We’re keeping busy with some shows at the end of January. We’ll be playing with Derek Grant from Alkaline Trio at his record release show on January 24 here in Chicago. Then I’m heading down south to play Andrew Bryant’s record release shows at the end of the month. My little label, Sleep Recordings is releasing the album. The work we’ve done getting the album ready for release has been quite enjoyable. Andrew and I have been dear friends for over ten years at this point. I couldn’t be prouder of what he’s done lately with Water Liars and now with this new solo record.
We’re going to work on finishing this new 7″ in February.
Then in March we’ll be heading south to play a handful of shows, including the Valley of the Vapors festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
In April, me and Andrew Bryant will be doing a two week solo tour through the South, East and Midwest.
See you around.
Photo by Jessica Flynn
Our past couple of shows have been with some of our favorite bands and people. A few weeks ago we played with friends Cheap Girls and Beach Slang at Township. Then just this past Saturday we played with our best pals Water Liars at Schuba’s. I don’t know why we’ve been given the fortune of playing with so many great bands, but I definitely do appreciate it.
Our luck keeps going for at least one more show on Friday, November 5, with Restorations (Stream their new record on NPR here), The Smith Street Band and The Sky We Scrape. After that we’re going to work on a new 7″ and LP, and play more shows if ones like these come up.
We have a new guitar player. His name is Ryan Ford. He’s a sweetheart. He’s also a very good illustrator. Take a peak at his work.
Ryan helped me design the new logo for Sleep Recordings. Sleep is the label I started in 2002 to release The Gunshy’s first album, To Remember/To Forget. I put out a few other things after that, including Andrew Bryant’s first album. Andrew started Water Liars with our friend Justin a few years back and has been keeping busy with that. I resurrected the Sleep Recordings label for the release of Silent Songs. When Andrew told me he had a new solo record, it made all kinds of sense to help him release it. His new album is called This is the Life. It comes out January 27 on LP and digital (maybe some CDs too). You can hear the first single, “Losing My Shit”, here. If you’d like to keep up on other releases I’ll be putting out with Sleep, you can join the email list on the Sleep site.
Trader Joe’s boxed wine is pretty alright.
Made it home from our run of shows. Thanks to everyone who helped make it great. Some of my favorite shows ever happened during the past two weeks and I can’t wait to do it again with Andy, Max and Jesse.
After our show in Wichita my friend Zack from Spirit of the Stairs said to me, “I’ve seen you play many times and this time was my favorite. I know we’ll be playing shows together when we’re 50 or 60 years old. It’s awesome that I can keep saying the last time was my favorite.” Moments like that, having longtime friends drive hours to a show, and meeting inspiring people for the first time are what makes touring something I never want to stop doing.
For now though, it’s time to write some more songs…