Safely returned from tour! And what a week to get out in the world—everywhere we landed, spring was just warming the air. Bless our friendsStephen Paul Smokerfor getting into tour as much as we did. Middle of the Map Fest was a wild one; got to catch Pujol (they KILLED IT), Divine Fits, My Gold Mask, Casket Lottery, and a newish Lawrence band called Oils who were particularly awesome. Missed a bunch of other bands we totally wanted to see, like Palace, Dots Not Feathers, Cowboy Indian Bear, and oh about a zillion others, but can't complain. Our set was right after Smoker and we played at midnight to a sold-out room, bless all y'all souls! MOTM is an ideal way to celebrate music and investigate KC at the same time. We're already looking forward to next year!
Getting ready for a string of shows withStephen Paul Smoker! NASHVILLE 4/3 at The End, ST. LOUIS 4/4 at Off Broadway, COLUMBIA, MO 4/5 at The Bridge w/ Glass Cavalry, KANSAS CITY 4/6 atMiddle of the Map Fest, and LAWRENCE 4/7 at Jackpot Saloon. Feels good to be getting into tour mode again!
50 years ago today The Beatles released Please Please Me on Parlophone Records and the world totally changed forever. The first song on that album is "I Saw Her Standing There," which sounds at first blush like an innocent enough song... but ain't. How could this song sound racier today than it was released? "Your mother should know..."
Well, I busted my right hand in an ill-considered gesture last week, so last night's show was a one-time-only arrangement of a loop-centric Paige, crucial pal Gabe Doiron on country-tinged guitar, and me on backing vocals with the occasional lefty shaker. Was it fun? Definitely. Will I appreciate getting back behind my drumset? MOST definitely. Check out Paige's opening number. Our thanks to Craig Deeken for catching it:
Had a blast in Memphis with Divino Niño, La Kaza, and Memphis's Switchblade Kid. I highly recommend checking them out when they play with Bruiser Queen in STL next month. Also, it was great finding out about the Buccaneer and, of course, Sun Studio!