San Francisco-based FayRoy is originally from Pinellas County. The band had its van, equipment and personal belongings stolen while on tour in Chicago earlier this month.
CHICAGO – A San Francisco band with Pinellas County roots ran into some bad luck while on tour in Chicago last week when their van and all of their equipment was stolen.
After performing at Moe’s Tavern on Sept. 9, the members of FayRoy parked their van – a 1997 maroon Chevy conversion van – outside their friend’s mother’s home, where they were staying, near Wicker Park.
The next night, they took a cab to meet some friends downtown around midnight, and when they returned after 4 a.m. the van was gone.
“We saw the van before we left to meet our friends. We double checked that all the doors were locked,” said Kyle Fournier, originally from Seminole. “All of our stuff was in there. So we’re always trying to be as careful as we can with it.”
He added, “It was quite a shock. We literally thought the cab had dropped us off on the wrong block.
Initially, the band thought the van had been towed, but police told them it likely had been stolen.
Last year, another band, Portugal the Man, had their band equipment stolen while they were in town playing Lollapalooza. Their van was eventually recovered, though the equipment was gone.
In addition to the van, FayRoy lost all of their musical equipment and personal belongings, because they had gotten rid of their apartments before going on tour. Items lost include: two electric guitars – a Fender Telecaster and a Fender Jazzmaster – a bass guitar, two synthesizers, three amplifiers, a drum set, microphones and cables, a DSLR camera, film, a hard drive with photographs from the past 10 years, surfboards and clothing.
The band is hopeful they’ll eventually find their van, at the very least, Fournier said. In the meantime, they’ve taken to social media to spread awareness of their situation and collect donations. For friends, family and fans back home in Pinellas, the best way they can assist the band is by buying their new self-titled album that was released in June, Fournier said. Fans are encouraged to visit fayroy.bandcamp.com and pay what they can for the album.
“We’re trying to make our way back to San Francisco,” Fournie said. Though, if they’re able to, they might borrow gear from musician friends and continue the tour, he added. People offer to lend us some gear.
In addition to Fournier, a Seminole High School graduate, on keys and vocals, the band consists of Zack Hoag, guitar and lead vocals, from Indian Rocks Beach; Alex Gerhard, drums, from Largo; and Ryan Bambery, bass guitar, from Clearwater.
The band, which takes its name from a historical beach cottage on Indian Rocks Beach, moved to San Francisco three years ago.
FayRoy was recently in town, playing at New World Brewery on Aug. 3 as part of their tour.