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.
It has been a really good week for “We Died Laughing”! Last Wednesday, it was included on Jacques Granger’s program Songs From Under the Floorboards on RadioNope.com. Last night, Catrina played it on the Memphis Made program on Rock103 FM. This Thursday, the gang and I will surely be playing it on the Accendo Artist Hour on Radio Memphis.
Unfortunately, it looks like we were not picked up to join the insanely stellar lineup for this year’s Rock For Love festival here in Memphis. There are a lot of amazing artists this year and it’s a great cause (RFL benefits the Church Health Center). Be sure and support this year, in any way you can!
Hope everybody has a fantastic week, and I’ll give you more details shortly on the Radio Memphis show!
We’ll be pairing up with the Mike Dees Band (Mike doesn’t play out much, so this is an exciting thing!) J.D. and Jason will also be playing short sets beforehand. Also coming very soon is the third single from the not-out-yet-but-I-promise-it-exists album. More on that in a day or so.
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).
Today is the day! Both songs are available NOW at the Be Here Tinnitus official Bandcamp. “We Died Laughing” can be heard on Spotify, and can be purchased at Amazon.com as well.
No link up yet at iTunes, but I’m sure it’s coming. UPDATE: It is available on iTunes.
Musical brother J.D. Reager (and featured drummer on “We Died Laughing”) gave the single some Twitter love this morning as well.
TEN SONGS in. Yes, you heard me right. Bashed out the beginnings of four tunes with those lovely gents, and the results are above and beyond my own expectations.
I think what really surprised me is how a couple of the songs transformed along the way. “Texas Can’t Have You Back”, which I have long considered something of a shoegazey beast, magically reshaped into old-guard Country-and-Western in the beautiful picking of one Tony Manard. And “Ampersands”, which at various times has been a glorious New Order homage and an upbeat country rock number, has become drunk from the beat of Stax Records – Tony and Eric “Wolf” Wilson and the tight time of one Stephen Chopek. I think the consensus is that it should open the album.
We also laid down “Quiet Houses”, which is a very very old song of mine (14 years, at least?) and took a stab at “Brakes” which became a fuzzed-out 90s alt.rock throwback. It was sort of a mistake. Well, are creative moments ever truly mistakes? I had the Big Muff on, when I had originally considered only using some overdrive. Voila, Nirvana!
So I tip my hat to Harry K (once again!), the Wolf, Tony, and Stephen. My goodness, boys, what have we here!
Stepping back into the studio Thursday to add keys…toy piano, melodica, Rhodes, organ, synthesizer…should be fun. Also pretty sure Jason Pulley will be in there making magic as well. Looking to add some textures to three tunes. Two of the songs are rock songs and will stay straightforward.
After that, lead guitars and vocals…then moving on to the second batch of songs.
No album title yet, and no idea how I’ll put it out.
Joe Boone with the Memphis Flyer posted about last week’s Otherlands show on the Sing All Kinds blog (link), and had this to say:
“Imperial Lanes is a varied mix of pop. It was recorded by Harry Koniditsiotis. ‘A Team of Bumblebees’ has a Manchestery reverberation to it: drony guitars, drums so lush they sound like their coming from next door. ‘Girl of My Dreams’ has a wonderfully tweaked guitar solo. The whole record sounds pure and unforced, even as the sounds evolve from track to track.”
Thanks to Joe and the Flyer for the write-up!
Hi! Jack was recently interviewed by Memphis-area author/filmmaker/cool dude Richard Lester for his podcast. They discuss the music industry as well as the debut EP, Imperial Lanes. The half-hour interview* can be found here.
*Those with an allergy to the f-word may not want to listen.