Will you ever come to Australia? i live in a town in the middle of Australia (Literally) a town full of aboriginal people, lesbians, arty people and well hippys really... Alice Springs(we are diverse here!) we would love to have you here... However i would travel to any major city in Australia if you came. Please come.
▶THERE ARE NASTY FLOORS & WEIRD DESPERATE SANDWICHES ON OUR HORIZON▸▹▸
a bunch of new shows added to the shows page! the july tour will be me & taylor holenbeck from the appleseed cast, as well as a buffet of effects pedals that 18yr old me who refused to even buy a tuner would be v ashamed about. we’re still looking to fill a couple of dates, let us know if you can help!
& then in september we will be doing a full-band east coast tour with joyce manor, who’ve i’ve been told are “my generation’s jawbreaker” by a duke undergrad. the part of that sentence where a duke student is saying good things about a good band is scary, i know, but joyce manor really do rule so it’s ok. we’re also welcoming some new people into des ark for this tour—jesse keys on bass, plus appleseed cast members taylor holenbeck & nathan wilder on guitar & drums.
▶NEW RECORD, “EVERYTHING DIES”, POSSIBLY TO BE RELEASED SOMEDAY▸▹▸
i know it’s fucked up to post in january about “a new record” & then spend the next 8 months only tweeting about smashmouth, but if you didn’t expect me to take multiple years to finish something, then you don’t understand the essence of this band.
in january i started recording here in town w/the infamously brilliant & chill as fuck brian paulson, until i was like “OH FUCK I CAN’T DO THIS” bc it was me alone in a room w/myself & some cats and that’s potentially the most self-detrimental artistic situation i can imagine. so late spring i went to austin TX for a week, to see what would happen if i took some bare bone songs into a bedroom studio, armed w/an HD24, a couple SM57s & some crzy talented folks (taylor holenbeck, jessie kees, thor harris, jordan geiger). it ruled, especially the part where we beat the shit out of a flip flop piñata, but it was still only about 70% done. so then i asked the most talented man i know, jonathan fuller, to help me finish. but he lives in richmond & is super dad & I work too much, & we can really only get together like one day ever other month. so that’s taking forever.
▶EVERYTHING REALLY DOES FUCKING DIE▸▹▸
in the meantime, i got this 3-week long house/pet sitting gig at a studio, aka some friends who built a secret house in the back woods of NC & have a microphone plugged into a computer in their living room. next to a refrigerator. so i decided it was time to be an adult for once & impress everyone by getting my shit together, & i made a brilliant new plan to finish the rest of the record on my own. i truly did believe i was capable of this, until the universe was like “nah, girl” & instructed the dog i was sitting for to have a seizure & die. so then i was stuck for a whole day & one very fucking creepy sad haunted ass night in the middle of the woods without internet or phone, just staring at this dead dog & being like “everything is meaningless”. so…i kind of scrapped that plan. & then my toenail fell off & i cut the shit out of my eye & i’m sure somewhere in there i also set one or two things on fire by accident & had to spend some time covering that up…all these little things just add up, y’know?
god they make coffee shops so freezing these days. i hope to see you all very soon! thanks for reading!
firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with shows! thank you!