Achalachia attended the wedding of two of our biggest fans and good friends, Steve and Dana last Saturday. It was a nice wedding as weddings go, but the best part was the band was able to get together and have a few beers, without playing a show, which doesn’t happen nearly enough.
We met Dana at a Nirvana Tribute show. Adam was running the sound, and I was just hanging out watching the show and the people. While sitting in the sound booth, because I don’t like large crowds, I noticed a girl sitting back there as well singing along with every song. During the break the three of us started talking and found that we were interested in the same type of music. Adam played an Achalachia song on the house speakers for her hoping to impress her and gain a fan. She asked if I was the singer, when I told her yes she told Adam to “find another one”.
Despite her apparent hatred for me and my band, or at least my singing voice, she started showing up to shows. And we quickly noticed that she was coming to EVERY show. We had a real fan. Eventually she started taking pictures for the band; she took many of the images you see on this site.
Eventually Dana met a boy named Steve and started dragging him along with her. I never knew if he liked the music or her, but I always hoped it was the music. Steve quickly became a favorite of every member of the band. He would help carry our gear on and off the stage, bag up the drums, and even help load our cars. He became indispensable for a band that routinely rocked hour-long sets and was exhausted afterwards.
My assumption is that whether or not Steve liked us at the beginning, we did grow on him. We even caught him on tape singing along with Personal Canary. Listen to the song
The day finally came when we got the news that Steve and Dana were engaged. It wasn’t a big surprise; they went everywhere together. But it was sad to see them go, they couldn’t attend as many shows with all of the wedding planning and other nonsense that comes with it. But now that the wedding is over, we hope to see them at future shows. And yeah, we get it; they are starting a new life together and won’t have time for some crappy St. Louis Rock Band, but who is going to take our pictures and carry our stuff.
Speaking for the band, I can honestly say that Achalachia wishes them the best of luck and enjoy being married; it’s great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
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