This week will see the release of the first official solo album from Tommy Plural entitled “Idiot Cousin.” The person that updates this website is said Tommy Plural so I’m going to cut the third person crap and get to the point! I played all the instruments on this album and while I’ve done a couple shorter, more experimental releases as a solo studio project this is the first time I made a focused effort to create a collection of songs that are meant to hang together. And in general I spent more time on this, to the point where I worried briefly that I had fucked up my hand from trying to play beyond my meager drumming abilities. Dangerous! Here’s a song from the album called “Düdes” that tackles earth-shattering topics like hating to go to work and loving the music of Hüsker Dü.
Anyway, the project is still very much supplemental to my band work but I will be using this album as the starting point for a catalog of songs to do with various musician friends, hopefully with a tour down the line. This Saturday I’ll be performing songs from the album with a much-more-talented-than-me-solo lineup of Dave and James from Small Parks and longtime friend but first time collaborator Adam Aymor, so head over to GTG House THIS SATURDAY (April 8th) to check that out. This house show is the release party for the record and also the debut of Ryan Andrews (Red Teeth) new band No Skull, the first Lansing area show by New Jersey indie-punks Alpha Rabbit, and the return of Tim and Dim from Honah Lee! It’s GTG wild card night baby!
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Last fall we had the pleasure of releasing Small Parks‘ debut LP Honest Light and starting this week they’ll be touring the midwest in support of it. Hope some of our friends in well-worn GTG territories like Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Chicago can make it out to give the “new guys” some welcome slaps on the back (not too hard) and also looking forward to the new friends sure to follow in the other towns. Honest Light truly is the sum of its parts – it sounds like what happens when a group of people from experimental music backgrounds come together to play melodic post-punk and let their instincts take over. It’s catchy without being overly formulaic, and progressive without a hint of pretension. Furthermore, their live show is simply top-notch, energetic, passionate, and real. If it sounds like we’re happy to have them in our ranks, it’s because we are! Check out the dates below, and we hope to see all our hometown family at the Lansing show on March 12.
3/3 – Detroit, MI @ Matkin House
3/4 – Elyria, OH @ Blank Slate Elyria
3/5 – Oxford, OH @ Grixxly’s Crib
3/7 – Peoria, IL @ Rail II
3/8 – Moline IL, @ The Record Mill
3/9 – Minneapolis, MN @ The 331
3/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Frank’s Power Plant
3/11 – Chicago, IL @ Township
3/12 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
Starting today we’re launching a campaign to put out a new release every month in 2017
, which will begin on January 27th
with the release of a new live recording by The Hunky Newcomers entitled Harder Dude Stuff.
This will be available digitally on the 27th and we’ll be having a release party at GTG House
that night as well where CDs will be available too. 12 (minimum, there will likely be more) releases can add up so we’re offering up a 2017 album subscription plan via our bandcamp
for anyone that wants to get in early and help generate some more fundage for the releases this year. We broke it down into three price models, one payment of $35 for the year will give immediate digital downloads of everything we put out this year
, Lansing area people (that we can either hand-deliver or coordinate meetups with) can pay $60 to get physical product
(it looks to be 4 vinyl releases and 8 CDs, possibly a cassette or two) along with the downloads, and everyone else can pay $75 to get the downloads and have the physical product shipped to them
. Subscribers will also receive immediate free downloads of four of our back catalog items – Honah Lee “Life Won’t Let Me,” The Hat Madder “Orgy Opposite,” The Hunky Newcomers “Secret of the Booze,” and The Plurals “An Onion Tied To My Belt” – so if you’ve been sitting on getting any of those that’s part of it too. Bandcamp also insists on including an “exclusive fan community” thing with subscriptions, so that comes with it but I don’t have the faintest idea what we’ll do there. There also will be some bonus subscriber-only releases that will have some fun stuff (the plan is to put those out every 3 months to serve as companion releases to each quarter’s releases) – basically, you’ll get somewhere around 16 new releases for your collection this year, and we have a lot of cool stuff in the works.
We all have our goals and dreams and resolutions and such whenever the calendar rolls over, and while we’re doing our best to reassure friends and family that the world isn’t ending (yet anyway), we’ve been thinking about what the point of this label is in the first place. Sure, we all have our own self-involved reasons for playing music, but the whole point of building a community around independent, weirder, and/or less-commercial music is to give a voice to people and ideas that may not be heard otherwise and to inject some sort of positivity into our surrounding community. Let it be heard that we’re committed to doing our part to contribute positive and creative energy to help make the navigation through this life a little bit more bearable. And we’re doubling down to bring more of it out this year! It’s gonna be a fun! Scary! Wild! Inspiring! All kinds of good stuff. Happy New Year!
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