Hi, so we’re going on tour tomorrow — James, Guylaine and Chris — first stop Tempe AZ before we join up with Guided By Voices in Athen GA on September 18. James has agreed to write a sort of tour diary for The Believer magazine’s tumblr, so if and when that happens, we’ll post the link here, and probably cross-post over at his lit-site North of Onhava.
In the meantime, we hope you’ll be come out to one or more of the shows, which are listed to the right somewhere, except for Houston TX and Columbia MO, which have been canceled due to we dont know why. We might try to find replacement shows for those two, but at this late date it’s unlikely.
Anyway. Watch this space, by which we mean literally stare at this blank space on teh internet for hours on end, forgetting to eat, drink, or sleep, and maybe something cool will happen.
As in “video day.” We could also call this R-Day since the video is for the song “Rhodesian Man” but since we called yesterday “R-Day” already (because we went to pick up our record), we thought that would be confusing.
The video was directed by a talented up-and-coming filmmaker named Robert Sobul. We think Robert did a great job given the limitations we posed on him (no nudity!), and hope you enjoy the result as much as we do. Not that we’ll ever watch it again. Nobody likes to look at themselves. Well, some people do. Deeply weird people.
We’re off to the record-pressing place to pick up the vinyl for our new EP Basket of Masks. We’re VERY EXCITED about this and hope that you will enjoy the record as much as we enjoyed making the record.
For those of you who pre-ordered, than you for your patience. One downside to the upsurge in interest in vinyl is that the pressing plants are back-logged these days.
For those who haven’t ordered yet and would like to do so, you can click here.
So this guy asked us to go out on tour with his band, who are called Guided by Voices, and we said yes, because despite appearances we are not entirely bereft of sense. You can find the tour dates at which Détective will be playing listed in full to the right. We are, obviously, very excited, even if it means we have to learn how to play all of our songs and figure out how many fit into a 30 minute set (quite a lot, it turns out) and also it’s not until September, so.
On a somewhat more proximate note, we’re doing an in-store at Permanent Records in Los Angeles on June 23, recheduled from May 26 due to the fct that we’re not sure we’ll actually have the records yet from the record-making place, and since that’s the whole point of playing in a record store, we thought it might be better to push the event rather than show up empty-handed.
More news soon. Stay tuned. By which we mean, of course, stay in tune, using a tuner, but not fanatically, becuase a little bit out of tune can sound really good.
We will, in the coming days and weeks, be making a number of unusual and (in our opinion) fairly exciting announcements here at Détective HQ. These announcements will include but not be limited to: national tour date(s); new rock video(s); new rock music(s); new album(s); new band member(s) (just made that part up); new in-store performance(s); new shoe(s), new haircut(s); new I could do this all day.
In the meantime, here is a picture of Guylaine overdubbing keyboards onto an unsuspecting song somewhere in Los Angeles, sometime in May 2012.
Sorry for the short notice, but if you’re a) alive and b) able to listen to things on the internet, we are appearing alive and on the internet tonight on a show called Radio Readymade at a place called Luxuria Music. You can click on either of those links and it will take you to the place where you can listen to the show. We will be in the studio starting at 9PM PST until whenever they make us leave. We’re not performing music but we will be playing music, and talking, and asking questions, the answers to which will win you prizes. So there’s that.
Hi. So we made a new video. This one’s for the song “Rally Point” from the Very Fallen World EP, available as always at Bandcamp and prety much every music selling or streaming service in the world. Seriously. Go check. It’s all over the place. (But nowhere except Bandcamp can you purchase the Very Limited Edition CD.)
Thanks to all of you who have watched our first video, “Streets and the City,” some 14,ooo times. Like that one, this video took literally hours to put together. Enjoy!
We just finished recording and mixing something like 7 new songs (depending on how you define a “song”) in three days in Oakland CA at The Creamery, a 16-track analog (that means we used tape — specifically 1″ tape) studio run by Greg Ashley, who used to play in a band called The Gris-Gris and has also released some excellent solo albums. We think the songs came out great and can’t wait to share them with several of our closest fans… but we’re still trying to figure out things like what size vinyl, how many, should we customize each jacket personally like Guided By Voices did with Propeller, or… etc. So it make take a while before we can get the new music to your ears. We’re also planning to record some more in April here in LA. Whether that’s for a separate release or part of this one depends on about 73 different factors.
In the meantime, here are some pictures of the studio, and of Guylaine in the studio. We were not quick enough to capture Rory or James or Greg, because they move like cheetahs. Luckily (for us) Guylaine was suffering some kind of cold/flu/allergy combo that slowed her down just enough for us take a quick photo. The song she was preparing to sing is called “Dommage!” That’s pretty much all we’re going to tell you at this juncture. Stay tuned!
Hi. It’s us. Deective. Uh. Detective. No. One more time. Détective. Yeah. How are you? Here’s what we do on Sunday nights at 2 AM, what about you? Please feel free to let us know in the comments. What’s the deal with comments, does anyone know? Like, comments, what are they good for? Anything? Cool.
Here is our first video!
The song is Streets and the City
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