The Plurals just got home from an east coast tour with Honah Lee (that went amazing, thank you so much to everyone involved!) and after a year of tours of damn near every corner of the country (minus the northwest, we’re coming back soon, we promise!), a new 7-inch, music video releases, and the completion of a new full-length (out spring 2015!) you’d think that they’d be done for the year and would rest up for the winter before hitting everything hard next year… but your short-sighted ass would be wrong!! Sorry, that was a little judgemental and short-sighted itself… I… I really need to work on some of these anger management issues. But we’re just excited that The Plurals are following in the steps of our greatest inspirations like Bonnet and the boys in You-Hoo and that B. Yancey lady (though, on a serious editorial note, Smashing Pumpkins did the surprise internet release thing back in 2000 so let’s not give anyone too much credit here) and are releasing a brand new EP today that no one even knew they were recording! Chazzwazzers features 6 brand new recordings and was recorded (for the most part) really quickly over the course of a handful of sessions in October and November of this year. You can download it for free or donation over at bandcamp. Limited physical copies will be available at Plurals and related bands’ Lansing shows this month.
The songs on Chazzwazzers are mostly acoustic-guitar driven but aren’t totally stripped down either. When it became apparent that the new Plurals full-length wouldn’t be out until springtime of 2015 we didn’t want to let the gap between releases be too long and since the album had been recorded over an extended period of time we wanted to just bust something out really quick to put a shot of energy into the Plurals discography. The idea of having acoustic guitar drive the songs was thrown out to try something different so ultimately we recorded three brand new songs (“Coke Daddy,” “Something About Overthinking,” and “Colorado Sun”) that were essentially finished during the recording process as well as two acoustic-based versions of songs (“Facebook” and “Prolly Knot”) that will be on the new album. To round things out (and to completely derail the idea of an “acoustic EP”) we finished off a song called “Ori” (a tribute to a beloved GTG dog of the same name) that we recorded instrumental tracks for in 2012 but never finished after we decided it wouldn’t go on our next album. So, in many ways it’s a companion piece to our next released album as well as a look at some new material done in a way that we don’t normally work. We like it and hope you do too… download away, share with your friends, etc. xoxo
It’s time for the latest edition of the happening-every-now-and-then-since-2010 Honah Lee and The Plurals tour! Honah Lee (fresh off their latest, and final, music video release of 2014 with a pummeling new version of their anthem “Sobered, So Bored”) will be heading west starting November 13th in Pittsburgh (at Gooski’s), hitting up Dayton (Hole in the Wall on the 14th), Indianapolis (Melody Inn on the 15th), and Chicago (Cobra Lounge on the 16th) before joining up with The Plurals in Lansing on November 17th, when we’ll all be playing at The Mystery Garage with The Hat Madder. From there, we’re doing this:
11/19 @ Shakespeare’s Pub (Kalamazoo, MI)
11/20 @ Fickle (Cincinnati, OH)
11/21 @ The Green Lantern (Lexington, KY)
11/22 @ 123 Pleasant St (Morgantown, WV)
11/23 @ The Pinch (Washington, DC)
11/24 @ Kung Fu Necktie (Philadelphia, PA)
11/26 @ Milll Hill Basement (Trenton, NJ)
11/28 @ The Gutter (Brooklyn, NY)
11/29 @ Blind Bob’s (Dayton, OH) PLURALS ONLY
The Plurals are also hoping to do a one-off in north Jersey on 11/25… hit us up at mcflybooking at gmail dot com if you have a lead. Maybe we’ll just hang out in Joe The Bee’s basement. Anyway, of course we always want people to come to all shows but these shows are, more than most, guaranteed to be a real rowdy rock and roll ruckus of a, uh, time. The Plurals and Honah Lee are friends just as much or more than we are musical colleagues so when we end up doing a cluster of dates together we constantly push each other to do outrageous things which is often to the benefit of the audience, or it just becomes a nonsensical in-joke. Regardless of the outcome, there will be a very positive and fun atmosphere around these shows – and that Thanksgiving Eve show in Trenton on the 26th will also double as Honah Lee’s release party for the DVD of all of the music videos they’ve been releasing this year. So yeah… good times, guaranteed. Is that what GTG stands for? Okay. See you on the road!
GTG Fest 2014 was a huge success. Thank you so much to everyone that came out, The Avenue Cafe, the Mystery Garage, and our lovely sponsors at Golden Harvest, Schuler Books, Record Lounge, Harrison Roadhouse, Papercuts Handmade, Foods For Living… yeah. Let’s do it again!
A couple of great media features spotlighting this weekend’s GTG Fest 2014 have come out this week.
Click here to check out a feature on the label written by Rich Tupica for City Pulse
Click here for an interview with Tommy Plural by Anne Erickson for the Lansing State Journal.
GTG Fest is this weekend, October 18 and 19! Full schedule below!
SATURDAY 10/18 @ The Avenue Cafe:
DOORS AT 6 PM/ $5 COVER
7:15-7:45 Lights Out
7:45-8:00 Miski Dee (from City Mouse)
8:00-8:30 Real Ghosts
8:30-8:45 Mad Moon (Jessi Spreitzer Band)
8:45-9:15 Frank and Earnest
9:15-9:30 Mad Moon (Jessi Spreitzer Band)
9:30-10:00 The Fiction Junkies
10:15-10:45 Rick Johnson Rock and Roll Machine
10:45-11:00 Cat Midway
11:00-11:30 Inflatable Best Friend
11:30-11:45 Cat Midway
11:45-12:15 Red Teeth
12:30-1:00 The Plurals
SUNDAY 10/19 @ The Mystery Garage
BBQ AT 2 PM / BANDS AT 3 PM/ $5 SUGGESTED DONATION
3:00 middleman/ Drinking Mercury
3:30 Lovey Dovey
5:00 So Long Naota
6:30 Distorted Waltz
7:15 The Break-Ups
8:00 Stereo Artifacts
8:45 Narc Out the Reds
10:15 The Hunky Newcomers
10:45 The Hat Madder
GTG Fest 2014 is October 18th at the Avenue Cafe and October 19th at the Mystery Garage. We’re still announcing some of the lineup but you can definitely plan on seeing The Plurals, Red Teeth, Rick Johnson Rock and Roll Machine (first show in over 6 years!), The Fiction Junkies, Frank and Earnest, Inflatable Best Friend, Real Ghosts, Cat Midway, Mad Moon (Jessi Spreitzer), Miski Dee, and Lights Out on the 18th and The Hat Madder, Couches, The Hunky Newcomers, Narc Out the Reds, So Long Naota, Stereo Artifacts, The Distorted Waltz, Summerpunx, Lovey Dovey, The Break-Ups (first show in 3+ years!), and Mudwest on the 19th. That’s… a lot. It’s going to be very, very rad… dangerously so. Tune in to 88.9 the Impact at 8 PM on October 16th to hear a bunch of us talk about it and play some of the bands if you crave a last/lost minute preview fix. There will be a raffle and games and food and all sorts of junk, so if you want to stand around and feel part of the scene but secretly hate music you should still have a good time.
2014 has been awesome! New releases by Hunky Newcomers, The Plurals, Black Sparrow Press, Cave Needles, and Frank and Earnest already down with upcoming stuff by The Fiction Junkies (debut EP to be available at GTG Fest!), The Break-Ups, and Narc Out the Reds still to come! Lots of touring has happened, with Honah Lee and The Plurals doing a midwest/ east coast jaunt together in November. We’re cracking that visual medium too, both on our GTGRecordsTV youtube channel and with the ridiculous amount of videos (10 down with 2 more to go!) that Honah Lee have been dropping every month. So I’m going to leave you with the video for “Hey Angel,” just released by Honah Lee today. Hell of a year, and 2015 just might kill all of us!
Pre-order Frank and Earnest’s new CD Modern Country this week (9/1/14-9/6/14) and get it with free shipping, plus we’ll e-mail you an exclusive brand new bonus (bogus?) song by Frank and Earnest. Ships 9/8/14. The band has also set up a page for the new album on bandcamp and they’re doing ongoing pre-release publicity on facebook. Check out the Modern Country track “If You Wanted To” below! The release party is this Saturday, September 6th, at Mac’s Bar in Lansing!
(If your e-mail address is different than your provided paypal address, drop a note and let us know where you’d like us to send the new song to!)
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.
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.