SxSW 2009 – It’s On.

That’s right folks – international applications closed six days ago, and we’ve already heard back from our friends in Austin, TX. Is that a record? I think so. Someone alert Guiness! We’ve got another record for TPE!

BTW, sorry about the radio silence. We’ve been chatting internally about 2009, and we’ll be announcing more in the coming weeks. In the meantime we hope to start posting pictures and video from 2008. I’m back in school and it’s killing me, so I don’t have much time as I’d like to spend on the site.

Love that Dirty Water…

The secret London warm-up date is set. We’ll be playing Tuesday, August 26th, at the Dirty Water club in Tufnell Park.

It’s a fantastic place to see a band, run by really great people. We couldn’t be happier. You can buy tickets online here.

Visit the Dirty Water club’s website to see pictures from other shows, and take a minute to watch the fantastic Night Marchers video. Yow! Who wants to run the video camera for our show?

So ya wanna come see us this August?

Then I guess you’ll want to know the dates, right? Ask and ye shall receive:

Tuesday, August 26th: secret London gig (venue *almost* confirmed)

Thursday, August 28th: Irish warm-up at The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Ireland. Tickets online here.

Saturday, August 30th: The Electric Picnic, Portaloise, Ireland. Tickets online here.

Mrs. Pirate Palmer, you may thank us in person later.

Freakin’ great.

That’s how good the rehearsal was last night.

It’s the first time we’ve rehearsed the full line up since last October when we first tested the idea. Raymond, Damian, Ciaran, and Brendan have been rehearsing instrumentally for a few months now, and I’ve been singing in my bathroom. It was sublime.

First we ran through the pop hits. Hey Venus, Big Decision, Sensitize, Infinite Thrill, Tingle, Shangri-La, Good Thing… holy crap. How come we didn’t have permanent residence in the charts? These songs are GREAT, and they still sound fresh to me. Sure, I’m biased. But I’m right. It’s like that poster I’m seeing in the tube stations for Jeremy Clarkston’s new book: “They’re back. And they were right about everything.”

Then came the rock songs – Catch a Fire, Detonate My Dreams, Abandon, Scumsufing. Wow. They’ve worked out some new arrangements for Abandon and Scumsurfing that will blow your socks off. It was loud, it was powerful, tight, melodic… it was freakin’ great.

Day off today, then a day long rehearsal on Saturday. We should have news about warm-up dates after that.

It’s official.

We’re gonna play.

This summer, at the Electric Picnic festival just outside of Dublin. The festival runs August 29th – 31st. We don’t know when we’re playing yet, but there are no single day tickets, anyway. You’re in for the entire weekend.

Some other great bands have also been announced. This should be a real treat.

For more info, check out the Electric Picnic Site.

From the Archives, #3

Here’s the next track in theĀ  Mark Goodier session.

From the Archives, #2

You can all thank Kate for this (and the remainder of these that I post).

Mark Goodier show, live from Belfast. We were on fire, if I do say so myself. It was one of the best, if not the best radio performance I remember doing.

True story: at one point during a stage dive a necklace given to me by a very dear friend exploded. I didn’t realize until after the gig, at which point I jumped into the audience and started collecting pieces of the necklace.

Of course, being Petrols fans, a bunch of folks immediately cleared out a big circle, and four or five got down on their knees with me and picked up all the pieces. I still have the necklace to this day – my friend Victoria rebuilt it when I saw her next.

<sniff>

I <heart> you guys.

s.

From The Archives

Hey all –

Here’s a track that probably very few of you have or ever heard. It’s on a Beefheart tribute album called Fast & Bulbous that came out in ’88 (holy sh*t that sounds like a long time ago). It’s interesting for a number of reasons. First, it was recorded around the time of End of the Millenium, so we’re still messing around with samples and dance rhythms. Listen closely at the end, and you’ll hear the Ohio Players. That’s right, the Ohio Players. And it’s perfectly in tempo, and in the right key!

Then there’s also a “Big Flame-esque” section that we added to the song. It’s interesting as a historical artifact – it sounds a bit glued-in to my ears now – but taken on its own, it does sound “Beefheartian.” (I remember John O’Neill saying this about Circusville at our second or third gig at the Mean Fiddler in 1986) And it just goes to show the vast spectrum of music we were absorbing at the time – from Curtis Mayfield to Big Flame, Beefheart to Bambatta. It’s no wonder we encountered a few growing pains.

Anyhow, enjoy. I’m not sure whether to put this up as a podcast or a download – I guess for now I’ll put it up as an in-page player, and also as a link to download.

Oh – freakin’ far out. The PodPress plugin does it all automatically for you. Thanks, PodPress!