Monday, January 28, 2013

Boats - A Fairway Full of Miners and a page full of Pop Awful Crap Noise

What is that album cover? It looks like something I should recognize, but I don't. Help me out here. I like it, and I like the title, they vaguely remind of Wire. Of course, Wire doesn't give their band tags on their Bandcamp page like "pop awful crap noise", so you would have guessed it's a Winnipeg band, right?

 Winnipeg's Boats will be playing a cd release show at the West End Cultural Centre on Febuary 2 featuring The Random Band Spectacular, 12 local musicians, 3 random bands, and 9 cover songs that they have never played before. Also - the Return of the Winnitron! The new album “A Fairway Full Of Miners” comes out on February 5th, 2013 on Kill Rock Stars in the U.S. and Canada.

Here is Boats' Great Skulls from the new album, in all of its whiny, yelping, nasal yet catchy and soaring herky-jerky glory:

Here is Boats' Getting Worst.jpeg from the new album:

Boats have already recently released a 3 song cassette called “Marblemouth.” You can get it on Bandcamp, but the band warns that "This cassette has mysterious secrets. Downloading the album means you will not have access to these mysterious secrets. Buy the actual cassette, and we will mail it to you, and then you will have access to these mysterious secrets." What's not a mysterious secret is that one of the songs is a cover of The Cannon Bros. "Out of Here", which is the coolest thing since January.

I dig this band photo because I can see records by Split Enz, Green on Red and Streetheart. Yeah!

Further Tour Dates
February 9– Fargo @ The Aquarium
February 21– Saskatoon @ Vangelis
February 22– Calgary @ Hi FI Club (Early Show, 7:00)
February 23– Edmonton @ Wunderbar
February 28– Vancouver @ The Cobalt (W/ Hot Panda and In Medias Res)
March 1– Seattle @ Comet Tavern
March 3– Portland @ Holocene
March 6– San Francisco @ Elbo Room
March 7– San Diego @ Tin Can Ale House
March 9– Tempe @ Yucca Tap Room
March 10– Las Vegas @ The Bunkhouse
March 11– Albuquerque @ Iron Haus
March 12– Oklahoma City @ The Conservatory
March 13-16 Austin @ SXSW (shows TBA)
March 17– New Orleans @ Circle Bar
March 20– Cincinnati @ MOTR Pub
March 21– Windsor @ Phog Lounge
March 22-23 Toronto @ CMW (Show TBA)
March 24- Hamilton @ The Casbah
March 27– Guelph @ Albion
March 28– Ottawa @ Pressed
March 29– Montreal @ La Cagibi
March 31– Pittsburgh @ Howler’s

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