The second leg of our national tour with The Depaysement has been of to an incredible start with one massive dance party after another! We are meeting so many new people, playing with such awesome bands and making new friends every single day…we fucking love it!
It started in the amazing rock and roll town of Creston where our friend Tommy of The River Monks set us up with a brilliant house party and even made us a nutritious dinner!! It was such a rage, and it was The Depaysement’s first house show EVER! The River Monks, Lesbian Poetry and Paul Hertz played too and it was fantastic. This was our first time playing in Creston and we left knowing one thing for sure: CRESTON HAS AN AMAZING MUSIC SCENE! Much respect to the music students at Southwestern Community College for rocking their town!
Then we went to Fairfield and played at our old stomping grounds The Beauty Shop with Little Ruckus and Meth Dad! It fucking ruled! Fairfield came out to dance and we got to see so many good friends and we made chili and then the next day our homegirl Marandah made us breakfast! WHAT?
We also met up with our good friends Ladysoal and Phoenix L’Amour and they joined us onstage as special guests in Fairfield and Iowa City, adding SO much fierceness and talent to our set! Thanks ladies!!
Then it was on to the glorious town of Iowa City where we literally played in a chapel on the UI campus! Which is pretty perfect for us because, I mean, obviously! It was set up by our good friends at KRUI, the baller college radio station in town! What a great show, the chapel got rocked to the core and Little Ruckus played in Mumford’s dual-frontmen style and murdered! It was pretty amazing to see Phoenix L’Amour do her burlesque routine in an actual church! Then Paul generously offered to pay for everyone to go see The Mountain Goats at Blue Moose Tap House and it was an amazing show and we saw our good friends Dale and Molly there!!
Next up we played a sick punk show at Lemmon’s with some awesome bands and we were super lucky jump on the bill! Our good new friend Moe made us feel right at home and his band dedicated a song to us! We were hooked up with the show by our friend Rob of the amazing one-man-band Googelplexia and he even generously let us crash with him and it turned out that his roommate is a HUGE Frankenixon fan so we totally geeked out on some classic Ames music history with him. YES!
Now we are rocking four straight days in Arkansas and killing it hard, we will update with info on the Arkansas dates in just a few days!!!! IOWA EVERYWHERE
As always, we had such a blast playing in the great little rock & roll village of Clarion on Saturday! The people of Clarion truly came to rage! And we had friends from Ames, Story City and Jewell come out to the show too! The Depaysement and Doctor Murdock truly killed it, such a wild night. Doctor Murdock and Mumford’s combined forces for our sets to create the evil hybrid of destruction known as DOCTOR MUMFORD’S! It was so massive and raucous, we will definitely be doing it again soon…actually we’ll be announcing a big show together very very soon…
On Wednesday we head back out on the second leg of our national tour with The Depaysement and we’ll be out for another month! We’re kicking off the second leg with three baller shows in Southern Iowa this week!
On Wednesday we’ll be playing our first ever show in Creston and we can’t wait! Our good friend Tommy of the glorious Des Moines folk heroes The River Monks set up the show at his house! The River Monks and Lesbian Poetry will be playing sets as well!
And on Friday we are honoured to be playing KRUI’s Low Frequency Concert Series in Iowa City at Dunham Chapel, right next to the IMU building on campus! It’s gonna be such a party and it’s an early show, 7-9 pm! Little Ruckus will be playing too so this is guaranteed glory!
Iowa, we love you more and more by the day.
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!