We had a last minute show in Albuquerque, New Mexico that our friend Jake Lang was putting on that was coming up pretty soon. Some of the other bands on the tour were playing El Paso, TX together and we figured we'd be loners for the day. The night before the Bayside guys told us their bus was en route to Albuquerque for their day off... a mile from where we were playing. Jokingly we talked about playing together, then they came up with the idea of playing a punk rock cover set to open our show!
The funniest part was letting the rumor spread about that a NOFX cover set from Bayside was happening at The Swellers show. Of course word of mouth becomes a game of telephone and once we got to the venue there was a line of people. We heard murmurs of people saying they couldn't wait to watch Bayside play, including the opening band who was saying, "Who's excited for Bayside tonight?!" The show ended up being packed, and Nick joined on vocals while Jack, Nick and Chris from Bayside played songs from NOFX, Weezer and then I joined in on drums to play "True Believers" by Bouncing Souls.
Our set after ended up being our favorite of the tour, crowd surfing, kids singing along... it was too much fun. Thanks to Bayside for being our new favorite band to tour with. All you other bands out there have a LOT of competition now!