Thursday, November 6, 2008

Stuff a stocking with "Christmas In Love"!

Little Elves and Big Elves -

On November 18th of this year, our beloved record label, Emergency Umbrella, will release our third record of 2008: Christmas In Love

Obviously we are crazy lucky to have a record label that will let us release an EP, our first full-length, and a Christmas record, all in one year (collect them all!), but more than anything, we're just happy that we got to check this project off of our Wish List.

Since Eric had recorded a few Christmas song demos over the last couple of years, and the holiday "concept" had popped up in an album song or two, a Christmas EP seemed like an inevitability.

Eric spent the better part of two weeks holed up in his basement studio with the AC cranked down to a wintry 35˚F, a fire burning in an old Crate cabinet, and a gallon of hot cocoa bubbling over the edges of his Grandma's old CrockPot. His only human contact was Steve hanging around to make sure he was keeping up with his personal hygiene, and to help rewrite all the not-quite-Christmasy-enough parts (read: sucky parts) [Ed. note: (read: drunkenly fumble with sleighbells)]. Kiley also stopped by to record all the piano parts that actually required being good at playing piano.

By the time the EP was done what rose from the cold was a cover, a re-recorded old song, a re-arranged old song, a re-written old song, an entirely new song, and an intro for good measure. Exhausted? You betcha!

So, the GAH & Emergency Umbrella present... Christmas In Love... available in stores on Nov. 18th.

  1. A Banner Year
  2. On The Rooftop
  3. Home For The Holidays
  4. Here Comes Santa Claus
  5. Don't Want Another Christmas (Like Last Christmas)
  6. Christmas In Love
You can preorder a copy for yourself (and all your friends - stocking stuffers!) right now at or, OR you can come out to any of our shows between now and the 18th and buy a copy straight from us. Cut out the middleman! After the 18th it will be available at stores around town, at our shows, and at numerous online retailers. Bingo!

Speaking of shows, 'Here We Go A-Tourin''...
11/7 - Champaign-Urbana, IL @ Courtyard Cafe w/Headlights
11/8 - Richmond, IN @ Earlham College w/ Wax Fang, Birdnames
11/14 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo's for The Bluebird Music & Arts Fest w/ Bald Eagle, Elsinore, more
11/15 - St. Louis, MO @ The Billiken Club w/ Bound Stems, Yea Big + Kid Static
11/29 - St. Louis, MO @ 3rd Deg. Glass Factory for the Rock 'N Roll Craft Show
12/3 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo's w/TBA
12/4 - Springfield, MO @ TBA w/ Sweetwater Abilene & TBA
12/5 - Tulsa, OK @ TBA w/ El Paso Hot Button
12/6 - Stillwater, OK @ Eskimo Joe's w/Mayola & El Paso Hot Button
12/7 - Oklahoma City, OK @ TBA w/ El Paso Hot Button
12/8 - Dallas, TX @ Good Records - FREE In Store Performance
12/8 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada w/ Cocky Americans
12/9 - Austin, TX @ Lambert's w/ The Lemurs, The Ovenbirds
12/10 - Houston, TX @ Rudyard's w/ Motion Turns It On, Spain Colored Orange
12/11 - TBA - Help!
12/12 - TBA - Help!
12/13 - TBA - Help!
12/19 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway w/ The Hibernauts, Target Market, Cold Bear Sc0ut
Thanks for helping us spread that holiday cheer around like frosting on a sugar cookie. We love Christmas, and we love you all.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008