I'm just about to head up to AVIS to pick up the rental truck for our summer tour that starts tonight at PA's Lounge in Boston. Dan and I are very excited about this tour, hitting cities we hit last year another time (Cleveland, Saint Louis, Chicago, Kansas City) and hitting some new cities for the first time (Des Moines, Iowa and Saint Paul, Minnesota). We hope to see you out on the road and rock with you...HARD.
Before I take off, though, I wanted to let our NYC fans know about a great band playing Crash Mansion in Manhattan this Thursday night, June 25. They're called Gem City Saints, and they're travelling to the Big Apple all the way from Dayton, Ohio, home of course to the legendary Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices. We met these folks on our trip to Athens, Ohio last month to play 19-South. They opened the show which also included Athens bands The Revulvas and We March, and Dan and I both really dug their music. I hear some serious Superchunk in their music, and as they are one of our big influences of course I dig that. They're a 3-piece, with a singer/guitarist, bassist and drummer. We highly recommend checking them out, and ask our fans to help support bands that help us out, as we build relationships with bands across the country that help us out when we come to their neck of the woods.
To check out the band before you go, visit them at www.myspace.com/gemcitysaints. Crash Mansion is located at 199 Bowery in Manhattan. You can check the venue's website at http://www.crashmansion.com/. Gem City Saints go on at 8:00 PM.
All right, I gotta get outta here. See you at the show.