This is the first edition in a new monthly column by the band Sick of Sarah — whose music can be heard weekly on Brunch with Bridget, and on a recent episode of South of Nowhere — about their experiences as an up-and-coming band.
Hi, my name is Jamie Holm, and I play bass for Sick of Sarah. We are five young and sassy ladies from Minneapolis and we’ve been touring around the Midwest to promote our first album and our "Daisies" single/video.
The day I woke up on the floor of a cheap motel with a towel covering my purse as a pillow, I finally fully grasped the term “paying your dues.”
I didn’t say this night wasn’t fun! It encompassed yet another one of our out of town adventures, which usually end in a haze of way too many people sprawled haphazardly across one hotel room (although that’s an improvement over the night we tried to sleep in the bolted down chairs of a hospital waiting room in Milwaukee, WI after our tour manager, Janelle, broke her wrist on her very first day of duty).
I think touring is both the best and worst part about being in a band.
Five girls in tight quarters can be interesting, whether in a single hotel room or in a passenger van driving 24 hours straight to get to a gig, and trying to stay awake! I’m not even considered
When we tour, we usually do short runs of three or four shows, which is just enough time in a van to turn us into five year olds.
I think I speak for the entire band when I say that the last
One noteworthy evening in Ann Arbor involved the discovery of a groundhog (an unnamed and somewhat slow member of the band thought it was a squirrel) outside of our hotel room. We named her Lisa. The memory of Lisa now lives on in our minds, along with a plethora of other tour follies such as the time we rode 11 or 12 deep in the van to our motel (2 adults, please).
Don’t tell the cops. Or our manager.
In our travels we have come
Apparently the sight of five girls who could play their own instruments made him nervous, which he later admitted.
The way guys approach us can be quite funny at times. Like
When we stopped to ask how far it was to the border, we
Abisha Uhl (our lead singer), Brook Svanes (Sick of Sarah’s drummer), and I had visions of freezing to death in some snow bank.
It was so bad that we almost stayed the night in a grocery store. That’s SICK OF SARAH living the dream! But it’s all worth it because playing our music for folks is our biggest thrill. We’re going out
Hearts, friends, and lovers, we’ll see you soon!