We are so excited that our new double LP “Immediate Family” is now available for presale from Maximum Ames Records! You can pre-order it right HERE!
It’s a whole album of epic narrative ballads that tell excruciating, bizarre and funny stories about characters caught up in obsession and disgust and self-delusion and hate, but also sometimes in understanding and forgiveness and self-expression and love! It’s a very strange and beautiful record and it’s unlike anything we’ve ever made and we love it so much and can’t wait for you to hear it!
ALSO: everyone who pre-orders the record will get a FREE copy of our outrageous live album “Sing-Alongs For the Dead and Dying” which was recorded at Alexander Recording Kompany and features a bunch of our all-time classic sing-alongs and totally captures the out-of-control party vibes of a Mumford’s live show in our beloved hometown of Ames!
We’ve been on such a roll lately and it feels so good and we are now preparing for even greater heights of Iowa Glory!
And then the very next night we played with another incredible marching band called MarchFourth Marching Band and they put on one of the greatest performances we’ve ever witnessed!
And then it was announced that we will be returning to 80/35 this year!!!! We are playing at 7 pm on the FREE Hy-Vee Stage on July 6! That’s the same stage and day that 0ur friends The River Monks, Tires and Trouble Lights will be playing! YES! Also, the festival is being headlined by DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT and WU-TANG CLAN! That is not a joke, that’s Iowa Reality!
And as if that isn’t enough, we’ll also be playing a FREE and ALL AGES street party in Ames on June 8 called SUMMERFEST IN CAMPUSTOWN! Our friends Ladysoal, The Porch Stompers, ACTORS and many more will be performing and it’s gonna be so fun!
AND!: Our Maximum Ames Records labelmate H.D. Harmsen is releasing his unbelievable new record “Papoose” on April 27 in Des Moines. You MUST own this record, it is truly a work of genius! We recorded a 7″ split with H.D. and you should totally pick that up when you buy his new record!
HUMAN IOWA. NEVER DIES.
We are so honoured and amped to announce the upcoming release of our split 7″ with our Maximum Ames Records label-mate H.D. Harmsen! Starting March 19 you can get the split for FREE if you pre-order the amazing new album from H.D. Harmsen! The album is called “Papoose” and it’s a work of fucking GENIUS, we love it so much!! Both sides of the split were recorded by Phillip Young of Liberty House Studios, he’s an amazing producer and person!
ALSO: We’ve got some mind-blowing shows coming up!
March 16 – St Paddy’s Day Party at the Gas Lamp! We’re playing with Trouble Lights, CtC, Gloom Balloon and a BUNCH more killer bands!!
March 27 – House party at the brand new party garage known as The Garagenous Zone, it’s is west Ames kinda by Thumbs! Our heroes Little Ruckus and the Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt are playing too, plus local funk champs T-Flex!
April 6 – We return to Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City, this time we’re playing at the historic Englert Theatre! We’re playing with Brooks Strause & the Gory Details and Mucca Pazza! WHAT????
April 7 – This will be my birthday party! I’m turning 29! Come party with me as we open for MarchFourth Marching Band!!
Our new album “Immediate Family” will be coming out later this year too, more information on that in the coming months. And we’re also gonna do a bunch of amazing shows this summer, but it’s too soon to talk about that just yet! LOVE!!!!
Ames, we cannot thank you enough for the unstoppable night of glory that was AMES WINTER CLASSIC! This was the second year of the event and both years have been absolutely phenomenal and have sold-out The M Shop! The feeling of love, power and buzzing energy in the room from the very moment that the doors opened was overwhelming, we are so honoured to have been a part of it!
Rebel Creek started off the night with an incredible display of bravado and shredding and they blew so many minds! Such hotties!!!
Then Peace, Love & Stuff slammed their set with such rock and roll ferocity and tightness, they are idols! Their cover of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” slayed every single person there!
Then Surgery showed Ames what sex really means! The beats, the guitar-riffs, the attitude, the tongues! So many new fans for these dudes after this show.
And then when we took the stage we were shaken to the core by the love and energy we were receiving from the packed house, we are SO thrilled by this feeling, it really eggs us on to be our best and bring maximum heat! It was awesome to be joined onstage by the legendary Little Ruckus and by our new horn players Patrick “Patch” Jasper and Jens “Jens” Hoifeldt! Our new songs were so fun to play! People can from all over the state! The M Shop was fucking BUMPIN and the whole room was overwhelmed with joy. All we can say is AMES WINTER CLASSIC FOREVER!!! See you at the M Shop next January! (Thanks to Lucas Moser for these awesome pics!!)
A tradition like no other: AMES WINTER CLASSIC! This is our annual FREE and ALL AGES throwdown at Ames’ most legendary music venue, THE M SHOP! Last year was absolutely nuts and this year is gonna be even more raging!
We’re super excited because we’ve got a bunch of new songs, amazing special guests and two killer new horn players to blast you in the heart with!
Plus, we are playing with an incredible lineup that we hand-picked for glory, check this out:
SURGERY – Fairfield’s towering electro trio bringing hard, heavy beats for maximum booty-clapping! Sythns, guitars and moody vocals combine to create the darkwave sound that you need; this is your new favorite band.
PEACE, LOVE & STUFF – Heroes of Ames rockabilly, this band absolutely slams their classic rock and roll sound and look and they might even throw in a slow-dance or two! They are heroes.
REBEL CREEK – These guys rage an impossibly tight blues-rock set full of guitar-shredding, epic arrangements and overall psych-rock massiveness! LOVE!
We are so honoured and excited to be playing on such a legendary stage with such legendary bands, let’s just have the best time of our lives and get sweaty and hug eachother and tear up the dance floor and make a million memories for a lifetime! FREE! ALL AGES! GET THERE EARLY! SEE YOU THERE!!! Doors at 7:30, music promptly at 8!