Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tour Has Ended. Recording of Acoustic EP Continues!

Hey y'all,

Last week the tour had come to an end. We had a great experience, met a ton of really cool folks, played a bunch of our new songs, and have a lot of motivation now to come back and record! This past Sunday we tracked drums for the still-to-be-named acoustic EP and are going to throw down guitars and vocals this week. It's gonna be 5 tracks of folk/pop-punk madness including the track "D.I. Why?" that we released on the "Please Don't Hang Out in Front of the House" compilation a few months ago (but we added drums to it!)

Here's a video from our unplugged show at Albright College. We re-did "Underpaid" and made it a folk punk song. Evan Greer is playing mandolin on the song but she's cut out of the video so you can't see her (sorry Evan!)

In other news- we are playing a benefit show this coming Saturday at ABC No Rio with Huasipungo, Fialka Trupe, and llucsi Cai. The benefit is for Brazil's Landless Worker's Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra-MST.) Check out more about the show here.

We've also got a couple more shows coming up that we'll have more info about soon. We'll be playing in Philly on May 28th for the Radical All-City Party and again on June 2nd as a closing show for the May Month of Anarchy with THE WILD! If you haven't heard the Wild you should check them out here. They're awesome. We're also going to be playing Punk Island on June 19th which is thrown together by the ABC No Rio folks. More info on that to come as well.

See you all soon! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tour Tips 2: Play Safe Spaces, and Queer Colleges

On our fourth day of tour, we're happy to say that we've been continually inspired and encouraged by the people we've met and performed with, and the spaces we've played.

I know what you're thinking--Oberlin College. Rich, white, liberal. Well, these things are true, but we met some amazing students who are doing trans advocacy, public transportation access, and environmental organizing. We did a workshop on Community Organizing and Solidarity in a World of Fire (Anti-Oppression fused with how to organize), which was really cool.

We played that night at a space called "The Cat and the Cream". No, it's not a lesbian horror film. It's just a coffee shop.

Later the next day, we rolled over to Columbus, Ohio to Villa Vilakula a totally amazing Queer/Feminist Safe Space. Let me tell you, this space ROCKED. We had so much fun, and we need to shout out one of the best bands we've heard since we've been on tour, Bad Heart Bull. Seriously, it was so amazing to see a space like this with badass queer women collectively taking charge.

 From the outside, the house looks like your typical suburban home with vinyl siding, which is really hilarious.
But they start every show with a "SAFE SPACE" disclaimer, and point out two women that you can come to if you are having any problems with people in the space. AND the art is cool, too.
"Hang Onto Each Other"

Okay, I know that I'm a little too into the house at this point with the photos, but the final thing that I thought was a really funny/creative idea was a calendar entitled "Columbus Sucks Because You Suck". Good idea for folks in a small town surrounded by nihilist anarchists who are always hating on this crazy world.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tour Tips 1: Benefits, Broken Keys, and Local Vegan Food

Hey yall,

So we've been having a really amazing tour so far. Not only are we on tour with one of the most inspirational riot folk artists, Evan Greer, but we're also traveling with her partner Erin and their baby Saiorse! Saiorse's goal for the tour is to learn to eat solid foods! He's not so happy about it so far.

Our first day, we rolled out from NYC and got to Philly just in time for the Jobs with Justice benefit!

After playing for a room full of young activists, we headed back to Evan's friend's place exhausted and ready to sleep. When we tried to get the bags of clean clothes and sleeping bags out of the van car top carrier, Adam snapped the key in the keyhole.
 Highlight of the morning: heading to Satellite Cafe in Philly for a vegan breakfast and getting our clothes and clean underwear out of the broken car top carrier. Seriously, if you're ever in Philly ask for the vegan BikeShop on a bagel--it rocks and is like $2.87. You can also sit there for a few hours and use the free wifi, which is definitely a must for organizers on the road. For Brooklynites, this is the Philly equivalent of Boneshakers, only a LOT cheaper, thus better.

Before we headed out, like all good vegans do, we got some vegan Philly Cheesesteaks at Govinda's Gourmet to Go. This place was really good, but a little pricey for me. I don't like paying $8.50 for a sandwich, but it wasn't too bad for a 9" sub. When you walk in there, it looks like your standard deli, and if the place wasn't filled with angst-y  looking punks, I wouldn't have seen the "all items are vegetarian" written in fine print on the menu board.

Either way, check out both places if you want your fill of soy protein before hitting the road. We're in Pittsburgh now at legendary folk artist Anne Feeney's house getting ready to hit the road for a workshop and show at Oberlin College in Ohio.

More to come!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Gettin' Ready for Tour

Hey y'all,

So today will be our first show of our midwest tour with Evan Greer. We should be doing a bunch of updates and things so check back for all that. An updated list of shows is on our "shows" tab so check that out. Tonight's show is a house show benefit for Philly Jobs with Justice. Check out more info on it here.

We wanted to give our thanks to the Social Justice Alliance (SJA) at Stony Brook for having us last week at an awesome show with Spiritchild. If you go to Stony Brook University you should definitely get more involved with the organizing that SJA and the Radical Student Union have been doing (check here for a recent action by the RSU.)

ALSO! Our show in Boston this past weekend was incredible! Thanks to Evan, Laila, everyone else that was involved in setting up the show, and of course, all of the political prisoners that had written new statements in support of the local organizing around political prisoner support and solidarity groups. If you're interested in getting more involved and learning more about political prisoner support, check out some of the websites listed below!

Can't wait to see and meet some new faces!!! see ya this week!

Anarchist Black Cross Federation
List of Political Prisoners that you can write to (and other resources)
Jericho Movement
Free Tarek Mehanna