GTG Fest 2016 is coming! October 7, 8, and 9 in Lansing. Check out a sampler of the artists playing at that thing up there. There’s a few new and unreleased things from GTG bands Carm, Drinking Mercury, The Plurals, Hat Madder and Hunky Newcomers (AKA Everybody Loves Ramones) on there in addition to a bunch of other solid jams. And follow this link for more info and to get a dank pre-sale package. Good times… coming soon!
New releases keep coming! A little while ago we schemed to co-release a split 7-inch with Diet Pop Records (these folks who helped make this happen) and Mouse House featuring our southern California buddies Secondaries and true Texan heroes Dubois. It’s now available for streaming and pre-order at the Diet Pop site, check it out! Dubois are new friends of ours and we can’t wait to learn if they prefer the French pronunciation or some fantastic Texan interpretation, but Secondaries are a bunch of old Plurals homies that we’ve been rocking alongside in bars, warehouses, warehouses that feel like bars, and other strange places from the shores of Lake Michigan to the tip of the Pacific. Happy to make it official now! For fans of anthemic gruff ‘n melodic punk ranging a la Latterman, Hot Water Music, Shang-A-Lang, AJJ, to etc etc and so on! More vinyls!!
Get it! The latest GTG release, a four-way split cassette featuring two new songs apiece from Bong Mountain, Bluff Called, Protected Left, and Frank And Earnest! Available digitally and on cassette, get your copy now!
Stream it too!
GTG is very happy to follow-up the Bong Mountain / Junior Battles split cassette from this spring with a four band split cassette with two new songs apiece from Bong Mountain, Protected Left, Bluff Called, and GTG warhorses Frank and Earnest (with their first new material since 2014’s Modern Country). Two California bands, two Michigan bands, eight songs of shout-along, high energy punk rock, and it’s out this Friday! You can pre-order copies of the four way split cassette How Much Art Can You Fake? right now and the fine folks at For The Love of Punk are streaming the whole thing this week too!
Sorry I used the word “fortnight.” GTG bands and friends are playing in (mostly) Michigan and New Jersey in the next couple weeks. Mark ’em down!
7/23/16 – The Stick Arounds & the Devils Cut @ The Green Door (Lansing, MI)
7/23/16 – Bong Mountain, Undesirable People, Typesetter, Cardboard Swords @ The Sanctuary (Detroit, MI)
7/24/16 – Honah Lee @ Roxy and Dukes (Dunellen, NJ)
8/1/16 – Some Plurals, The Arrangement, Poet Radio, & Deacon Earl @ The Green Door
8/3/16 – Some Plurals & Red Teeth @ Curly’s (Buffalo, NY)
8/4/16 – Narc Out the Reds, Stocksmile, Lucy, & Larson and Killin @ The Avenue Cafe (Lansing)
8/4/16 – Some Plurals, Red Teeth, Idiot Boy & Husky Bundles @ Mill Hill Basement (Trenton, NJ)
8/6/16 – Some Plurals & Red Teeth @ Punk Rock Picnic (Bethlehem, PA)
8/7/16 – Some Plurals & Red Teeth @ Blind Bob’s (Dayton, OH)
8/10/16 – Carm @ TBA (Pittsburgh, PA)
8/11/16 – Carm @ Kung Fu Necktie (Philadelphia, PA)
8/12/16 – Carm, Dreadpool Parker, Alpha Rabbit & Meko Brando @ Mill Hill Basement
8/13/16 – Carm @ Buzzbin (Canton, OH)
THEN… there’s City Mouse and (real) The Plurals shows in the midwest, more local shows, news about GTG Fest… the rest of the summer is, to quote Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty “a hot one.”
I get excited about every show I play. You never know how a show is really going to go, it could look like it’ll be a great crowd and then the response is tepid… the room could be empty before you start and then suddenly fill up with enthusiastic, awesome people. The band could be a well-oiled machine but then inexplicably fall off the rails for no real reason, or you could be under-rehearsed and then totally nail the set. Every show has the promise of something new and exciting and I hope that never changes.
This Friday I’ll be playing the first proper show in over two years by my very first band Drinking Mercury. We’re playing at GTG House with Brook Pridemore, Elroy Meltzer, and Rent Strike. This band has continued to exist for over 16 years because the sheer joy of making music together is something that we can’t get away from and even when we don’t do anything for extended periods of time we can always pick it back up where we left off. We’re currently recording for a new split LP that we’ll all be talking about plenty in the not-too-distant future but as is the nature of the band it could be another little while before we play live again and, well, playing live is incomparable to anything else. Get some insights into our recording and rehearsal process on the band facebook page and try and get as excited as us.
I don’t really have more to add. Just excited! Being excited is cool, right? Kids still use that word still… “cool”? – Tommy
GTG Fest may still be four months away, but a summer fest in the same spirt called Fledge Fest is this weekend in Grand Ledge, MI! Music from noon to midnight on Saturday June 18th featuring The Plurals, the Hunky Newcomers, Frank and Earnest, Carm, Cavalcade, Jason Alarm, Blaine and His Keyboard, Devils Cut and many more! Check out the schedule below, as well as a free sampler of some of the bands playing. More info can be found here! Thanks to Andy Fox, Jerry Norris, and everyone at The Fledge for making this happen!
BRIDGE STREET PLAZA STAGE LINEUP (213 S Bridge St, Grand Ledge, MI 48837)
Off The Ledge
Stop Bobby Hatch!
Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts
Frank and Earnest
THE FLEDGE STAGE LINEUP (325 S Clinton St, Grand Ledge, MI 48837)
Blaine and His Keyboard
The Meat Flowers
The Hunky Newcomers