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Fall tour announced!

See you on the road.  Details regarding each show will be posted soon, but here is the schedule:

 

Sept. 19 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Desperate Annie's

Sept. 20 – North Bennington, VT – House show

Sept. 21 – Rochester, NY – House show

Sept. 22 – Harrisburg, PA – JB Lovedraft's

Sept. 24 – Jamestown, NY – The Beer Snob

Sept. 25 – Buffalo, NY – Revolution Gallery

Sept. 26 – Lancaster, OH – The Fire House

Sept. 27 – Wheeling, WV – Nail City Record

Sept. 28 – Frostburg, MD – Dante's Bar

Sept. 30 – Richmond, VA – Space Litter Records

Oct. 1 – Appomattox, VA – Baine's Books and Coffee

Oct. 2 – Chapel Hill, NC – The Cave

Oct. 3 – Winston-Salem, NC – Monstercade

Oct. 4 – Raleigh, NC – Ash Hous

Oct. 5 – Boone, NC – House show

Oct. 6 – Greenville, SC – TBA

Oct. 8 – St. Augustine, FL – Shanghai Nobby's

Oct. 9 – Tallahassee, FL – The Bark

Oct. 10 – Houma, LA – Intracoastal Club

Oct. 11 – Beaumont, TX – LogOn Cafe

Oct. 12 – Cleveland, MS – Hey Joe's

Oct. 13 – Starkville, MS – Dave's Dark Horse Tavern

Oct. 14 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafe

Oct. 15 – Birmingham, AL – The Nick

Oct. 16 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Alcove International Tavern

Oct. 17 – Murfreesboro, TN – The CrossRoads

Oct. 18 – Roanoke, VA – The Spot on Kirk

Oct. 19 – Harrisonburg, VA – The Friendly Fermenter

Oct. 20 – Washington, DC – DIVE

Oct. 23 – Baltimore, MD – Hotel RL

Oct. 24 – Philadelphia, PA – The Grape Room

Oct. 25 – Keyport, NJ – Espresso Joe's

Oct. 26 – Florence, MA - 13th Floor Music Lounge

Nov. 8 – Worcester, MA – Remedy Music

Nov. 13 – Lock Haven, PA – Avenue 209

Nov. 14 – Uniontown, PA – Bar None

Nov. 15 – Shippensburg, PA – The Thought Lot

Nov. 16 – Lancaster, PA – TBA

Nov. 19 – Cincinnati, OH – Arts On The Avenue

Nov. 20 – Kalamazoo, MI – TBA

Nov. 21 – Lansing, MI – Mac's Bar

Nov. 22 – Detroit, MI – TBA

Nov. 23 – South Bend, IN – The Well

Nov. 25 – Muncie, IN – Be Here Now

"The Touring Test" physical book!

Elizabeth grew up reading comic collections like Calvin and Hobbes, Zits, Far Side, Get Fuzzy, and a lot of those great newspaper comics.  They all influenced her to become an artist in a huge way.  She always wanted to start a comic, and then she did 2 years ago.  It's called the Touring Test, and most of you reading this know about it.  

Now, she's collected all those online comics, plus some new exclusive long form ones, into a physical book.  Or, she's trying to!  

We just launched a Kickstarter campaign for it, and with your help, we can make it a reality.

 

The first 100 backers will get personalized drawings in their books, so act fast if that's something you'd like.

Thank you all for the support and encouragement.  You make it possible for us to do so many artistic things.  You are our bosses, and we're glad you still like us.

 

"Seeing Your Reflection In The Baptism Water" music video

Here's a new music video.  This is one of our favorite songs.  We sadly don't get to play it live very often.  Due to it's length and musical complexity, I haven't found a great way to transfer it to solo piano.  Perhaps one day I'll crack the code.  Until then, enjoy the video:

Tour Stats

STATS AND FACTS ABOUT THE TOUR

Number of shows played: 50

Number of USA states played in: 50

Number of paintings made on stage: 50

Amount of time it took, from first note to last note: 44 days, 11 hours, 50 minutes, 24 seconds

Top 3 States where we made the most money: Vermont, Michigan, Washington

Top 3 States where we made the least money: Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii

State the painting auction went the highest: Ohio

State the painting auction went the lowest: Alabama

Least number of people at a show: 2

Most number of people at a show: 2 many to count

Number of miles traveled: 16,123 miles

Number of oil changes: 5

Longest drive between shows: 11 hours 19 minutes

Shortest drive between shows: 23 minutes

Shortest show: 25 minutes

Longest show: 90 minutes

Number of public bathrooms used: 135 (approximately)

Number of times people told us “Playing 50 states in 45 days is a bad idea and you're crazy for doing it”: countless

Number of venues that we were their first show ever: 3

Number of venues that we were their last show ever: 1

Number of food baskets given to us by fans: 10

Number of hotel rooms gifted to us by fans: 4

Number of penises drawn in the “Historical Record”: 0 (we're so proud of you all for that number)

Number of times people told us our show made them cry: 6

Number of times Eric cried from the kindness of people at shows: 11 (approximately)

Most played song on the tour: (tie) “Effigy” and “Death Anxiety”

Elizabeth's most used painting color: Prussian Blue

Elizabeth's least used painting color: Cadmium Red

Number of food sponsors: 6 (one soba noodles company, 2 noodle cup companies, one granola bar company, one coffee company, one nut butter company)

Number of microphone sponsors: 1 (RODE Microphones)

Number of shirts sold (tour and online sales): 181

Number of nights slept in a bed (which includes futons and mattress on floors): 32

Number of nights slept on couches: 6

Number of nights slept on air mattresses: 6

Number of nights slept in airplane seats: 1

Number of times Eric was sick: 2

Number of times Elizabeth was sick: 2

Eric's top 3 favorite paintings: Texas, Arizona, Colorado

Elizabeth's top 3 favorite paintings: Texas, Washington, Ohio

Top 3 favorite shows: Too many good ones to narrow down

Top 3 least favorite shows: That's mean

Podcast listened to the most while driving: Reply All

Album listened to the most while driving: “Winter Wheat” by John K Samson

Elizabeth's favorite song to perform on this tour: “Effigy (or, Building a Wall of Beliefs so High that you Completely Forget what is on the Other Side)”

Eric's favorite song to perform on this tour: “When You Sleep”

Number of world records broken (currently unofficial): 2 (one for playing the fastest in each state, and one for making a painting in each state)

Dr. Periwinkle (our car) is very sick

UPDATE: We're home now.  So many of you bought prints, dresses, and albums that we were able to pay for a majority of the engine.  Thank you so so so much.  There isn't a word that means stronger than "thank you" but I want to use it here.  I cannot express how much it means to us.  Every band always says they have the best fans, and I always kind of found that annoying, but you guys.....you're the exact kind of people we want to like our band.  You're the best.  

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So the last few days have been incredibly exhausting and frustrating for us.  We've had several repairs on our car, and it needs a new engine that costs us about $3300.  We finished the big 50 states tour, and were literally starting the long drive across country back home to CT, and overheating, smoking, and all sorts of issues started to happen.

I wrote a long article about the story (thus far) over on our Patreon page, if you'd like the full story.

We know we have asked a lot of you guys on the last tour, but given the situation, we humbly now ask for support once again.  Not donations, but support.  Elizabeth made an amazing print piece of every painting she did in each state AS each state (pictured below).  If you'd like a big 16"x16" copy of it, they're up on Elizabeth's Etsy store.  Plus all other items there are 30% off.

We'd very much appreciate the help if you can.  If not, please just put on our music on Spotify while you sleep tonight and send us some sweet sweet penny fractions.  Every penny fraction helps.

Thank you all for being the best fans we could hope for.

WE DID IT

We did it!

50 concerts in 50 states in 45 days.  Total tour time (from first note to last note): 44 days, 11 hours, 50 minutes, 24 seconds.

Here is the last painting Elizabeth did at The Dragon Upstairs in Honolulu, HI: 

Thank you all so much for helping us do this on this crazy tour.  We couldn't have done it without a supportive and encouraging fan base, of which you are a part.  We got so many kind comments and emails cheering us on, as well as all the high fives and hugs before and after each show.  

In our minds, this is not something we did alone.  It was something we all did together.  There seems to have been a community formed around this band and what we do, and we're incredibly proud of that, and incredibly proud for you to be a part of it.  We are currently VERY tired and exhausted (writing from Hawaii, where we're still trying to do some R&R) but have lots of more great things planned for the future.  We hope you'll stick around and be a part of them too.

Thank you for everything.  We did it.

"50 States in 45 Days" shirts now available online

We usually don't like to sell our shirts online.  We like to keep them as a commodity for concerts only in an effort to help get more people out.  However, the t-shirts for this tour have sold like hotcakes.  We thought we made too many at one point, but clearly we didn't make enough.  We've pretty much run out.  BUT we've heard that some folks who couldn't make it to a show, or wanted a specific size we ran out of, really still wanted one.  

So we decided once we get home from this tour in late April, we are going to screen print a bunch more and mail them out to anyone interested.  They should arrive in early May.

They're on our bandcamp page if you'd like to pre-order one.

Here's what they look like, front and back:

 

We'll close off the pre-orders once the tour is finished after April 6.  So order one now if you want one!

Join us on Patreon

So we've been hearing from more and more people that they have no idea we have a Patreon.  Lots of great stuff is happening over there.  Our Patrons are responsible for giving us the umph for doing this current world record tour.  They're also allowing us to make a graphic novel (which we've released 36 pages so far).  They've helped us decide what kind of album to make next.  They've all gotten weekly updates on how we're doing.  And they've all received rewards of everything from exclusive songs to etsy store discounts to monthly prints delivered right to their door.  

Please join us over there.

Time to see if we can break a world record

Tomorrow, we start on this crazy tour.  It was about 6 years ago that we first thought we might be able to do this, and it's weird to think we're finally on the doorstep to it.  It's been the hardest tour I've ever had to book in terms of logistics, but we also feel more excited for it  than usual.  We've gotten sponsors for the first time in our career, which is WEIRD AND AMAZING.  Click on their logos to the left there and support them and other companies that lift up the little guys like us.  

On that note, special shout out to RODE Microphones who have helped us with product AND financial aid.  It's sort of been a game changer.  Not even sure we would have been able to do this without them.  If you need mics for any reason, they're the folks to go to.

And I'm not saying that out of any contractual obligation, but sheer thankfulness.  They know that we know that they know that we're getting the best part out of this deal, given our reach as a band.  Which, again, makes me respect them quite a bit for still going forward with it.  They at least have a lifetime customer out of us.

For all the tour dates, times, locations, and all that, please head to our tour schedule page and find the state you're in.  

See you there!

RODE presents the 50 States in 45 Days Tour!

Show details on our tour page.  Some times and locations may be subject to change, but all nights will have shows in those towns on those days.  See you on the road!

New song "Names"!

Merry Christmas!

6 months ago, we said that anyone who joined our Patreon page before June 28, 2018 would have their name included in a song.  Today we are finally releasing that song.

You can own it for free here , along with the lyrics and an explanation of the thought process behind it.

It was quite a challenge to make it, but given all the factors, I think it came out pretty great.  I hope you enjoy.

 

"Fastest to Play a Concert in Each of the 50 States" world record attempt

50 states.  45 days.  1 world record attempt.

Feb. 21 – New London, CT

Feb. 21 – Westerly, RI

Feb. 21 – Worchester, MA

Feb. 22 – Somersworth, NH

Feb. 23 – Bangor, ME

Feb. 24 – North Bennington, VT

Feb. 25 – Chester, NY

Feb. 26 – Long Branch, NJ

Feb. 27 – Wilmington, DE

Feb. 28 – Shippensburg, PA

March 1 – Frostburg, MD

March 2 – Wheeling, WV

March 3 – Roanoke, VA

March 4 – Charlotte, NC

March 4 – Greenville, SC

March 5 – Gainesville, GA

March 6 – Tallahassee, FL

March 7 – Helena, AL

March 8 – Cleveland, MS

March 9 – Columbia, TN

March 10 – Cadiz, KY

March 11 – Cincinnati, OH

March 12 – Lansing, MI

March 13 – Chesterton, IN

March 13 – Chicago, IL

March 14 – Madison, WI

March 15 – Minneapolis, MN

March 16 – Minot, ND

March 17 – Aberdeen, SD

March 18 – Sioux Center, IA

March 19 – Omaha, NE

March 20 – Kansas City, MO

March 20 – Topeka, KS

March 21 – Fayetteville, AR

March 22 – Shreveport, LA

March 23 – Beaumont, TX

March 24 – Norman, OK

March 25 – Los Alamos, NM

March 26 – Scottsdale, AZ

March 27 – Salt Lake City, UT

March 28 – Denver, CO

March 29 – Laramie, WY

March 30 – Bozeman, MT

March 31 – Boise, ID

April 1 – Elko, NV

April 2 – San Fransisco, CA

April 3 – Cottage Grove, OR

April 4 – Seattle, WA

April 5 – Anchorage, AK

April 6 – Honolulu, HI

 

See you in 2019.

Vote on our future album

We've decided to open up our future as a band to you.  Together with our Patreon supporters, we've narrowed down our list of possible concept albums to two choices: "Hope" and "A double EP about Good and Evil".  

We need your voice!

We're doing a poll on FB, so please head there and make your voice heard.  Thank you so much!

RODE is a pretty great company

I know so little about gear.  I've never been a guy who cared about music gear outside of whatever I needed.  Microphones are certainly a blind spot for me in that regard.  So all I can comment on gear is with my own experience.

A guy named Doug from RODE Microphones recently reached out to us.  He said he saw Drive. Play. Sleep., loved it, and wanted to support us by having the company he works for send us free microphones.  He gave us a blank check, basically.  He, and the good folks at RODE, are very, very nice.  

This has never happened to us, and we find it incredibly strange.  For someone to just give you very expensive things for something you did over a year ago is an odd experience for anyone, I'd imagine.  We got the mics the other day, and made this unboxing video about it:

What a great company.

All they asked in return is that we just talk about how they gave them to us on our website and socials.  Perhaps we're selling out, but hey, that seems more than fair in our book.  

If you need some microphones, I recommend you start a piano/painting band, tour your butts off, make a movie about it, and have them randomly see it and reach out to you.  Or you can take the shortcut and just buy them, which I think you'll agree is easier.

 

 

HUGE ART SALE!!!!

Elizabeth has gone insane, like clockwork, right after Thanksgiving yet again.  She has decided to be financially unstable and offer 50% off everything in her Etsy store.  If you want prints, original paintings, and the like, now is the time.

Just head here to get the savings.

That link should apply it automatically, or you can enter "HALFOFF" at checkout.

Enjoy the insanity of my best friend.  She's currently cackling like a witch while screaming "THE SAVINGS!!!  THE SAAAAVVIIIIINGSS!" towards the moon.

Get double the prints on Patreon! Sign up before Nov. 30.

So we're back from the tour (went FANTASTIC by the way.  You all are amazingly friendly and supportive of what we do in a way that astounds us.  Thank you) and Elizabeth and I decided on a little gift thing.  

As you may know, we have a Patreon page.  Some of the rewards include us sending you exclusive prints of PV show paintings in various sizes.  Well, if you sign up for one of the monthly print levels on or before Nov. 30, we'll send you DOUBLE the prints.  Let me break it down for you:

Usually, you get one small print at $10 a month.  And then one small and one large print at $18.

For December only, you will get TWO small prints for $10, and TWO small and TWO large prints for $18!!!

These are a mix of Patreon exclusive prints and prints that you'll receive before they hit any other outlet of ours.  

We just thought this would be a fun gift for our supporters.  If you'd like to take advantage, go join up.

Tour update

So we have 6 shows left in this current tour we're on, and so far it has been AMAZING.  People have been coming out to shows at a steady rate for a variety of reasons.  They seem to be finding us through our film, Elizabeth Touring Test comic, or just our music wherever they happen to find it.  Maybe it's all just good luck, or we're picking good shows, or something along those lines, but for whatever reason, it feels very validating and encouraging.  We're hitting show 800 on Thursday night, too, which sounds a lot bigger than it actually feels.  That "1000th show" mark feels ever closer....

We did have one bum show in Cheyenne, WY.  To be fair, we never played there (or anywhere in Wyoming) before, and the show was supposed to start at 6:30 on a Tuesday night at a small coffee shop.  Plus, no local bands were playing with us either.  We set up and waited.  Aaaaaaand no one came.  So we packed up and left.  The staff was very kind and apologetic though, which was nice.  We ended up turning the night into a little party with comfort foods and a cheap hotel room.  In the end, it felt good to just rest for a bit.  The next night we played an AMAZING show in Laramie, WY, which is 45 minutes from Cheyenne, so it all turned out fine anyway.  

We still do have more midwest and northeast shows coming up in the next month-ish, so please come out if you're nearby any of those places.  

However long you've been a fan of ours, thank you so much.  Right now, it really feels like big things are on the horizon.  Still a ways off, but they're coming.  Thank you for being a part of this.  

New music video!

It's for "Sexuality and My Decisions Concerning Sexuality (Both Good And Bad)".  Enjoy.

New shirts!

We have some new shirts available!  Come to an upcoming show this fall in order to get one.  

 

We're gonna break a world record

BIG NEWS

Elizabeth and I are going to attempt to break the world record for "Fastest to Play a Concert in Each of the 50 States"! We're going to attempt this February through April in 2019. We have just begun booking and we'd love for you to be involved.

We're looking for places to play. If you love a venue near you we should check out, let us know! If you want us to come play in your house, let us know! If you know a person who knows a person who knows a person who books a bar/coffee shop/DIY space/whatever, let us know!

As long as we can play our show in a space, we want to come to that space. We can't go everywhere, and only one show per state, but if you'd like to point us in the right direction for your home state, email us at pocketvinyl@gmail.com

Thanks everyone!  This should be a good time.

The Touring Test gif

Elizabeth made a Touring Test comic recently about a cat.  It went a little viral on facebook, which was fun.  Now some random person in the world made it a gif.  Fun times, we thought we'd share.

 

 

Eric on "Let God Die" podcast

Hey everyone, so I was interviewed by the good folks at the "Let God Die" podcast, which is an awesome show about questioning everything.  I really loved the conversation we had.  We got pretty in depth about my past/present with theology and all sorts of thoughts on the matter.  There is even a joke or two in there as well.  

Take a listen!

It was probably my favorite interview I've ever done.  If you like the stuff in our songs "Foggy Mess", "Sink", and others in that direction, this'll be a good listen for you.

Pocket Vinyl on Flat Nickel

The underground music podcast Flat Nickel (which you really should be listening to) interviewed us a couple weeks ago, which is now out there in the world.  It was very fun interview to be a part of it, and I hope you enjoy this little window into our lives.

Check it out on iTunes.

Here's a picture of us with the hosts!

Listen to "Fear Of Life" with us

"Old Sun" is out tomorrow to all our Patreon supporters.  Become one of them today!

"Death Anxiety" fan made music video

So this awesome PV super-fan Jonas made a music video for our song "Death Anxiety" for a film class he's a part of.  It even impressively features animation that mimics the album cover.  Both Elizabeth and I are incredibly amazed by this and feel incredibly honored by it.  Thanks Jonas!  

You should also check it out:

Our NEW new album "Old Sun" out June 1

Listen to our new song "Logic" while Elizabeth makes the album cover art:

We have our second new album of 2018 coming out on June 1!  It's called "Old Sun" and it's available only through our new Patreon page!

For those who don't know, Patreon is a crowdfunding platform but instead of us asking for a big chunk of support once, we're asking for a little bit of support month to month.  It's a pretty sweet platform, and we have decided to finally make use of it.  With our The Touring Test webcomic, a bunch of videos we want to make, podcasts about each album, a graphic novel we're working on, a Guiness World Record we intend to break.....we have a lot of stuff happening in the coming year.

And we want you to be a part of it.  

Click here and check out our goals, your potential rewards, and join in this adventure.

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