It’s been a good while since we played in Chicago proper. Tonight, we’ll be at Livewire Lounge, and I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces at the show. We pushed back mastering of Every Last Stitch one week to next Thursday, but we’ll have it ready soon enough. Tuesday, we are recording a new track with Jeff Dean @ Million Yen. We have a plan for the track and we’ll let you know about it soon. We will be back in the city on July 23rd for the release party for Every Last Stitch at Liars Club.
We are putting the final touches on the audio for Every Last Stitch, which will be fully mastered on May 23rd at Gravity Studios in Chicago. Ech is putting together the artwork for us, which we are SUPER stoked about.
If you swing by our show at Livewire on May 24th, we are going to burn some copies of the album for you to get WAY in advance of the release, and for FREE. It’s with our buddies in The Bumpus Hounds, who are some rad dudes.
Next month, I’ll be putting out my first official Whoacast! brought to you by Whoa! Records, which is a new podcast I will be hosting. The podcast will include an unscripted, 30 or 45 minute chat with me and an artist / entertainer / music industry type once every two weeks. Musicians typically hunker down and don’t open up much, I’m hoping to change that. We will have the final launch date soon, but you heard it here first, DAN VAPID will be my first guest!!! We will be recording the show on May 26th at our studio.
Last bit of news, which was leaked on facebook by Bandsintown, is that we will be playing on Saturday, July 13th at Token Lounge for Whoapocalypse! 2013 with our friend P.T.’s Revenge, Wrist-Rocket, Cruise Italy, Due North, and Bottle Kids. This will be the DEBUT of our new Bottoms Up video! We will be showing the video on the big screen before our set, so don’t miss it!!! It’s going to be a killer show, and I’m looking forward to playing back at an old hangout for the first time in many years. More details on the show are coming very soon!
Aside from that, I ran 3 miles today, and then walked 4 more, and worked on some more new tunes, which I do a lot while walking, which inevitably distracts me and I end up walking into streets without looking both ways first… Goal is to do another record soon on the heals of Every Last Stitch.
Oh, and I’m going to FEST again this year with Stacy… we gonna get weird, and probably hang with some random Aussies again.
Word to your mother.
This will be a short one folks. Two dates. Tonight, Friday, May 3rd in Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s Inner City. Big thanks to Cody for hooking us up with the show at the last minute! Saturday night we will be in Erie, PA @ The Crooked I with Diemonds.
We are very close to finishing “Every Last Stitch,” Adam is finishing the mixes as we speak, and we will be mastering the record @ Gravity Studios here in Chicago. July will be a BIG month for us. We will be releasing the Bottom’s Up video at a Whoa! Records show on July 13th, and we are hoping for our Liars Club show on July 25th to be the release party for the album! Stay Tuned!
Last weekend was a blast. We stopped by the School of Rock in Farmington, MI to hang out with their house band. The kids played some tunes for us, and us for them. It was a great time, and very rewarding. Our thanks to Sheri and all the kids at the school for welcoming us.
We then headed off to Warren, MI to film the music video for Bottoms Up. The shoot went great, and Natasha and Kevin, and all the crew and cast were great. We are really excited to see the finished product. To finish it though, we need to polish off the last pieces of the album and get the audio mastered. We are doing that this week! The album will be released digitally and in very limited quantities of vinyl and a limited run of CDs. We are shooting for a July release date.
I’ve been working on some new songs the last couple of days since I had a weekend free for the first time in a while. We’ve been very focused on the task at hand of completing the record, so my songwriting had taken a backseat. That’s not always a bad thing though. I feel after I take breaks, and come back and start putting pen to paper again, my brain has figured out some interesting new things to leverage. I’m finding myself now tackling subjects that I’m not totally comfortable addressing, but as a songwriter, that dissonance really brings through not only words with depth, but melodies and harmonic content that envelop the strain. There are some songs on “Every Last Stitch” that are very much in this vein, and these new songs seem to be bringing it all home. One of the great things about playing in this band, is that we aren’t afraid to take risks here and there, and that none of us feel tied to any sort of niche, so stepping out of our comfort zone is actually welcomed by everyone in the band, and hopefully as more material comes out, by the listeners and show goers as well.
This week I’m going to work on recording a demo of one of the new tracks to post for everyone. I’ll do a youtube thing for it. Thanks again to everyone who helped us out with the tour and video shoot! We are going to do a couple of shows in the Midwest the weekend of May 3/4. We will have details posted soon. We’ll also be hitting the road again later this year, we are thinking out west, but if you have somewhere you want us to head to, let us know!
P.S. you can also now shop for our stuff right here on our own site!
The Bottoms Up video shoot is upon us! Thanks to Goldhouse and Natasha for organizing the shoot! The live portion happens at our show tomorrow (Saturday, April 6th, 2013!) at Toepfer House in Warren, MI. Bands start at 9pm, and the show and video shooting will all be over by 1:30am. Can’t wait to see all of you there!
Facebook event here.
Melody Inn in Indy finished the tour nicely! We saw some dude hitting golf balls outside a cemetery… Unfortunately he didn’t come to our show.
We are driving back to Chicago tonight to sleep in our own beds. We really want to thank the dudes from Fuctiphino in Brooklyn, especially Tim, for putting us up for the night earlier this week in manhattan. It was awesome. Thank you to all the bands and everyone who made this possible and helped us along the way!
Next week we pop into Evanston, IL, then blast to Detroit to shoot the music video! It’s gonna get weird!
We had a great time last night in Cleveland, where we played with a host of School of Rock staff bands. Students of the teachers on stage were in the audience and were invited up to play with all of the bands, including us! The kids were amazing, and wicked talented. It was like they had been playing with us since the beginning.
After the show, we began the long haul out to Brooklyn. We drove about three hours, into Pennsylvania, and shacked up in a Super 8. I fell asleep right away, while the rest of the dudes had some Miller High Lifes. After about 4 hours of sleep, I was the first awake, and got to take a well needed shower. After the dudes used the waffle maker in the hotel to make some breakfast, we hit the road again, right on time at 9:30AM. There was no sign of any good coffee joints along the highway, so we made our first unfortunate trip to McDonald’s… It happens.
We are now about 30 minutes outside of NYC, coming in from I-80 through Newark. It has been 10 years since I’ve been to NYC, and Dave has never been, so after the show (which is a mid day show, hence our urgent drive), we plan to head to the city to hit some tourist sites. See ya on the flipside!
Last night we had our last rehearsal before putting rubber to the road on Friday. The unofficial name of the tour is now the Gabagool tour… look it up… and then don’t ask why… because I still don’t get it myself.
After the Cleveland show, we have the hardest drive of the trip that we will need to start right after the show. Our destination is Brooklyn, where we have an afternoon show, so that will be a somewhat literal translation of “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.”
We have a night off on Tuesday that we are going to spend in Atlantic City. None of us have ever been there, and it turns out hotel rooms are dirt cheap there, so look forward to lots of site seeing pictures!
I’m off to get the oil changed, get some keys copied, and have a tire looked at to make sure the vehicle is in tip top shape before we hit it hard with mileage over the next week. Watch here and our facebook page for updates from our trip!
Adam and I previously worked with the lovely Natasha Beste from Goldhouse on a video for our last band, About the Mess, for a song called “I Remember ’94.” You can check that video out below. The exciting news is that we will be working with her again for a video for Bottoms Up on April 6th! The video shoot will take place at the Toepfer House show in Warren, MI (near Detroit). Natasha has already constructed some rad ideas for this video, so we are all looking forward to it. Hope to see some of you there!
All of the dates for the First Cuts tour are now available in the Shows section of the site. It’s going to be a blast, and we will be keeping everyone updated along the way with photos and videos. Thank you to all of our friends, families, and significant others for their support. Looking forward to seeing many of you out there!
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