It seems almost impossible that it’s been a week since our nation went to the polling places and cast our ballots, but it certainly has!
Just checking in after the weekend on the road. We had the opportunity to share a few moments and some wonderful music with some great friends around. We want to take a quick minute to give out proper thanks and praise, and let you know about what’s in store for the coming months. Be sure to check out the pictures in our “Gallery” section!
We have to first start with Mike, the tow truck driver. Mike is a Texas transplant living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, these days, and he owns D & D Towing. We had the pleasure of working with Mike after our diesel engine 1997 Ford F-350 coasted to a stop on the side of Iowa highway 380. We were about 50 miles away from the venue we were supposed to play that night and without a clue in the world how we would make it there in time for our set. Mike, whom we found indirectly through Kirstin’s wonderful mother Rosemary (Rosemary, you really are the best), offered to tow us the remaining 50 miles to the venue, bring our truck back to Cedar Rapids to have his cousin work on it while the other shops were closed, and deliver it to us in the morning. He found a way to open a dealership’s doors early on a Saturday morning so we could obtain the right parts for a broken idler belt and mechanism, and he drove close to 200 miles in the name of Electric Children. Mike, we owe you big time and we’re forever grateful for your help.
On the same trip, Toby’s friend Joe drove an additional 75 miles in the name of us playing the show. He picked us up from outside of Cedar Rapids, drove us alongside our truck to the venue, and even helped carry our gear. What an unbelievable guy, and another one to whom we owe the success of the weekend.
On to the bands. Dana T and Slip Silo in Iowa City, you guys were so awesome and incredibly flexible for working with us to make Friday night happen. These folks pulled a last minute set switch with us to give us enough time to deal with towing, rides, and sleeping arrangements, and they put on an incredible show on top of it. If you, reader, have the means, please check out their music and support these awesome Iowa guys. You can hear their special blend of guitars, drum machines, vocals, and synthesizers right here. The best part is, they can definitely dance too! Thanks for your love, guys, we’ll have to see you soon
Our hosts for the next night, Bloomington, Indiana’s Apollo Quad, another group of incredibly understanding and supportive people. They hyped the living daylights out of the show to bring their whole crew to hip them to something new…US! Apollo Quad’s music, too, is reminiscent of a familiar sound to us. With the live band set up and rap vocals with an underground edge, these guys would fit right in (if not on top of) the Minneapolis scene. Their tunes are available here or on iTunes, and they would definitely appreciate support if you can. They’re headed out to California in the coming weeks to take their music to new places and meet new people. Hythum and company, you guys rock.
Now on to the news.
We’ve got some great things lined up for the coming months. We’ll be taking December by storm with the hope that we’ll be able to keep ourselves and all of you warm and cozy. We’ve also got new merchandise on the way and a few new collaborative projects in the works, so be sure to stay tuned to our facebook updates and our twitter feed for the best sources of information!
Sample Night Live and all of the Samplers from September voted us back into the loop for a second round! We’ll be performing at History Theater in St. Paul once again to bring you seven minutes of heaven. Come on down and groove with us, dig the actors acting, get wrapped up in the spoke word artists’ speaking, and move with the dancers dancing. It’ll be eclectic as always, and you’ll get a taste of some of the cities’ most rewarding culture. Tickets available online here.
Our friends in William Within invited us to play with them, Bomba de Luz, and Lotus Eater at the Amsterdam Hall in St. Paul. It’ll be our second night in St. Paul in short order, but this time around we get a full set. All of these groups have been buzzing around town recently, and we couldn’t be happier to play the show. We close out the night from 12-1Am, and much more information is to come.
We’re throwing a show to end the year at Hell’s Kitchen in Minneapolis, and we’ve got some of the hottest acts in town on board. Sexy Delicious is going to open up the night with their back-seat R&B/Jazz/Funk grooves, the Crunchy Kids are going to take the stage second to pump it all up a few notches with their live band hip hop, we play third to keep the vibe alive, and Dream Crusher will close out the night with a rare Twin Cities performance. We’re thrilled to be working with some of our favorite musicians, and we want you to join us for the special occasion. More information, artwork, and giveaways to come. Keep your ears peeled!
Thanks for listening ya’ll, and hit us up with any questions you have at any time!