We want to thank Ian Skeens from Pink Balloon Band and Drew Allegre from Fahrenheit128 Photography for snapping these shots of us playing at The Brass Rail last Saturday.
This Saturday we are once again returning to The Brass Rail in support of our friends in Looking For Astronauts. They are having an album release show and have asked us to play. I have gotten the chance to listen to the album and it is very, very good. It is exciting that some local friends are putting out an album that sounds like this one does. The show will start around 10:00-10:30 (Brass Rail Time) and will also include Thunderhawk. This may be the last local show we play for a couple months as we are going to be focusing on writing and recording. Although it is hard to say, with so many good local shows taking place it is difficult not to play. We have six brand new songs that are almost done and studio ready. As always we feel like these are the best songs we have written to date and we are sure that everyone will feel the same. One song, that we have already recorded a demo of, we will be playing Saturday night. http://thedeadrecords.bandcamp.com/track/i-want-your-money That link will take you right to the newest song we have recorded.
We hope to see everyone out on Saturday, I know that it gets hard to support all the bands in town, but it is appreciated.
see you soon
WRONG! we have some shows coming up and I want to tell you about them right here, right now.
October 11th - Indianapolis, IN I hounded this fella for a long time to help me with a show and he did and this is it. The show starts at 7:00 so leave work early and come watch us play with Winslow.
October 12th - New Haven, IN Great things in New Haven…… The Dead Records on Saturday. Ok maybe you don’t think it is that great, but we are playing with Pink Balloon Band, The Rutabega, Wickerwolves and Give & Take, so that is great. Apparently this is Wickerwolves practice spot, or was and now is a venue. Either way the show should be smashing, so come to this one too.
Here are the posters.
I have some shows to talk about this weekend.
Thursday: We will be traveling to Chicago for the I don’t know how many time, but we are still very excited to be going out in the big city and playing a rock and roll show. Needless to say if you are in Chicago then come to The Beat Kitchen and watch us play some songs.
Friday: Funfest in North Manchester. For those of you not from North Manchester this means nothing. For some of you from North Manchester this means nothing. For us it means we get to go back to our home town and have some fun. We are playing at The Brewhouse and when we first got started we would have some pretty crazy times at that little bar.
Saturday: Our good friends in Big Money and The Spare Change are having a CD release show and they invited us to play. Of course we said yes or I wouldn’t be typing this. Big Money is a good band so if you haven’t seem them yet, come to this show and watch them play. After the show be sure to get their CD because that is why everyone is playing the show, so they can release their CD.
see you this weekend,
Tonight, July 6th, two days after the 4th of July, we are playing a show at The Brass Rail with TIMBER!!! and Contender Pretender. Apparently this is TIMBER!!! last show at The Brass Rail so I suppose everyone ought to be there to wish them well, I mean we are going to be there doing that so why shouldn’t you. By now everyone should know how shows at The Brass Rail go down so come out and have a great time.
We currently recorded one song with our friend Matt Riefler. He has informed me that this song should be all wrapped up by next week so we are excited to hear what he was able to do with our music. We have been writing diligently over the past month and have some great songs to show. I don’t want to set any exact time when we are going to head back into the studio, but it is looking like the fall sometime. What I do knows is that we are going to be recording another 6 song EP and we think these will be 6 of the best songs we have written to date.
I am currently working on booking some weekend shows in July. July 12th we are playing with our good friend Jake Simmons and his band of ghosts in Kalamazoo in some house. House shows are always great so I am expecting nothing less from this one. The 13th we will be joining a whole gang of Indiana musicians for what is being coined Ratz Fest. Details on that will be coming soon. We don’t have another local shows booked after this Brass Rail deal tonight. That doesn’t mean we are never going to play in Fort Wayne again, but if that makes it seem like you should be at the bar tonight then that works for me.
Maybe none of us live there currently, but North Manchester is still where we all grow up and where some of us still call “home.” Regardless of how we feel about the town, one thing is for certain, we love the firehouse. Lucky for us we know some people who pulled some strings and we were able to have a recording session inside of the firehouse. It took us all day, but we were able to complete one brand new song that should be available for your listening pleasure shortly. In other quick news we have a weekday show coming up on the 11th of June. We don’t normally play weekday shows, but we had a really nice band from Minnesota ask us to play so we decided to make an exception and bring Fort Wayne some rock and roll during the work week. I also just heard from our good friend Jake Simmons and he is putting us on a long anticipated show to Kalamazoo, so we will be making a trip there in July. We have been hard at work writing new songs…. it is weird how songwriting can go, we don’t really have any pressure on us, no one is telling us how to write and very little people care about how the songs turn out, but we are so committed to making the songs as good as we can possibly play. Cant wait to start hearing the songs come to life.
-see you soon
We have some business to discuss. Actually the real problem is that I have not posted since tour and for that I apologize. Lots of news on our end of things and now we have some shows to talk about as well. Since we have gotten back we have arranged a little recording session with one of our friends to record one of our brand new songs. This will hopefully lead into the recording of our brand new EP. Enough new album talk. We are playing this Saturday at The Brass Rail with our good friends in the band Buttonhoof. These guys are great and were kind enough to ask us to play a show with them in Fort Wayne while they are on tour. Joining us on that show will also be Elephants In Mud, a Fort Wayne favorite. I always am pleased to play with EIM. The show page should be updated so if you cant make it to the first then find another date that suits you better. The other day I was thinking about tour and thinking about how much better tour things have gotten since the first tour TDR went on. It has come a long way. Tour is delightful, but it is always nice to come back home to get everything straightened out and have the opportunity to play some local shows and remind the people of Indiana that we are still hear to play rock and roll music. In some other quick news our new EP has been getting some press, this is one of my favorites so far http://www.divisionstharmony.com/?p=453?cmpid=TW.LKB-TDR7.
Tour has been moving right along and we are currently in Norman, Oklahoma taking in the aromas of Gray Owl Coffee shop where we will be setting up shop and playing our tunes to tons of nice people… hopefully. Shows have been going pretty well thus far and we got a great opportunity to get some beach time and swim in the ocean. Swimming in the ocean is something that I try to do every time we are on tour. One reason for this is because I enjoy the ocean, but it is mostly because the ocean is so far from Indiana that once I get an opportunity to be inside of it I get to remember that I am far from home, traveling in a mini-van, playing rock and roll music. I just let the waves roll over my body and all the frustration of bad shows, no crowds, miles upon miles upon miles crammed in a mini-van with 6 other people sort of go away. However, our second beach day was surprisingly interrupted by a show opportunity that took us quickly to Tampa, to an outside craft beer bar where we once again stripped down our set and played a nice quiet version of The Dead Records. The owner and bar manager of the place, which was called The Independent, were extremely accommodating to us and I was able to drink a bunch of delicious craft beers. Chuck got caught into a conversation about amps, pedals and every other sort of gear and was stuck for a few hours. I say, “stuck” even though I am pretty sure Chuck would have stayed their all night talking about tubes and transistors if we didn’t have to sleep. So our first Florida trip, which lasted roughly 6 shows, was pleasing. I am excited to go back to Florida… oh shit, I almost forgot to mention the highlight of Florida, HAIL DALE. Hail Dale is a band who hosted us at a bar, which turned into them hosting us at their house after I basically told them we didn’t have a place to stay. They were a great rock and roll band who did a great job promoting the show and making it the best show we have played on tour so far. As we were sitting in the bass players apartment he mentioned in passing that they happened to live about a 5 minute walk from a sandwich place that first is called Munchies 420 Café and second has been on Man vs. Food. Jimmy perked up, I perked up and we both agreed that we would be on our way at 3:30 in the morning. We ate giant sandwiches that probably housed about 6000 calories and proceeded to pass out at Hail Dale’s house. Thanks to those guys for throwing us a show that was packed full of people who were genuinely into music. As I said we are playing a little coffee house gig tonight so pray we blow the doors off this place and teach these Norman, Oklahoma coffee drinking folks what Midwestern rock and roll is all about.
We made our way East and are currently at a McDonalds loitering and using free internet. We made a new first for ourselves by playing with a freak/sideshow act. Fire swallowing, sword juggling, lifting chairs with eye sockets, lighting off firecrackers in a metal bucket with one’s balls… just a normal Monday night. This happened at Rondout Lounge in Kingston, NY. Something else that happened is that I was able to enjoy a Three Philosophers by Ommegang brewery, local to Cooperstown, NY, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, where we were before. Anyway the beer was delicious. The last few shows have been slow, but that is to be expected early in the week. We are staying with our friend Javiar and he is being very hospitable. He has made us two meals and let us basically take over his basement. Tonight we are playing yet again in CT at Snapper McGees and will be heading to Brooklyn, NY after the show. What this means is that if you feel compelled to tweet us at 3:00 in the morning we will be on the road heading to the big beautiful city of New York. We are excited to continue playing shows through the country and hopefully make some new friends.
p.s. didn’t have lots of time to make this thing happen so it is short. I apologize.
For those of you who do not understand the title of this post, it is a Jay-Z reference. But why would I be using a Jay-Z reference as the title of one of our posts you might ask? First of all because Jay-Z kicks ass and also because we are in New York. The Dead Records and Laura K. Balke have made it to The Empire State. Thanks to a website that I was unfamiliar with before Laura enlightened me called Couch Surfing, we were able to find a place to hang our hats last night in Hudson, New York. Our new friend Daniel, who at this time is out on his porch overlooking the Catskill Mountains playing a banjo bought us some bagels and made us coffee. I don’t drink coffee but I am pretty sure the rest of our company is very addicted to it.
We left The Rabbit in the Rye house, after those sweet folks made us a whole mess of blueberry pancakes topped with local maple syrup… maybe I am bragging about the amount of food that has been made and distributed to us and the fact that we didn’t just have any kind of Aunt Ja-whatever syrup, but syrup that had been tapped out of the trees right across the street, but why shouldn’t I? It is great. From the house we headed to Cooperstown, New York, home of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. I saw the beautiful halls of the greatest men to ever play the game of baseball. Ever heard of a little guy named Babe Ruth? The Sultan of Swat, The King of Crash, The Great ? Yeah, he was there. We love sports almost as much as we love maple syrup taken out of trees 50 feet from your fork. The trip to Cooperstown was a little scary, through mountains that at one point we were actually not sure if the old van, AKA Barb, Margaret and Silver Bullet was going to make it. Laura was freaking out, Chad was hung over, Zachary was hiding his eyes, Jimmy was driving in every gear that the van has to offer, Taylor was smoking cigarettes and I was laughing thinking how the last moments of our tour were going to be spent coasting backwards down a mountain in New York all to see a little metal plaque with Babe Ruth’s face frozen in time.
But of course we have made it to Hudson, New York. We are at our new couch surfing friends house and we are all huddled around a kitchen table stuffing our faces with bagels and putting this WIFI to extremely good use. Jimmy is a little under the weather so he is resting his ugly mug and trying to get better before we play in Kingston, New York this evening which I am sure will bring a whole new world of stories and adventures. Talk to you all very soon.
p.s. Zachary officially has a new tour nickname. “ZAK ATTACK” spelled with one k.