So the upside to only playing shows once a year is that it’s easier to make each one feel like an EVENT. With that in mind, I am happy to announce that me and Ice Gondola will be shaking the rust off and getting down on Sept 7 at New Vintage.
Part of what makes Ice Gondola interesting for me is getting to change the lineup, even if only subtley. This time out I’ll be playing bass again; my rhythm brother Colin Garcia will be on drums (I can’t imagine anyone else drumming on my music at this point), and it’s been a lot of fun to see how easy it is for us to lock back in again as a rhythm section.
On one guitar (as well as a bit of keyboard) will be my good buddy Ted Stevens. He played bass the last time, but I thought it would be interesting to have him play some guitar, seeing as he’s a fucking badass guitar player and all.
And on the other guitar? Andrew “Flaming Skull” Rhinehart. Once I hit upon the idea of having Ted and Andrew both play guitar, it felt like one of those ideas that I should’ve had long ago. Andrew is a monster player, and being able to have two guys play lead has opened things up in a really interesting way. Wait’ll you hear some of the stuff the two of them have come up with, it’s pretty darn awesome, I must say.
We’ve got a couple rehearsals under our belt and already the new tunes (yes, there will be new songs) are feeling like they’re in fighting shape. The Sailing Stones stuff feels newer than it really is, no doubt because I’ve only played it out with a band once, and it was a different band at that. We’ve worked up a couple Yardsale oldies that have been super fun as well- I missed getting to use my screamy voice.
And if you’re unfamilar, The New Vintage is in the former Uncle Pleasant’s building, just down the street from Z-bar, on Preston. I’d played Uncle Pleasant’s a few times before, but the NV guys have done a stellar job of cleaning up the place and making the sound in there really pop. An old venue in new clothing seemed like a really appropriate place for Ice Gondola to play, all things considered.
So again, Sept 7 is the night. We’ll have more info (and maybe some other goodies like video and whatnot) trickling out as we get closer to the show. So please spread the word like an STD!