Whoa. I knew the new Monahans CD was coming out soon so I headed on over to eMusic to see if I could download it yet. No dice. And, I swear, minutes later I get an email from the Monahans mailing list announcing some tour dates in support of their new album, Dim the Aurora, due out on May 19. FREAKY!
Thursday, May 7 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
Friday, May 8 – Springfield, MO – Randy Bacon Studio
Saturday, May 9 – Saint Louis, MO – Off Broadway (Listen for an afternoon live performance on 88.1 KDHX)
Monday, May 11 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
Tuesday, May 12 – Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar
Wednesday, May 13 – Dekalb, IL – The House Cafe
Friday, May 15 – Austin, TX – The Parish
I was hanging at the Alabamy (yeah, that’s what I call it) showcase at SXSW a few months ago when my Web penpal Duquette Johnston introduced me to former Verbena drummer Les Nuby. “Les is in Vulture Whale, they’re playing later,” Duquette told me though I had other plans (like seeing Dead Confederate next door).
Fortunately, a few weeks after SXSW ended, a copy of Vulture Whale’s self-titled sophomore release showed up in my mailbox and I agree with Blender magazine’s review that said “spin this thing when you’re sick and fucking tired of Kings of Leon and their arena-filling corporate rock” (okay, they didn’t really say that but they did namedrop KOL and the Drive-By Truckers as examples of Southern rock bands that Vulture Whales DOESN’T sound like!).
That tired-but-true description of “straight-up rock n’ roll” certainly applies to these fellas, I’m picturing it as the soundtrack to a drive home at 2:30am this summer after seeing a rock show in a sweaty club and drinking a few too many PBRs. You need something to fuel the ride home, something to sing along and air drum to while focusing clearly on the road ahead.
Drummer Jake Waitzman was kind enough to compile answers from his bandmates (Wes McDonald, Keelan Parrish, and Les Nuby) for the questions I sent last week. Hang on tight kiddies, this is a good one.