LAME DRIVERS

May 2, 2019
by Jason
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May 16th: Fort Briscoe farewell w/ Idaho Green, Alpenglow & Kyle Luntz

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Lame Drivers invite you to Fort Briscoe, the beloved fort we’ve been fortunate to call our fort for some time. Our time there is coming to a close, but your time there is just about to begin (spots available, inquire within!).

Alongside resident spud punks Idaho Green.

Resident tunesmiths Alpenglow

And Kyle Luntz on hand-made/modded acoustic instruments & electronics.

December 6, 2018
by Jason
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New Songs Winners Game and This Pattern. And a show tonight

We’ve been quiet, but we’re not done playing. We have a show at Coney Island Baby tonight, and a couple new songs out on the webs.

Winners Game – a song about quitting social media

This Pattern – a song about habits

Lots of new recordings are nearing completion. Please stay tuned.

October 2, 2015
by Jason
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“Throw it to the Moon” (mp3 + video + story)

Here’s a new song called “Throw it to the Moon.” It’s actually the oldest song on our forthcoming debut LP. Read on for the story, and a music video by Jeff.

“Moon” first materialized almost eight years ago on a ferry in British Columbia. All of us Lame Drivers were touring members of Get Him Eat Him. At that moment we were en route to Vancouver Island, to play at Logan’s and climb up a hill with Frog Eyes.

The melody came first. It always does, but it usually comes in little pieces. This melody emerged as a full sequence—from the opening guitar part through the verses to the “order march” section and outro solo. I drew some symbols to represent the rhythm, and words about “order” and “the moon.” Throw it to the moon is almost like throwing something away, except then it goes into orbit. It’s a cyclical revolution in contrast to linear order. I threw it to the moon and walked out onto the deck where Joe was beaming for some reason.

Jason Kevin and Joe on the BC Ferry, July 2007. Photo by Matt LeMay

Jason Kevin and Joe on the BC Ferry, July 2007. Photo by Matt LeMay

That’s where most songs end—as fragments in my head, or, if they’re lucky, an abandoned notebook. But this one was in orbit. It cycled back frequently, often with some new mutation developed during the previous revolution. It finally crashed for good a couple years ago. It was totally deformed. It contained many unanswered questions—the time signature of the verse, for one. I brought it to Jeff and Joe. They gave it shape, and developed it from abstract idea to a real thing.

The song was still intangible until we recorded a few demos in my basement (Rad Town). I wanted a different sound. We tracked with Travis Harrison, and I really like the recording though it has yet to be finished. Then we set out on a tour with Woolen Men. By the end of the tour, we were playing the song much faster—by about ten bpm (I counted!). The song had evolved in other ways, too. So with this fresh post-tour energy, we had to re-record.

Lames open for R Stevie Moore at The End in Nashville, 2013.  L to R: Joe, Jeff, Jason. Photo by Tommy from Square People

Lames open for R Stevie Moore at The End in Nashville, 2013. L to R: Joe, Jeff, Jason. Photo by Tommy / Square People

I shared the demo for “Moon” with Matt Tong. Matt had first brought up the idea of recording Lame Drivers in 2012. He’d heard us play “Other Side” and wanted to take a sort of AM radio approach to it, to bring out the Fleetwood Mac… We like what he did. Then he did Frozen Egg:
We liked that too. We were hoping he’d be down to record “Moon” and maybe another one, like Slow Detective. It turns out that I caught him at a weird time with this request—he’d just made a difficult decision to quit his band of ten years.

Fortunately he thought “Moon” was “math-tastic” and agreed to record. We met up at his Matt’s home studio in Bed-Stuy. It’s named Exploded Drawing, after the Polvo album. It’s a great place to create a song. It is also a basement. There’s a washer/dryer. There’s a dehumidifier. And, for a moment, we all became paranoid that there might be a dangerous mold problem.

Joe tracking at Exploded Drawing. Is your face facemask on?

Joe tracking “Moon” bass at Exploded Drawing. Is your face facemask on?

Matt has a knack for taking what was once the weakest section of a song, and turning it into the best. The outro guitar solo had remained pretty much the same in my head ever since 2007. The way I heard it, it was just 1-guitar. Matt wanted moar… Ok, two guitars started to make sense because when I play the part live, I feel a little schizo jumping back and forth between the two guitar parts. Matt demanded politely that there be more. I don’t know how many guitars we wound up with—I think a few of the tracks are just feedback— and Matt sculpted something beyond my imagination at the time. Now I can’t imagine it any other way.

I didn’t know what form this song would take back in 2007, but I knew that it would appear on the first Lame Drivers LP. The LP is finally here! It’s called Chosen Era and it’s out Friday Oct 9th on Bleeding Gold (LP) / Jigsaw Records (CD) / Lame (MP3)! We’re touring with Woolen Men again, and they’ll be in town for our release show Oct 8th. Hope to see you soon.

Music Video by our own Jeff Wood. Look out for more videos from Chosen Era tracks in the near future…

September 1, 2015
by Jason
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Chosen Era is here! Our debut LP, out Oct 9th

Chosen Era, the first Lame Drivers LP, is out Oct 9th in collaboration with Bleeding Gold Records. Yes, we’ve been a band for a long time and released music on all sorts of other formats (flexi-book, hollowed out book, tape, 12″ comp, split 7″). Well, this is our first 12″ LP. It’s been a long time comin, and we’re psyched to share these songs that’ve been in the works for years. Yellow vinyl. 300 copies.

Also available on CD from Jigsaw Records with special bonus tracks.

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:: Side A ::
1. Eyes
2. Outlaw for a Day
3. Frozen Egg
4. Throw it to the Moon
5. Slow Detective
6. Berlin

:: Side B ::
1. Right Track
2. Vacation
3. Season Control
4. Sister
5. Free Martin
6. Unseen Tarot

:: CD Bonus Tracks ::
Color Me Dead
Headhunting
Other Side (remastered)

Chosen Era was recorded by Lame Drivers at home in the basement, and also by Matt Tong (ex-Bloc Party), and Travis Harrison (Homosexuals, GBV), and Geoff Sanoff (Obits) recorded one of the bonus tracks. All mastered by Jamal Ruhe (Sheer Mag). 

Release show Oct 8th at Shea Stadium with The Woolen Men (Woodsist / PDX), EZTV (Captured Tracks) and Gingerlys (Shelflife).

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March 7, 2015
by Jason
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New Song “Outlaw For A Day” on Mirror Universe Compilation

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“Outlaw For A Day” is on Without A Trace, from Mirror Universe Tapes & Serenity Now Tapes. It’s a free 24-track mixtape full of jams. Excellent sequence, too—we’re sandwiched in between the LeMays, Shy Mirrors, and No Monster Club.

This track will also appear on our debut LP, which is mastered and ready to go to the pressing plant.

February 3, 2015
by Jason
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New song on Unblinking Ear comp, Serious Rockers Release Show this Saturday

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We’re seriously psyched to be part of Serious Rockers, the first-ever release from Unblinking Ear. It’s a 28-band compilation and we’re in very good company with some of our favorite bands we’ve ever played with like Lazy, My Teenage Stride, Expert Alterations, Literature, Life Stinks, Simple Circuit, Mike Pace and the Child Actors, and So Cow’s Brian Kelly. The rest are either bands we already like, or new discoveries that we want to hear more. It’s curated by DJ Paul Bruno, so of course every track here rocks—seriously! We contributed a new song “I’m Ready,” we recorded it in the Rad Town basement.

The tape release show is this Saturday. Details on fb.

Saturday, February 7th
Pine Box Rock Shop
(12 Grattan St, Brooklyn, 1 block from the Morgan L stop)Unblinking Ear Records present:
SERIOUS ROCKERS RECORD RELEASE SHOW!We’ve got tapes. They are for sale. Come get one. And see these bands:

Invisible Days
Lame Drivers
Big Quiet
Snowmans of Love
Scupper

Stream/purchase Serious Rockers here:
unblinkingearrecords.bandcamp.com

Doors at 8pm. First band on at 9.
$7
21+