Frank and Earnest – Modern Country (GTG071) Coming Soon!

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On Saturday September 6th, Frank and Earnest will be celebrating the release of a new full-length album called Modern Country with a show at Mac’s Bar in Lansing. The band has always had a self-deprecating attitude (the phrase “stupid guys” has been attached to many of their self-written bios) so don’t let the secret out that a lot of care and some struggles went into the making of this album. It’s been four years since the release of the last long-form product from these guys (2010’s Old Francis) and three since their last hard copy release (Funemployment, the 2011 7″ split with The Plurals) and the ensuing years have seen members start and end concurrent projects, personal relationships begin and end, marriages, children, and most dramatically, the departure (due to career changes and subsequent relocation) of band founder and guitarist-singer Otis, which came shortly after the tracking for this album had finished.

In the midst of all of this living, Frank and Earnest managed to put together a collection of songs that tackle many of these topics with lyrical themes questioning the damage that alcohol inflicts on the-not-as-young-as-they-used-to-be member’s lives, yearning for stronger personal bonds, and the general desire to want to do more with their time on earth. Don’t worry though, these frustrations aren’t merely wallowed in and Frank and Earnest never forget the importance of not taking themselves too seriously and the songs on Modern Country are hook-laden, catchy, punk-influenced pop/rock creations that are daring enough to bear the confessional lyrical influence more typical of singer-songwriter fare or, dare we say it, classic country music.

F+E 2014, photo by Corey Marie.

F+E 2014, photo by Corey Marie.

The album was recorded at Epiphany Sound in Dimondale, Michigan from the spring to the fall of 2013 with Isaac Vander Schuur behind the board for tracking and mixing. Rick Johnson mastered the album at Cold War Studios in Grand Rapids and the album features art from the ever-present artist/graphic designer Craig Horky. The show at Mac’s on September 6th is the first of many local and regional shows planned for the fall, which will be the most prominent burst of activity from these guys in a few years. Joining longtime members Ben Hassenger, Ryan Horky, and Paul Wittman at live shows these days in the guitar position is Tommy Plural, who has signed a legally-binding contract to not make this band any less stupid. Check out “Paul 5″ from Modern Country below, and keep up with the band’s pre-release activity on Facebook.

Plurals and City Mouse Summer 2014 Tour Dates

Midwest!! The Plurals and City Mouse are coming through!

8/4 Milwaukee, WI @ Ground Zero (all ages)
8/5 Madison, WI @ The Wisco
8/6 Minneapolis, MN @ The Hexagon w/ Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band
8/7 Iowa City, IA @ Public Space 1  w/ Rational Anthem
8/8 Normal, IL @ Firehouse Pizza
City Mouse continues the tour after this, hitting up the rest of the western US before looping back up to the northeast. Check out their full dates here.

Awesome.

honahartHonah Lee are taking their gospel to the streets.

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Minor Bird Records edition of Plurals/ BSP split Now Available!

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Our Montanan family at Minor Bird Records has an exclusive new edition of the Plurals / Black Sparrow Press 7-inch now available in their store. These copies are in a really sweet silk-screened cover and they also include an alternate insert with a lyric sheet. Very nifty! Get your copy from them here. These are limited to a run of 100 so get on it!

Honah Lee: I Should Go!

It’s the first of July, time for some education, care of the beautiful Jersey boys of Honah Lee.

Cave Needles self-titled (GTG070) pre-orders / release party this weekend

caveneedlescoverThis Saturday, June 28th we will be having a release party for the self-titled debut album by Michigan shoegaze/ indie/ beach-rock band Cave Needles. This band formed less than a year ago out of the ashes of various post-hardcore bands, the members itching to try something new. The result is a collection of concisely crafted, ethereal yet catchy songs that owe equal debts to classic garage rock, 1980s 4AD artists, and modern spacey luminaries like Real Estate and Wild Nothing. The CD and digital versions of this album are being released by GTG, with the vinyl coming from Warm Ratio / Disposable America and the cassette being released via RTA Art Collective. We’re very excited to be working with so many great people with this release!

Pre-order the album now! Orders placed this week ship free (ships next week).

The release party is Saturday June 28th at the Avenue Cafe in Lansing, MI. For the party we managed to pull Lansing space-rock legends (and future GTG artists? wha?) Calliope out of their basement and we will also be hosting fellow Warm Ratio artists Sapphic. RSVP via the facebook here if that’s your thing.

June 2014!

June 2014! News roundup!

The Hat Madder is going on tour right now!

6/11 – Historian Session (Youngstown, OH)
6/12 – Smiling Moose (Pittsburgh, PA)
6/13 – Goodbye Blue Monday (Brooklyn, NY)
6/14 – Mill Hill Basement (Trenton, NJ) w/ Honah Lee!
6/15 – Columbus,OH w/ Hundos

Honah Lee is also playing in Philadelphia at Kung Fu Necktie tonight (June 7th)! They’re also playing Art All Night (Trenton, NJ) on June 21st. They will be joined that day by Not the Bees! who also have some good shows coming up out east:

6/13 – Crunch House (Bridgeport, CT) w/ Gameday Regulars
6/14 – Even Flow (Bay Shore, NY) w/ Gameday Regulars
6/24 – Asbury Lanes (Asbury Park, NJ) w/ Masked Intruder, Direct Hit

The Plurals are playing at The Avenue (Lansing) on June 18th with Black Flag. This is one of the only Plurals shows this summer and we’re pushing a CD of new recordings from the in-the-mixing-stages upcoming album if anyone gets a ticket for us to come to this show. Black Flag is always full of surprises and from what I gather this incarnation of the band is doing more of the later Rollins-era material which is pretty intriguing to me. One of the reasons why The Plurals won’t be playing live for a bit after this is because Nich Plural is going on tour with Hunky Newcomers starting June 27th. They kick off the tour on 6/27 at the Livewire in Chicago, following that up with a stop at Firehouse Pizza in Normal, IL on June 30th before heading east for a few weeks. They’re still updating info on the tour but you can check it out here.

Rounding things out:
6/13 - Cat Midway @ SchwondSoundSted (Port Huron, MI)
6/13 – The Need You Nows @ The Avenue (Lansing, MI) w/ Smashing Blumkins
6/27 – The Fiction Junkies @ Midtown Brewing Company (Lansing)
6/28 – Calliope, Cave Needles (RELEASE PARTY), Fisherking @ The Avenue

That last listed date is worthy of note because we are releasing the CD version of the Cave Needles debut album (RTA Art Collective put out the cassete and Warm Ratio/ Disposable America is doing the vinyl). Cave Needles features some longtime GTG band people and former members of Homelife and Nightlights, and their record is some cool spacey poppy rock goodness.

Also, Frank and Earnest‘s in-the-works for a bit new CD Modern Country will be released September 6th. Big smiles.