Sunday, March 11, 2012

long time no talky

So! It's been a little while since last we spoke. I hate letting the blog fall into disuse, but it's easy to do so when there's really nothing to report. After all the fun we had on tour, we took the momentum we had been building up and just kinda sat on it. We've been playing live here and there, but not accomplishing much else. Sean had another child (that makes 4 for anyone keeping score). :) The rest of us just laid low or worked on other bands. (Skittish Itz, Hummingbird Of Death etc.)

I'm happy to report that at this moment we are active once again. We got a few live dates coming up (see above) and we are back to writing exciting new music. This new jam we've been working on in practice sounds like nothing we've done before, yet it still sounds like us. We have a real good feeling about this one.

Unfortunately, our current job situation won't allow us to tour much, if at all, this year. We might be able to swing a weekend trip sometime, but nothing beyond that. It's probably just as well, since it's been 4 years since we last recorded an album, and we probably ought to focus on this new one. I don't know why it takes us 3-4 years to write an album, it just kinda happens that way. I think last year's demo maybe bought us some time, but it's time to knuckle down and get some new jams going. Toodle-oo.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

obligatory tour thanks post

So this should have been done a couple months ago, but at least it's getting done now. Thanks a million to everyone who helped us out on our summer tour. Not just the people who came to the shows, but the incredible people who booked the shows for us, most of whom we didn't know. It means a lot to us when people take a chance on an unknown band. For a band like us, we really couldn't entertain very high expectations of how the trip would go. Most bands think they have a right to tour when they really have no business doing so, and they come through your town and you forget them within a month. Maybe we're no different, but I thought that if we got a chance we were capable of rocking people's faces off. Hopefully we left an impression.

Big thanks to the Canadian border patrol for letting us into Canada even after Sean thought he could get a taser across the border. Will we ever let Sean live that one down? Time will tell. But our time in British Columbia became a highlight of this band's existence. The Victoria show was right up there with the greatest shows we've ever played. The folks in Vancouver bought a lot of merch and were amazing. Squamish was great too, even though the kids there were more into crusty thrash/grind type stuff. Huge thanks to our new Canada pals for your kindness and support!

We also had cool shows stateside on our trip. Before crossing the border we stopped in Spokane and played a sweet house party. After we finished with B.C. we did three more shows in Washington. We had a killer basement show in Bellingham, an OK if slightly weird show in Seattle (guess we were playing for the wrong crowd; but huge props to Lonnie and the Morgue crew for running a first-class operation), and a fun show with some good friends in Tacoma to close out the tour.

Our ep that we recorded for tour is now available for free download at our bandcamp page. Check it out here!

These were our tour dates, for posterity's sake:
July 29 @ Hop2It, Twin Falls, ID. Go Go Jesus Genius, Skittish Itz, Upinatem.
July 30 @ Berlin House, Spokane, WA. Upinatem, two bands I can't remember.
July 31 @ Carpetland, Victoria, BC. Golden Axe, Jellyboyz, Being A Bear, Upinatem, Blink-182 cover band.
Aug 1 @ Chateau Noir, Vancouver, BC. The Receptionists, Sick Charade, Retards On Caffeine, Upinatem.
Aug 2 @ Squamish Youth Center, Squamish, BC. Prison Violence, Total War, Upinatem.
Aug 3 @ Joe's house, Bellingham, WA. Totalizer, Beat To Fucking Death, Malice, Upinatem.
Aug 4 @ The Morgue, Seattle, WA. Chronic Tomb, Carrion something-or-other, Upinatem, Totes Brute.
Aug 5 @ The Red Room, Tacoma, WA. Overboard, Sidetracked, Upinatem, South 11th, Moron Broz.
Aug 7 @ The Carhole, Boise, ID. Strings And Chemicals, Drone Throne, Upinatem.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Obligatory 9/11 Post

Has it been 10 years already? Here's what we've learned:
Social media and free-flowing information can help people change their own regimes in months compared to what military force hasn't accomplished in a decade.

That's all the more I have to say about that. I realized we haven't posted since tour, which was probably a mistake since we made so many new friends. I'm sure Facebook picked up the slack, but if you're here and are a relatively new fan, we'd like to say thanks for checking us out, and that we really had a good time, especially in Canada. Our next out-of-country adventure should take us towards Alberta, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, we're still playing locally, writing new songs with Rusty Shackleford, and generally doing what we do. So check our upcoming shows over on Facebook and come out if you can. Later Skaters

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dear Recording Diary: Day 3, 7/21/11

Our new demo ep is fully recorded! We got together on Thursday to put Russ' and my vocals on the tracks, which didn't take very long at all. Now our buddy Shaun is tweaking the mix to make sure everything gets in there (no small task considering how much more intricate these tunes are than our older ones). Then we'll turn it over to Andrew (Sean's cousin and our original drummer) for mastering, and then you should get ready for an ass-kicking!

Here is the track listing:
1. The Gospel According To Erinnyes
2. Rand Must Die
3. Don't Sweat The Big Stuff
4. Sleepless In Hagerman
5. J-Town's Just A Football Team

Monday, July 18, 2011

A humble plea to current and former Upinatem fans of the Tragic Valley

Hey guys,
so we're kicking off another tour in the good ol' town of Twin Falls. It's been almost 6 years since our last tour, which kicked off with a potato cellar show that was not too shabby.
I realize everyone's gotten 6 years older, and as far as active, participating Upinatem fans from our hometowns go they are now few and far between. But if this plea reaches you somehow, be it through Facebook, email forward, or you actually just read our blog, I urge you to do us a favor and give us some momentum by coming out the 29th at Hop2It. I don't doubt we're going to have some great shows on tour, but having a good kickoff show will get us through any that aren't and put the fire under us to soldier on all those miles. I know you ain't got shit to do anyway that night, so come out! If you are an old alumni I'll give you a free copy of our demo/tour ep we're just wrapping up, and I promise you won't be disappointed with some of the face melting riffs and blazing drums you've come to expect from us. Thanks for sticking with us all these years.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Dear Recording Diary: Day 2, 7/16/11

Well, it took more than three weeks, but we finally got together this past Saturday to work some more on the new EP. And we almost got done. Over the course of about 6 hours, Sean finished his bass and vocal tracks, and Brady finished his guitar tracks. All we have left to do now is get Russ' and my vocals on there, put a little mix magic on it, and it'll be ready to rip gut!

After the session we rolled out to Muff Mansion for an awesome basement show with the crazy kids of Cat Massacre. We actually impressed a few people and sold a little merch, which is weird! We have been playing a lot lately in preparation for tour, and getting really really good. Positive responses like the one we got on Saturday make us even more determined to get better and blow people away on the road. And now that Russ and I finally have passports, we'll be able to rock some mofackos north of the border too! See you soon.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

4 Tards, 9 Beans

Upinatem July 2011. Thanks Russ, now we'll never be able to play NYC.