Monday, August 16, 2010

A Summer Lullabye Ending Through Loud Speakers

Thank goodness! The humidity has ceased for a day. The temperature is cool and comfortable. A summer without air-conditioning can really soften a man.

So the band has been on a 2-month show hiatus. Jon and Ryan went to Japan, they are now cultured I'm sure. I watched a lot of Travel Channel while they were gone, trying to catch up. Evan was a businessman and is apparently a chiseled stallion. Paul has gone to at least 5 baseball games. Jim is a now a free man and part French. Zach made our money, wrapped a rubber-band around it and slid it under the mattress. Katie's little men got hair-cuts and formed their own militia. Justin traded in a female saxophone for a male one. As for me, I've been enjoying this lull, as well as preparing our 20 new songs for the studio in September. We plan on having a couple 2011 releases to make up for our lack of new music this year.

This summer has been drenched in world rhythms, tropical sounds, hot days, cool beaches, pretty girls, breezy naps, ripened fruit, homicidal mosquitoes, sun-drenched afternoons, nights on the farm, waking up with a vacation brain, de-humidifiers, sticky hugs, basement bars, grilled meats, half-pints of ice cream, healthy crops, and amazing friends.

We can't wait to get back to the stage on September 10Th in Dekalb. We have been working hard on the new songs and will have a handful for you to hear. The show is at Otto's nightclub and is a part of the 'Middle-west Fest.' There will be an insane amount of bands playing all weekend. Here is the schedule for the night we are playing.

07:00 – Elephant Gun
07:50 – Clifton Roy & Folkstringer
...08:40 – The Gunshy
09:30 – Ha Ha Tonka
10:20 – William Elliot Whitmore
11:50 – Smoking Popes

06:30 – The Moves
07:20 – TBA
08:10 – Shy Technology
09:00 – Crayolala
09:50 – Mountains For Clouds
10:40 – Santah

THE HOUSE CAFE l 263 E. Lincoln Hwy – All Ages
Super Mystery Artist TBA!!! Look for the announcement next week!

O’LEARY’S IRISH PUB l 260 E. Lincoln Hwy – All Ages
08:00 – Chris Dertz
09:30 – The Main Street Gospel
10:15 – Mondo Drag
11:00 – Astral Guard

SMLTWN SKATE SHOP l 229 E. Lincoln Hwy – All Ages
07:00 – Vertual Vertigo
08:00 – State Champs

TAPA LA LUNA l 226 E. Lincoln Hwy – All Ages – FREE!
To Be Announced

$20 Fri. Single Day Pass l
$20 Sat. Single Day Pass l
$30 Two Day Pass l

Hope to see you there! Ryan will be auctioning off his green shorts right after our set.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

F.A.Q.s by Imaginary People on our Current Global Position

Elephant Gun 3/13/10

Hey friends, it's been a while since I caught everyone up on the whimsical world of Elephant Gun. Here are some F.A.Q.s, asked by imaginary people, about our current position on the globe.

1. I've seen some new faces, who are they?
Amy had to leave the band for personal reasons. We were very saddened by this and still love her and miss her to death. I was very concerned about finding another violinist who would fit in as well as Amy did until Jim Drake introduced miss Katie Bendorf. Katie is a professional violinist from Harvard, IL. who's been teaching and gigging her whole life. She is the biggest sweetheart ever and fit right in with our crazy circus.. You may also be noticing a very good looking man on saxophone by the name of Justin Past. Justin played all the sax on 'Beartime Stories' and has been a friend of mine since 8th grade. He is also a music teacher for the Chicago school system and a stand-up guy!

2. Tour this summer?
We are working on a 4-5 day thing, hopefully down south towards Nashville, maybe as far as Texas. It's all in the works and very loosely put together right now.

3. New music?
We have been hard at work on 12 new songs in the basement and will be debuting a couple new ones at Morseland in Roger's Park towards the end of the month. We are very excited.The songs should hit the studio early summer.

4. Who is doing all that amazing artwork these days?
The very talented Mary Charlene

5. Press?
We were recently featured in the critics choice section of The Reader and we will be featured on Susan Schaumberg's internet radio program, 'Indiesomnia' soon, this includes a pretty ridiculous interview we did backstage at The Bottom Lounge.

6. Upcoming shows?
As I mentioned before, we will be debuting some new songs at Morseland on March 26th (21+). Sam Swinson from Ohtis is opening this show and will (hopefully) be playing some of his new songs as well. We also have a really amazing supporting slot for Those Darlins and Deertick on April 8th at The Bottom Lounge (17+). I'm so razzed by this cause Those Darlins are one of my favorite bands right now. They put on an amazing rock show and you should seriously consider going.

Thank you to all of you for being so supportive lately. The party just seems to get crazier and more insane with each show. We love you and couldn't do this without you. Personally, I'm ready for some badass springtime thunderstorms Take good care and pet a puppy today.