The “Neon Nights Electric Lives” re-release is just weeks away (March 14th — preorder colored vinyl at store.highwires.com), but in the meantime, here’s the other half of Andrew and Adam’s recent performance for the Snaproll Sessions — a cover of The Replacements’ “Can’t Hardly Wait.”
Also, we’ll be playing Pouzza Fest in Montreal this May (as well as a run of shows in the northeast US around it) — details TBA!
Montreal, it’s been way, way too long, but we’ll see you soon — The Static Age is stoked to be playing Pouzza Fest this year (with tons of bands that include The Hold Steady, 7 Seconds, Tim Barry, SNFU and Dillinger Four). The Fest runs May 16-18, but we’ll be there on May 16th. More details TBA!
More info: pouzzafest.com
And now it’s nice and official: the vinyl/digital re-release of “Neon Nights Electric Lives” will be out in the US and Europe on March 14th. Vinyl preorders will be shipping with hopes of getting the records in your hands on or right after those dates.
While we’re at it, we’re also releasing a live acoustic version of “Amphibian” that Andrew and Adam recently taped with Bryan from Snaproll Sessions.
And remember: one lucky February-preorderer will win one of the 10 test pressings that were made for the release. There’s a good chance one of us will get creative and decorate it for you, too.
One of the things we’ve been hinting at these past few months is finally ready to announce: we’re re-releasing a Deluxe edition of our debut album Neon Nights Electric Lives, both as an augmented digital release (with a few bonus tracks, including “The Past And Now” single released on RedDawn Records the year we recorded NNEL) and on a limited run of vinyl (the first time it’s ever been on vinyl at all — comes with the full digital version, too, of course). It’ll be out this Spring on Highwires.
As you can imagine, we’re stoked to bring the record back to life after so many years out of print. It captures the original lineup and is the product of months of writing followed by a pretty intense month of recording holed up at Phase in College Park, Maryland with Matt Squire. It was originally released at the end of 2004 on Tarantulas Records (RIP), and was the direct precursor to the “Blank Screens” album.
(VINYL + DIGITAL VERSIONS)
6. It Never Seems to Last
8. Airplanes (Vertigo remix by Jade Puget/AFI)
9. Pakistan (Amphibian remix by Dave Walsh/The Explosion & The Loved Ones)
10. The Past And Now (Single Mix — recorded with Kurt Ballou at GodCity)
11. Monument (Single Mix — recorded with Kurt Ballou at GodCity)
12. Amphibian (Live Acoustic, 2013)
+ more tba
And here’s the new cover art: web resolution | print resolution. Why did we change it, you ask? Well, the truth is three-fold: 1) we couldn’t track down the original art 2) it was designed for a CD jacket, anyway, and 3) there was actually an art error on it that was bad for Andrew’s blood pressure (anyone ever been able to spot it?). Plus, we happen to the think the new art’s simplicity fits the sound of the record spot-on.
Anyway, the record is at the pressing plant now, and will be out late March/early April on Highwires. The vinyl run will be limited, and is available in two colors: clear and an opaque off-white with a haze of bronze (sounds weird, looks awesome).
We’re opening up preorders now. And if you preorder, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a test press (along with your standard LP, of course). So, get to it!
Our most recent main release, “Mercies,” is now up on Bandcamp! Check it out here.
And while we’re at it, our friends at Uncle M (our European home for Mercies) have released a label sampler that includes our song “Lady Now” (as well as a bunch of other awesome tracks). Check the whole thing out here.
Our friends over at Cardinal Sessions (in conjunction with Uncle M) have put together an awesome collection of 14 songs they’ve recorded over the years, including stuff from Hot Water Music, Rocky Votolato, Dispatch, Skinny Lister and many more. And, hey, we’re on it too, with “Come Swimming.”
You can download the whole compilation for free, and check out the live video for each song, too. But only for the next 24 hours!
So, happy holidays — go get it asap!
Also, for kicks, here’s Andrew discussing the band’s most recent tour manager.
(In other news, that announcement we promised last update — along with news about recording/release plans for 2014 — is right around the corner. Suffice to say everything takes longer than one wants it to…but we’re really stoked about what’s on the horizon. Stay tuned.)
We’re sorry to say that we’ve had to drop out of the show this weekend at Quenchers in Chicago on account of a personal matter in one of our members’ lives. Let’s just say it’s been a rocky week. Here’s hoping all settles in short order. We’ll be making the show up asap.
In way better news: we’ve been hard at work for the past month on a couple of exciting things we’ll be announcing in the coming few weeks. We think/hope you will be stoked (hints include “NNEL” and “vinyl”).
Lastly, a shout out to our friend Florian for the nod to “Cherry Red” in his playlist of the week for Germany’s Intro Magazine!
We’ve spent the summer working on new songs (also: swimming, moving and drinking a fair amount of Anti-Hero). But the apparent break is coming to an end, thanks to the following:
CHICAGO SHOW: And so it begins. We got added to a show of Chicagoland staples at the Cobra Lounge on September 7th (also on the bill: Full, The Hallow, Set Fire to Reason and Calling All Cars). It’s a reunion show for Full — “hyper melodic post punk power pop” from the early 90s — and some of the other bands feature members of some bands you’ve probably heard of. All in all, we’re stoked to be on board. And it’ll be the first of a few this Fall. In other words, more shows TBA.
RECORDING: We’ve got a handful of new songs in the works, picking right up where Mercies I-V (and “Mistakes Worth Making”) left off, and we’re heading into Downbeat Studio with Mike Govaere on September 28th/29th to start tracking drums for the new batch. From there we’ll be holed up at Highwires Chicago to record the rest into October and November. Expect a release on Highwires in the Spring.
And that’s the news from the front. If you’re in Chicago, come see us on the 7th.
We’re home. We’ve recovered, more or less, from the month-long trek. Thanks so much to all the friends, both old and new, who made the tour amazing — especially Felix at Flix for bringing us over and putting up with us yet again, and the guys in Featuring Yourself for being one of the best bands we’ve ever toured with. The last week was particularly great, as we got to visit and meet the awesome people behind Cafe Riptide (the record store and home of Riptide Recordings who released the vinyl version of Mercies last year), head back to our German home-away-from-home in Stuttgart for the Flix Records anniversary show, visit our friend Benja at 100Kiloherz (the label behind our recent cassette releases) for a little acoustic session and wrap it all up with a blast of a night at EX-FEST with some awesome bands (plus a short acoustic recording on the nearby river).
So now we’re home again. What next?
We just released the 4-song split EP with Featuring Yourself on Highwires a few weeks back. The 7”s are nearly gone, so if you want one, grab it now.
And we’ve got big release plans for the months ahead. We’ll be hard at work on the next installment of Mercies — we’re well into the writing and song selection phases at this point — and we’re also planning a very special vinyl re-release for this Fall. Details will be announced in the coming months.
We’ve been rolling through hours of tour footage — all live recordings, late nights, painful mornings, various interviews and a few near-death experiences. We’ll be posting bits and pieces as we go, starting today with these two:
"Damages" Live at the Molotow in Hamburg (April 25, 2013)
The song has evolved quite a bit since it’s “i/o” version — here’s how we do it live these days.
"I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry" Live on Radio Hagen (107.7FM in Hagen, Germany on April 11, 2013)
Just hours after we stepped off a red-eye flight, Andrew performed a few songs at Radio Hagen. Behold the exhaustion and jet-lag!
MISTAKES WORTH MAKING VIDEO
With all this footage in our back pocket, we’re working on a video for “Mistakes Worth Making” that’ll feature a variety of live clips and general-tour snippets. Flix started to cut a few bits and pieces together, so here’s a little rough taste of what’s to come. We’ve just made it public on Vimeo so check it out.
We’re back home with a full live lineup all in one city. Shows imminent, Chicago.
So, we’re two-and-a-half weeks into our three-and-a-half-week tour of Europe, smack in the middle of a lazy morning of hanging out in Dresden, Germany, and we thought it high time for an update on all fronts.
First off, the tour has been amazing thus far. We’ve played a bunch of shows throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria and a one-off out in Slovenia. We’ve had a blast in so many places already — Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Kiel, Basel and many more — and we’re looking forward to a slew of special shows ahead (details below). We’ve also had our manager-extraordinaire, Felix, filming a whole bunch of the shows/inter-show nonsense for a live compilation (details also below).
In other news…
SPLIT RELEASE + PUNKNEWS.ORG STREAM
Our split single with Germany’s Featuring Yourself (also our tour partners for a big chunk of the trip we’re on) is now out in both Europe and the US. Maybe you caught the PunkNews.org live stream of the 4-song release last week, but if not, you can listen to one track — our “Mistakes Worth Making” — over on Soundcloud! You can also find it on iTunes, Spotify, and all the usual places — or buy the instant download and/or limited 7” + download directly from Highwires.
The European version also includes our cover of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” by the way, which Andrew also performed on Radio Hagen (107.7FM) in Hagen, Germany just hours after we flew into Dusseldorf. Once we get access to a solid wifi connection, you’ll be able to behold the exhaustion and jet lag over on Vimeo.
Speaking of Vimeo, we’ll be doing the same with bits and pieces of the live recordings we’ve been amassing throughout the trip. We’ve got hours and hours of footage at this point, so there’s plenty to see. Plus, we’ll be splicing footage from the trip together and setting it to “Mistakes Worth Making” (our half of the split single mentioned above) for a live-ish video to be released in June.
MIXED SIGNALS LIMITED CASSETTE RELEASE
In conjunction with our friend Benja over at 100Kiloherz, we released a super-limited version of Mixed Signals (which, if you’re unfamiliar, can be read about here) on hand-painted cassettes. Most are being sold on our trip, but we’ve held a few copies for sale via the Highwires Store.
SPECIAL SHOWS ONCOMING!
This last week of the tour includes a number of noteworthy shows. Details:
- APRIL 30th (TONIGHT): Mercies (belated) Release Party + More LPs Available in Braunschweig at Cafe Riptide — We’ll be celebrating the vinyl release of Mercies with Riptide Recordings in their home record store (and will have another batch of the silk-screened LPs on white vinyl available!).
- MAY 1st: FLIX Anniversary Show in Stuttgart — We’ll be playing with the Ataris, Featuring Yourself and others in honor of 5 years of Flix Records — our first label home in Europe. You can get tickets over at EasyTicket (search for the Ataris).
- MAY 3rd: A special acoustic set at 100Kiloherz, who we’ve worked with on various cassette releases (the Slingshot Dakota split release and the brand new Mixed Signals cassette mentioned above).
- MAY 4th: EX-FEST — we’re super stoked to be rounding out the tour with AC4, The Flatliners, Riverboat Gamblers and many more before our overnight drive back to the airport! Get tickets.
SECRET RECORDING PROJECT…
Not much to say about this now, but we’ve got a few hours booked in-studio with Rezzo from the Satellite Year on the last day of our trip to co-record a classic cover, all in the spirit of charity. Details TBA!
And that’s the update.
The Static Age
The Static Age’s new song “Mistakes Worth Making” from the forthcoming split single with Featuring Yourself (Germany), out on Highwires in the US and EU on April 19, 2013 (2-song 7” + 4-song download).
For more info, visit Highwires.com!
As long promised, we’ve got a bit of release news. Come April 19th, 2013, we’ll be releasing a split single with our friends in Germany’s own Featuring Yourself. The 2-song 7”, 4-song download (the 7” comes with a download, fyi) will be available in the US and Europe via Highwires, and on our run of dates with FY this April and May.
1. The Static Age - Mistakes Worth Making (VI)
2. The Static Age - Abyss (TSA’s cover of a FY song)
3. Featuring Yourself - Ghosts
4. Featuring Yourself - Eulogy (FY’s cover of a TSA song)
* the cover songs are available only via download
To preorder a copy of the vinyl and/or download, head right over to store.highwires.com.