Category Archives: gigs

FREAKSGIVING!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1158435280985179/

So, I’m not gonna lie … the idea of playing a day show is extremely appealing to me, ESPECIALLY when it means I can bring a great band to town. The Empty Room was one of the acts I met while on my Tiny Tour last September, and I’ve been dying to bring them to town. Thus, Freaksgiving was born!

Could it possibly become an annual tradition? I’d like to think so. For this maiden voyage, we’re going to enjoy the musical stylings of Ben Ricketts (Oxford, MS), The Empty Room (Louisville, KY), my own band, and The Margins. I mean, and it’s happening on a Sunday and you know you’re not reeeeallly doing anything.

See you there!

First Show of 2019!

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It’s a pleasure to return to the Lamplighter – the last time we played there was in support of Schwervon! (great band from KC)

Also very excited to be sharing the bill with our friends Nonconnah and Blvck Hippie (whom, I’ll admit, I only recently heard but THEY ARE AWESOME).

Hope to see you there!

2018.06 |What next?

The few months after the ‘victory lap’ of releasing an album are always a little weird when you’re doing it all on your own.

I had a couple things in mind months ago. First off, I knew I wanted to spotlight at least one more song from TRIALS, so I picked “Lifeboat” as a lot of people have been vocal about their enjoyment of that tune. I did a remix of it and put it up on Bandcamp with some fanfare (honestly could have promoted it more and will, still).

My other plan was to solicit remixes and release something of a companion to TRIALS. I decided this midway through making the albums. It is called TRAILS (see what I did there?) and it will be released sometime in the near future.

I played three shows in June around town for the hell of it (one of which was an electronic presentation to support my friends Evil English). Those were fun.

And then it dawned on me that I have never really toured my own material. Not beyond a couple weekend jaunts in Arkansas. So I’m currently booking what I hope will be the first of many “tiny tours” – picking three places away from Memphis and making a long weekend of it. My choices for this first round are St. Louis, Chicago, and Lexington (KY). I’m happy to say Lexington is booked, and I’m really excited about that!

So yeah, that’s that. I’ve gotten probably 2/3 of the material for TRAILS in, and I may make a short run of CD-Rs for the tour in September.

That’s what’s up in the air at the moment. I’ll post those tour dates soon.

Jack

January 23rd, 2015: “Texas Can’t Have You Back” and Live Shows

https://beheretinnitus.bandcamp.com/album/texas-cant-have-you-back-single

This is up!

Forgive that I’ve not had enough coffee yet to toot my own horn very hard, or weave some tale of why this is Essential Listening, but I am definitely happy with it and I’m looking forward to putting the whole record out.

Also, February 7th at the beloved P&H Café in Midtown. Tony Manard, who played on “Texas” will be opening (and maybe another band…we’ll see).

 

VI. April Shows Bring May Flows (Or Something)

We played a great set at Otherlands on Saturday, April 19th, opening for the recently reborn Black Max. It was our first performance promoting the CD. We performed five of the six songs from the EP, omitting “A Team of Bumblebees” as it’s generally better when played loud and fuzzy!

The set list was: If This is Forward/Near Misses/Lost In the Fire/Girl of My Dreams/Sunday, Drunk, and Dumped/(If I Held You) Close To Me/Fall (though possibly not in that exact order)

 

 

II. Departures and Returns

I was bitten by the touring bug in 2012, when I was acting as live keyboardist for The Switchblade Kid, and had another go at it in September for a solo project. With the connection made and the reception warm, it seemed a good time to propose that the Girls have a go at it, too.

Seeds sown, we lucked into a residency at The Poplar Lounge, which certainly has helped us sharpen our skills and tightened up the band. It helped, also, that the residency has been on Thursday nights. Still warm from a really fun set, we set off the following day to play in Conway at the new venue/community arts endeavor The Locals.

The two bands who preceded us, Frass and Big Ginsburg – yes, with a “u” – were fun. Frass did this 90s alt-rock thing and I loved that, and Big Ginsburg were young passionate indie rockers. What we are, I suppose, is still up for interpretation. At any rate, I saw lots of old friends (and new ones made when I played Conway in September). Our set was similar to what we played Thursday, only this time we very deliberately did a run-through of the Pulp classic “Common People”. It had been a spontaneous opening moment the night before, but in Conway we got people to sing. That was fun. After some chaos following the show, we ended up at some bar called The Draft and did lots of ridiculous karaoke, drank, and basically enjoyed being a group of people gigging out of town. Had my lovely girlfriend with us, too. Enjoyed that a lot.

We stayed with Robert Jones, who joined us for both Arkansas dates on an ambitious little Korg. His gal (Jamie, also residing in Memphis) was in town to see him/us and made a delicious breakfast. Eric stayed in to read his Stephen King novel, while we wandered out to goof off in Little Rock. Picked up some records, ate some pho, and enjoyed the day.

Vino’s was especially good to us, and we shared the bill with Big Ginsburg who slayed, I thought. We were pretty hot after two previous shows, and the Saturday gig was no exception. We ended the night with a shorter, less chaotic reading of Joy Division’s “Transmission”. I always think maybe we should put that one to bed, but then we end up playing it again. I still enjoy it, but I worry that people will tire of hearing it over and over. I think the Pulp song Thursday and Friday was a wise decision.

Angie and I stopped in before we left to return to Memphis to see my old friend Liz, whom was recovering from removal of a brain tumor. It was so good to see her, and good to see her on the mend. We hit the road and felt pretty fucking great about the tour. I think everyone else enjoyed themselves as well.

– Jack Pneumatic