthought Bistro & Bar
2721 Kavanaugh Blvd.Β 
Little Rock, AK
w/Fitra, Mike Earl

May 9 – Oklahoma City, OKΒ 
Sauced 9PM

May 10 – Oklahoma City, OKΒ 
Bonfire PartayyYY!

May 11 – Oklahoma City, OKΒ 
Mashed Potato Puppy Dome
2813 nw 26th streetΒ 
8:00 PM

May 12 – Oklahoma City, OKΒ 

May 13 – Oklahoma City, OKΒ 
Mike Nice Tuesdays

May 14 – Springfield, MO
The Obec
1936 east blaine
8:00 PM

May 15 – Kansas City, MI – Art Closet Studios
Details TBA

May 16 – Kansas City, MI – The Tank Room
Details TBA

May 17 – Columbia, MI
House show at Groovy Grrls
116 S College.
8:30 PM

May 18 – Des Moines, IA
The Beaqueith
1153 23rd street

May 19 – Omaha, NEΒ 
May 20 – Omaha, NEΒ 

May 21 – Council Bluffs, Iowa
Dungeon HouseΒ 
33 N 6th St Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503
6:00 pm

May 22 – Sioux City, IO** – HELP!
May 23 – Sioux Falls, SD – TBA
May 24 – Drive

May 25 – Rapid City, SDΒ 
The Nameless Cave
7770 nameless cave rd

May 26 – Rapid City, SD
May 27 – WyomingΒ 

May 28th-. Laramie, WYΒ 
The Gusty Gully
902 E. Kearney St. 82070
8:00 PM

May 29 – Fort Collins, CO
details TBA

May 30 – Boulder, CO
The Paradime
4949 N. Broadway
9:00 PM

May 31 – OFFΒ 


NEWS!!!!!!!! 7″ Record, Tour, New Releases, ect!!

Hey everybody!
WeelllllLLLlllL, big news! I’m going back on tour!!!!!! AND I’m putting out a 7″ record!!!!!!!!!! YAHH!!!! I’ve been secretly working really hard in my dungeon of cricket corpses…yes, there are cricket corpses….and i came out with some songs and said HEY WORLD – LET’S MAKE A 7″!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the world (FAKE ART FAKE MUSIC) and (GRUFF BEARD RECORDS) said OK! SO yes….that is what is going on these days. On top of it all, I recorded a full length situation with The Great Outdoors!!!!!! So I’ve been really really busy :).

Glass House EP
500 Randomly Mixed Colored Vinyl – each jacket will be a little different than the other – in a secret sort of way πŸ™‚
Releasing via Gruff Beard Records (NY) and Fake Art Fake Music (VA) and myself.
Will include digital download with an additional song (or 2 possibly) that is/are not on the vinyl.
4 Songs on Vinyl – Track Listing: West Virginia, Gave It All I Could, Glass House, Rain Coming Down
Mastered by Mr. Kevin Carafa (the audio genius!)
Release Date: April 9th, 2014
Here’s where I recorded it which is what I now dub “The Cricket Cave”

Also, I recorded with The Great Outdoors on the 22nd and 23rd of February. We recorded with Chris Ross in Milltown, NJ at his home studio. Here’s a picture from that:

AND!!!!!!! I still have the Beta Snakes Split tape with Darkwing coming out at some point very, very soon! Last news I heard it was coming out mid-March (this month!!!) so more should be happening with that soon.

ANNNNNNNNNDDD!!!! I submitted a song for a compilation on NotRock Records a while back and that should be coming out in the next month or two as well! So I’m gunna be pretty set and ready with a lot of new music for tour and for life!!!!

And here’s the information on the tour:
Again I am going with MATT PLESS (!!!!!
Here are the tour dates so far for the first half of the tour!!!
The places with a ** going on mean we need help!! If you know anyone in the area that books or a place we can play please let me know! We are open to playing surrounding areas too…and are flexible with our booking πŸ™‚ The other places are either booked or being worked on!!

April 10 – Freeland, PA
April 11 – Lowell, MA
April 12 – Quincy, MA
April 13 – Somewhere, Massachusetts**
April 14 – Manchester, NH
April 15 – Worcester, MA
April 16 – Geneva, NY or Ithaca, NY
April 17 – Buffalo, NY
April 18 – Pittsburgh, PA
April 19 – Western, PA**
April 20 – Akron, OH
April 21 – Akron, OH **
April 22 – Detroit, MI **
April 23 – Lansing, MI
April 24 – Grand Rapids, MI
April 25 – Chesterton, IN
April 26 – Chicago, IL
April 27 – Chicago, IL
April 28 – Chicago, IL**
April 29 – Rockford, IL
April 30 – New Lenox, IL
May 1 – Bloomington, IN
May 2 – Indianapolis, IL
May 3 – Louisville, KY
May 4 – Nashville, TN**
May 5 – Nashville, TN
May 6 – Huntsville, AL
May 7 – Memphis, TN **
May 8 – Little Rock, AK**
May 9 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 10 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 11 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 12 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 13 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 14 – Witchita, KS**
May 15 – Shawnee, KS**
May 16 – Kansas City, MI**
May 17 – Columbia, MI
May 18 – Des Moines, IA
May 19 – Omaha, NE
May 20 – Omaha, NE
May 21 – Omaha, NE
May 22 – Sioux City, IO**
May 23 – Sioux Falls, SD**
May 24 – Drive
May 25 – Rapid City, SD
May 26 – Rapid City, SD
May 27 – Drive
May 28 – Cheyenne, WY
May 29 – Fort Collins, CO
May 30 – Boulder, CO
May 31 – OFF
June 1 – Denver, CO
June 2 – Grand Junction, CO**
June 3 – OFF
June 4 – St. George, UT**
June 5 – Las Vegas, NV
June 6 – Barstow, CA**
June 7 – San Bernadino/Riverside, CA**
June 8 – Temecula, CA
June 9 – San Diego, CA
June 10 – San Diego, CA
June 11 – L.A., CA
June 12 – L.A., CA
June 13 – L.A., CA
June 14 – L.A., CA/Bridgetown
June 15 – L.A., CA/Bridgetown
June 16 – Simi Valley, CA
June 17 – Santa Barbara, CA**
June 18 – Santa Maria, CA**
June 19 – BIG SUR!
June 20 – BIG SUR!
June 21 – Salinas, CA**
June 22 – Santa Cruz, CA
June 23 – San Francisco, CA
June 24 – San Francisco, CA
June 25 – Oakland, CA
June 26 – Stockton, CA
June 27 – Sacramento, CA**
June 28 – Santa Rosa, CA**
June 29 – Drive
June 30 – Arcata
July 1 – Arcata
July 2 – Arcata
July 3 – Arcata
July 4 – Arcata
July 5 – Arcata
July 6 – OFF
July 7 – OFF
July 8 – Roseburg, OR
July 9 – Eugene, OR
July 10 – Portland, OR


Tour Favorites – Pictures

Alright guys…here are some places that I all suggest you go to some~day.

Place #1: Trent Knox’s porch (overnight) – Omaha, NE
If you don’t know who Trent Knox is chances are one day you will. Matt knew Trent (the man, the myth, the legend) from previous tours so we went to go visit him. We asked if we can crash at his house after the show and it wasn’t a problem until we got back from the show too late and everybody was sleeping and the door was locked. Luckily there were couches on the porch so we just passed out right there. It felt a lot like camping haha. Trent found us sleeping there the next morning while he was leaving for work and it was pretty funny time. Here’s a picture of the porch…

Place #2: Mount Evans, Colorado
OK – If you find yourself in Colorado for any reason at all…you should go up to Mount Evans. I don’t remember all the details about height and all that but it is the highest paved road in North America. You literally drive above the clouds all the way till you reach snow-capped mountains. At the bottom of the mountain it’s summer and by the time you reach the top it’s winter. You would be surprised at the lack of guard rails on this road…especially for how skinny and dangerous they are. There is no destination on Mount Evans except the top. You literally drive to the top and then have to drive back the way you came. Here’s a picture of me at the beginning of the drive:

Place #3: The Salt Flats, Utah
I didn’t hear about the Salt Flats until Matt mentioned we’ll be going through that way. Chances are you probably have seen the Salt Flats on a car commercial. It is one of the most wild things I have seen and also one of the most wild things I have felt. You literally feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, searching for your soul. It looks a lot like this:
Place #4: Essex – CA
This is inside the cabin I stayed in for a month. No running water, flimsy heat situation, not even sure if there’s an address but overall it was a really great time. We had to walk about a quarter mile to our car and back every morning and night (with a flashlight) cause we couldn’t get the car up the unpaved hill. It was in the middleΒ of redwood trees and was purely peaceful once I got over the fear of mountain lions.

Place #5: With a Friend Holding a Paper Towel on Your Bloody Skull – Blue Lake, CA
I walked into the falling hatchback trunk of the car while not paying attention to what was in front of me…totally had blood in my hair for 2-3 days because I did not have any running water around haha!
Place #6: Β A Treesort – Takilma, OR

A Treesort…a resort of tree houses. We got hooked up!! It was such a cool place to stay…there were many activitrees to do there…and spa treetments. And zip lining! And horses! And swings! Needless to say it was a fun place. But the coolest part had to be the fact that there was a bathroom in these tree houses so I took a shower in a freakin tree! Yah!
Place #7: Multnomah Falls – Portland, OR
It really gives me great joy when I see people gather together to look atΒ something in nature that is just tooΒ beautiful to ignore. Something like this:
Place #8: Big Sur, CA
I was looking forward to seeing this the whole entire time and it did not disappoint. Big Sur is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Here’s a picture that does it no justice:Β 
Place #9: Rich People Bathrooms – Los Angeles, CA
Our friend who lives in L.A. works at a really fancy hotel where celebrities go and pay a ridiculous amount of money to sleep. He had to pick up some tips from there and I really needed to use the bathroom. To my surprise (not really I don’t know why I would expect anything different) it was a ridiculously nice bathroom…with little individual towels to dry your hands with. And buckets to put the towels in…and makeup mirrors. It was just a really wild looking bathroom. Here it is:
Place #10: At a Screaming Females Concert (anywhere!!)

Ahhh! Went to go see the Screaming Females at the Echoplex in L.A. on one of our days off and Obits happened to be playing upstairs. I got to see two bands that I follow on the regular in one night. So rad!!

Ok that’s all for now!!! Next show is at Bridgetown DIY in La Puente. YahhhhH!


West Coast Adventure w/Matt Pless

I am new here…to all this. When Matt looked me in the eyes back in June and asked me if I wanted to go on a 3 month tour, I thought for sure it was something that I would never be able to do. But here I am on Sunday, August 11th, 2013 at almost 1 in the morning and I just booked my flight and secured my ride so I will safely arrive in Oklahoma on September 8th. Matt will be there already, recording a full length for a while in Oklahoma City. From there we will be going in his car and driving out to California ~ up to Seattle, down the California coast and back home across the southern areas of the country to avoid the winter. I had to quit my job and am in the process of moving out. Lots of changes but hopefully one day this stuff will all pay off! I will keep you all updated on here.