Ladies and Gentleman, children of all ages, after months of writing, recording, rehearsing and training new band-members, it makes me incredibly proud to finally announce the triumphant return of The Bastard Suns.
Although The Suns haven’t performed live in some time, rest assured we’ve been busier than ever. After our last National tour, things were looking bleak. We had just said goodbye to our rhythm guitarist Kevin the year before, and now we were losing our bassist Levon as well. The bottom line is that we have never had any financial help from labels and very little from sponsors, and nine self-funded cross-country tours have left their financial and mental mark. As Levon put it when he said farewell, “I just thought we would’ve gone farther than we did.” And the tough thing about it is, he’s absolutely right. So what does one do when all signs seem to say, “STOP!”? How do you proceed when you’ve come so close so many times, only to fall a little bit short? When you can’t even afford to finance a new album even though the material is already written?
Well if you’re the band that has preached, “Never Say Die”, and, “Hold Fast” for over eight years, you certainly don’t give up.
Instead, we enlisted the help of the preeminent financial startup website Kickstarter and began a month-long promotion to raise $12,000 in order to record and distribute our new album and fund a subsequent National Tour. At the end of the month, we had over $16,000 in fan donations and, more importantly, a renewed sense of purpose. Our music actually means something to actual people, and let’s be honest, when you have that kind of fan base backing you up, label execs and big-time promoters start mattering a whole lot less.
We also found our saving grace in a big, lovable bass player named Mongo. It’s almost like the guy was sent by the rock gods to make sure we didn’t give up. We knew from the first song in the first practice that this guy was the one in a million that could fill Levon’s formidable shoes. My fiancé and long-time collaborator Whitney Carite has also become a big part of our new sound, and it’s great for me to try writing duets and female leads.
As for the new album, we just finished a month-long recording session with our third godsend, Jason Andrews at Spotlight Sound in Atlanta. This guy has worked on everything we have done in the past six years, and he’s a HUGE part of what makes the new one sound amazing.
So that brings us up to the present, and as I type this, we’re preparing to start sending all the prizes for all our loyal Kickstarter friends. (And believe me, there are plenty of those!) Also, we’re beginning rehearsals for our first small tour starting Oct. 3 and planning our National Tour scheduled for early next year. At the moment, the future is bright for your trusty heroes, and thanks to our new-found good fortune and amazing new members, (Haha, I said ‘members’) we’ve all got a renewed feeling of purpose, and it came exactly when we needed it most. (I guess that’s what happens when you’re on God’s I-Pod. It’s called the GodPod just in case you were wondering.)
That’s all I’ve got for now, Bastard Suns, HOOOOOO!
Hello everyone, and greetings from The Bastard Suns! If you're wondering why we've been unusually quiet lately, it's because we've been writing a new album! The title is Long Live Song and we're incredibly proud of it so far. There's punk, bluegrass, reggae and, of course, another awesome cover and we're climbing the walls waiting to get started! If all goes well, we'll enter Spotlight Sound Studio with our longtime collaborator Jason Andrews in August, but touring and recording has taken its toll on our financial situation and we could really use some help. That's where you come in! In order to fund this album and the subsequent national tour, we've set up a kickstarter.com account, and we're hoping you'll check it out. There's a hilarious video and a TON of limited edition artwork, rare audio tracks, personal acoustic performances and merch up for grabs, so PLEASE help us keep our band alive. If you donate $15 or more you'll be listed on the 'Thank You's' inside the CD cover, and if we make our quota, it will ensure that we'll be touring through your neck of the woods VERY soon.
We've never attempted to raise funds in this way before, and if we fail that may be all she wrote for The Bastards, so help us if you can, and remember that we are, and have always been completely self-funded and self-run.
Thanks in advance, and LONG LIVE SONG! -Clay & the rest of the Bastards
The online merchandise store is up, here is the link http://www.thebastardsuns.com/store/. We have limited stock at first, so be patient. What we have is our latest design and we have a few in most sizes of t-shirts and even less in hoodies. This is temporary and just the start of things. Unfortunately, it costs money to stock up our merch selections and we ain't exactly Scrooge McDuck swimming in our money safe over here. But, we now have the ability to sell merch on our website and the selection will only grow starting after the new year. We will be adding more designs, more color selections, more sizes, and other stuff like custom SSV vaporizers.
New Years Eve with The Bastard Suns in Atlanta, GA.
As many of you may already know, we said farewell to longtime bass player Levon recently. Don't worry though. Wes, JayTea and myself are not remotely ready to give up the ship just yet. We're actually just taking a few months to make some money, finish writing the new album, and try out some prospects for the vacant position.
And there's NO reason that YOU couldn't be one of those prospects! (As long as you're an amazing bass player with an unbelievable singing voice and the ability to learn music like Rain Man counts toothpicks.) But seriously folks, if you've ever wanted to see the country and you think you've got the chops, we're about as equal-opportunity as any employers you're likely to meet. If you know the songs, then you know there are some mighty big shoes to fill. So contact us via the website and give it a go-it could be the best decision you ever make.
Cheers and Happy Holidays from The Bastards!
The “All or Nada Armada” Tour has been great so far. Tonight we have a huge show in Denver and we'll be on the west coast for most of the rest of the month.
The rest of the tour dates are listed below. We do need street team members to help us spread the word in all the cities listed below, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. We will put you on the guest list to the show you help us promote.
|14-Oct||Colorado Springs, CO||Black Sheep|
|16-Oct||Ketchum, ID||Whiskey Jaques'|
|17-Oct||Spokane, WA||A Club|
|18-Oct||Seattle, WA||Studio 7|
|19-Oct||Portland, OR||Hawthorne Theater|
|21-Oct||Modesto, CA||Copper Rhino|
|23-Oct||Sparks, NV||The Alley|
|24-Oct||Sacramento, CA||The Boardwalk|
|25-Oct||Hollywood, CA||Roxy Theater|
|26-Oct||Riverside, CA||Mission Tobacco Lounge|
|28-Oct||San Diego, CA||The Griffin|
|30-Oct||Tempe, AZ||Club Red|
|31-Oct||Tucson, AZ||The Hut|
|2-Nov||Ft. Worth, TX||Crowbar|
|3-Nov||Denton, TX||Andy's Bar|
|4-Nov||San Antonio, TX||Jack's|
|5-Nov||New Orleans, LA||Howlin' Wolf|
|7-Nov||Ft Walton Beach, FL||Coasters|
|8-Nov||Jacksonville, FL||Jack Rabbits|
|9-Nov||Satellite Beach, FL||The Sports Page|
|10-Nov||Palm Beach Gardens, FL||Swamp Grass Willy's|
|14-Nov||Daytona, FL||Frank's Front Row|
|15-Nov||Sanford, FL||The West End|
|16-Nov||Vero Beach, FL||Filthy McNasty's|
Check out the first leg of the Fall Tour starting this week. Of course the hometown show in Atlanta will be huge but we can't wait to head out on the road. We have a special reason to stop in Denver this trip. Some friends are getting married and decided to throw a Bastard Suns show as the reception for their wedding. I know, how many of you wish you thought of that! To say the least we are honored to be included in their festivities and can't wait for the show. It is in Denver at Casselmens on Oct. 13th, don't miss it.
|4-Oct||The High Watt||Nashville, TN|
|6-Oct||FUBAR||St Louis, MO|
|7-Oct||Vaudeville Mews||Des Moines, IA|
|9-Oct||320 South||Breckenridge, CO|
|10-Oct||Hodi's Half Note||Fort Collins, CO|
|14-Oct||Black Sheep||Colorado Springs, CO|
The Bastard Suns are hitting the road this fall with a slew of dates from the East to the West coast and back again! As always, The Bastards will be bringing their earth-shaking live show to over 40 different markets all across this great nation. The tour kicks off in epic fashion at The Masquerade in Atlanta, and continues through October and most of November, covering ground from Florida through Texas and Colorado, all the way to California and Washington. The boys are teamed up with west coast heavyweights Knock-Out for the “All or Nada Armada” Tour. With help from tour sponsors Silver Surfer Vaporizers and Sacred Custom Percussion, the Armada will be sailing towards a city near you very soon.
We have been asked to provide entertainment for the 2012 BelMar Surf Pro in New Jersey! We will be playing on Saturday September 15th around noon during the surf contest, then again at the official after-party at 10th Ave Burrito around 11pm.
We will be playing a few shows on the way to and from the contest
We're kicking off the fall tour at home. The rest of the tour dates will be announced soon!
September 28th - The Masquerade / Atlanta, GA
We are very sorry to announce the show tonight in Vienna, VA at Jammin Java has been canceled. Our tour van broke down and we can't get it fixed in time to make it to the Vienna tonight. We are very sorry to all of our fans that were looking forward to coming to the show tonight and we promise to make it up to you with a kick-ass show next time we are in the area.
Hello again everyone, its good to be back behind the keyboard.
Firstly, I must apologize for being so lax about finishing the tour blogs. (That is, of course, assuming anyone is actually reading this stuff in the first place.)
This particular blog will quickly explain why I've taken a few days for myself, so allow myself to explain...