1,100 Beers, 31 States: One Young Kiwi Band's Summer-Long Odyssey
"Oh, also in New Zealand you don't bus your own tables," says Jonassen. "We found that out in Vernon, New Jersey after leaving a Burger King and having one of the young female employees scream at us to clean up. She was not happy and unreasonably angry."
The drummer also notes that "Jack In the Box was dreadful. Who the hell even eats there?"
But if the food was hard to stomach, it was at least better than the televised news.
"We saw the George Zimmerman trial in cafes, bars and fast-food joints," O'Brien notes. "It doesn't matter if he was found guilty or not, having that on TV for so long would definitely endanger that guy out in public. Fox News is a load of bollocks, showing video clips of events or statements, and then having some 'newsreader' yell her opinionated, smart-arse reply at the camera."
"Your media is confusing," agrees Pye. "They only really talk about America, and the reporters seem completely biased and just express their opinion in a manner that comes across as 'This is evidence and you should also have my opinion on this matter."
"How are those people allowed to spill such shit to the masses?" Jonassen adds. "I mean, I know why, but to allow it seems mind-numbingly retarded. I guess that's why no one seems to watch TV anymore, at least the vast majority of people we met anyway. At least people are able to see through the lies on a daily basis."
Like any visitors from afar, Night Gaunts did their share of sightseeing, driving their second-hand van nicknamed "Stonehenge" to Niagara Falls, Disneyland and the Grand Canyon.
At the shows, Night Gaunts was thrilled to meet fans who considered them the sight to be seen, because it meant they'd successfully used music-sharing and the Internet to build an audience abroad. This is where they felt at home in a foreign land, standing on common ground with their U.S. fans, some who'd driven six or seven hours to see them perform.
"As with New Zealand, the whole country is just a bunch of people chilling out, drinking at bars, smoking trees and listening to music," Jonassen says. "I think that's pretty much all humans do, Western humans at least."
Night Gaunts' summer saga concludes tomorrow, with some very kind words about Houston. Join us, won't you?
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