It was so cool to perform my own music in Switzerland last month! The performances by stringsaTTached of Dada kam vor Voltaire were warmly received by Swiss audiences, and we hope to present the project again in the near future. Tomorrow I switch gears and head off on tour with The World/Inferno Friendship Society across the US, from Boston to Chicago and then Seattle down the West Coast to Southern California and Arizona! Read on for details.
If you haven’t checked out a live show by The World/Inferno Friendship Society yet, you’re missing out. This 20-year-old, eclectic cabaret-punk band puts on a great show – I enjoy watching the band almost as much as being on stage – and I’m very pleased to have been playing with them since 2014.
This month, we’re teaming up with ska-punk pioneers Culture Shock for an epic cross-country US tour! Over the course of two and a half weeks, from July 6-24, our septet (or octet, at the New York and Philly shows) from Brooklyn and their quartet from Bath, UK will bring our infectious, anarchic energy to 18 cities from Boston to Chicago and from Seattle down the West Coast. This is the first ever US tour for Culture Shock, which was active from 1986-89 and only reformed in 2013, and it’s our first US tour in nearly two years. Check out of the full list of shows on the shows page!
Culture Shock is touring in support of Attention Span, their first full-length album in 27 years, released July 1 on Jello Biafra’s Bay Area-based Alternative Tentacles label, the same label that released World/Inferno’s most recent full-length, This Packed Funeral (2014, just before I joined the band). Each band will also be releasing a new exclusive song on August 20 on Punknews.org’s Banned from the P.C.mixtape, currently available on preorder here. But you can hear us play those songs at the shows first!
Next, a whole bunch of news about thingNY: We were very excited last month to receive New Music USA’s brand new Impact Fund grant, along with a cohort of other new music organizations from New York! And…a new short video teaser is out for the production Paul Pinto and I workshopped with Orange Theatre in Phoenix in January – hopefully we’ll have another chance to develop this project soon! And…for those in Brooklyn in mid-July, check out this new program of work thingNY is presenting at JACK on July 17! I’ll be playing in Oakland that day, but I’ll jump back in for the next phase of this project. And…coming in September, our second full-length album will be released on Gold Bolus Recordings, with music by Paul and by Erin Rogers!
Finally, in early August, I’ll be playing an album release show with Westchester folk rocker Bill Steely at Rockwood Music Hall in New York. I’m all over this full-length album, playing on every track – keep an eye out for the release! And in early September, I’m playing again with singer/songwriter Jennifer Harper, this time in Stamford, CT, so I hope to see some Connecticut friends there!
Thank you NASA,