Back from tour, but still very much in tour/booking mode.
So when we heard that one of our favorite bands, Austin TX’s Dikes of Holland, had their Brooklyn and Philly shows both fall thru, we had to do something. Together we managed to pull off this show at Muchmore’s, a new spot in Williamsburg, with Cool Serbia, Freecare, and Chicago’s Paranoid Shart (photos in a gallery below, video after the jump). Many thanks to all of the bands for playing and to Adam at Muchmore’s for being such a rad host.
Unfortunately I had to leave early to broadcast the Dikes of Holland session I’d taped on Sunday for Talk’s Cheap (when I found out about their shows being cancelled). Click here for the WFMU archive with mp3s + video comin’ soon. It was a fun radio show with special guest Sleeping Giant Mike selecting some rad cassettes out of the new bin.
Click any of the photos below to view a gallery of 27 photos by Dylan Johnson
photos by Dylan Johnson — click an image to view the full gallery
If you missed us last night cuz of the short notice and early opening set, we have more local shows coming up at Death By Audio on Monday and Cake Shop on Tuesdaywith great bands from NY (Hippy, Island Twins), Chicago (The Funs, Coffin Ships), and Australia (Deep Heat). We’ll also play first at these shows, because we are Lame.
It was pretty surreal to play a show at Eureka CA’s Little Red Lion last night while this jukebox animation flashed to the side of the stage. Never before have we been so clearly up against “Millions of Songs,” with our set of live music in between Humboldt’s premier cosmic rock band Scotch Wiggly (featuring spooky theremin on mega-jam “Too Far Out”) and Arcata’s basement heroes The Wild Lungs.
But between the band’s sets, the jukebox stared out silent. The bartender didn’t have an iPod and coins stayed firmly in pockets, uninterested in those Millions of Songs (other than one curious spin of the new No Doubt song).
Instead, those quarters got together and fueled Lame Drivers’ quest to record our own songs when people put ’em towards the west coast edition of Cruisin’ Classics. Some lucky audience members also picked up the last copies of our split tape with (here it comes…) the band Eureka California, who live thousands of miles away in Athens, GA, but proudly take their name from the very town we were in! Dirty Pillows Recs might have a few more copies of the split.
We’re spreading the word here in parts of the country where nobody had ever heard of Lame Drivers. We’ve played with great bands every step of the way, and there have been a few folks in the audience each night telling us to come back so that they can set up something at their house, club, pizza palace, or wherever it is the Lame Kids of the Future are sure to be.
We’re laying the groundwork for the future of the band right now. The tour is paving a path, and your kickstarter backing puts us well on our way towards recording a few of our own Millions of Songs.
Decoder Magazine just leaked “Other Side,” a new Lame Drivers song rec’d by Matt Tong. Matt’s our good pal and this was a great recording experience. We hope to record some more songs with him if he gets another free moment amidst Bloc Party tours.
Artwork by Sarah Hotchkiss, also a good friend and co-director of the Stairwell’s Gallery in San Francisco. We’re happy to work with such talented artists as we preparing to release our first vinyl LP + Flexi-Disc EP.
With your support, we’ll all get to see this here impossible shape spinnin’ around on a flexi-disc comin soon to your turntable!
Earlier this summer, we had a blast touring the East Coast (which to us includes places like Chicago and Athens) with PDX’s “hardest working band” the Woolen Men. After a short break, we’ve gathered almost enough credits to continue the tour with dates in California, Washington, and Oregon.
8/17 Fri Oakland CA @ House Show
8/18 Sat Fresno CA @ Game Time Pizza w/ The Babbling Crooks
8/19 Sun San Pedro CA @ Harold’s Place w/ The Sensitive Side
8/20 Mon Los Angeles CA @ DUBLAB (dublab.com – radio!)
8/20 Mon San Francisco CA @ The Knockout w/ Tank Attack +1
8/21 Tue Los Altos CA @ KFJC 89.7-FM (kfjc.org – radio!)
8/21 Tue Sacramento CA @ Luigi’s Fun Garden w/ Apache Dropout, Charles Albright
8/22 Wed Eureka CA @ Lil Red Lion w/ Scotch Wiggly and more (Lame Drivers only)
8/23 Thu Portland OR @ The Record Room w/ The Bugs
8/24 Fri Seattle WA @ The Rendezvous
It’s about time! After almost 10 years of bein’ a band, Lame Drivers is ready to release our first-ever vinyl LP.
We wrote too many new songs for just one LP, so we’ll lead up to it with an EP series of flexi-disc postcards.
We’re collaborating with some of our favorite producers and visual artists (Mayuko Fujino’s “Minimize” artwork at right) to make the most of these formats. We hope you’ll join in, too! You can pre-order these limited releases right now through Kickstarter. Check the video to hear some of the new songs we’ve been working on, including a clip of “Other Side” rec’d with Matt Tong at Exploded Drawing.
We’re touring with the Woolen Men July 18th-29th (East Coast) and Aug 17-24 (West Coast)!
Lame Drivers // Woolen Men // East Coast // July 2012
7/18 NYC @ Cake Shop w/ Pale Lights, Orca Team
7/19 Boston MA @ Video Underground w/ Needy Visions, Bent Shapes
7/20 Philadelphia PA @ Underground Arts w/ Orca Team, Thinking Machines
7/21 Columbus OH @ The Summit w/ Sex Tide & The Francis Bacon Band
7/22 Detroit MI @ OmniCorp w/ Sros Lords, Growwing Pains
7/23 Chicago IL @ Burlington w/ The Funs
7/24 Bloomington IN @ Bear’s Place w/ Bloody Mess, Dracula Pills & Grilled Cheese Deluxe (special)
7/25 Nashville TN @ Dino’s Bar & Grill w/ Square People
7/26 Athens GA @ Farm 255 w/ Eureka California & Tunabunny
7/27 Durham NC @ The Layabout w/ Brainbows
7/28 New Brunswick NJ @ Bath Haus w/ Appendix & Home Blitz
7/29 Brooklyn NY @ Public Assembly w/ I’m Turning Into, Snake Dudes DJ Johnny Lee
:: WOOLEN MEN ::
A lofi Clean-sounding trio of native West Coasters weened on Dead Moon, the Wipers and the Neo Boys. Each member brings a distinct influence to the group; 60s garage rock and contemporary bands from Alex, whole-hearted rock and roll and classic song-craft from Lawton and DIY pop and post-punk from Raf (of the Polyps / Eggy Records & Tapes).
>> Download “West Coast” [mp3]
:: LAME DRIVERS ::
Been a band for 10 years still nobody knows what to make of Lame Drivers: “a young Replacements or Guided By Voices?“ “like the Buzzcocks getting a reacharound from the Descendents?” Pell Mell? Jesus & Mary Chain? Memb Home Blitz? Who cares?! “Filled with hooks, it’s got a punk influence, power-pop influence, indie rock, psychedelic, all my favorite rock elements.“
>> Download Cruisin’ Classics 2003-2010 [27 track sampler]
Lame Drivers \\ Woolen Men \\ West Coast \\ August 17-24th
8/17 Fri Oakland CA @ After Party City USA w/ Woolen Men and more
8/18 Sat Fresno CA @ Game Time Pizza w/ Woolen Men, Babbling Crooks and more
8/19 Sun San Pedro CA @ Harold’s Place w/ Woolen Men and more
8/20 Mon Los Angeles CA @ DUBLAB (dublab.com – radio)
8/20 Mon San Francisco CA @ The Knockout w/ Woolen Men, Tank Attack and more
8/21 Tue Sacramento CA @ Luigi’s Fungarden w/ Woolen Men, Apache Dropout, Charles Albright
8/22 Wed Eureka CA @ Lil Red Lion w/ Scotch Wiggly and more
8/23 Thu Portland OR @ The Record Room w/ Woolen Men, the Bugs
8/24 Fri Seattle WA @ Party City USA