This October Austen Lee—Hit City U.S.A. contributor and part time tour manager—hit the road with our friends Milo Greene for a month long tour of North America in support of their new album, Control. With 20 shows in 28 days, they traversed America and Canada at the year’s most beautiful season. The following is a collection of autumn-time photographs snapped from passenger van windows, hotel balconies, highway rest stops and rock club dance floors.
Early morning view of tranquil San Diego Bay after the first show at Soma. This secluded area of Coronado is a gem in California — small beach community with a tropical island feel.
After our first long drive through boundless farmlands and desert, the view from the Bay Bridge entering San Francisco was a welcome sight.
Indoor looking out from Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
This heated indoor pool was a much needed respite from the cold Canadian morning. Enjoying our day off in Jasper, Alberta.
On an idyllic bike ride through a pastel forest, we took a short break to admire the colors and surprising warmth in Edmonton, Alberta.
The winding North Saskatchewan River makes its way through downtown Edmonton. Touring in October is a perfect time — weeks later and everything here would be covered in snow and ice.
Looking up from the base of the Calgary Tower after the clouds break on a overcast morning.
I volunteered often to drive in Canada and have to applaud the work that this country has done to beautify the sides of their highways. I frequently caught myself daydreaming out the window.
This was taken en route from Calgary to Winnipeg. With campsites off every exit and snow still a few weeks away, this is the ideal time and place to pitch a tent and go explore.
Lake Michigan from the banks of Chicago. A long, wave-eroded bike path winds past closed rental shacks where canoes, windsurfing boards and schooners are advertised. This time of year, no one is in the water.
Moody show at Park West in Chicago, IL. The rain didn’t stop the crowds from coming out and cozying up with Milo Greene in this beautiful old vaudeville theater.
A lawn outside a house in Ottawa, Ontario. Every property on the street was covered in color, and the rain was holding up long enough for us to enjoy it that afternoon.
Allen Gardens greenhouse in Toronto, ON. Sat on a bench under this glass and cast-iron dome while I waited for my laundry on an overcast morning.
Saturday in downtown Boston. These people had the right idea, enjoying the late afternoon sailing races and sunset from the Charles River Basin.
Across the House of Blues in Boston there is a place called Bleacher Bar located right under the stands center field at Fenway Park. The band had a whiskey and debated whether we could hit a ball out of the park.
Drove 28 hours from the last show in Dallas to make it home for Halloween weekend. Tour was an incredible, exhausting, and emotional experience. Looking forward to getting back out on the road..