On Tour With Lemuria - Part 1 / by Derek Neuland

This is part 1 of my photo essay series about touring with Lemuria. Part 2 can be found here: On Tour With Lemuria- Part 2. It's pretty special when you have the chance to tour the country multiple times with one of your favorite bands.  It's also pretty special when said band consists of three great friends of yours.  My history with Lemuria goes back almost 10 years, but some of the fondest memories have come in the last four when I joined them on tour several times.

Lemuria group picture
Lemuria group picture

The great thing about Sheena, Alex, and Max is that we can go months without talking or seeing each other at times, but the moment i'm back in the van with them, it's like no time has passed.

Lemuria water bottle
Lemuria water bottle

While there are many great times on tour, what a lot of people don't realize is that there is also a lot of downtime.  Before shows, after shows, in the van, at gas stations, etc...  Some might find it boring, but it's just another part of tour.  There's nothing like being in deep thought in a van with some of the best people in the middle of a nine hour drive.

Sheena and Max
Sheena and Max
Max and Sheena
Max and Sheena

I am very grateful and feel very privileged that I have been able to see a good chunk of the US and Canada thanks to Lemuria.  While I definitely worked hard on tour (selling merch and loading/unloading gear), I know they could get many people to tour with them and I always feel lucky that they continue to bring me along.

Lemuria set list
Lemuria set list

My current job doesn't afford me the freedom I used to have when I was doing freelance web design, so I know there is a good chance I won't ever go on tour with Lemuria again.  While a part of me is extremely sadden by this, I know I have a lifetime of photos and memories of all the places i've seen, things i've done, and people i've been thanks to going on tour.

Sheena reading by the van
Sheena reading by the van
1-2-3-4 Go Records sign
1-2-3-4 Go Records sign

I literally have 1,000's of photos from touring with Lemuria that i'm going to start posting here so check back often.  If you are interested in a print of any of the photos you see, shoot me at email: derekneuland@gmail.com.

Alex and Sheena in San Diego
Alex and Sheena in San Diego