Boise’s Red Hands Black Feet and Iconoplasty were a mere 200 miles into their West Coast tour last week — not even at the first stop — when the tour van broke down in Twin Falls, Idaho.
With their transmission cooked, it looked like Red Hands’ first tour was over before it started. Fortunately, the intervention of generous parents and fans who went on Bandcamp and bought Red Hands’ album “These Things Are Important” for up to $100 helped get the cranky van back on the road. The band now faces about $3,000 worth of debt, according to guitarist Eric Larson, but they managed to miss only two dates.
“We’re a little nervous about the van still but we’re really relieved to not have to cancel the tour,” Larson said. “We’re really grateful. In the aftermath a lot of people stepped up and donated. It was a really cool show of support to get us back on the road.”
Van permitting, Red Hands will bring its spacey, instrumental post-rock to High Dive Tuesday night. Think Explosions in the Sky but with a decided punk influence that gives the music a certain drive and juicy hooks to latch onto.
“The bassist (Joey Myers) and I both played in a punk band together and we had that background. We wanted to bring the punk energy to our style,” Larson said. “Our initial goal was to avoid a lot of the pitfalls that instrumental rock has, the directionless wankering. We wanted to cut out a lot of the fat and get to the point a little quicker.”
The band developed its sound through countless hours of jamming together and playing a ton of shows around the Boise area. It’s the same story that hundreds of bands tell, and going out on a bigger tour is the natural progression for a group that’s been together for four years.
Joining the band will be Boise author and journalist Josh Gross, who performs a one-man show of improvised looping guitars and drums as Iconoplasty. The tour is doubling as a book tour for Gross, who recently published his debut novel “The Hack.”
They will be joined by local bands Wolf Sense and The Western Red Penguins.
Red Hands Black Feet, Iconoplasty, The Western Red Penguins, Wolf Sense
7:30 p.m. Tuesday at High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., Seattle; $6 (206-632-0212 or www.highdiveseattle.com)
-Owen R. Smith, on Twitter @inanedetails