Touring was insanity for me. It was the first time I had left the south, the farthest I've ever been away from home, and i was doing it with no money to my name and in the company of my closest friends in a beat up '84 Ford Econoline with no wind-shield wipers (oklahoma is scary as shit with no windshield wipers ), an oil leak, and bad alternator problems we would come to find out..... After tour was over and we got back to Tennessee (in reality we got stranded in Oberlin, Ohio the last 2 weeks of tour and thats a whole other mess of bullshit to get into) we all kinda went our different ways, Derek moved back to KY, J.D. moved to Oberlin, and I stayed here, joined Assgasm, yadda yadda yadda...the last show we played was in Asheville, NC with Shitstorm and Asshole Parade in August 2005 .
In our short existence we did more than I've ever done with any other band I've ever been in. Hadaka Matsuri was everything I got into punk rock for, meeting new people with the same interests, not feeling like an outcast, being with my friends and playing music with them, doing things our way and by ourself with no pretensions of monetary gain or fame or anything, just doing it because it had to be done and we had to do it.
On tour our "roadie/spiritual guidance" was one mr. zach saunders, who really helped me out during the rough stretches, and whose constant enthusiasm for our music and for just fucking getting out there and doing it was goddamn infectious. words cannot thank him enough.
R.I.P. Vanowar. Gone, but never forgotten.