Our next show was in Oliver, on the Rez, at a house party. Despite this being kind of strange, we had a good time and made some new friends. Apparently, living rooms with wood floors make for excellent live sound! We met All Else Fails from Edmonton, who are an excellent band as well as cool guys, and we partied it up pretty hard. Also of note: someone brought a wolf/dog to the party, and it seemed entranced by our music. It kept sneaking ito the house during our set and trying to come up to us. Really cool!
Leaving Oliver brought us through the magnificence of the Rockies once more. We arrived safely in Regina, and headed out for supper at a pizza joint. While we were eating, I noticed that one of the wheels on our trailer was sitting at a strange angle. We checked it out, and discovered that the bearing had worn completely through, and the axle was grinding a hole through to the outside of the hubcap. We were rather appalled, because the wheel was barely holding on and we had just completed an eight and a half hour drive. Needless to say, we are very lucky that it did not fall off on the highway.
We limped the trailer to The Exchange, where we discovered we were playing with a bill of punk rock bands. We got a slightly stunned reaction to our technical death metal. Regardless, a few metalheads were present and we did our best to destroy for them anyway.
Having loaded out the gear, we checked on the trailer again and realized that the only reason the wheel had still been holding on was because of the weight of the equipment. Once empty, it was shaking and bound to fall off any second.
We left our stuff in the venue, slept in the parking lot, and after calling five garages at 7am finally found one that services small trailers. If anyone has a similar problem while driving through Regina, go to Frame and Wheel. In the end they replaced our bearing and axle, and tightened up the other wheel which was on its way out too.
Despite the cost and waste of time, we’re happy it all worked out and we’re currently on the road to Prince Albert.