On the Road

1,100 Beers, 31 States: One Young Kiwi Band's Summer-Long Odyssey

This summer, indie bands everywhere booked out-of-town gigs, loaded up the van and hit the open American road in search of new fans and more success. They racked up miles and formed impressions of the places they visited. Few crossed an ocean, drove 15,000 miles or put as much trust in total strangers as the ska-punk band Night Gaunts.

From June through August, the band traveled from Auckland, New Zealand to play dozens of U.S. shows in 31 states. Now that they're safely back home, they've opened their travelogue to share their impressions of touring, the modern music industry and America circa 2013.

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Jesse’s been writing for the Houston Press since 2013. His work has appeared elsewhere, notably on the desk of the English teacher of his high school girlfriend, Tish. The teacher recognized Jesse’s writing and gave Tish a failing grade for the essay. Tish and Jesse celebrated their 33rd anniversary as a couple in October.