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.
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!