I got back from SXSW a week ago. The tour was rife with long drives, rampant money loss, wonderful crowd response, and a rocky attempt at a live band (featuring Scott Roddick on bass and mandolin, Douglas Showalter on guitar, and Ryan Kowal on drums and glock). I have all these scornful things I'd like to type about SXSW and my experience there not to mention booking tours as a whole, but I think if you just flip back to my experience there in 2007, you can just take that sentiment and multiply it by two and save me the trouble. The band worked very hard with barely any time to rehearse together, and we enjoyed really welcoming crowds in New England especially, for which I'm both surprised and grateful. Much of the tour was documented - I've included pictures below. I will book another east coast run in July or so and we'll see if we can't get further south.
Today my album Home is available in hard copy (with gorgeous artwork by Justin Muir and Ryan Rogers) from Five One Inc. You should be able to buy it at a store near you - and if they don't have it, they can easily order it (feel free to look at them like they have headgear when they say "Gavin who?"). We won't have it at the Integers Only Store, at least not for a long time, so you should grab it now from Five One or Amazon or whatever.
I'm about to leave on a west coast tour this Wed, starting with a hometown show at Berbati's Pan in Portland, OR. The dates are on my myspace page. I'll be joined by the monstrous Omar Cuellar (of Facing New York fame) on the drums for the first half, and then we will be joined by Lauren Coleman (vocalist on Home), Douglas Showalter on guitar, and Bana Haffar on bass. We will be doing several songs off of Home, as well as some songs from my other releases that have never before been heard live. Wish me luck, I will need it. I've spent every waking moment of the last week programming a space-age looping rig with a million midi controllers and helmet. Fall River's biggest technology guru Brian Cass (pictured below with film guru Coco) has been fielding my panicky calls in the middle of the night trying to get things right. For that I thank him.
Come out to the show - even if my equipment blows up, it'll be entertaining, I promise. You can grab hard copies of Home at the show as well as brand new magical Home t-shirts.
photos by Mattie Dunlap, Chris Haskell, and Jaime Lowe.
I need money.