It’s been a quiet autumn off the road for me and the gang, just setting the table to release our new album this winter. (Look for more news on that front in the next week or two) We’ll kick things off again in January when we support the entire US tour for the excellent Devil Makes Three. We’re thrilled for that run of shows and we have our fingers crossed that we don’t run into the same snow-pocalypse that we did this past winter on the road. Then later in the spring we’ll be back out for a full run of headline shows.
Also, the good folks over at OurVinyl captured a cool live version of the “Downbound Train” cover I contributed to “Dead Man’s Town: Tribute to Born in the USA”. You can check that out here.
I’ve missed playing shows and seeing all of you, thanks as always for your unwavering support. See you very soon.
Nirvana live in 1989: The electric guitar sounds like garbage, there’s an audience of about 20 people, the camera work is shoddy- and yet this is still one of the greatest concert films I’ve ever seen. Kurt Cobain’s voice is what pulled me into music in the first place and all of it’s reedy pathos is on display here. In this video we see the band- that’s Chad Channing on drums- playing behind it’s first album, Bleach. It’s an hour long set though, so a good chunk of the set is material from Nevermind (including a compelling, electric version of “Polly”). If you’re a Nirvana devotee like myself and you have yet to see this video, do not click on this link if you plan on accomplishing anything in the next hour.
“You’ve Got The Wrong Man” by Joe Fletcher: The new album by this Providence by way of Nashville singer-songwriter is instrumentally sparse compared to earlier records with his band The Wrong Reasons, but it is teeming lyrically. Joe has got a wry way of looking at the world that, by the end of this record, you can’t help but adopt as your own.
“The Islamic State” by VICE News: This documentary on ISIS or ISIL is absolutely engrossing. VICE News sends a few monumentally brave journalists into the heart of this extremist movement in Northern Syria. To watch the mechanics of religious law replacing secular law is chilling. For example, lieutenants driving around neighborhoods “suggesting” to a passerby that his wife should further cover herself. I don’t recommend this to further frighten you or to justify the military action we’re now engaged in, but I do think it’s an important portrait for American citizens to see.
The Big Ask
Happy to report that the new pressing of Nation of Heat on vinyl has arrived. To celebrate we’ve chopped 5 bucks off the vinyl package and the CD package as well. All of our vinyl also includes a copy of the CD, and both of these packages include instant downloads as well! Discounted prices good through 12/2/14.
Pike Street Fish Fry, Seattle WA: The guitar player in our band, Greg Tuohey, is a native of New Zealand- that stunning island paradise of oceanic vistas, legally recognized gay marriage, and the world’s best fish and chips. No matter where we are on tour- be it Manchester UK or Birmingham Alabama- if Greg sees a “chipper” he dutifully samples it’s fried gold to see how it stacks up to home. It never has… save once. When we first walked into this little hole in the wall in Seattle a few years ago, I expected Greg to end the meal with his usual stoic disappointment. Pike Street Fish Fry, though, met his rigorous standards and it has now become a regular pilgrimage for us when we’re in Seattle.
For a full list of dates visit the tour page.