It was a 340 mile round trip to catch the 10 year anniversary tour of The Spill Canvas’ third studio album, No Really, I’m Fine and it was worth every inch. We made the journey from Alabama to Atlanta’s very own hell. The Masquerade features three separate venues known as Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, now located in the Underground Atlanta.
The tour brought up and coming acoustic, solo act, Chase Huglin, along for the ride. I had the privilege of sitting down and chatting with Chase before the show. Follow the link to see the full interview and exclusive photos. Chase Huglin released his full length album You Deserve an Island under InVogue Records last year as a follow up to his 2015 EP, Glow. The Fort Wayne, Indiana native now calls Nashville home. Despite being just a man and his guitar, he filled Hell with heavenly sound. Chase did hint during his performance that his new material would in fact, contain a full band.
Ever drunk text an ex? Don’t lie, we know you’ve been there and Chase Huglin has too, in fact. Chase spoke, “It’s my world, so I write what I want,” before laying into his guitar. He didn’t let missing a string deter him after his guitar was damaged beyond just a broken string before the show. Chase played his one-man-band act on five strings and steely determination. Somewhere between “Your New Boy” and the power fueled closer, “Niagara,” Chase threw in the ever popular Johnny Cash hit “Folsom Prison Blues” much to the surprise of the crowd. Chase revealed he was only 11 when No Really, I’m Fine was released and that their song “All Over You” was the first song he ever learned on guitar. Chase performed with an honest and intense passion that kept him on his toes (literally). Check out his croon worthy solo album You Deserve an Island, available now, as the perfect pairing to The Spill Canvas.
Established in 2002 out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, The Spill Canvas continues to develop and bring to life intense, passionate and inspired prose. Originally released through Sire Records, No Really, I’m Fine, celebrates its 10 year anniversary with a committed fan base, selling out numerous venues across the country. Often referred to as alternative rock or emo-rock, TSC easily pulls off an acoustic set or with its full band line up as intended.
Performing the album in its entirety, The Spill Canvas kept the tracks in order. To everyone in the crowd they must have felt, as I did, that their stereo had finally sprung to life. No Really, I’m Fine hit much harder live with stand out guitar solos from Mike Naran. Vocalist/Guitarist, Nick Thomas brought nuances to his facial expressions and inflections that can’t be given justice on a recorded album. The Spill Canvas while staying true to their lineup included the rarely performed “Low Fidelity” with a special guest, who pulled double duty as their cotton slinger at the merch table. Nick cited “Bleed, Everyone’s Doing It” as having one of his all time favorite riffs, while “Appreciation and the Bomb” is considered his favorite piece, lyrically. The track has evolved over the years and now stands as a way to bury the hatchet with his mother.
My how things have changed over the course of 10 years. Nick stated the hormones were much more fierce back when he wrote “Connect the Dots,” a fun an synthetically enhanced track. The song drips sex throughout each note, even while simply tuning the guitar beforehand. “This is foreplay tuning.” Although originally written with no one in particular in mind, aptly named “Lullaby” was simply a hope filled wish. As of 11-13-15 (may the odds be ever on their side) with his wife alongside he believes that wish has finally come to fruition.
The Spill Canvas was the epicenter of my late teens and into my twenties. To be completely honest, I’m still that same girl wrestling with her raging fear of intimacy, irrational bouts of anger and overwhelming insecurities. To find an artist that gets that, is crucial to someone who is in a constant inner battle. My forearm is a testament to my devotion, the full chorus to “Battles” inked as a reminder to rise above fear. Friday, I found myself in a crowd full of fans that sang with me, word for word to every song. My throat still burns and it’s worth it. The Spill Canvas closed out the evening with two bonus songs “Polygraph, Right Now” and “All Hail the Heartbreaker” off other previously released albums as a thank you to their fans’ continued support spanning 15 years.
I, hereby pledge, another 15 years and beyond.