Haven’t updated y’all in a while. Here’s the rundown.
After playing a bunch of local shows and working on new material, Split Screens heading out on our first tour! The dates are posted on my Shows page. We hope to see you there!
Mr. Kind is cranking out new tunes. We just hit the studio and recorded two new tracks that will be released shortly. Here are some photos from the studio.
It was the first time I recorded on my new Ludwig (which is actually over 60 years old) and it sounded great. Thanks to Revival Drum Shop for hooking me up with a new Istanbul Om 22″ ride, and Slingerland snare from the 1950s!
Also, I pushed out another drum cover. This time, I covered my guilty pleasure song “Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn. I can’t not drum to that. Man, my grammar is impeccable. Here’s the video:
Hope to see you guys on the road!
Next week I’m pulling triple duty, which is fitting because I’m a triplet. Terrible pun. Sorry, on to the news.
I’ll be playing with Mr. Kind, Split Screens, and Ezra Furman. 3 bands 2 days. Here’s the rundown:
Mr. Kind will be playing a cozy venue in the Mission, The Lost Church. This show will be intimate and feature Mr. Jesse Cafiero (the driving force behind Split Screens) on upright bass.
Split Screens is the solo project of Jesse Cafiero that I have the good fortune of playing in. After recording Split Screens’ EP with Rory O’ Connor (Tycho, Com Truise) Jesse’s finally releasing his lovechild to the world. By that I mean iTunes. The EP comes out Dec 4th and we’ll be celebrating its release on Thursday.
Ezra Furman is back from a European tour with Nada Surf which can only be adequately recapped by Ezra himself on his blog. We’ll be headlining the bill at Brick and Mortar.
In other random news, I’m recording my EP in December. Yes, I sometimes attempt to play piano and play a “real instrument” other than drums.
See you at the gig!
It seems like I was on tour yesterday. I set out for 5 days on the road with Ezra Furman, and that was a freaking blast. Pamona College was awesome (most hospitable people ever). In San Diego, we met fans that drove from Vegas to San Diego to catch us play, and another pair of fans that drove from 4 hours away to see us play. In LA, we played to over 200 people at the Satellite Bar and I stared out at an audience singing along every word to every song. Surreal doesn’t cut it. The experience was jarring in the best possible way.
Now, I’m setting out on tour again with my boys Mr. Kind. Unfortunately, I missed the first gig in SLO, but this just makes me hungrier to get out there and get playing. Fueling our tour will be a plentiful supply of podcasts, Cliff bars, coffee and rambling stories. We’ll be hitting Frazier Park, Valencia, Modesto and San Jose. I’ll keep a daily-ish recap of each day. Until then, onward and upward and peep the updated shows page to see the next Mr. Kind, Split Screens, and Ezra Furman gigs!
Let’s tour. My wish to go on a serious tour has been fulfilled. I’m going on tour with Ezra Furman in early October and then hitting the road with Mr. Kind in November. I am extremely excited and incredibly proud of both bands.
I also just copped a vintage 60′s Ludwig Strata kit, so this is perfect timing.
I got a bunch of gigs coming up, three with Mr. Kind, two with Split Screens, then a run with Ezra. Check the updated show page. We’re going ham.
I have conquered tendonitis, or at least kept it at bay so that it’s virtually non existent. I’d like to thank fish oil pills, glutamine supplements, ibuprofen, and protein shakes. I may be 23 years old, but sometimes I feel 100 years old having tendonitis. Good news is, I’m staying healthy.
In much more interesting news, the Mr. Kind EP release is less than two weeks away! We’ve also been nominated as “Artist of the Month” by SF Deli. Vote here!
In the next two weeks we will be scrutinizing harmony parts to oblivion and fine tuning our set. To say I’m excited is a colossal understatement. We have worked so hard in pre-production, recording the EP, and honing our sound that July 27th cannot come soon enough. You can listen to our EP here.
My show with Bird by Bird at The New Parish went extremely well. Thank you to all who came out. We will be playing more shows in the fall and even doing more recording!
Split Screens is gearing up for our August 8th show at Brick and Mortar. We are also playing at Sophia’s Kitchen in September.
There’s a lot on the horizon. I just updated the shows page, so check out the new listings and come hear some good music!
I thought I was busy before– that was nothing. I’m extremely happy to have the opportunity to play with such great musicians, and play out so frequently. I’m playing a shitload of shows so check out my calendar in the Shows section. Now, on to the news.
Thanks for reading and come out to some shows!