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.
“…Oninbo” is the debut release with my great friend (and near-constant source of inspiration) Darin Gray. We started playing together back in 2012 so this document is a long time coming and I couldn’t be more excited to present it on my own Yoke imprint.
I am now accepting preorders over at the YOKE page. They will ship out the week of May 5th, 2015. If you need one sooner, come snag one in person at one of our upcoming tour dates:
– Friday, May 1st – Tyler Damon / Darin Gray duo w/ Sedcairn Archives (Indianapolis, IN), Microsleep @ The Artifex Guild (1017 S. Walnut St.), Bloomington, IN – 8PM
– Saturday, May 2nd – Tyler Damon / Darin Gray duo w/ Wrest (Jack Wright, Evan Lipson, Ben Bennett) @ The Spot Tavern (409 S. 4th St.), Lafayette, IN – 8PM
– Sunday, May 3rd – Tyler Damon / Darin Gray duo w/ TBA @ Institute 4 Creativity (111 S. Walnut St., 2nd Floor), Champaign, IL – 8PM
– Monday, May 4th – Tyler Damon / Darin Gray duo w/ Timeghost (Providence, RI), Ora Iso (Brooklyn) @ William A. Kerr Foundation (21 O’Fallon St.), St. Louis, MO – 7PM (Damon/Gray opening)
Stoked to see y’all out there…
I cannot extend enough gratitude to Tashi Dorji for inviting me along on two of his Midwestern tour dates. We had an absolutely killer time together and I am psyched to see where the future takes this new collaboration. His new album, “Appa,” is out any day now on Asheville’s Bathetic records. Don’t miss it! As far as I can tell, no one on planet Earth is playing music like Tashi at the moment. Find out for yourself.
Photo by the most-excellent Pete Fosco at the Green Lantern in Lexington, KY.
Darin Gray and I’s debut recording, “Oninbo,” is out on my own label, Yoke, on May 5th, 2015. Darin and I began collaborating in late 2012 and I couldn’t be more excited to finally bring our music to light. Catch us on a mini-tour May 1st-4th (Bloomington, Lafayette, Champaign, St. Louis) – show details can be found on the LIVE page. We will have copies of the tape on hand…please come out and say hello!
I’ve got some announcements I’m very excited about! First of all…
…I will be joining the incredible guitarist TASHI DORJI (Asheville, NC via Bhutan) on March 31st in Lexington, KY and April 1st in Lafayette, IN. He will be on tour in support of his upcoming LP on Bathetic records entitled “Appa.” If you’re in or near Lexington or Lafayette, please come say hello! Check out the LIVE page for more info on the shows…
Darin Gray / Mars Williams / Tyler Damon trio. Photo by Eric Hall
…my great friend and bassist extraordinaire DARIN GRAY and I planned a handful of dates in early May to spread the word about our upcoming duo release on my label, YOKE. As always, more information on the shows can be found on the LIVE page. Darin and I will also be joining MARS WILLIAMS (Psychedelic Furs, NRG Ensemble, The Waitresses, et al) for the first time since our debut trio performance in Summer of 2013 at the St. Louis Art Museum (see above photo) on Monday, June 22nd in Chicago at the illustrious Experimental Sound Studio. More details on this tour as the dates approach…
Below is a little promo write-up on the mini-tour and release:
“Tyler Damon (drums/percussion) and Darin Gray (electric bass/percussion) are hitting the road this Spring in support of their debut release, “Oninbo.” Upon first meeting in 2012, the duo began developing a rapport over several live dates in the American Midwest, eventually culminating in their first recording session in the Autumn of 2014. The result is “Oninbo,” a recording that has, perhaps unintentionally, evoked an abstract narrative of the ‘Implacable Man’ trope, conjuring feelings of foreboding doom, exhausting intensity, and eerie calm via electro-acoustic free-improvisation and an aggregate of disparate personal influences. This drums/percussion and bass duo is the latest of several such collaborations for Darin, having performed for many years as one half of On Fillmore with Glenn Kotche and one half of Chikamorachi with Chris Corsano. However, Damon and Gray confidently stand apart with their eyes toward the future…”