Saturday, November 17, 2012


So, there's been so much that I don't even know where to begin. One thing is for sure... I am getting used to being here. Each and every country we visit begins to feel a bit less foreign. Many people in every country we have been to so far have spoken English. People have been really receptive to our music. And what I've noticed above anything else is how warm and kind Europeans seem to be.

I get this sense that people are happier here. Walking down the streets, it almost seems like everyone is in love. Maybe it's the same in the US, and I just glaze it over... But when I see the people here, in general, I think to myself how I'd like to be a little more like them. 

Austria was almost like home to us, for awhile. We spent a good amount of time there and the crowds at the shows were really great. Switzerland and Italy were a lot of fun. Germany has been a really great time, so far. I could see myself living here. Here, or Prague. We spent a couple of days there when we had days off.  

Getting to know Maarten, our tour manager, has been one of the best parts! He and I have gotten to roam around Prague and Hamburg on our nights off. Good beer, good chats. He's proven to be invaluable on this tour. I couldn't imagine having been doing this without him. 

I should add that everyone lovingly calls him "Martiiin!" - like on the theme song for the Martin Lawrence show. I still haven't figured out whether it annoys him or not.... But he seems to be taking it pretty well :-)

Things that have happened - where do I begin?

There have been a couple of times where we had run ins with police. We were stopped at the German border and asked to hand over our passports at one point. Maarten had lost his wallet in Switzerland, and we were worried, but we made it through. We were also almost fined in Prague for driving on a pedestrian walkway... Luckily they were kind enough to realize that we weren't from there and had no idea what we were doing. 

The lead singer of Junk Love (Italy) asked Sara to teach him an American expression, and so she taught him "That's what she said." And he kept saying "What she said!" It's become an inside joke. Sara will yell "What she said!"
and I will ask "What did she say?"

We went hiking in the mountains one morning outside of Aflenz' Austria. It was totally breathtaking. A lot of Instagram pictures came of that experience.

Anyhow, we are headed to Nuremberg, Paris, and then finally Utrecht. I'm particularly excited for Utrecht because that is where our record label, Beep Beep, Back Up the Truck is. Excited to get to know the people who've been backing our music over here :-)

Caio xoxo
Jenna (Conduits)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Europe, pt. 2

So, we made it to Europe, and even to our first show in Linz, Austria. We were never sure that we would make it, however I always maintained a sense that everything would be ok. To be honest, the journey here was brutal. We finally caught our third flight in Chicago. Mind you, this was 3 days after we had left Omaha... We traveled 8.5 hours by plane, landing in Amsterdam at 7:30 am. We were immediately rushed to the van, where our tour manager, Maarten whisked us away on a ten hour drive to Linz. We got out of the van, ate real food for the first time in about 20 hours, and then got on stage for our first performance of the tour... Sleep along the way had been minimal for all of us, but we managed.

We played our second show last night in Vienna. 

Vienna.... Beautiful! Attendance was good, despite it having been All Saints Day, which is a holiday where people visit their families, their family members graves, and they reflect on those they have lost. It isn't unlike Memorial Day, except that it seems that people don't also use it as an excuse to drink copious amounts of alcohol all day with their friends who are still living. People really do typically use it as a day to mourn, reflect and visit family. I asked a fella I met in Vienna about Halloween, and he said that only in the last 10 years or so have people been dressing up for Halloween, and that it is mostly the younger demographic.

Anyway, we played a set that felt really good last night, and I give all of the credit to our TM (tour manger), Maarten....  Maarten is a god damned sound virtuoso. And just an amazing guy to be around, at that. He doesn't know it yet, but we are already plotting his extradition to the United States to be our sound guy. For forever.

So, as I type this, we are driving through the Swiss Alps... I won't bore/taunt you with how beautiful it is here in the Autumn. We just had a close encounter with Swiss Customs who asked us to pull over to check all of our passports. Maarten didn't have his passport, and I guess they could have insisted we take out all of our bags ands equipment to check the van, but he was kind enough to let us go on, anyway.

And now, will leave you with a few observations I've made so far on my very first trip to Europe.

Toilets. They are different, but they are still toilets. There are two buttons. One is for flushing #1 and one is for #2. I'm still not quite sure which is for what. I tried both, and they both just seemed to flush the toilet. More on that, later...

Food. So far, meat, cheese, bread and chocolate have been the 4 main food groups. It just sort of branches off from there.... Yesterday, in Linz, I did order Liver Dumpling Soup at our hotel. I'm part Czech and Austrian, and have been eating that soup my entire life (except for the 8 years that I didn't eat meat). It was different, but it was still Liver Dumpling Soup. I also had pho at a Thai restaurant in Vienna, and it was some of the best I have ever had.

People. They are different, but really not all that different at all. Although, I must say that I/we haven't been able to ignore the fact that Austrians all typically are really good looking. Go, Austria... We'll be back, soon ;-)

Smutty Reality/Tabloid Television. It is different, but still smut. Only a tad smuttier, as Matt, Sara and I watched Europe's version of American Idol, last night... And also managed to see an interview of the girl who sings "Call Me, Maybe", followed by cell phone photos of her topless.... I pondered why she'd agreed to do the interview... I also pondered if the reason she got the interview may have been because of the photos, but that is neither here, nor there.  As they say in America - "All press is good press!" I wonder if they say that here, also? 

Anyways, hello Switzerland. We're really excited to meet you tonight!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We're currently waiting on the plane. Some sort of bullshit excuse about service lights, which turned into lights that wouldn't turn off on the runway, which turned into everyone receiving phone notifications while we were on the runway that we were going to have a gate change... Supposedly, we are leaving in 10 minutes or so. I don't trust these people at this point...

It all began yesterday. We drove half of the way to Chicago and got a hotel so that we could all be sure to be together and ready to go when the time came (I got a lot of flack for the two day drive to Chicago from Trey and Lallaya Lalley, of Brothers Lounge in Omaha... Save it!) Immediately after arriving at the hotel, we caught wind online that our flight had been canceled because of the Hurricane about to hit the East Coast. Canceled... Europe tour in jeopardy. We could either call it all off and get our money back, or wait until they could put us on another flight out of Philli on Wednesday, meaning we would miss our first two or three shows, which were helping us to pay for the tour itself.

It started in somewhat of a lazy panic. Emails, texts and phone calls began to go out to "Management." It was about 10:30 at this point. I felt like I had just slurped a sea urchin off of the ocean floor on an empty stomach, and cautiously reminded everyone that we needed to eat dinner or I was going to be sick. We went to Village Inn and all played it pretty cool. 

I then suggested canceling the previous flight all together and trying to find something different. JJ got on the computer and Found a few things. 

We passed the info on to our label in Europe and at about 4am we got a call from Nicolai Adolfs of Beep Beep, Back Up the Truck letting us know that he and Boudewin had worked their way into getting us another flight just a couple of hours later than the initial scheduled one. They really did go above and beyond pulling it all together...

But, now, here we are. Since I started this blog, the Plane has finally taken off, and then turned around and headed back to Chicago because of smoke in the cock pit. We were just told that they are dumping some of the fuel into Lake Michigan from the air because otherwise the plane will be too heavy to land.......


I was hoping this blog was going to be about drinking Sutter Home while reading "Breakfast of Champions" and listening to disco music out of my armchair in a big, flying fartbox in the sky.....

If only life could be so kind.... Dream date dashed.

If you're reading this, we've made it back to Chicago in one piece. Wish us luck in making it to our first show Wednesday in Austria....

We hope that everyone on the East Coast is faring well in this awful mess. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Conduits' "Blood" in feature film "Brilliant Mistakes"

Conduits song "Blood" appears in the feature film "Brilliant Mistakes" and is world premiering at the Rhode Island International Film Festival August 11th. Red Carpet at 6pm, at the gorgeous Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence. Get tickets here:

Friday, July 13, 2012

Shows with Big Harp, Dum Dum Girls, Maha Music Festival and Silver Wrapper St. Fest

Conduits has a number of shows coming up in August.

August 7th
Minneapolis, MN
400 Bar w/ Big Harp (Yay!)

August 10th
Des Moines, IA
Opening for Dum Dum Girls

August 11th
Omaha, NE
Maha Music Festival
Opening Main stage at 12:45

August 12th
Chicago, IL
Silver Wrapper St. Festival (Wicker Park)

More info:

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

"Last Dirge", directed by Jon Tvrdik

Very excited to share our new music video for Last Dirge with all of you!

Director Jonathan Tvrdik
Producer Tessa V. Wedberg
Assoc. Producer Jonathan Purcell
DP Michael Lang