Sunday, February 17, 2008

Weekend In Review + DOWNLOAD: "The Book of Matches"

Thanks again to everyone who made it out to our shows over the weekend. It was simply fantastic to get back to Columbia and Champaign again. Oh how we've missed you.

On the bill Friday night at Mojo's in Columbia, MO was our longtime friend, Lucas Oswald (Minus Story, Never Perfect Intentions). He is playing guitar in Will Reeves', of Bockman, new project Penny Marvel. They were awesome!

Also that night, we got a chance to play with Evangelicals from Norman, OK. They were really cool and it will be a treat to join them and Headlights again on March 11th at The Cavern in Dallas, TX.

Hanging out with Nina and Jaret from Emergency Umbrella was also super-great. With how much we talk on the phone and email, it was very nice to share a beer and escape the stress of finishing this record, even if just for one night. They started making plans for a crazy label barbecue in Austin during SXSW. So excited!

Saturday night, after a long drive crammed into Steve's car and Ryan's truck (we need a VAN!), we arrived at The Highdive in Champaign, IL. We were a tad bit worried about how the night would go, since Cowboy Monkey stopped doing music, and weekend shows at The Highdive are now early shows (7pm-10pm), but our worries quickly melted away as we loaded our gear up onto the big stage and got out of the rainy cold outside.

Sharing the bill with us that night was Tunnels, who we had not played with before but featured Stephen Ucherek of The Living Blue, and Cameron McGill & What Army, who we have played with twice in Champaign and just released his third full-length album, Hold on Beauty. Both bands played great sets and as usual, the Champaign crowd was wonderful to play for. There was a myspace message for us today from someone who was there on Saturday who shot part of our set on video. Hopefully he uploads it soon.

It was a fantastic show in our home away from home that was topped off by a WONDERFUL sit-down late dinner with some of our favorite friends CU friends, Ryan and Dave of Elsinore, Jodi, Mike, and Rachel at Seven Saints. The benefit of playing a show that's over by 10pm is that you can EAT at a good restaurant and relax when you are done. So nice to be eating asian wasabi sliders instead of loading the truck at 2am in the rain!

Oh and by the way, we are hoping to have the new EP for sale at shows starting March 6th @ The Bluebird. Cross your fingers that we get them back from the pressing plant in time.


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1 comment:

Elisssssabeth said...

when did cowboy monkey stop doing music? sad. i mean. i graduate and everything changes. sad.