Once again, half-measures will avail us something. We’re hitting the road for a week, which, I suppose, would be as easy as study hall for a band of ass-marauders like Attack! Attack!, but for a band of distinguished older steeds like MINѺT, it’s a fucking miracle. See dates to the right. B.T. is making tour posters, which will no doubt silk-screened in the back of S.C.’s car on the way to the show… but they’ll look top-notch, I’m sure. We’re fortunate to be playing with a bunch of bands who practice, so chances are good that they will know what they’re doing and make our name look way better on the poster. They’ll also make the members of MINѺT look really good when we rush up onto stage during their sets with faux-modesty and frivolous lingering in order to bring the drummer a vodka gimlet or erect a downed mic stand that no one uses, because who would use a mic? Speaking of, this guy uses microphones. He sets them at a certain attitude to and distance from our instruments and somehow makes release-quality recordings. We will spend 4 glorious days with him and we cannot wait to feel his warm embrace and his auburn chest hair.
Sometimes I sit and listen to “post-rock” on youtube or pandora or whatever, trying to figure out what it is. I have this feeling that it’s designed to make me “feel” something… like either despondent over the futility of feet… or exultant because some benevolent spirit inspired me to make a short film about my brother. Most of it just makes me tired; mental fatigue from hearing the same Fender Twin Reverb-soaked earnestness over and over for 15 years. Anyway, I can’t promise that MINѺT is not somehow part of that steaming morass, but I can promise that we 1.) are not at all earnest, 2.) are rarely impressed with our own ideas, and 3.) do not seek a co-publishing deal so that our music can be in TV commercials for adulthood.
We’re hitting the road. Come get weird & jittery with us See dates immediately to the right. In the meantime, just put on some Psy and be glad this is not the soundtrack to your life.
Maserati and I go way way back to the early days of FMTM and the onset of what the kids call “post-rock” these days. But Maserati has surprised us again and again. First by re-forging their sound with the idyllic Jerry Fuchs on drums and embracing a very 70’s kraut inspired, yet no less inimitable sound. This was an exciting time for me because it opened my mind to an entirely new approach to writing music. Secondly, they surprised and inspired the bejesus out of everyone when after the sad untimely death of Jerry several years ago, Maserati decided to keep moving forward using Jerry’s spirit as their Polaris. Their two subsequent albums have been incredible.
So come to this show, which we are honored to play not only with Mas, but with our dear friends Silian Rail who have been on hiatus for a bit. This will be an important show. And youtube videos will not suffice.
And by the way, The Mylene Sheath is launching pre-orders TONIGHT (Jan 24, 2013) for Minot’s new 7” single. As always, 5-song Limited Edition Tour EPs will be available through the band. And all digital formats will be available via The Sheath/our bandcamp page minotband.bandcamp.com