Happy fall to everyone. October is my favorite absolutely sexiest month. Makes me want to jump in leaves and sing murder ballads. AND SO THAT'S WHAT I'M GONNA DAMN DO!
First thought - the shows. October is bringing me the chance to play with two acts that are absolute rock star royalty to me and I'm freaking JAZZED about it. And those who know how I feel about jazz know that this is no small thing.
First is this Sunday. Feral is playing with Lester T. Raww at Thee Parkside in SF. Lester is the one and only lead singer of The Pine Box Boys, a San Francisco country institution that commonly sells out venues like Slim's and the Great American Music Hall. He is bringing his solo project (and new solo album) to Thee Parkside just for you (and maybe the Bloody Marys). He is likely to have many guest musicians joining him, and he knows hella fancy people. So don't miss out on history in the making. Heck SF Chronicle even put us in the paper for it! www.sfgate.com/…/Feral-strips-down-folk-music-to-a-sharp-ed…
Next is the Feral show on Oct 25th at 50 Mason Social House. We're playing with local bands FrontJunk (if you haven't seen them - think Maker Faire meets junk percussion insanity meets Chicago Blues) and Three Drink Circus (a delightfully charming new band full of love songs, hate songs, and carefully-selected covers, blended to perfection and served with a squirt of lime in your eye) AND (drumroll please) international touring steampunk sensation FRENCHY AND THE PUNK! They recently topped the bill locally at Steamstock, have been named one of Yahoo Music's top 25 musical duo's ever - and they're hella nice folks. So get dressed up for the last Saturday before Halloween and let's have a freakin' THROW DOWN of fun.
Both shows are free. Musicians are getting paid by whatever money you slip into the tip jar or their pocket. So money ain't no excuse, we just wanna see your pretty faces!
In other news - the Feral International tour to Canada was illuminating. We learned that border guards WILL look you up on Facebook (but they won't friend the band), that the stars in Canada are A LOT bigger than the ones in Oakland, and that Victoria, BC has more talent than you can shake a stick at. Our time at FarmFest 8 and Logan's Tavern of the Damned were pretty great and it's pretty likely that we're going to keep crossing international musical streams as time goes on.
and for those wondering about Vagabondage - STAY TUNED! we have some exciting things coming up in December!
First - omg so excited. Tonight Feral is going to be back at the awesome Sidequest Gallery in Oakland for some good old fashioned folkpunk americana with LA's awesome Flip Cassidy. Show is right at 8pm so come and have some fun with us!
THEN! On Sept 17 Feral is going to be the opening band at 50 Mason Social House in SF and again, going on right at 8pm sharp! So come on over, get some drinks with us, raise a glass to my recent birthday and woo.
Lastly - on Sept 20 Feral is going to be rocking our own unique brand of americana in Canada! Does that make it Canadacana? We'll find out at this years FarmFest in Victoria. We'll also be the featured act at Mz Carolyn Mark's Hootenanny at Logan's Pub on Sunday - so put your friendly face on and say howdy.
The summer of 2014 officially is awesome. First! Vagabondage has released our new EP!!!! It's called Slow Room Bar and we wrote it while we were touring the Pacific Northwest a few years ago. Or rather, we had the adventures that informed the lyrics that made the songs on that tour. The songs themselves took a little more time to bake. So we added Sean (fiddle) and Scratch (junk percussion) to our line up, started woodshedding the songs live, and now, after a real professional recording session, after hiring the amazing artist Natalie Robles to draw the art, and after many hours of Scratch mixing, we can haz album. Hot damn is it good. You can listen / buy it here: http://vagabondage1.bandcamp.com/album/slow-room-bar.
Summer has officially arrived in Oakland and it is just great. I've so far been spending my time playing out at Jerk Church, hitting the Starry Plough with Vagabondage, and getting Feral ready for some album recording in July. All awesome all around. This month the wife and I are also celebrating 16 years together. Wow. Feels like no time has passed and also like I can't imagine this crazy artsy adventure of a life without her. Here's the recent times in pictures. Next stop playing a fancy old timey carnival wedding in Los Angeles. Woo!
Being the hilarious ride that my life is, Feral next gig is at a badass spoken word event. I LOVE IT WHEN MY WORLDS COLLIDE. Come on out for the beatnik cowboys country showdown.
May 3, 6pm, Stork Club in Oakland! \m/
[event details below]
The social and literary experiment IDENTITY CRISIS, hosted by Paul Corman-Roberts and Youssef Alaoui at the Stork Club, previously held in December 2013, was a blast.
Each participant reads the next in line. The last poet reads the first poet.
No one reads their own work.
The poems, fiction or prose focus on the topic of IDENTITY.
The end result is fascinating.
This show boasts a smash up of rockstar participants:
MUSIC by FERAL!!!!!!
"Fuggin’ Emchy’s music gets on with the part of my soul that hangs out drinking in the woods and on boats but also while drinking eighteen cups of coffee and getting tattoo’s and howling at the moon. It’s the wind rattling through ghost town saloon doors and campfire punkrock murder ballads. Just do yrself a favor and get it." - Wallflowercabaret
Day Three but about 48 hours since the moment of release and OMG HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HAVE LISTENED. First - that’s just overwhelming. I put so much of my raw guts into this. I made it a free download because really just getting it out into the world matters more to me than making money off of it. I mean yea - I have bills, and I paid most of the people involved because art deserves cash so I’m totally in the negative on this (which is why there aren’t physical copies yet) but OMG so far no one has actually taken me up on downloading it for free. Everyone has paid and it’s practically bringing me to tears. I mean - you guys… just… that’s so fucking NICE. I’m not really used to nice. But second - so many people are sharing it and saying nice things about it… I just. I’m glad I’m not the only who likes it. I’m glad I’m not deluding myself. I’m just… fucking grateful. Thanks. Get your copy at emchy.bandcamp.com xo
So for a variety of reasons I was feeling gunshy about this release. Maybe because the songs are so close to my heart. It feels very naked to put this one out. It is all me. My stories, my moments, my joy, and my pain. But a good friend gave me a talking to and just said GET OFF YOUR ASS. So I did - and here you go. Because I just want to get the songs out into the world - it's going to be a free / pay what you can sort of deal (until it's not - this is likely a limited time thing). Please still share or reblog since… this was a long time coming. a lot of hours and passion and tears and you name it went into it.
Featuring the musical chops of Carolyn Mark, Joel Fernandes, Sean Malroy, Norman Carley, and Ed Cagnacci.
Album art by the amazing Hayley Heartbreak.
no musicians were harmed in the making of this album (unless you count hangovers)