July 2016: Return to Deutschtown

Greetings to all of you summer Custerbums out there!

 One year ago at Deutschtown.  Ride sharing is encouraged.

One year ago at Deutschtown.  Ride sharing is encouraged.

Bad Custer's been laying low since our performance/Stanley Cup distraction at Layer Cake a month ago.  We spent that time relaxing in our own ways: Jesse went out to nature to gather his thoughts, I went on one road trip and planned another, and Mike lost his phone and took his time getting a new one, basking in the forbidden fruit of inaccessibility for a decadent 3 weeks.

We've been saying yes to show invites a lot since then, and as a result the rest of our summer has filled in quite nicely.  Here's a rundown on where to catch our shenanigans:

Saturday 7/9 we will be putting on our sophomore performance at the 4th annual Deutschtown Music Festival.  Last year we had the honor of playing a packed house at the James Street Ballroom, a space that became very familiar to us in the year following.  This year we're teaming up with perennial band-buddies Wreck Loose and Chrome Moses, as well as The Commonheart and André Costello and the Cool Minors, to take over the stage at the Allegheny Elks Lodge.  Known for its scads of banjo-wielding septuagenarians, this stage is a great anchor for the five hours of rock that will take place on top of it.  We go on at 11, but stop by early to see Pittsburgh's rock scene distilled to lethal potency.

An anecdote: Mike has been painfully assembling a brand-new custom Gretsch kit, and it will be ready just in time to make its Debut at Deutschtown.  Since Mike volunteered his gear as the house kit for the night, he will have the honor of being the fifth person ever to play his own drum kit!

 Ain't she a beaut?

Ain't she a beaut?

Come back to the historic North Side on July 25th, as we help Pittsburgh punk band Swiss Army bring their tour Burghside at the James Street Speakeasy, a stage first for us.  I've known Swiss Army's frontman Brandon for a long time, and am stoked to finally be sharing a stage with him.  Also playing is Virginia artist Mike Frazier.

Sick of the North Side yet?  Too bad!  Oh July 28th, we return to the James Street Speakeasy AGAIN to play with Wreck Loose AGAIN, along with a Tennessee band called Sad Baxter.  Tongue twisters will flow like the craft beer that is conveniently available from the basement bar.

In other news: late last year, we were introduced to an eight-foot-tall Canadian trickster god named Lurch.  Over the winter we laid down the tracks for our very first full-length album in exchange for our immortal souls and daily reminders of how cool Justin Trudeau is.  We're hard at work mixing as I type this, and hopefully your ears will get to wrap themselves around it in the near future.  You can dig deep into our Instagram for behind-the-scenes shots and video.

 Jesse, Lurch, and Nick the Bearded at LiveburghStudio

Jesse, Lurch, and Nick the Bearded at LiveburghStudio

I hope we see you all in July, and I hope that you're cool with all of our upcoming shows being within a block of one another, and I hope that the Route 28 East Ohio Street exit opens soon so it's not a total pain in the ass for you to get there.

-Phil