"We're beyond thrilled to be working with K, a label all of us have loved and admired since our high school days. Fill Up The Room (also to be known as Love & Death if you like) represents an expansion in sound and lyrical ideas for the band, moving away from 60's girl group mimicry, and trying to build a new wall of sound from our own collective consciousness.
The songs, though still pure pop at the core, incorporate stretched-out jams, samples, drum circle breakdowns, huge and sporadic many-voiced braying choruses and elements of tape collage and musique concrete. The record also steps away from our older material in terms of subject matter, leaving behind heartbroken laments to investigate themes of the afterlife, women inventors and scientists, the physical breakdown of the human body in relation to artistic freedom and many other universal cycles. We can say without a doubt that it's our most honest and spiritually reaching work to date, and we're really excited to share it with the world."
Saturday Looks To Me freaks will also note that the band has a special tide-me-over one-sided LP planned for the interim between now and the new record, as well as other "7" singles, tour-only CDRs, mix tape remixes, exclusive MP3s, and what have you" planned, all or most of which will be available through their MySpace page.
SLGTM also gets props for taking Chris Bathgate out on tour with them. (Check this week's Motor City Cribs for a look inside Bathgate's digs.)They'll also close out their tour with a gig here at home with The Paybacks.
Saturday looks good to tour:
26 - Kansas City, MO - Grand Emporium w/ Chris Bathgate
27 - Denver, CO - The High Dive w/ Chris Bathgate
28 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge w/ Chris Bathgate
2 - Olympia, WA - Capitol Theatre Backstage w/ Chris Bathgate & Calvin Johnson
3 - Vancouver, BC - Plaza Club w/ Ladyhawk
4 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey w/ Ladyhawk
5 - Portland, OR - Holocene w/ Chris Bathgate & Ladyhawk
7 - San Francisco, CA - The Hotel Utah w/ Chris Bathgate & Ladyhawk
8 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland w/ Chris Bathgate & Ladyhawk
9 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts w/ Chris Bathgate & Ladyhawk 10 - Albuquerque, NM - The Launch Pad w/ Ladyhawk
12 - Dallas, TX - Ellum Onstage Festival w/ Ladyhawk, Canada, Mates Of State, More!
13 - Houston, TX - Proletariat w/ Ladyhawk
14 - Austin, TX SXSW TBA
15 - Austin, TX SXSW TBA
16 - Austin TX - Polyvinyl SXSW showcase at Emo's Lounge
17- Austin TX SXSW TBA
18 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree w/ Chris Bathgate
19 - Atlanta, GA - MJQ Drunken Unicorn w/ Chris Bathgate 20 - North Carolina - TBA
21 - Lexington, KY - Mecca Dance Studio w/ Chris Bathgate
22 - Newport, KY - Southgate House w/ Chris Bathgate
23 - Bowling Green, OH - Howard's
24 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick w/ The Paybacks