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There is no time and place like Spring in New York. February faux Spring is pretty nice too. We loaded into our big white van and made the trek to Bar Matchless one of our favorite little venues in Brooklyn. It’s an old mechanic shop and the live music room is built into what was the garage bay.
A Valley Son opened up the show. They are Virginia transplants based out of New York. They have a nice southern rock vibe with killer vocal harmonies and slide guitar. Their cover of Bob Dylan’s I shall be Released was a highlight.
Von Geyer hit next. Frontman Charlie Geyer is a Falmouth native who played with Ben and John all through high school in a band called Eighty-Six so it was a bit of a reunion. Charlie has started playing guitar in the band which is a sweet addition beefing up the sound. It was great a raw rock set.
Our set was really fun. The room was filled with old friends from the Cape, NY and MV. It’s cool seeing new faces that keep coming to our NY shows and bringing their friends. We tried out some new tunes from our upcoming album. It was great seeing people react to them.
Charlie and his lovely wife Kate hosted us and we were treated to eggs and coffee in the morning which is way nicer than motel continental breakfast.
Before we got back on the road we checked out Only NY a clothing store owned by a guy named Micah who grew up summering in Woods Hole. The have really cool designs and it’s inspiring to see how far they have come. I got a sweet new hat for my collection. The weather felt like summer which was both nice and disconcerting.
We headed up to Boston to play the House of Blues Foundation Room. It was the Run The Jewels after party and we were stoked about the possibility of catching their show.
After load in we had a nice sidewalk meal from the famous Lansdowne street sausage cart. It was so good I almost went for a second but the idea of singing and jumping up and down after ingesting two sweet sausages with peppers and onions stopped me dead in my tracks.
Unfortunately we couldn’t catch the RTJ set because we started right at the same time but I caught opening act Cuz Lightyear perform a cool song called Pots & Pans and southern rapper Gangsta Boo run through some of her Three-Six Mafia classics. I forgot how much I liked those songs. They sounded great pumping through the massive sound system as well.
We played two sets and the energy in the packed room was great. More people from the Vineyard that night as well (sensing a trend.) Stephen C. Akinson took the attached picture. After the show John met Gangsta Boo at the bar they had a brief conversation and he said she was really nice.
Saturday night we set up at Grumpy’s Pub our homebase in Falmouth. It’s one of the world’s greatest dive bars. We brought Boston band Six Fox Whiskey down to open the show and they absolutely killed it. I thoroughly enjoyed watching their whole set and look forward to playing with them again May 18th at Once Ballroom in Somerville, MA.
We hit and the room was electric. There is something so free about playing on that stage. Having our light guy Erick back in action made it feel like all the better. Also there were more people from the Vineyard! Joni who has been running the merch lately crushed it, selling out of multiple items. At the end of the night after last call and the doors were closed we shot the breeze with the staff for a few and then headed to our respective homes ready for some sleep.
March is going to be a busy month. We play Pour Judgement in Newport, RI the 4th, the Crooked Coast store opens the 11th (more on that soon), back at Grumpy’s on the 17th for a St. Patrick’s Day show with Tigerman WOAH, the 25th at New World Tavern in Plymouth, MA with Sarah Blacker and the 31st at Red Square in Burlington, VT. All the while recording the new album. Yup that feels pretty good…

Summer wrap up

So much to say about the summer of 2016. We played a lot shows but here was really no time to take it all in. The Landfall Fridays grew even more this summer and with our new permanent light set up and RoadWolf running it the place felt a lot more like a legit concert venue than a restaurant after 11 PM.
Thursday nights at The Lampost also got bigger. It’s a large room which is intimidating but we grew into it and it became a home away from home. It was humbling to get so much love from the islanders. We ran the boat every week and got to party both to and from the island with friends old and new. Oh and Collie Buddz came and played one. He put on a great show and was super chill off stage. We also had some incredible shows at The Ritz, Port Hunter and Beachcomber (twice!)
We released a music video for Icarus, played a wedding and wrote a ton of new songs.
The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend we played to a packed crowd at Liam Maguire’s. It’s was a great wrap-up to the summer. Stephen C. Atkinson was there and took some awesome pictures (as he always does.)
This fall has us playing festivals and shows on the Cape, Vineyard, Boston and Rhode Island. This Saturday we are playing the Yellow Dog Music Festival with Cody Simpson and September 24th The MV Craft Beer fest during the day and The Port Hunter at night.
Thanks to everyone who made this summer so fun. It’s nice getting to tour in our own back yard. This winter will find us playing regionally, nationally and recording an album for summer ’17. Keep rocking with us!liams-4 liams-3 liams-2 liams-1

Summer Start Up!

We started our Friday night residency at The Landfall in Woods Hole last Friday and it was a blast off to summer ’16. While it’s not a traditional venue it’s a really special one. It’s a big open restaurant right on the water. With it’s nautical paraphernalia like buoys hanging from the ceiling combined with our new light boxes, lights, smoke machine and lasers it feels like a dance party on a haunted pirate ship from the future. Okay that might not make a lot of sense. You just have to be there. The line was out the door all the way to the street and the crowd was hype.

We debuted a few new songs, covers and mashups. Special thanks to our techs Dave and Erick, stage designer Scott, photographer Steve, merch peeps Grace and Shauna, Jenna and all the bartenders, staff security, the Estes family and everyone who made a chaotic night run so smooth.

We will be there every Friday this summer. Come and get aboard the haunted pirate ship from the future! Photo’s by Stephen C. Atkinson.6R7A5737 6R7A5762 6R7A5791 6R7A5805 6R7A5828 6R7A5843 6R7A58716R7A5668 6R7A5680 6R7A5696 6R7A5711

Brooklyn with Von Geyer and Vacances

There is no place like New York city in the spring. The cafes drag their tables back out to the sidewalk, flowers are blooming, all the cool people are smiling and even the pizza rat has a little extra pep in his step because it’s a magic time after the slushy brown snow and icy covered winter and before the oppressively hot, dumpster boiling summer.
Last Friday with the optimism of spring in our hearts we loaded up the van and hit 95 South heading for Brooklyn. The traffic was pretty brutal but we made it to Bar Matchless in time stretch out, wander around Greenpoint and get some pizza. My phone kicked the bucket which was a real bummer. I was disturbed by how naked I felt without it. Food for thought. But I digress.
The show was a bit of a hometown affair. The headlining band Von Geyer was fronted by Falmouth native and current BK resident Charlie Geyer. Charlie played in bands with Ben and John from middle school through college.
Bar Matchless is an sweet venue. It’s like a friends garage that has a bar, a stage and PA system in it. It’s small, dark, loud and has a patio for smoking and resting your ears.
The opening band Vacances had a polished electro pop sound with nods to Blink 182 and Depeche Mode. We talked about bringing them to the Cape for a show.
Our set was crazy. People we know in NY brought their friends out and some new people we’d met last time we played the city showed up. We had a hyped crowd singing along the whole time. It feels so good to have that kind of response out on the road.
Von Geyer closed it out nicely with a set of straight up swaggering rock and roll. We all wandered off to explore a city that stays up all night.
In the morning Steve and I met with director Nick Santos gave him the footage Steve shot in California for our new video Icarus which he will be editing. Back in the van we briefly considered a trip to Coney Island but the vote was to head home. All in all a great trip. Love seeing the NY shows grow. Can’t wait to go back even if it is covered in brown slush and ice or the dumpsters are boiling.

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The Met with Spiritual Rez

We circled the building housing The Met in Pawtucket, RI looking for a parking spot. From the back side the old red brick mill looked derelict and ominous with lots of rusted metal and broken glass. The front half of the building however has experienced a great transformation. As well as the fantastic music venue it’s also host to shops restaurants, and office spaces. It’s like a mall, if malls were really cool.
We loaded into the venue. The guys from Spiritual Rez, the headliners of the evening were onstage sound-checking. We wandered around the club admiring the giant paintings on walls of music legends like Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Hank Williams. When Spiritual Rez was done with their soundcheck we exchanged warm embraces, hauled our amps onto the stage and did our soundcheck.
Afterwards we headed upstairs to a bowling ally with a bar and restaurant. The bowling lanes were super old-school, candle pin style and they even had “ball boys” who manually reset the pins and rolled the balls back. Rhode Island has a knack for doing hipster things without being pretentious. It’s a gift.
We met a nice couple who had been to a few of our shows in Falmouth. They bought tickets to our St. Patrick’s Day show at Grumpy’s and told us we should play at Ocean Mist in the summer. They described it as “Grumpy’s on the beach.” Sounds pretty cool.
We got on stage and played a pretty brief (forty minute) set with some minor sound issues but it was a full tilt blast. Time constraints can help put some urgency into the music. A big crew showed up and was raging with us. We met a lot of fans for the first time and made some new ones. We signed a set list for someone and tried to act nonchalant but we were probably as pleased as them.
The next band was Cosmic Factory a local jam band trio. They played some funky stuff and threw in covers ranging from Primus to Rage Against The Machine.
Spiritual Rez took the stage and put on a hell of a show. Their energy is infectious. They have been touring nonstop lately and it comes across. They are super tight and the songs off their recent album Apocalypse Whenever are taking on new life. The lead singer Toft is a Florida native and has a southern preacher’s ability to work a room and raise people spirits. At one point he had the crowd singing, “Don’t be afraid,” raising the phrase in volume as he repeated it, building to a wild crescendo as the band all joined in.
I spent a lot of time at the merch stand selling our gear and made friends with Spiritual Rez’s merch guy Jay. He is s good dude. On the porch outside huge clouds of fragrant smoke hovered all evening. I guess that’s just how they get down in Rhode Island.
My sister and her husband came out with some of their friends. It was great to see them at a show. We don’t play their neighborhood often so it was a treat.
After last call we loaded out into the bitter cold, reminded that winter wasn’t over just yet, but having played The Met, a venue on our wish list we knew the future always holds warmer nights.
See you at Grumpy’s on St. Patrick’s Day 8 PM. Get your presale tix at Grumpy’s  or from a band member.

Luke

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Crooked Coast was formed in the summer of 2012 by Cape Cod natives Luke Vose, John McNamara, Ben Elder and Charles Walton. They distilled their hometown’s celebratory summers and harsh winters into the 2013 album Thanks for the Memories with infectious hooks, sweaty dance floor rhythms, big guitars and vivid wordplay.
For two years they toured the East Coast playing festivals, clubs, bars and colleges. They conceptualized and self produced music videos. Elder and Vose took their passion for art and design and turned the band’s merchandise into a budding clothing line.
In 2015 they released Wildlife. Capenews.net described it as, “an album that pops with wild swagger.” Wildlife is the sound of a band that has grown together. The production is polished but the songs are brash. Driven by Walton and Elder’s thunderous rhythm section McNamara’s full throated rock ’n roll howl and Vose’s raw nerve, heart on the sleeve rap/singing volley back and forth over blistering guitar hooks. The album has shades of the Strokes on the doomed love song Domino, Social Distortion on the country punk number Martyr and Sublime on the sun bleached World Spins where Luke remembers, “I was sixteen in a Honda hatchback/ Doing one-sixteen down route six and back.”
The lead single “Go Back” is tipsy trip through the memories a small town. Charles Walton’s hip hop inspired drums drive the story about being pushed into a cold world. John McNamara sings, “I remember all the times before/ Well that won’t happen anymore/ All the times that I regret/ I’m all set/ You can’t go back again,” before the song breaks into gang chorus of brothers in arms.
Pixy 103 radio DJ Lori Lori quickly picked up the song saying, “I had to play them. It’s has a very catchy melody that will keep you singing long after you hear it. The music, the voices and the energy make this album one to own for sure.” 95.5 WBRU put the song into rotation as well saying, “The mix between indie rock and hip-hop is not too common, yet Crooked Coast manages to add a unique twist on both genres.”
They filmed a music video for “Go Back” with director Nicholas Santos on location in NYC and Cape Cod capturing the energy of a band on the verge.
The recent music video for No Caroline No is a sun soaked island party with boats, floats and skateboards.
During the winter of 2016 Crooked Coast toured California playing House of Blues, beach bars and LA rock clubs as well as recording at BNV Studios Hollywood. The tour inspired the band, hitting them with a lightning bolt of energy and possibility.
Crooked Coast continues to pave their own road to success with bold music, visual art and explosive live shows touring the east and west coast.