A few weeks back, we took over a Philadelphia living room (we were asked by Sofar Sounds, promise) and tested our abilities to play without microphones. Here is a mic-less version of ‘sun gonna lemme shine.’
We are absolutely thrilled to present a session we recorded with Daytrotter.com last year in Iowa. There’s one totally unreleased tune, two familiar ones and even an extra verse on ‘sigh a while.’
Many thanks to Matt Graber, who was amazing filling in for Travis on drums (and putting up with our obsession with Wisconsin cheese curds in the van).
After a rough, long week, we’re absolutely thrilled to have our video featured by the The New York Times, where there’s some backstory behind the “totally hard-core and totally adorable” kids. This is going to be a different kind of week, for sure.
We are thrilled to present to you our new video for “Sun Gonna Lemme Shine,” and thrilled that the Onion’s AV Club premiered it. And thrilled to be able to talk about wagons, wizards and Cobra Kai and have people know what we’re talking about.
The folks from Chunky Glasses recently came over to Naseem’s living room in Washington, DC ahead of the band’s show at the 9:30 Club supporting the David Wax Museum. They talked all things music, and Naseem tested out his homemade salsa on them. Verdict still out, but you can see the interview below, as well as acoustic versions of “Waiting on the River to Rise” and “Sun Gonna Lemme Shine.”
Soon, a new video for the song ‘Sun Gonna Lemme Shine.’ Now, a poster for said video…
I remember six years later fulfilling a small dream of independence – living in Lower Allston and going to shows whenever I wanted – and scheduling a solo show at the All Asia. I scratched my head wondering “just how the hell do I find a band anyway?” but more importantly, “how the hell do I get in the Phoenix?”
I remember six more years later the first time the Phoenix wrote about this band, and coming to terms with the idea that our stupid faces shared the same print as some of my heroes in Buffalo Tom, Morphine, Lemonheads, etc.
I remember getting a call from Nick telling us we had won Best Roots Act in the Best Music Poll, and later recounting how many doors that singular event opened for us.
I remember marveling just a few weeks ago with my bandmates in our van somewhere in Western New York at how hard Phoenix staffers worked: Carly Carioli expertly leading their transition from print to online, Michael Marotta covering every band ever while editing a music section and hosting a radio show every day, Jon Garelick’s excellent jazz and arts coverage, Liz Pelly tapping into Boston’s underground scene.
I remember when Boston had music coverage that felt strong, irreverent and immune to not only outside opinions of our local bands sneaking onto the national level, but to corporate influence threatening to dilute any areas that could be perceived as offensive to people who obviously didn’t read publications like the Phoenix. And I’m thankful that the Phoenix stayed true to its roots and remained independent, in character and content. And I’m thankful for the opportunities it has given this band.
I’m lamenting what this means for the Boston music scene, and for Boston journalism on the whole, but optimistic that every one of those staffers will continue working to find a way to better it. Those suburban high school kids need you.
It’s always amazing when a supporter will write to us out of the blue (or purple) to say “I can make posters and want to make you one!” It’s hard to resist that, especially when mermaids are involved.
Check out the poster for this Friday’s Rochester, NY show at the Bug Jar, made by Carla Bartow. Rock on Carla.
We’ll keep this short and sweet. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that this summer we have the privilege of joining an already amazing lineup at one of the best festivals out there, the Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 26.
And, big thanks to Ryan’s Smashing Life for the intro:
alright Boston, the album release show that got snowed out (boo!) has been rescheduled for FRIDAY, MAY 3 (yay!). Same lineup, same venue, more anticipation? All tickets already purchased will be honored. We promise to make this bigger and better than what we were already planning. Except the snowball fight.