I rolled back into Bloomington at 5AM sharp early Tuesday morning, decompressed and exhausted from my final performance of this tour with the unparalleled Darin Gray. I cannot say enough good things about Darin, so I will simply state, as he often says of others, that D is a “golden, GOLDEN human being.” To say I’m looking forward to our future meetings is an understatement. Special thanks to everyone who came out to a show, bought a tape or CDr, documented a gig or supported us on a bill (Microsleep, Sedcairn Archives, What We Won’t See, Ora Iso, Timeghost), but a very special thank you specifically to Bruce Woodward at The Artifex Guild, Eric (and little Hazel) Weddle, Paul Baldwin and co. at the Spot Tavern, Jason Finkelman at Institute 4 Creativity, Jeremy Kannapell (!), Jill Pifer, Glenn Kotche and, last but not least, Rachel Maudlin for scooping me up from St. Louis. I suppose I should start planning the next one…
For those interested in copies of Darin and I’s debut cassette, “…Oninbo,” please order directly from me over at the YOKE page, catch me at an upcoming SHOW, pick one up in Bloomington at Landlocked Music or snag one from Darin at a gig. If you’ve already ordered one, keep an eye on your mailbox. Our great friend Eric Weddle over at Family Vineyard had this to say of the release:
“These two began playing together in 2012 and have found an anchorless dialogue of continuous expansion and unspooling of sound. This is pretty much unlike anything we’ve released by longtime pal Gray — and it salaciously sticks to our ribs in a satisfying way. The release is limited to 100 pro-duplicated hi-bias Chrome+ cassettes on Tyler’s Yoke imprint. Downloads will be active when the cassette is gone.”
Below is one of the many fantastic photos by Mabel Suen from the St. Louis gig at the always incredible William A Kerr Foundation. For those that don’t know, the Kerr is a handsomely converted 19th century bathhouse situated on St. Louis’ north side. It overlooks the great Mississippi river surrounded by brick and mortar specters of St. Louis’ past. We were fortunate enough to perform at sundown in the center of the wonderfully maintained rooftop garden (Jer Kan – the man that makes these dreams come to life!). Thanks again for the photo Mabel! – T.