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.
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.
Honah Lee are taking their gospel to the streets.
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!
It’s the first of July, time for some education, care of the beautiful Jersey boys of Honah Lee.