The Hive Dwellers: to the North!

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Last weekend the Hive Dwellers headed north from Olympia on a four day tour through the Olympic Peninsula to Vancouver Island and then back via the San Jaun Islands.

Thursday evening we played the Undertown in Port Townsend, Washington. It’s a subterranean coffee emporium with cavernous all-ages accessible vaults for artistic expression for the the masses. The show got off to a good start with a local blues holler and shout from Megan Trenery, she took us on a wicked trip. Then the Hive Dwellers spun a few tales. Local pop rockin’ heroes Solvents rounded out the evening with a joyous implosion of sounds and songs. Their new album Forgive Yr. Blood is available now from the K Mail Order Dept.!

The next day we caught a ferry to Vancouver Island, Canada! Above are photographs of Gabriel enjoying the view of the Staight of Juan de Fuca from the deck. We were scheduled to play at the Number One Fun End-of-Summer Magik Festival in Nanaimo, B.C., organized by the folks at Crace Mountain. The first stop was a culvert across a parking lot from a shopping center:

Within were skads of folks groovin’.

The music veered from guitar-clad anthems

to that of a more experimental nature. Here is a fellow playing electric guitar through a battery powered amplifier:

After some delicious chili dinner the Hive Dwellers played at Crace Mountain along with several fabulous Canandian combos, including Bash Bros., Freak Heat Waves, Loose Tights and Blondwiche. Everyone was dancing and freaking out and it was too delightful to be a part of the Number One Fun End-of-Summer Magik Festival! Here are Kristjanne and Lindsay of the Bash Bros.

The tent city erected behind Crace Mountain to house the various performers and participants:

On Saturday evening the Hive Dwellers played at the 50/50 Arts Collective in Victoria, B.C., again with Freak Heat Waves. More dancing ensued! Toadily happening hott.
Sunday we boarded a Washington State Ferry to Anacortes, Washington where we played the first ever show at The Unknown, a recording and event space that previously hosted the Independent Book Fair during What-the-Heck Festival, but never before a musical event. Here is the gang outside the Unknown, before the show:

Also playing were Hungry Cloud Darkening (who have a new album out now!) and Mt. Eerie:
It was a lovely weekend sojourn for the Hive Dwellers.