We continue to work on our next record across the Hudson River at Hoboken Recorders. We’ve got a great studio set-up over there, and many new songs are underway. This week we were joined by Brendan Ryan, who played a killer accordian part on an alt-country version of our new tune Breaker Breaker. Brendan is a founding member of The Bogmen, and he also collaborates with AC Newman (of The New Pornographers) and Gordon Gano (lead singer of The Violent Femmes). It is a pleasure to have Brendan’s talents on-board.
We’ve been invited back to play the The 2008 Block Island Music Festival. Wormburner is confirmed for the coveted 10PM timeslot on Friday June 13th.
Many thanks to everyone who caught us at Mercury Lounge this past Saturday nite. It’s always a special occasion when we play The Merc, and this was no exception. A fan gave us a mini-disc recording of the show, including our daring cover version of the Men at Work song Overkill. We’ll post it on our myspace page asap.
Item! Last nite at Tortilla Flats, Wormburner guitarist Paul McDaniel spied The Kinks’ Ray Davies standing just a few feet away at the bar. The two aging rockers exchanged pleasantries as Paul excitedly recounted having seen The Kinks’ Come Dancing tour as a youngster more than twenty years ago. The iconic British Invasion songwriter was a perfect English gentleman throughout the entire exchange, even allowing for a brief (if somewhat awkward) embrace before being whisked away to play a solo show uptown at the Beacon Theatre.
We’ve been busy recording a batch of new songs in Hoboken. But we’re not too busy to play a show. Our next New York appearance will be on Saturday, March 1st at Bar Matchless in Green Point, Brooklyn. Also on the bill will be Lifeguard Nights and our “sibling band” The Behoovers, celebrating the release of their infectious new album Boca Raton.
Our song Sleepy Jane will be featured tonight on the New Music Sunday program at 105.7 FM The Point in St. Louis. New Music Sunday has been nominated for a 2008 Plug Award in the category of “Radio Specialty Show of the Year”.
Happy New Year and a heartfelt thanks for all the love in 2007. It was our best year yet, closing out with a huge headlining slot at Bowery Ballroom, great press, and a Christmas Single that got picked up by more bloggers, podcasters and renegade radio broadcasters than we can begin to account for. 2008 is already off to a thrilling start, with our synth-pop/punk song Astronauts poised to be featured in an independent film (more on that story as it unfolds).
Check out the great spread about Wormburner in today’s New York Press.
Our Christmas Single Bells of St. Ignatius is available for just ninety-nine cents in the iTunes Music Store.
All the pieces are in place for our Bowery Ballroom show on Thursday December 20th. This marks our second Bowery appearance of 2007, and this time we are co-headlining the bill with Knockout Drops. Both bands will be playing full sets, and Lifeguard Nights has just been added in the opening slot. The evening will culminate with a medley of Christmas singalongs by The Yule Dogs, a holiday collective featuring all bands plus members of The Bogmen and more.
The event is being dubbed “A Very Bowery Christmas“. We’re gearing up to deliver our first-ever live performance of Bells of St. Ignatius, the original Wormburner Christmas song that’s destined to be a classic!
Tickets for the show are $20, and you can purchase in advance by clicking here. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Kristy’s Smile charity. All concert attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the Yule Dogs Christmas album.
Pleasant Living in Planned CommunitiesBuy digitally through iTunes
Our third LP! This album’s cast of desperate characters includes a downed airman in WWII Europe, a 21st Century soldier returning home from battle, and a transient gay hustler whose youthful looks are weathering with age.
“Anthemic indie rock with a punk rock kick” – KEXP in Seattle
Saturday June 23rd
**PAUL’S PUNK ROCK BIRTHDAY BASH**
Otto’s Shrunken Head
538 East 14th Street
New York, NY