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In May, 1/2 of ITLM, Dean and Joe, travelled to the western coast of North America, along with their friends Rodney and Dandrew, to play shows in various large cities in their other band, the Dead Milkmen, for a week. I should probably work on that opening sentence. Then Dean and Joe came home. Then they played 2 more shows in the American South. Then they came home. During this time Andrew wrote new material for ITLM and looked at some birds from a kayak. Then Joe went back out on the road for two more weeks on a solo tour of the American Midwest. Then Andrew went to see the Replacements with Superchunk opening, had a great time, and not an hour later had his palm chomped upon by a dog not known for palm chomping. Then Andrew went to the ER. Dean and Josh acquired guitar effect pedals, separately and under different circumstances. A week and a half after the chomping, Andrew picked up a guitar and was more or less able to play it, so the call for rehearsal went forth, and ITLM rehearsed Joe-less and learned a new song titled "Lozenge," figured out how to play some of the older songs again, and collectively forgot to have tea. I think that brings us more or less up to date.
A bit of press and feedback:
A nice write up on ITLM here at WXPN's the Key, along with a preview of an all-instrumental band show we put together on Thursday June 11 at Johnny Brenda's with our friends Edit Bunker and Lanterna. Edit Bunker is crazy electro-prog-funk played by Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam. No, actually, Zach Danziger and ol' pal Owen Biddle (the Trolleyvox, the Roots, Mr. Barrington) play drums and bass respectively through MIDI triggers and will overwhelm your boogie circuits. Lanterna is you and the Edge in a mid-60's Lincoln Continental zooming across the New Mexico desert at twilight with all the reverb, sagebrush, and exquisite loneliness you can bear. Doors at 8pm, Lanterna at 9pm, ITLM at 10pm, Edit Bunker at 11pm. Tickets here. Facebook RSVP here.
Author Andrew Ervin grew up in the Philadelphia area, then travelled every which way, filled his mind with the world and writing craft, then moved back home and recently came out with his 2nd novel Burning Down George Orwell's House. Rave reviews in big places have been sprouting all over. He's a long-time Dead Milkmen fan, and as it unexpectedly turns out, is a huge I Think Like Midnight fan. He asked Andrew to do the artwork for a book release party poster (see above) for sale to benefit Books Through Bars and says some very nice things about our debut at the book and music blog Large Hearted Boy, where he posted a mix tape and talks about each song on it. About ITLM's "Everyone Has a Silver Car" Ervin writes "As of today, I Think Like Midnight's instrumental debut album Warm Seclusion Structure is my favorite record I've heard this year...The atmosphere of "Everyone Has a Silver Car" reminds me of every rock song I've ever loved, but it's also entirely its own thing." We will now take the rest of the day off to awkwardly blush and look at our shoelaces.