Hey Collin here.
CLEVELAND SHOW RECAP: So after our visit to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame the afternoon of Friday, April 10, we went to The Symposium for our show. This was our second time playing Cleveland and my good friend Justin was nice enough to show up early and stay the whole night. Big thanks to him for coming out. The Symposium is a great place to play. The sound techician Lauren was just fantastic to us and the sound was really solid on stage and in the house. The night started off with 2 songs from Nightmare Mode, followed by one song done solo by Tom (of Nightmare Mode and Thashantos). Then Thrashantos (who, like Nightmare Mode, are from about 30 minutes outside of Cleveland) took the stage and played some of the most awesome speed metal I have ever witnessed. After that, the Detroit punk band D.A. took over, and played a blazing, fearsome set. This ended up being the heaviest bill ever put together by someone other than us, I think, and we could not have been more pleased.
We finished out the night with a 9-song set that was really fun to play. The crowd was a fun group of people to play for, we're grateful to everyone who came out. The set list for those interested:
1. Make the Escape
2. Toxic Tornado
4. Better Lives
5. Into Debt
6. Alien Homeland
Thanks so much to all the other bands we played with, Trish from America's Sweetheart/The Natch! and JT at Jib Machine Records for helping get us on the bill, Michele at PhantasyConcertClub for putting the show together, and Lauren and the entire staff at The Symposium for being such great hosts.
After packing up and hanging out with Justin (who is an amazing actor and appearing in a play at the Cleveland Playhouse as I write - check him out!), we rolled over to our local IHOP for a now-somewhat-traditional post-show snack/meal/debrief/cool-down kinda thing. Then it was back to the EconoLodge for some much-needed sleep.
The trip back to New York on Saturday was almost as wonderful as the trip out - brilliant sunshine and smooth travelling the whole way. Except for two of the most awful 18-wheeler wrecks we had ever seen! One trailer upside-down and crushed in the grassy median, another whose cab looked like it had just exploded spontaneously into pieces. Looked like the drivers were both all right. I turned Dan onto Metric by playing their CD "Live It Out" for him, and we both listened to the full record of fellow punk rockers The Brooklyn What for the first time (I picked up their CD "The Brooklyn What for Borough President" when I caught them by chance at Goodbye Blue Monday a while back). We both totally LOVED the record.
NEW SHOWS: So the out-of-NYC bookings have been rolling in lately to our utter delight. Check us out if you're near one of these:
+Saturday May 2 at 119 Gallery in Lowell MA
+Thursday June 25 at The Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines IA
+Friday June 26 at The Way Out Club in St Louis MO
Also, one line-up change of note, the Friday May 1 show at Slainte in Portland ME will now be with The Natch! (replacing America's Sweetheart on the bill) and The andWutz.
Brooklyn Punk Rock Compilation CD: We're excited to tell people that we have been selected to be a part of the new compilation CD produced by Brooklyn Punk Rock. You can buy a copy on eBay for $12 HERE. It features our new song "Scary Mary" which will be on our upcoming new record, plus lots of other great Brooklyn punk bands like the aforementioned Brooklyn What, Money/Paper/Hearts, and The Filthy Animals. If you're unable to attend our show in Athens, Ohio on May 9, there will be a kickass show that day in Brooklyn with most of the bands featured on the CD (we are a bit bummed that we have to miss, but are psyched for our show in Athens!). I'll pass on details on that as they come in.
The (Aforementioned) New Record: The recording and mixing is DONE. Done, done, done! 11 songs, ready to go. We now have some mastering work remaining to be done, then it's on to the artwork, packaging, etc. So at the moment it still looks good for a release in September as we were planning. Dan and I are both really pleased with how it's come out, we hope you will all enjoy listening to it and much as we enjoyed ourselves recording it. And remember we will have sneak-peaks ahead of the official release date for tried-and-true VB fans, so stay tuned.
WHEW! All right, I think that's it for now. I'm off to see my friend Larry in The Damn Lovelys who are playing tonight at Hill Country Barbeque in Manhattan. Should be some good fun. Keep rockin', we'll see you in your ears.