Check out what we just got in the mail from our friend Doug Van Sloun out at Focus Mastering: IT’S THE VINYL MASTER OF OUR NEW RECORD “IMMEDIATE FAMILY”!
We are so excited to release this album on Maximum Ames Records, we poured our hearts and souls into this album, it is by far the most orchestrated, uncompromising and brutal record we’ve ever made, we hope it brings you joy and weird feelings!!
It’s gonna be released as part of a package deal with our Max Ames labelmate H.D. Harmsen, who is such a handsome boss! Check out the brand new teaser video made by our good friend Patrick Tape Fleming!
We also recorded a split 7″ with H.D. Harmsen that you will get if you preorder both records from Maximum Ames! Our side features our song “Cleft Lip” and Dustin’s side features a baller track called “Tarzan”! The split is entitled “Characters” and we are so proud of it!
Also, there’s still time to pre-order the vinyl LP of the unbelievable new album from our lovers and heroes Trouble Lights! If you pre-order the record from www.maximumamesrecords.com you get their limited edition fashion zine, which is so raw and beautiful and stylish and NEXT LEVEL!
Also, Maximum Ames Records is SO honoured to be releasing the double LP vinyl edition of the Iowa City Song Project, an incredible compilation that celebrates that 100th anniversary of the historic Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City! Check out this glorious promo video that some of the Max Ames team made for the record!
ALSO! Our friend and labelmate Christopher the Conquered recently played at Lincoln Calling music festival alongside our labelmates the Poison Control Center and the blog Hear Nebraska made this amazing CtC video from the fest!
We are just so proud to be a part of this great Maximum Ames family! Keep your ears peeled for SOOOO much more coming soon!
Our tour with The Depaysement continues to rule as we meet the BEST PEOPLE IN EVERY TOWN! We are lucky to meet up with so many wonderful and positive and talented individuals.
On Monday we made it back to Toledo to play the open mic at Manhattan’s, which is our annual fall tradition! It was so great to see our ever-hustling friends Rachel Richardson and Jason Quick and to play with Toledo legends like Jim and the Finellis! We really love Toledo, it’s a great community. After the show, Jason Quick and his partner Sarah were kind enough to let us stay in their super comfy apartment and Jason connected over music with our trombonist Paul Hertz because they are both composers!
Then we went to Grand Rapids and played at Founders Brewery, which is a really nice place to play as well as an excellent brewery that distrbutes their beer to Ames (it’s on tap at London Underground!) After the show we crashed with our DIY homegirl Marlee Grace! We are so proud of her for getting her new business Have Company off the ground! She makes amazing zines and postcards and beautiful items and she purchased a trailer to take her goods around the country in! MIDWEST DIY FAMILY FOREVER.
Then we drove to Cambridge, Wisconsin where our friend Joe lives. He’s a good friend of Bryon Dudley, who joined us as the guitarist for the first few days of tour and did a great job! Joe and Bryon played together in the classic Ames band Sinema! Another member of Sinema, Dave, came to our show in Toledo! AMES AROUND THE WORLD! Joe kindly let us practice in his basement because we taught Satoru and Hikaru from The Depaysement how to play our songs so that they could fill in on some tour dates and they learned so fast! SUCH PROS!!!
So we drove to Minneapolis and were lucky to jump on a punk show at Hexagon featuring Nato Coles, which is an amazing punk that we fell in love with! Laura and Josh came out to see us play, which was super nice! And all the bands that played the show were awesome, we were so lucky to play with them, they were super nice to let us jump on the show like that. And Satoru and Hikaru did such a great job playing in Mumford’s for the first time ever!
Tomorrow we’ll be headed back to Iowa for a string of awesome rock shows and then we’ll be headed south and west for another month of rock and roll!
We are having such a blast on tour with The Depaysement, our brothers from Tokyo, Japan! Every single night we’re throwing down with all our hearts and bodies and spirits and making new friends all over this great land!
We kicked off our tour in Des Moines, the mighty land of sweat! It was so fun! Tons of our good friends came out to jump around and get sweaty with us and Little Ruckus and Lesbian Poetry played too and they totally killed it! It was The Depaysement’s first show in Iowa and they totally blew people’s minds!
Then we drove alllllll the way to Toledo to play a monster rock show at Euclid Tavern, it was so awesome! Our friend Adam set it all up! The place was packed because it was the tour kickoff for this killer rock band from Toledo called The Strong Talk, they totally ruled!
And then we went to the rock and roll capitol of Cleveland and it was such a magical night! It was set up by the Cleveland rock god Johnny Habu! What a fucking legend! The show was stellar and Johnny’s band The Rebel Salmon was outrageously awesome and then a dude from Iowa named Ted gave us a painting of Richard Pryor and that blew our minds because the previous night Richard Pryor had been playing on a giant TV at The Euclid Tavern and we were like “WHOA! THIS TOUR IS BEING POSSESSED BY RICHARD PRYOR AND WE MUST CARRY ON HIS SPIRIT!!” And we shall.
Then we went to Pittsburgh where we always have a great time! Our good friend Steph from The Lopez set up the show and it was so fucking fun! We got super wet from sweat and also from a dude spitting beer on us, which ruled! We played with The Senators and Mustache Required, they were awesome!
Now we’re on our way back to Toledo to play at Manhattan’s and see our good friend and DIY legend Rachel Richardson!
IT HAS ARRIVED! Mumford’s & The Depaysement are kicking off our epic six week national tour tonight with an early ALL AGES show at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines!!! It’s gonna be such a rage! Our good friends The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Little Ruckus and Lesbian Poetry are playing the show too, which means it’s gonna be a total nonstop dance party!
We are so stoked to travel all over this great country with The Depaysement, they are our brothers from Japan and together we create an unstoppable party force!
We will be blogging from the road and posting pictures and sharing love at all times!
ALSO: last night our good friend Jerrod B. Jordahl shot pics for the album art for “Immediate Family”, our new album of ballads! The photos are so freaky! Can’t wait to share this with you!
AMERICA: SEE YOU SOON.
WOW! What a weekend we just had! Iowa, you’ve always got some new tricks up your sleeve! On Thursday, Beef Cake had the supreme honour of playing the afterparty of the world debut of THE CURSE OF THE SPACE DEMON! This musical was written by our bandmate Little Ruckus and our good friend (and honorary Iowan) MR NASTI! This play was incredible! The ambition and the execution, the music and the madness, the demons and the murder, the dancing and singing….godDAMN! Congrats to all involved, this was historical.
Then on Friday we got to play a combined set with our brothers Doctor Murdock opening for m’fuckin Wookiefoot at our home base of DG’s Tap House! This show was such a rage! Wookiefoot fans are totally a family and we were honoured to become a part of that awesome party family of dancing and love! Such a killer night, thanks DG’s for inviting us!
And then on Saturday we got to throw down with Doctor Murdock again, this time in the rock and roll capital of MARSHALLTOWN! As always, Mtown threw it down HARD for this show! Actually, of all the Mtown shows we’ve played, this one was the most wild ever! I spent like 50% of the show on top of the crowd! We were there to celebrate Krystal Harrison’s bachelorette party because she and Travis Stewart are getting married this month! This is the best couple ever, we love them so so much. We are so blessed to have become a party of this amazing family in Marshalltown, thanks to Krystal and Travis we know THE BEST people in that town and we just love their heart and we love to party with them. Krystal and Travis forever! Plus it was our homey CJ’s birthday!
And now we are getting ready to head out on our six-week national tour with The Depaysement, our brothers from Japan! On Thursday we are playing an ALL AGES tour kickoff show at Vaudeville Mews with The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Little Ruckus and Lesbian Poetry! FUCK YEEESSSSS!