EMA UK/EU SPRING 2012
Wow. Do you realize that “Past Life Martyred Saints” came out less than a year ago? It’s been one crazy, long, beautiful year.
I just stopped writing for like 5 minutes trying to think about what to say. I’ll just be quick.
This is probably our last tour on this record. One last time in Europe, one last time in London and the UK. We’ve got some new songs added to the live show, but this tour is quite possibly the last time that we will perform this album in its entirety. After this I’m taking a break to work on new material. Full dates and venues are at the bottom of this post.
I had a dream right before Coachella that I was back in high school and about to fail a test. A test about green onions. (Science? English? I have no clue!) This is a recurring dream I have where I am flunking out of high school, but this time in the back of my mind i was like, BUT HOW AM I GONNA PASS HIGH SCHOOL WHEN I’M SUPPOSED TO GO PLAY COACHELLA?!? Priorities.
How rad to get to play “CALIFORNIA” with those awesome palm trees in the background!
To answer your quick Qs: yes, I did see the hologram. No. I did not smoke weed with Snoop Dogg. And yes I have lots of new thoughts on spectacle, Jumbotrons and how venue affects performance. But let’s jump from dusty outdoor tent to shiny bright museum, shall we?
After that we rolled to NYC to play the Culture Shock festival at SUNY Purchase. In my mind I had made a subliminal wish to get to go see the Whitney Bienniale, but it seemed impossible. Besides a general interest in checking out some of the best and brightest young things in contemporary art, my old LA friend Dawn Kasper was part of the show, having moved her entire studio into a space on the third floor. But we did not have the time or the money to get there. At the last minute the SUNY show came through and it was like some magical thinking shit.
I surprised Dawn in her studio and afterwards we all went out for dinner and drinks. It seemed like a dream come true. When she asked us to come back and play that Friday, it was just above and beyond.
We were playing at the Whitney but it felt like a punk show. We were on the floor and we were loud. It felt like at any second someone could come by and shut us down. I told the audience to come in close and thrashed around amongst them; standing on a chair, bouncing on the bed, grabbing a fistfull of thumbtacks and squeezing them in my hands and across my chest. During that whole time I felt incredibly happy.
NYC also gave us some time to practice with our latest pinch-hitter, the awesome Sarah Register who usually plays in Talk Normal (and also mastered Past Life Martyred Saints!) I feel real lucky that it worked out to have her on board as she is awesome. Talk Normal have a new record coming out in the fall on Joyful Noise. Keep an ear out! Sarah will be with us in Europe. Bring earplugs.
Here is an awesome mix tape Sarah and I made.
EMA SPRING 2012 TOUR DATES:
05/10 NOTTINGHAM @ Bodega Social Club
05/11 MANCHESTER @ Night & Day Cafe
05/12 BRIGHTON @ Great Escape Festival
05/15 LONDON @ Scala
05/16 PARIS @ Olympia w. Garbage
05/18 PARIS @ Flèche D’Or
05/22 ROTTERDAM @ Rotown
05/23 AMSTERDAM @ OT301
05/24 ANTERWERP @ Trix
05/26 VIENNA @ Flex
05/27 SALZBURG @ ROCKHOUSE