Night number two of our whirlwind tour of the upper Midwest.
Mark Steven Hillstrom:
Some primative tribes believe that taking a photo steals a being's soul. Lucky for us we are soulless.
Night number two of our whirlwind tour of the upper Midwest.
Mark Steven Hillstrom:
In which we began a weekend trek across the Upper Midwest. First stop Dubuque, Iowa:
We rode an elevator/train thing to the top of the bluff:
Eronel is a very cool space to play:
On the way out we did some hiking at The Mines of Spain:
This was a bit more nature than Robert is used to, but we all made it out okay. The same can't be said for Julien Dubuque:
Robert recorded a bunch of video of this leg of the tour. Check back in a couple of years once he has time to edit it all together and post it.
This was Whales first show with their new guitarist Ryan.
Shanks are from Canada and rocked it with in suits with catchy, loud tunes.
Knife the Symphony are one of our favorites and they were great as usual.
I didn't get any pictures of us, but we had a few people say this was one of our best show. I don't know about that, but we had a ton of fun and thanks to Quenchers and the other bands!
It's been seven months since Tony had his arm fixed improved and we are finally ready to play again:
The plan is to have three or four new songs to debut, so please come out and see us Tyranny Is Tyranny, As Hell and Oxblood at one of our favorite places, Quenchers. Join the FaceBook event page for updates.
Three days of bands in the San Francisco Bay area. Probably the only time you ever will be able to see us on the West Coast. See the official Web site for more bands and other info.
This was the first time that we flew to a gig and I thought I might say a few words about taking guitars on a commercial flight. Here's the gear we took with us:
Having seen that viral video about United breaking guitars and knowing quite a few people who have had guitars either broken or stolen while flying, we were a bit paranoid about traveling with our instruments.
The only consistent advice we could find about flying with guitars was to loosen the strings. As far as getting your stuff safely on the plane, everyone has a their own story. John and I took two different approaches. He got the industrial strength hard case you see in the photo above with the plan of checking it through the whole way. I brought my smaller, lighter bass in the beige hard case and added some extra foam padding around the neck and body of the guitar.
The airline's terms of service for both United and American say you can take instruments with you to the gate. My plan was to just walk through security like I knew what I was doing and hopefully get my bass in the plane's coat closet. At O'hare this plan worked for the most part. No body hassled me and I made it to the gate. However, John's plans were thwarted when he tried to check that monstrous case. It was both over-sized and over-weight (aluminum necks do have their drawbacks). According to the baggage clerk, the cost to check the road case would have been more than $400! This being Chicago, the clerks were more than willing to bend the rules a bit and told John that since it technically was an instrument, he could carry it through security and gate check it for free (our fine City's culture of corruption does have its advantages).
Once at the gate John talked to the flight staff and a manager came out and let him gate check the road case. My plan to just walk on to the plane with the bass sorta fell apart here as I also had to gate check my case. This I expected. Now, as much as I hate United (they completely ruined a long-planned family vacation for me last year by bumping us off our flights), I have to admit the gate staff at O'hare was very accommodating and friendly. They assured us that instruments are handled very carefully and would be unloaded separately from normal luggage at baggage claim in San Francisco. To their credit, they arrived in good shape without any problems.
At the show John played our first song then promptly broke three strings and borrowed The Gary's guitar for the rest of the set.
Things did not go quite our way on the trip from San Francisco to O'hare. This time we both tried to walk right through American Airline's security and were promptly told by the staff that the only guitars they allow through are those that are in gig bags or in a shaped case like you'd have for an acoustic guitar. The inconsistency of policies miffed us and we tried to invoke the passenger's bill of rights. Turns out that there is no article in that bill of rights covering ungodly overweight boutique guitars. Next thing you know they're gonna be allowing TSA agents to quartered in our houses!
We were then escorted to the over-sized item line fearing the major hit the band fund was going to take for checking through that huge-ass road case. Fortunately, John's guitar only cost $125 to check and my bass was the standard $25 fee. But Tony was able to charm his way into carrying his drum and cymbal cases with him.
Again we were assured that instruments got special treatment. Even still, we watched in despair as the two guitars were conveyed through the strip doors into the bowels of SFO airport.
Once we landed we raced to the baggage claim down the seemingly endless length of the American Airlines terminal (has anyone ever landed at Gate #1?). Again, the bags were hand delivered to the over-sized baggage area. After a quick inspection everything looked to be in one piece and we let go a sigh of relief. Well, I did anyway. John still had a train ride back to Logan Square where he hoped the hand truck he had locked to the bike rack would still be there:
It was! Next time we are only flying via chartered Leerjet (merch sales in Oakland were quite good).
Formed in 2006, BUILDINGS is a (insert label) three piece from Minneapolis. Their music is loud, aggressive, and dynamic. Melt Cry Sleep is the band’s 2nd full-length, and the follow up to 2008’s self-released Braille Animal (recently reissued on doubleplusgood).
Engineer, Jacques Wait (Off With Their Heads, Motion City Soundtrack) has perfectly reined in the band’s furious energy, allowing the 10 tightly wound tracks on Melt Cry Sleep room to breathe in contrast to their raw & visceral live sets. One might think from the blistering opener “Rainboat” that it’s all loud, fast rules, but BUILDINGS is deceptive in their songwriting. Often switching gears several times within a song, as evidenced on tracks “Born on a Bomb” and “Invocation”. New bassist Sayer Payne’s driving bass lines and Travis Kuhlman’s frantic drumming work in tandem to steer through the chaos on songs like “I Don’t Love My Dog Anymore” and “Night Cop. Combined with Brian Lake’s snarling vocals and eerie, atonal guitar on songs like “Wrong Cock” and the madness of closer, “Crystal City”, BUILDINGS never end where they began.
The Paver formed in 2008 as a bass, violin/synth, drums trio. In 2010, they added cello. The Paver is aggressive, mathy, arty, post-punk, post-rock. Perhaps the most fitting description of the complex songwriting is "Baroque-Core."
Skewed but catchy. Straight forward yet obtuse. Angry but thoughtful: Deleter's 8-song debut comes in the form of the 4-part "A/B" singles series being released digitally throughout the spring of 2013, physical release pending. When Knol Tate's (Askeleton, Killsadie, Hidden Chord) previous group Satellite Voices ended in 2012 he wanted to waste no time and to start something new straight away. Something in the vein of his former band but sleeker, simpler and meaner. Joined by former band mate Travis Collins (Satellite Voices, Spirit Of 76), drummer Josh McKay (Farewell Continental, Mourner) and guitarist Zach Roth they started what would become the loud, post punk inspired sound of Deleter.
This is the Tyranny Is Tyranny vinyl release party! The show was a blast and featured LASERs!!! Here are a bunch of photos of us taken by Jonathan Ferris-Bohorquez:
From IBW's Annoucement E-mail:
First of all, it's important that we thank all of you for your support. IBW has been a labor of love for over 4 years now and has taken on many forms as we worked to bring it into light. To finally see our persistent efforts take form is incredibly exciting. To know that our friends and families have stepped up to support us in this project means the world to us. So, before we get into anything else, THANK YOU.
Ok, now on with the event information.
IBW's first Chicago event SACRIFICE! SACRIFICE! SACRIFICE! will be
Saturday, November 2nd at the Salsa Truck kitchen located at 116 N. Aberdeen in Chicago, right across the street from Harpo Studios and right in the heart of Chicago's incredible restaurant scene.
The event begins at 6pm and will conclude at midnight.
As you know, costumes are strongly recommended. This is Halloween, please don't half step on this. However, should you choose to enjoy our SACRIFICE! without a costume we will gladly have you, but be advised your fun will most likely be greatly diminished.
We've got amazing entertainment for this event:
Additionally, we will have the remedial mesmerism of the now famous Mr. King to guide you through this sacred space as well as some beautiful burlesque booty shakinghappening in the main bar as well as the back dungeon.
We're going to have a killer raffle. Some items include:
And there's a ton more where that came from including rumors of a vintage bottle of Dark Lord!!! The raffle will go on all night and you need to be present to collect your prizes.
And, you know, there's going to be beer! You like beer right? Well we're going to have collaboration brews that we have done with DryHop Brewers and Hamburger Mary's. How does a Saison made with 40 gallons of cider, cardamom and szechuan peppers sound? You're right, amazing! Hamburger Mary's is bringing along "Death is the Real Drag" which is a chocolately sour made with black pepper, orange peels and black cherries.
And, of course, your friends at IBW will be providing beer as well:
The Black Maw, a deliciously dark black licorice milk stout to help prepare you for your fearless wanderings into the heart of the unknown.
Race Ramp IPA, everybody loves this gooey, citrusy West Wheat Pale Ale.
Supari Ale, based upon the flavor-profile of the Supari Pann sold on every street corner of India, this belgian beast will seduce your palette and numb your mind.
SACRIFICE! SACRIFICE! SACRIFICE!, our blood red barley wine will be available in very limited amounts at a designated time later in the evening. Make sure you don't miss this 13% hibiscus tainted dandy.
We'll have other odds and ends that we're pulling from the shelves as well. Be sure to get there early and stay late to try all of our offerings for this fine evening of debauchery.