Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My Hateable Face (OCTOBER) Tour- help needed

Hey gang. Posted below are the dates for our My Hateable Face Tour. 3 weeks of fun, fury, and headaches. We are still looking for some help in spots. If you can lend a hand, please let us know. We’ll be indebted to you.
Also, we will have copies of the new LP My Hateable Face coming out October 2nd. There might also be a record release show in NJ in the works.

Also, also, we’re planning a couple shorter tours in November and December, so stay posted and keep your eyes to the sky. Aliens!

Anyways, dates below.

10/3- Wilmington, DE @ El Paso Cafe

-10/4- Harrisonburg, VA @ Crayola House

-10/5- Charlotte, NC @ The Kickstand

-10/6- Asheville, NC @ The Getdown

-10/7- Columbia, SC @ Conundrum

-10/8- Athens, GA @ Flicker Bar

-10/9- Chattanooga, TN @ Sluggo's North

-10/10- Birmingham, AL

-10/11- Orlando, FL

-10/12- Tampa, FL @ Hold Tight House

-10/13- Tallahassee, FL @ The Shark Tank

-10/14- Jackson, MS (HELP)

-10/15- Baton Rouge, LA (HELP)

-10/16- Houston, TX @ (HELP)
-10/17- Denton, TX @ J & J's Pizza

-10/18- Arkansas

-10/19- Lawrence, KS @ The Cellar

-10/20- Omaha, NE @ The West Wing

-10/21- Chicago, IL

-10/22- Indiana (HELP)

-10/23- Ohio (HELP)

-10/24- MD/PA ? (HELP)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

My Hateable Face LP- out October 2nd!

Hey everyone.  Our new LP, My Hateable Face, will be available on Tuesday October 2nd through Don Giovanni Records.   You can read the info on their website over here.    

The LP's got 12 tracks (1 more than last time for you guys in it for the long haul), yet it's only 4 minutes longer than the last, so we didn't exactly go and start writing Styx-style ballads, or Zepplin riff-laden fairlytales just yet.   But a boy can dream can't he?  Can't he?  Well, unless your some sort of anti-dream freak.

The LP will be up for pre-order shortly on Don Giovanni's website.  We'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, here's the first song off of the record, "Touchdown Jesus"

ALSO, we're playing MR. BEERY'S in BETHPAGE, NY this Saturday, 8/25 with World's Fair, Salvatore Rex, and Make It Plain.   Show starts at 9.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Summer Tour - Part 4 (That is all)

Hey everyone.  Let's wrap this shit up real quick.  Let's put this thing to rest, some of these shows that have now happened almost a month ago.

Before beginning that, we wanted to thank Maddy, Push Ups, and our buddies in Detriot's Protomartyr for playing with us and being generally awesome last Thursday in Philly.   Due to a whinny neighbor, with the patience of a matchstick, the show that started late, now had to end real early.   It was the most fun 3 song set I've played, and the best 3 song set I've seen (that would be thanks to Push Ups who are amazing!).     Anyway, it was a ton of fun and the band played on....

Also, Sunday August 19th we'll be at The Bowery Electric in NYC.  Show starts at 7:30.  Come hang out.

Here goes, the end of the summer as we knew it.....

Day 21- Fort Worth, TX-  In the morning, we all met up with our buds The Young Leaves (from MA) and got coffee and walked around Denton's rad junk shop and candy stores.  This town has it all I tell you.  We headed 40 minutes south (equivalent to 47 hours of Texas traffic), to hang out with Al and Lacey who fed us, and bathed us in food and bath.  Well, to be fair they did not bathe us. That would be embarassing and unnecessary for everyone.   They did help throw a rad show for us at 1919 Hemphill which was about 1000 degrees.

Day 22- Tulsa, OK-   I was in Tulsa OK when I was 6 months old visiting my mom's childhood friend, so ineveteably my mother kept texting me mom texts. "Does it look the same?"  "Do you remember where her house is? Lol".   Oh mom.   Played the Soundpony with our buds The Fabulous St. Knicholas Cage, who are not only the crazies named band (in a great way), but are a crazy good garage rock band, shellaced in reverb!

Day 23- St. Louis, MO-  Showed up in St. Louis, a place we played on a very first tour to quit disterous results.  Upon arriving, pure confusion broke out as everyone involved at Lemmons had no clue what "show" we were talking about.   Thankfully, the bartender and his friend got their drummer on the phone to make a show happen.  In the meantime, the dudes from Trauma Harness, who booked it, arrived and all confusion was over.  A near canceled show, turned into one of the best nights on tour all around.  Take that Sunday night.   Thanks to Johnny andTrauma Harness, along with Shut In for making the night work.

Day 24- Carbondale, IL-  Headed out to Carbondale to the infamous Lost Cross house which just celebrated their 25 anniversary as a house!  That's a long time for a house to have shows and not fall to a pile rubble. Got to play with Autonomy who were one of the best bands we played with on tour.  This band is great!  Holy shit!   Put me to bed.

Day 25- Cleveland, TN-  Off to Cleveland we went. Not the Cleveland we've been to multiple times in the land of OH-yeah, but 10 miles outside of Chattanooga.  Played an early evening show at Inherent Records.  The most relaxed show of tour, was a much needed sigh of fucking relief.  Ending while the sun was still out was satisfying after 25 days of watching the damn sun rise for no good reason.  Thanks to Chad and his girlfriend Kayla for housing us and making that night of tour feel like elementary school summer vacation.

Day 26- Lexington, KY-  We've driven through KY so many times in the past 2 + years of touring but have never been able to play.  We luckily made it to Kentucky thanks to Joe from The Elsinores.  When we showed up at the Green Lantern, they also had no clue what was going on as a christian acoustic act got up on stage for a while?  I don't know.  Show turned out great, and no one died.

Day 27- Dayton, OH-  The next day in Kentucky, we all went to check out some bourbon distilleries.  Straight edge tears have just fallen on someones keyboard, I'm sure.  Got to return to Blind Bob's, thanks to our bud Josh Goldman.  Excellent show!  I love this place.  During our set, a fucking wedding party came into the bar post ceremony, and watched the show, hung out, and bought merch!   Best of luck guys

Day 28- Westminster, MD-  Last show.  Bitter sweet sorrow for us all.   Long drive that went rather quickly to get to MD.  When we pulled up at Wallride Manor, it was great seeing so many familiar faces.  The whole night was a goddamn blur. But what a great blur it was.  Thank you Mike Stearns, everyone in Crimes, Whiff, and Steve and Dinger from Barecat for making it out.   Also, for the show, Black Wine's Miranda played drums with us on "Slow too Fast" while our very own Steve played drums for Black Wine's "Chateau of Ghosts."   Video coming soon ...  maybe? (awaiting approval from the governor).

Day 29- HOME- Woke up.  My leg hurt really bad from sleeping wrong and we all looked like shit for the 29th consecutive day.   THE END

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Summer Tour- Part 3 (+ band update)

HEY FAITHFUL READER OF THE BLOG.  Just a quick dip into reality and current goings-on before we finally get to part 3 of 4 of this tour blog, that's now old news.

Sorry for the lack of finishing this up.  We had a bit of a rough week on the family home-front that started last Friday with the passing of a family member, and is continuing with the hospitalization and recovery of another brick mower family member.  Things could be a lot worse, but after a hectic week, they're starting to look up, and we're getting our feet back under us. 

This has put a crimp in finishing up this already long-winded blog, and, more importantly, caused us to cancel some shows this past week, which we never take lightly.  We regretfully had to pull out of our show in Fredericksburg, VA this past Thursday with our friends Trust Fall (the 2nd time we've had to cancel playing in VA with them). We will also, unfortunately will not be able to make it down to Blacksburg, VA to play I Got Brains! fest tomorrow through Flannel Gurl Records (today, at this point).     We're very sorry about this, and just wanted to thank Flannel Gurl for asking us to play, Trust Fall, and Janus Chidester for helping us out with other shows. Thanks for the support and kind words we've received from our friends over the past week who've been on the beat.  It's greatly appreciated.  We will hopefully play some VA shows that we can actually make, very soon. 

ANYWAY, let's cheer the hell up, shall we?   A release date will be up for our new LP, My Hateable Face shortly, along with soon-to-be pre-order on Don Giovanni Records. .   We are also planning out a 3 week tour going down to the southeast, cutting through Texas, and up into the mid-west before looping home.  

SO, here's part 3 of the tour blog.  Thanks for hanging with us.  Again, we truly  appreciate the support from everyone!  

Day 14- Oakland, CA-  We finally make it to sunny California.  And sunny it freakin' was.  Humid, sunbaked, hot as a fried egg on fresh blacktop.  That is, until we hit the bay, and the clouds rolled in and the temperature dropped about 90 degrees to 20 below zero.  We arrived at Megan and John from Street Eaters apartment, and it felt like a cold spring NJ day outside.  Absolutely loved it, although I wish I didn't leave my sweatshirt next to the front door with the laundry detergent 2 weeks prior.   Played a rad show with said Street Eaters and Schande at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland that night.  Had a great time listening to the security guard cracking jokes at The Safeway too after the show. Ya had ta be there.

 Steet Eaters!

Day 15- Pomona, CA-  Drove south back into scorching heat, and breath robbing humidity.  Through the mountains into Los Angeles. The city of angels (and Dodgers).  The smog was breath taking too (and possibly cancerous). And the palm trees were really palming the hell out of the sky that day.  Played at the VLHS thanks to Marty Ploy, the raddest man in the west.  We met the legendary Party Marty in Dayton, OH last April along with the best guys ever from Horror Squad and Dudes Night, some of which were at the show.  Pomona was such a great night all around. One of the best nights on tour.   Also, Tara (J. from Black Wine's fiance) got to fly out to LA due to a super, secret family airline deal and hung out on the west for 2 days.

"Back to Haunt Me" off of the new LP live at V(ince) L(ombardi) H(igh) S(chool) in Pamona, CA

Cash Crop

Miranda, Kristin, and Tara.  A marvelous trio. 

Day 16- San Diego, CA-  Got up, got some snacks at Whole Foods where we saw Wayne Knight (SeinfeldJurassic Park), buying groceries.  Huh?  That was cool. Almost missed this show because we took an ill advised detour to Huntington Beach to see the Pacific ocean and see J.'s boyhood home.  Steve went swimming.  Kristin sat in the car. I sat in Black Wine's van with my beach towel talking to Jeff about how I hate the beach and how we're gonna miss the show, and I ended up never swimming the whole tour.  Well, we made it to the show!  Played with Cash Crop (who we also played with in Pomona). They are amazing, and Charlie from Cash Crop is one of the greatest guys we've met doing brick mower.   He first booked us in Allston, MA back in 2010 at his house, now we're playing with him in San Diego? Shit.


Let's be specific. That's the Pacific. 

Black Wine!

* BEST SIDE NOTE of tour:  My great friend, Eric Gieg (band mate of one of my older bands, Atlas at Least, and engineer for such brick mower recordings as the Floors EP, Box Turtle 7'', and the 3 Song Tape we sold on tour),   rode his bike over the course of 100 days from Sayreville, NJ down to San Diego, CA.  A few days prior to us, he arrived in San Diego and we got to reunite on the west coast, 6 minutes before we played out set.  It was a bizarre, and wonderful time.
 Charlie from Cash Crop and Eric Gieg, from NJ!

Gettin' sappy. Steve was driving home drunk people in another car at this time.  Sorry Steve. 

Day 17- Tucson, AZ-  Doin' some desert living.  First time driving through the Tatooine terrain.  Saw some cacti. Saw some dead armadillos on the shoulder of the highway. Not happy about that last one.   First time at the Border Patrol stops.  It was riveting, I guess..   Had a great time at The Pound in Tucson thanks to our new pal Logan Greene, who played some amazingly, well-written, jarring pop songs (that's no dis, ya imbecile kids) during his set with Logan Greene Electric.  He's a hell of a songwriter. Look out Marshall Crenshsaw.  Your days are numbered.

 Tucson (outside The Pound)

Black Wine again! 

Day 18- Las Cruces, NM- Played at The TrainYard in Las Cruces thanks to Andy Moore and his rad band Pregnant Again.  Las Curces is one of my favorite spots we've stopped at. Thanks to Andy, I got to run the door at our own show after he handed me door cash and said "I don't know. Run the show." It was cool. I got to ask people for money to pay us to drive around some more, including Chris Mason's wife, Lizzy who gave me shit, paid anyway, and hung out the rest of the night shootin' the shit. It was awesome!  Lots of bugs in New Mexico. Giant ones.  J. and Steve climbed on a roof somewhere at some point.  I went to bed.  It was hotttttt.

Outside the laundromat in Tucson. 

 We all paid a dollar each to see The Thing? Black Wine drove past it. DO NOT TELL THEM WHAT THE THING? IS!!!, please. 

Las Cruces  picture taken dangerously.  Johnny Dangerously. 

Day 19- Austin, TX-  We drove a long, long, long, long, long, long time through west Texas.  Saw the fabled 80 MPH signs, that NJ does not offer, yet everyone seems to drive it anyway.  Played at The Red 7 in Austin that night.  J., Kristin, and I ate Indian Food from a food truck 2 hours before playing.  Think I drank half a beer and played 2 songs before I felt like throwing up.  Sweated like a polio victim spread out on an equatorial beach, but we made it through.  No pain, no gain.  No wait.  No pain, no paneer or papadam.
The only thing to do off I-10 in West Texas.  How many great bands have stopped at Jack's in Fort Stockton, TX on tour? I'd say every one of them. 

Day 20- Denton, TX-  Denton was a rad as hell place.  It was in Denton we met up with our best band buds The Young Leaves, who were on tour from Massachusetts.  If you haven't heard the Young Leaves, do so now.  They're amazing, and are the best dudes.  Thanks to Avery for setting us up with the FIRST punk show at Andy's Bar, a great place that very much looked liked they never had a punk show there before, but nonetheless showed us a great time.  The Young Leaves rule.

 The Young Leaves in Denton!

The Young Leaves on a park Bench in Denton (w/ Bovio).  They payed 75 cents to hear these filthy jokes from the guy on the right.  One out of the 3 were mildly clever, and I will continue to tell it to people other than my mother.

To be continued.....  (this will finish soon, I swear...)