Ahhh… So these last few months have been all about downtime, and getting lots of non-musical crap done. Lots of stressful things that I doubt anyone is interested in. But I am now pretty clear of most of it, so that’s cool. Musically, it’s not like I have been doing nothing, just not as much. That being said, I have recorded a bunch of new songs. They need some vocals and organ, for the most part, but this new batch of songs will be very straight-forward, rock’n’roll type stuff – vocals, guitar, bass, drums and farfisa. Lots of covers, too. Stuff I had wanted to do for a long, long time. I figured out a new recording technique using my trusty 4-track cassette machine. It sounds pretty sweet. Anyway, this seems to all be a way to precurse a tour I wanna do at the end of the year. With a full band mirroring this new recording set up, playing from my catalogue of shit, me frontmanning the whole thing. IF this actually happens, it will be really fun and, I think, pretty cool. I’m working on some ideas for the band, so if anyone is reading this: promoters, labels, musicians… Folks who wanna put stuff out, play along, book these shows, just find my email address or find me on facebook or whatever. This hypothetical tour would also be to usher in the inevitable anti-apocalypse, a time of laughs and illumination, but sure, a time of darkness. But fuck the darkness. It’s full of assholes.
Until that time comes, until that tour possibly happens, I will be playing from April onwards, hopefully hitting most of Europe, Russia, Turkey, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Reunion, Madagascar and for sure hitting the US and Canada, as you can see below. Most of these shows are happening in conjunction with the vinyl release of my ‘War On Rock’n’Roll’:
Dig the GARY PANTER artwork!! So thrilled about that! Anyhow, it’s an off-the-cuff, stream-of-consciousness, live recording I did while I was in Brazil, on a very revealing tour… Anyway, it also marks the first time I attempted to incorporate a floor tom, ride cymbal and some delay into my sound, some improvising, etc… The digital version can be still found on this page somewhere, possibly archived, with a better description, and also with its manifesto, which rounds out the whole thing, putting into context. FIND IT!! Out this month on IN THE RED.
Also quickly wanted to mention to look for possibly TWO Jumbo Lions shows in July, as well as one Sexareenos show in June. HUZZAH!
So, that’s it… Labels, musicians, promoters, bookers… contact me. By email. Or facebook. Not here. And if you can go see my tour (dates below), please do. And tell your friends. I may even revert to the set-up I experimented with on the album.
And here are the dates, so far… EUROPEAN BOOKERS, write me. I am currently piecing together an AUGUST/SEPTEMBER tour
WAR ON ROCK’N’ROLL US TOUR:
April 24th: Tallahassee, FL – Waterworks
April 25th: St. Augustine, FL – Cafe 11
April 27th: Miami, FL – Vagabond
April 28th: San Juan, PR – Abracadabra
May 2nd: Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
May 3rd: Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar
May 4th: Phoenix, AZ – Trunk Space
May 5th: San Francisco, CA – The Hemlock
May 7th: Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
May 10th: Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
May 11th: New Haven, CT – Cafe 9
May 12th: TBA
May 23rd: Detroit, MI – PJ’s Lager House
May 24th: Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
May 25th: Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
May 26th: Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
May 28th: Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
May 29th: Oklahoma City, OK – Blue Note
May 31st: Dallas, TX – City Tavern
June 1st: Austin, TX – Scoot-Inn (Chaos in Tejas)
June 2nd: Houston, TX – Continental Club
June 4th: Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
June 5th: Nashville, TN – Zombie Shop
June 7th: Cincinnati, OH – Motr
June 8th: Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
June 9th: Cleveland, OH – Beachland
June 15th: Montreal, QC – Sala Rossa
July 6th: Moncton, NB – The Manhattan
July 7th: Halifax, NS – Michael’s Bar & Grill
EUROPEAN TOUR – HELP WANTED!!!