Awesome night, great crowd, and bad ass bands! Pretty much a little slice of rock heven. This is a picture from last Friday’s show @ Darrell’s.. Might also be my new favorite bar on Highway 99. This was our 7″ record release show and we did pretty good with that too! Thanks for the support!
This morning we wrapped and mastered “Pictures”. I’m really proud of the way everything came together! We are lathe cutting the songonto square pieces of 1/8″ plexiglass with a hole in the middle so you can play them on your turntable!
Darwin created this sweet graphic for the song he says was inspired from the lyrics and Man Ray. The release date for the single is will be April 26th.
April 26th Darryl’s Tavern 9pm 21+ -Pictures record release party! w/ Cracker Factory
I know not everyone uses Facebook, so I thought I’d tell you about this concert here as well:
Exclusive Mts. & Tunnels Concert
Join us for this unique show in an undisclosed Seattle area non-venue! (everyone knows non-venues are the most fun!) We will be filming the show for broadcast and DVD. Be a part of Mts. & Tunnels history in the making! Suggested donation of $10. All proceeds go directly to supporting our 8 piece band!
RSVP to get location details!
Doors @ 6pm
Show @ 7pm
Suggested Donation $10
If you want to go email us to RSVP!
It’s 6am on the first Saturday of 2013. . . I know what you’re thinking, far too early to be rock and roll. Fear not, there is good reason! This morning Norman Baker, Daniel Braithwaite and I are headed south to the state of Oregon to record some new songs with Mike Coykendall (M. Ward, She and Him)
Aside from being an accomplished singer / songwriter, guitarist / multi instrumentalist, Mike also happens to be an excellent producer and has a studio all of his own in SE Portland. Check out his website http://www.mikecoykendall.com We’ll post some pictures as the day progresses, stay tuned!
Holly smokes! What a great session! It’s always the best when you get the opportunity to step into the personal studio of someone who makes recordings you love. Then experience their process and learn from it. Mike recorded all our tracks and overdubs to 1″ tape and mixed down to stereo 2 track hardly using the computer AT ALL!! It makes me realize what I sometimes think i know.. We had all the recording technology we ever needed in the mid to late Sixties.
We did 2 songs from basic tracks to overdubs to finish products in 2 days.. I felt really good about that. Norman felt good about that and Daniel said he felt great about it. So there you have it. . . Sucess!
We are taking one of these songs and are planing to release it as a single on a special limited edition lathe cut record. I think we will bundle the track with some other goodies as well. There will be a release party coming up in the next few months as well as a video to accompany it.
Happy new year! and thanks for checking in with us, stay tuned for lots more in 2013.
Well, since my last post pot is legal in Washington State, It’s been raining a lot and most importantly, we’ve got some new music in the works along with some new merchandise!
Also I wanted to share this great review of the band from the Seattle Weekly:
“Mts. & Tunnels, Mts + Tunnels (out now, self released, mtstunnels.bandcamp.com): This Debut album is cozy old-school garage rock filled with bluesy guitar riffs punctuated by vintage horns. At times the local group has a classic Northwest Folk-rock sound made more apparent on tracks like “Something in the light”, where the complementary vocals are reminiscent of The Head and the heart’s harmonies. SARAH ELSON”
There is a Jim James lyric from one of my favorite MMJ albums that really resonates with me “put in more then you’ll ever get out…” Maybe Jim wasn’t the first one to come up with this idea but when he sings it like that, It makes me want to work harder on promoting the band. This week while no gigs are booked, we have been putting in some hours on the promotional front! Preparing CD’s and an informational sheet to be mailed or in some cases hand delivered to local blogs and radio stations.
On another note the Pinehurst Alternitive School (AS1) fundraiser was awesome! After their budget was cut from the Seattle school district they depend on these events to help keep operations running into 2013 and beyond. It was a night of firsts for Mts. & Tunnels: our first gig at a middle school and our first fully catered green room. Go Pinehurst!!
We want to extend a big thank you to everyone who came out to the CD release party @ the Tractor! What a blast and such a great way to kick off our 1st album. Almost all the guests on the recording came out to perform. It was pretty much the dream band! It might be hard to switch back to trio gigs after this one
Chris Poage – Guitar & Banjo
Norm Baker – Bass & Vocals
Daniel Braithwaite – Drums & Vocals
Zach Stewart – e. Guitar
Sandy Dickerson – Ukulele
Kent Halvorsen – Keyboard
Katie Clayton – Trumpet
Liana Green – Trombone & Tuba
For now our record is best accessed for download here on our Band Camp site
Also, Yogoman Burning band was so fun and I was floored by the Day Laborers & Petty Intellectuals set that evening! I remember moving some gear around getting ready for our set and hearing them go into this breakdown that was absolutely stunning.. they have such a unique sound I highly recommend you go out and catch a show while you still can!
This week we will be releasing all the tracks from our debut album. Today’s track is called “Something in the Light” The entire album will be available to download after the release party at the Tractor Sept. 19th!
Here is the album cover preview! True to diy ethos I made each letter with some recycled doug fir boards, glued them together, sprayed them white and hung them on the fence for a photo shoot! The thing I like most is the drop shadow was not created on photoshop it was the sun! The CD release show is quickly approaching, don’t miss it! Sept. 19th at the Tractor Tavern.