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Summer 2014

Summer 2014

This summer has been one of great shows and new experiences. McTuff performed at Blacksheep Family Reunion and Summer Meltdown, with a set at Bumbershoot on the way. The band played to a packed house at Seattle’s Nectar Lounge and joined forces with Skerik, Steve Moore, and Hans Teuber for two nights of horn-filled goodness. Outside of McTuff, I had the pleasure of recording on Bill Doerrfeld’s upcoming piano trio album along with Jon Hamar, bringing together Andy Coe and Evan Flory-Barnes for a Lick Trio gig, and maintaining Hardcoretet’s residency at the Seamonster. I’ve performed in Fremont, Columbia City, Cap Hill, Downtown, Redmond, Garberville, Portland, Eugene, Hood Canal, Kenmore, Tidewater, Gray’s Harbor, Yakima, Walla Walla, Darrington, Manson, Missoula, Billings, and Bozeman with more on the way. Oh, I also now play bass in a Lake Street Dive cover band.

On the personal side, I moved to Ballard and I WENT BUNGEE JUMPING! It was incredible.

Things are good. Music is fun. More to come.

Lefty

Photo (as always) by the legendary Chris Davis

Shortly after returning from McTour in March I fractured the 5th metacarpal on my right hand, putting me in a cast for six weeks and leaving me with two options: whither away into a music-less existence or push through and find a way to play with one hand.

Thanks to some incredibly open-minded and trusting bandmates I had the opportunity to work my left side, keep earning a living, and endure an endless barrage of Def Leppard jokes (every one of which was unique and hilarious). At first it was disorienting, tiring, and frustrating because so much of my playing had been anchored by the constant beat-aligned motion of my right hand, but as time went on my body relearned how to feel the music and express what my mind was hearing.

The cast has been off for a month now but the experience has had a permanent effect on my playing. My limbs are freer and more independent, my left hand is stronger and faster, the feeling of the beat is more evenly distributed throughout my entire body and, most importantly, the choices I make are generally less note-heavy and dense (not always but, ya know, better than before).  I encourage any musician, drummers especially, to set aside a limb or two to see what happens. If you’re anything like me you may be surprised by how difficult it might be to play something relatively simple.

See below for a few videos of McTuff’s LoFi show in April to get an idea of how it sounded. Again, THANK YOU to all my bandmates and the many people who came out to support the music while I was crippled. Love you all!

Video shot by Mike Day

McTuff on Band in Seattle

Start at 10:35 to watch McTuff on Band in Seattle

Back in December McTuff filmed a live set and did some interviews for a new TV show called Band in Seattle. The episode aired while we were on tour in March and has since been posted online. Take a look at the episode above or watch the full performances below.

Coming Up: McTuff on Tour, Hardcoretet CD Release, and Stand-Out Shows

Allen Stone drops in at Seamonster

Allen Stone drops in at Seamonster

With so much great stuff on the horizon, I thought I’d take a second to highlight what’s coming up! McTuff will be on the road, Hardcoretet will be releasing a new CD at a very special Seattle show, and some awesome double and triple bills are in the works.

First, McTuff is piling into a gigantic green van and making our way to Colorado and back. We’ve got stops in Richland, Moscow, Salt Lake City, Telluride, Denver (with Pimps of Joytime), Missoula, Livingston, Billings, Big Sky, Bozeman, and Butte with more on the way. We’ll also be hitting the west coast in May, but I’ll leave that for another day.

Next up, Hardcoretet will finally be releasing our new record, produced with a generous grant from 4Culture, on April 8th at a very special Tractor Tavern show with one of my favorite bands, Grammy-nominated Kneebody! We’ve got preview tracks up now and will be releasing more as the show gets closer. GO TO THIS SHOW!

In the midst of all that, there are some great double and triple bills happening. McTuff and Industrial Revelation will be playing their first bill together on February 22nd at Jaam Rek (formerly Hidmo), then on March 29th at Goodfoot and April 5th at LoFi, McTuff will be teaming up with Funky2Death and Bucket of Honey for a funk/soul revue. The three bands did this last year in Portland and it was incredible. Again, GO TO THESE SHOWS!

For more details visit the links above or check out my full performance calendar. Thanks for all your support and I’ll see you at the shows!