Rockford live shots courtesy of Lance Young (http://www.facebook.com/Bighuskers1) and Andy Juris.
Black and white live shots courtesy of Tommy Walker.
I suppose I should be grateful that the US Congress has my back. But I know that they aren’t proposing this bill for me (because I don’t “bolster the economy” or “pay taxes” or “contribute to Super PACs”).
Anything that could potentially prohibit my silly little tunes from reaching the ears of someone who might enjoy them, especially at the behest of conglomerate media corporations, is garbage.
Sure, SOPA seems like artistic altruism, protecting inventors and writers. But the only ones it’ll end up protecting are the conglomerates who chew up and spit out the inventors and writers they profit off of.
It could potentially put an end to Twitter, Vimeo, Flickr, and many other ways we have come to love sharing and discovering honest and genuine art. Art for the sake of art… and maybe making a buck or two to pay the rent and eat a sammich a day. It’s us little guys who will be caught in the shuffle. And all I want is to play piano and hope it’ll pay for my sammich a day. mmmm, sammich. It’s almost lunch time…
Anyway. I protest the passing of SOPA, and with the full knowledge that this bill’s purpose is to “protect” my financial interest as a professional musician. If you believe that art-for-the-sake-of-art can benefit from free transfer of information on the internet, you should protest too. Wikipedia will help you, they’re blacking out their own site today in protest with information on what you can do.
Our first full-length album is now available:
– It’s free to download .
– The CD comes in ultra-hip recycled packaging with a fold-out poster.
– Coming May 12 on mixed-color, limited edition 180 gram vinyl with a poster insert!
We’re proud of how our first full-length album turned out, and that it even turned out at all… (see the recording journal here for further explanation). Also to our surprise, it charted on the CMJ Top 200 for 6 weeks, peaking at #107 twice, made some Best-of-2011 lists including Huffington Post and was recently featured in national magazines The Deli and Alternative Press.
Here’s what some kind online reviewers have said about it:
“… with so many angles—so many stories, so many tones and sounds—ragged, raw, explosive, all these words are just a taste, a first-bite, a start to describing something so human.” – Hiawatha Review
“To say that an artist is “coming forward with a truly unique sound” is a cliché that, more often than not, doesn’t even truly apply, as there is very little ground that hasn’t been traversed before. However, that is the most accurate way to describe this album and its feel.” – Lumino Magazine
Thursday, December 1st
2011 W. North Avenue Chicago, IL 60647
8:00pm | 21+ | $5
This is a special event, and we’re happy to share it with Hemmingbirds, Glittermouse and Sleepy Kitty. We’re going to celebrate the release of our first full-length album, which is called Pray For Rain.
Everyone in attendance can get a copy of the limited first pressing before the official release date of Dec 13.
If you’re not in Chicago, or you can’t wait until December, preview and pre-order the CD here. You’ll get a couple tracks right away, and we will mail your copy out on December 5.
The CD comes in a matte finish digi-pack with cover photography by Lisa Victoria Geisler – click here for more information on the images. The inside photo is by Bob Buckstaff. CD also includes a poster with the full cover photo and hand-written lyrics.
For those of us without five bones to spare, it’ll be a free MP3 download here on release day, December 13, 2011.
Saturday, October 1st
2100 W. Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60618
10:00pm | 17+ | $12/advance $15/door
We kick off October opening for AM Taxi, one of the best rock bands around. It’ll be a hell of a night, can’t wait!
We also just finished mastering our new album, Pray for Rain. We’re thrilled with how it came out, thanks to Dan Smart’s mixing and Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering. For our first full-length release we’ve got a lot of work to do before it’s actually available. So in the meantime, get the first single on next week’s Chicago Mixtape.
Thursday, July 21st
2424 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
8:00pm | 18+ | $8/advance $10/door
Last-minute Chicago show; back at Lincoln Hall, one of the best-sounding spots in town. We’re first of 4 so get there early and get ready for some new tunes. Thanks for listening, and see you there!
Thursday, June 16th
1035 N Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
9:00pm | 21+ | FREE *
It’s our first time headlining Empty Bottle, and it’s FREE * with RSVP: just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and ours, otherwise it’s $8 at the door. First band goes on at 9, we hit at 11. Summertime Thursday night rock show – spread the word, invite friends, hit up the Facebook Event page. Thanks, and see you there!