Thursday, January 27, 2011

2011...


Hello dear friends! We kicked off 2010 with a post telling you all of our nutty plans for the year, so I figured one year later was a good time to play catch up - sound good? Good!

I'd like to thank all of you who followed our YouTube video series throughout 2010. It's not finished yet, as the plan was to start at the beginning of writing a new album(which turned into two albums!), and follow through until its completion. We're actually very lucky to have a couple different entities -both far more talented in the field of videography than us- taking over for our upcoming vignettes. Our last YouTube post brought us up to the end of 2010, and these will cover a lot of what's to come this spring. And of course we'll be heavily documenting our time in Minneapolis this May & June- the final stages of the project! Am I making sense? No? Then everything is as it should be, child!

Before we move on, I do just want to add that I believe we've already accomplished what we set out to do with these goofy little videos. I recently re-watched the first couple of entries from the beginning of 2010. Simply seeing the evolution of what we thought we were doing and creating back then, compared to summer 2010, or now- that's exactly what I hoped to capture- the changes in the process and our intentions. I knew the story would snake out and lose focus and there would be distractions but yet it would all twirl back around into something much more concrete and viable- and here we are. We have a finished album that we had no idea we'd be making- it's called "Preludes" and it's out 4/12/11 on Greyday Records. There will be a lot more on that emerging in the next couple of weeks- a LOT more. A month after that album hits the streets, we'll be heading to Minneapolis, MN for a month to record the album we were initially working towards- "Vexations" - due out at the end of the year, also on Greyday. We'll be recording with Josh Cain producing and Ed Ackerson engineering at his gorgeous Flowers Studio. I hate to get ahead of myself and be further self-indulgent, but "Preludes" is the best album we've recorded to date and we already can tell that "Vexations" is the best collection of songs we've ever assembled. So, fuck. This is going to be a good year!

On that note, I want to tell you that we're pretty much picking up and leaving. Road warriors, we shall be. While not recording in MPLS, we plan to be mobile as much as humanly possible throughout 2011. Jobs are being quit, houses are being sold, risks are being risked. All for rock and or roll!

And none of this craziness is possible without you awesome people who are bothering to read this nonsense. This thing we call IWTDI has become so entrenched in our lives that we have no choice but to pursue it even harder, knowing full well that the music business is a rotting, fickle bitch. If you can find it in your heart to help us pay for gas on our upcoming tour, we're selling tons of t-shirts, cd's, records, etc. for mega-cheap in our merch store (Isn't it telling that spell check just changed "merch" to "mercy"?) - and all the money we make there goes straight to the gas tank! That means the money we make at the shows can sooner buy us that $5 footlong that's just mocking us from behind the Subway counter….

Anywho! "Tour?", you say? Yes! Tour!

Firstly, we just got added, last minute, to the infamous SXSW festival in Austin, TX! Sadly, this prevents us from playing our planned U2 tribute set at Casbah here in Durham, NC on St Patrick's Day (we apologize for any inconvenience- and if there are any bands in NC who want to play some fun Irish covers in our place, please let me or Casbah know!). Instead, we'll be playing that night on the Team Clermont showcase at the Habana Calle 6 Patio. 10pm! We hope to see you there, Austin! I believe we'll be adding a couple more SXSW appearances in the coming days as well- stay tuned.

But the main enchilada is our spring tour. See below! The remainder of the west coast dates will be announced soon, as well as the few other random TBA's. If we're not hitting your province on this run, fear not- as I said, road warriorz! We look forward to seeing you all this year. Thank you so much for your support, and wish us luck!

IWTDI SPRING TOUR 2011
MAR 17 - HABANA CALLE 6 PATIO (EASY TIGER) (SXSW- TEAM CLERMONT SHOWCASE), AUSTIN, TX
MAR 24 - TIR NA NOG, RALEIGH, NC
MAR 25 - NORTH RIVER TAVERN, SANDY SPRINGS, GA
MAR 26 - THE INDEPENDENT, AUBURN, AL
MAR 27 - SIBERIA, NEW ORLEANS, LA
MAR 28 - MANGO'S CAFE, HOUSTON, TX
MAR 29 - EMO'S, AUSTIN, TX
MAR 30 - TBA, NEW MEXICO
MAR 31 - TBA, ARIZONA
APR 01 - SODA BAR, SAN DIEGO, CA
APR 02 - HEMLOCK TAVERN, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
APR 03 - (DAY OFF)
APR 04 - BILLY O'S, VENTURA, CA
APR 05 - THE BLUE CAFE UNDERGROUND, LONG BEACH, CA
APR 06 - EL RIO, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
APR 07 - JOHNNY B'S, MEDFORD, OR
APR 08 - TBA, ASTORIA, OR
APR 09 - MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS, PORTLAND, OR
APR 10 - TBA, IDAHO
APR 11 - BURT'S TIKI LOUNGE, SALT LAKE CITY, UT
APR 12 - ROCK N SOUL CAFE, BOULDER, COLORADO
APR 13 - SLOWDOWN, OMAHA, NE
APR 14 - VAUDEVILLE MEWS, DES MOINES, IA
APR 15 - THE BEAT, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
APR 16 - RECORD STORE DAY ACOUSTIC SHOW, DAVE'S RECORDS, CHICAGO, IL
APR 16 - ELBO ROOM, CHICAGO, IL
APR 17 - LEMMON'S, ST LOUIS, MO
APR 18 - SOUTHGATE HOUSE, NEWPORT, KY
APR 21 - SESSIONS AT STUDIO B BROADCAST, RALEIGH, NC
APR 22 - LOCAL 506, CHAPEL HILL, NC ---> ALBUM RELEASE SHOW!!!

4 comments:

William said...

Sounds great guys! Best of luck to you! I'm sure we'll hear big things from IWTDI in 2011 and beyond! Don't forget us when you're famous(er) or "bigtime"!

kmddcc said...

Very nice. I'll be sure to buy up some albums from you guys. Great to see things taking off for all of you!

John K said...

Be careful and Godspeed!

Sarah said...

Holy crap SXSW???? This is all crazy exciting. I've been listening to you guys since 2008 and am feeling proud in this oddly maternal way. Even though I'm younger than all of you.
So. Yeah. Good work and good luck y'all.

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