Daphne Loves Derby

There is no doubt in my mind the beginning of writing a story is often the hardest - not to mention the first sentence of a first entry. With that said, I'll try my best to not put you in an online sl

There is no doubt in my mind the beginning of writing a story is often the hardest - not to mention the first sentence of a first entry. With that said, I’ll try my best to not put you in an online slumber, but no promises.

My name is Spencer Abbott and I play guitar for Daphne Loves Derby. I’m 21, and coming this Christmas, I will be a touring musician for about 3 years.

We are currently finishing out a quick run with The Spill Canvas, Play Radio Play!, and another Washington band, Idiot Pilot. It is safe to say that this tour (despite our short 2 weeks on it) has been an absolute pleasure. Each individual on the tour has given me great memories, and friendships I legitimately value - something not-so-common on a tour of four bands. I wish them all the best of luck as they continue the tour with our friends Meg and Dia.

Times are changing though, and I’m having trouble accepting it. In only a few short days we will begin our headlining run consisting of a month-long, giant, clock-wise loop around our leaf-changing, winter-bound country. The good news: my closest band-friends, This Providence, are playing all the dates with us. Our first real tour was with them and our memories are countless. I have spent some priceless, real-life moments with some of those guys. I assume I will be absolutely stoked to be on that tour once it begins, but it will be hard to say goodbye to our current tour so soon.

Not to mention the pressure (aka "the bad news"), which is the fact that we're headlining. If kids don't show up, it's ultimately up to us to carry that burden. Plus, it's a longer set as well. Do we have enough quality songs to keep fans entertained for a headlining set? I sure hope so. There is a huge difference in even adding 4 or 5 more songs to a set. We will be at shows before the other bands, and leaving after them. All in all, I am glad we get to do these dates, and have hopes of it being our most successful headlining run to date.

Each time we hit the road for a tour, it means something a little different to me. I have discovered that out here, you really find out who you are - and you are tested constantly. When you don’t eat enough, it messes with you. When you don’t sleep enough, it messes with you. When you are stuck around the same people, it messes with you.

Don’t get me wrong, I have found touring to be the most satisfying, beautiful, life-giving thing I have ever done. For that I am very grateful. I have relationships with the band mates that you just don’t get at a normal job, or even as roommates. They know me at my worst moments, better than most, and they still don’t hate me (I hope!). A miracle to say the least. Grace becomes essential and the more that touring exposes who and what I really am, the more I realize how desperate we all are for the life grace gives.

I hope these entries by my band and I prove interesting to you all. It means a great deal to me that you would read them. Thanks! Wish us luck that snow does not decide to be our cuddle buddy on the interstates. Winter is nearing. Bundle up everyone!!! Layers are more fun anyways, right?