Andrew Zaeh/IslandAfter spending the summer on tour with OneRepublic and The Script, American Authors are hitting the road for their own headlining tour, and they’re doing it in style, courtesy of Honda.
On Wednesday night, the “Best Day of My Life” band kicked off their stint as headliners on this year’s Honda Civic Tour, which has been running for 13 years now. Lead singer Zac Barnett says he’s happy that the tour’s trying something new this year — having several headliners throughout the year, playing smaller venues.
“I feel like in the past, the Honda Civic Tour has just kind of been like this big giant arena tour,” he tells ABC News Radio. “Whereas now, we’re kind of bringing it to club spaces…so it’s really great and Honda’s been awesome and they’ve been really fun to work with.”
“You know, just seeing the venue and seeing how it’s all set up it’s just such a cool vibe — from the stage and the production that we have going on to everything else,” he adds. “You know, we have a photo booth and so [many] fun things at the concert that it’s really an event.”
It’s also a chance for the band to graduate to the big leagues as far as their staging goes. “This summer being on tour with The Script and One Republic — those guys had so much production going on in their shows,” Zac says. “Now, we finally kind of get to apply a little bit of that to our set.”
For Zac, one of the most exciting aspects of the tour is that the band has been asked to customize some Honda vehicles, which fans can register to win. “Not only do we have a car but we also designed a motorcycle,” he says. “[It's] kind of inspired by our album artwork but I guess a little more abstract, with shapes and different colors coming together — very sleek — and both the motorcycle and the car look pretty awesome.”
Zac’s so in love with his handiwork, in fact, that he doesn’t want to see the vehicles fall into the hands of anyone but himself. “I’m not one hundred percent sure how you win the car or the motorcycle…because I want to win the car and the motorcycle!” he laughs. “I don’t want just a regular Honda. I want the American Authors Honda. It looks super cool!”
Joining American Authors on the first part of the Honda Civic tour is Echosmith, who are riding high with their smash hit “Cool Kids.” Guitarist Jamie Sierota tells ABC News Radio that it’ll be a bit of a reunion for the two acts.
“We’ve actually played…three or four shows with American Authors in just different random festivals and shows like that. So…we’ve made friends with them…and it was really cool when they asked us to come out with them. We’re doing the first half of it, so we’re doing the West Coast dates and stuff so we’ll get to play in L.A. and stuff.”
Echosmith frontwoman Sydney Sierota says the band welcomes the challenge of being an opening act, where you have to perform for fans who aren’t necessarily there to see you at all.
“It’s sort of like a little game because your goal is to convince the people to like you whether they’ve heard of you before, or have no idea who you are and they’re just there for the headlining band,” she tells ABC News Radio. “I guess you just feel sort of accomplished when you win over a crowd. Because literally the first song, they might be sort of into it, but not really. You never know what kind of crowd you’re going to be with.”
The Honda Civic Tour kicked off in Reno, Nevada, last night and will run through November 11, wrapping in New Haven, CT.
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