6/19-22 - PIX FEST - just Spoonboy and our band together… no soloErica Freas Music
6/23 - MILWAUKEE, WI - 6pm @ Cocoon Room (820 E Locust St.) w/ Chung Antique, Parasol, Bastard Cat, Geore Anachev
6/24 - MINNEAPOLIS - 9p @ Hexagon Bar (2600 27th Ave) w/ Anonymous Choir, Marbelle, Red Sea (21+)
6/25 - MINOT - 6:30pm @ Pangea House (110 1st St. SE) w/ Chapstick
6/26 - MISSOULA - VFW Hall with Slow Glass
6/27 - YAKIMA - @ House Show w/ Jez from These Guitars Say Sorry (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for address)
6/28 - SEATTLE @ Hollow Earth (2018A E Union St) w/ Hedge Hag
6/29 - PORTLAND - 3p @ Katie O’Brien’s (2809 NE Sandy Blvd) w/ Kepi Ghoulie, Dog Party, Pets
KIWI SCENE REPORT // ERICA FREAS TOUR 2014
"What the fuck is going on!?!"
…based on my own personal experiences and impressions,
(any of you who know me know that describing bands is not my favorite thing so just go listen cuz I’m linking everything I can…)
WELLINGTON (FEB 8) - Well fuck, I arrived in Wellington and didn’t know anyone and went and played the WAITANGI WASTE FEST. Whew. That was fucking intimidating cuz FUCKING VALHALLA was dim and super punk everywhere… but fuck it, I came to play so play I did, to a sparse room of rad people including the lovely Kate Cloeter & Damo. mr sterile Assemblyplayed in fantastic clown drag and proceeded to be amazing people who bought me a Welcome-to-Aotearoa beer and who do rad social justice work with their day lives. Mad respect now til forever for badass punks over 40… I also hung out with the person who drums for the JOHOS and she was hilarious, I forgot her name… and I got a Penny Dreadfuls patch to fix the hole I got in my jeans when I fell off my bike in Sydney… I didn’t WATCH THEM but I listened online and it was good, they cover L7…
CHRISTCHURCH (FEB 14 & 27) - Played 2 shows in Chch. The first, thanks toWill Roud, was at darkroom, a killer venue with good, loud sound that has created a much needed place to kick it after the massive 2011 earthquakes that devastated much of the community spaces in Chch. TEKE, the shiningRachael Norcross, played her witty songs, solo, and did a WAXAHATCHEE cover. Violet French played pretty folk songs, sometimes in duet. The second show was two weeks later at Tommy Chang’s Bar in Lyttleton. Steven Bell opened with classic, un-mic’d emotive and strained pop punk songs on an acoustic guitar. I booked this show so (wtf of course) we had a 10p noise curfew and didn’t have mics for the PA when Winter was set to play. With my dear old friend Lou Reland (Souix), we scoured the other nearby pubs for a mic on loan and came up short. Despite this minor obstacle (and let it not reflect on TOMMY CHANG’S because that place RULES), WINTER smashed it with a fucking beautiful, beautiful set. Angela sang without a mic, just screaming into the air, audible above the wall of sound. It stood my hair on end, I feel lucky to have experienced such a powerful performance. Great band. And coate (pronounced “coat”) played… ok, I think this is called EMO: pretty, twiddly guitar. The family of punks that makes up COATE, WINTER, TEKE & STEVEN BELL are incredible.
DUNEDIN (FEB 20) - Miraculously, Angela (WINTER) loaned me a fucking car, so I drove to DUNEDIN by myself (!!!hello, left side of the road?!!) and proceeded to get my mind blown by a group of total strangers. Purple Rain Retro Bar & Cafe hosted a last minute show change and apparently just started doing shows so everyone coming in was like “hey, I thought this was an Op Shop (translation: Thrift Store)”. Downstairs was this bizarrely decorated, long, thin room lined in various couches and comfy chairs with a tiny stage and a vintage PA. So much retro. FUSCHIA GASH, the skillful & incredible Bell Campanita, played her powerful solo songs on an amplified acoustic guitar, then did double duty and played in Whiskey and the Wenchwho played a high energy folk punk set. I think there were 8 of them. Real talk: folk punk is not always my jam… but I liked them a fucking lot. They were very reminiscent of THE HAIL SEIZURES which reminded me of home and people that I love and that I miss. They did the genre with enthusiastic class, loose but just tight enough to pull the listener into their madness. Plus every single one of them, as individuals, was different and hilarious. This is a good gauge, how hard are you laughing with people who you just met?! I was laughing hard. Win.
WELLINGTON (MAR 2) - Ferand Peek let me sleep in a beautiful living room nest overlooking the view from Mt. Vic onto the Wellington Harbor and I played a very short living room set. Last time I saw this human we jumped out of an airplane in the year 2000 then didn’t stay in touch. Ferand! it was so fucking good to see you, good luck with your film/s
AUCKLAND (MAR 7-10) - Thanks to the staggeringly awesome Kelsie Joyce& Matt Billington of Future Theft, there were mad shows to play on the North Island and every one of them broke my brain… First FUTURE THEFT, THE PROPHET MOTIVE & I toured for the weekend. FUTURE THEFT is a rare gem of melodic pop punk (in that good, dirty, diy way) in New Zealand’s crust heavy scene, their songs are smart and catchy, two guitars smashing out fast down-picking and hooky leads, two voices, high and low, playing off each other. We played these 3 shows I’m about to describe, plus a backyard bbq jam and so much singing in the van. I was in paradise. Who the fuck are these people? They are hilarious, fun and smart and doing incredible things with their lives. Friday was a basement show at a punk house called BABERAHAM, we played with SLUGHUGGER (they haven’t recorded… yet), MYTH OF DEMOCRACY did a peer-pressured set to close the night, and Evandid his hair all good. Apparently M.O.D. did a tour in the USA a couple years ago and actually played in OLYMPIA at Last Word Books, the tragedy of worlds colliding at mismatched times… Saturday we crawled in the van, too early for how late we were up and drove to TAURANGA where we played an arvo (translation: afternoon) generator show under an overpass next to fast, bright blue water. It was too beautiful. ESKIMO PUSSY was this person dryly reading very explicit and sometimes very funny erotica over another person making guitary loopy noise. The gem of this performance was the random passers-by. Haha. Super Narco Man was this fast, tight, skate punk band (right?! listen for yourself) that felt fucking good to hear. On Sunday morning… early!!… I played on the radio -95bFM- with Mitch & James(Tittez) from THE PROPHET MOTIVE and “MATT BILLINGTON” in the studio, making me laugh and feeding me slang. I’ll tell you about THE PROPHET MOTIVE in a sec, they’re def worth paying attention to. Sunday night was at THE WINE CELLAR in AUCKLAND (where I got mail at the venue from Eroica, are you fucking kiddin me?! ♥) and we played with SHEPHERDS OF CASSINI who threw down with some unexpected vocal effects and an electric violin. Ok, then on Monday, Matty invited me to come play lunchtime at his work where a group of us were privy to amazing performances and dancing by/with 50 or 60 of the people that he works with, totally worth yet another morning of not sleeping in.
ROTORUA (MAR 19) - We (3/5 of FUTURE THEFT and ME) showed up late to a house/couch show at THE PROPHET MOTIVE’s house. ROTORUA is a small town INSIDE A VOLCANO and there’s a mortally hot lake mere blocks from their front door and vents seeping billows of steam all over making it look sci-fi and gorgeous everywhere. The Prophet Motive is Mitch and Tittez, they play smart, politically conscious songs on acoustic guitar. Ok… seen it, right?!… B U T their songs are fucking good and I fell asleep and woke up with Mitch’s lyrics and voice blaring in my head for days after every show we played together. If you have any part of you that appreciates clever, angry commentary in your folk punk, check them the fuck out.
PALMERSTON NORTH (sometimes referred to as NEW PLYMOUTH which is INCORRECT) (MAR 20) - PALMY! Admittedly, I was suffering at this show, trying to fight off a massive headache, so I wasn’t paying as much attention as I would like. The shit went down at a venue called THE ROYAL. The Methadonnas opened it up, slaying guitar and drums, no bass. The whole bill was made up of women, which I love, duh, and made me feel super inspired. Valerie, I heard during soundcheck but missed their set (truth, sorry). Everyone was fucking super open and welcoming. Later at the house I hung out with a primary-colors-parrot and got tucked in by two lovely drunk people who were going out to party, while I tried to ditch my aching brain on their couch.
WELLINGTON (MAR 21) - And the last show I got to play in NZ was in WELLINGTON with FUTURE THEFT, Fantails & LADYFRUIT at the downstairs annex of THE BODEGA BAR. Everywhere I went people were raving on FANTAILS. They’re awesome, fast, punk and their lyrics are multi-lingual. LADYFRUIT is a sass with a powerful voice and a non-chalant relationship with pre-recorded tracks on an mp3 player thru the PA… Later, at the house, we were regaled by Will Colvin playing simple, too drunk acoustic songs that were fucking good. He kept interrupting himself and forgetting the next part, but I could feel it when he dropped a song cuz the songs were so good they were holding me up, rapt. I’m thinking Planit-X-ish? Clever, stupid, funny lyrics. Bravo, Will.
Gigantic thanks to all of you that helped make these things a reality, that tour was a game-changer for me and my gratitude is heaps deep. If I left you out of this essay or fucked anything up in my recollection, please tell me!!
Peace out til next time, Aotearoa, I’ll be back, I love it to much to stay away.
Hello. This is a public dance floor. Put in a $2 coin for 1/2 hr… there’s a headphone jack cable in that washing machine to plug yer MP3 player into… This is AWESOME (at Dance O Mat)
hmmmmmm…. well they’re not anywhere but it’s something like:
on the d string play the 7th fret, 4th, 2nd while droning the A string… (hey baby, i’m bein ginger)… then for the ooo-ooo-ooo part i play a the b power chord, Am open chord, B power, D power, then back to the lead on the D string. And i fuck around and zoom around on that D string lead, that’s the only variation.
G O O D L U C K
—-> i’m sure whatever you come up with off of that will be beautiful xo
R E C O R D. R E L E A S E. ⚡⚡⚡ in Melbourne last night. Sydney tonight. Dog House Party 🐶 #tether #sofast #ericafreasaustour
@softmagic I took liberties w our photostrip 💋 #therewent2hours #bellyoncassette #onebricktoday @terrajayneee
these’ll be released on ONE BRICK TODAY (Sydney, Australia) in January 2014 for that Australian tour I’m doing… hello?! what a life!
This is an example of silencing:
"also, official statement: FUCK RVIVR + anyone who uncritically reblogs or supports their rhetoric."
Sure, fuck RVIVR, that’s fine.
Fuck anyone who doesn’t have the same critique as this person?
Think for yourself.