Wednesday, October 24, 2012
You know who these men are. They have been other men.
Who they were before does not matter. What matters most is who they are now.
These men, with two menacing guitars, violent drums, and persuasive words will control your thoughts. They will build bunkers out of your bones. They will make weapons out of your teeth. They will drink your tears and feed on your meat.
Filmed at Empty Bottle.
European tour is wrapping up. Check the dates. Enjoy.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Missoula's beauty is impossible to avoid. It's essentially nestled in between a gigantic mountain range, and the whole downtown is in their shadows. When we first told people we were visiting, a good lot of great folks in Chicago had a lot of positive things to say. Alex White told us to go to Ear Candy Records. Many told us of good spots to eat, venues to hit up, and people to meet. For that we're grateful. After the visit in August, for many reasons, we decided to move here for the winter, and return to Chicago in spring. More on that later.
Sadly, a great DIY spot called The Lab shut down just before we jumped ship over here for the winter. We missed Total Fest by mere weeks. However, what we did realize upon arrival, is that many here share the same ideals as those in Chicago, and everywhere in the world. They love playing music, creating, and helping each other make a good environment people feel comfortable in. It's nice to be back in a state where the "shake a day" is considered normal. The music scene here is surprisingly strong.
Regardless, we'll get more into that as we keep digging into this scene. So far, we've tagged along on a roadtrip to a show with bands like The Magpies and Skin Flowers. Shot a birthday party for local radio station KBGA, and filmed touring and locals alike. There's some great things going on here, and the vibe is unlike anywhere else we've ever been.
To kick things off, here's a wild set by Thee Oh Sees. Dwyer talked with us a little about the Coachwhips reunion happening soon. It was a great show that reminded us of the rowdiness of the city we left. Missoula can get down when they want to, and I'm sure as people try to shed the grasp of a bitter winter, we'll dig a little deeper down into what people are really all about here. This was filmed at a local clothing and arts collective called Zoo City Apparel. ZCA is ran by some great folks a few of you may know, and it's ran like a DIY venue, because that's essentially what it is. Entry is cheap. You bring your own beer. It's refreshing to see kids turning out for most of the shows.
So, this is the first of many videos we'll be posting of our new environment. Chicago will still be a main focus on this blog until our return in the summer, as we have a ton of unposted footage and things we're working on. We'd definitely suggest you follow the Facebook and Twitter for some juicier, hyper-local bits, but we've never been big on "upcoming show" posts or news you can find 800 other places. Thanks to Thee Oh Sees, ZCA, and Missoula in general for such a warm welcome. Enjoy.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Pile is a band from Boston. We originally heard about them when a buddy from Milwaukee wouldn't stop raving about their record "Magic Isn't Real", and they just so happened to be playing Casa Donde the next night, so we went to check it out. As you can see in that video, they're great live. Pile used to be just Rick Maguire, playing the songs he has written. He's since recruited a stellar team of hard hitting cohorts that are really something to see live. He was nice enough to play us a few songs solo after a show we set up at Swerp Mansion. We'd suggest you catch Pile when they come through your town. They're spectacular. Rick is joined by Fax Holiday's Erick Schermerhorn, and the songs include "Haunt", "The Moon", and more. Enjoy!