Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Upcoming Releases

Dirtmusic album (Glitterhouse) Now

True Spirit DVD (Gusstaff) Feb 08
Sepiatone USA (Minty Fresh) Jan 08
True Spirit 53rd State album (Bang!) March 08
Wreckery - Past Imperfect cd (Reverberation/Memorandum) March 08

STRADA BLU July 2007





Modigliani, Italy.

Antonio Gramantieri invites Hugo Race and American multi-instrumentalist Bill Elm (Friends of Dean Martinez) to perform their material with Italian avant rockers Sea of Cortez in a kind of live workshop at the Strada Blu festival. Shows in the Romagna lead to a trip south to the Abruzzo mountains where the 8 piece line-up strips back to Hugo, Bill, Antonio and drummer Diego Sapignola. The final show at a festival in the high city of L'Aquila was smudged by drifting smoke from rampant local forest fires. Its not out of the question that recordings of these concerts surface in the near future.

Photos by Patti: 

Sepiatone at Strade Blu

June 28, 2007 

 Sepiatone in transit to Italy. 

 We're playing an open-air show in Cesena, for the Strade Blu festival. 

 New songs are setlisted, and south the summer's in full swing

Szczecin


JUNE 22, 2007. 

 SEPIATONE 

 Koszalin, Poland. "Mwodzi i Film". 

 With Marta Collica - we flag a train out of Alexanderplatz across the flatlands headed east with a couple of guitars and a few effects. The landscape transforms after the border - as if we're going back in time. We're playing the afterparty at the Koszalin film festival. 

 Sepiatone shows are semi-acoustic duets, very minimal - we leave the loops and soundscapes behind when we play live. 

 We've been preparing the album Introduction to Sepiatone for U.S. label Minty Fresh Records. It's a compilation of our two albums, "In Sepiatone" and "Dark Summer", and Minty Fresh set the release for November 2007. Michelangelo Russo just completed a new video of Sepiatone for the U.S. debut... 

 Looking forward to the show tonight because amongst other things we'll be supported by the phenomenal Jacaszek. His "Lo-Fi Stories" album came out last year on Gusstaff Records, and we love its strange cosmos of hard editing and exotic melodies. 

 We changed trains at the border but there was no exchange - just a strange all-pervading sense of low-key chaos - so with no money and no food or water we kick back for the 5 hour journey to unfold... 



 4.6.07 

 Race, Brokaw and Eckman recording live at Sono. 

 The Dirt Music album is taped, but as yet unfinished. 

 The band plans to regroup in september. 

 Stay tuned... 



 Prague 1.6.2007 

 Dirt Music work their way around central Europe rain and shine. 

 Three guys driving one large van with Slovenian plates. 

 Plenty of room to stretch out and contemplate the landscapes passing. 

 Songs are taking shape in a nebulous way. 

 Find ourselves ultimately in Unhost Amerika...

Dirt Music

DIRT MUSIC is Chris Eckman, Hugo Race and Chris Brokaw 

 Digging back to their roots in search of the raw urban folkblues, Eckman, Race and Brokaw converge paths in the European spring for full immersion in the journey of a brand new collaborative project: DIRT MUSIC 

 Three multi-instrumental artists from diverse backgrounds - three voices discovering a mutual language in the legacy of the frontier. Six strings, some keys, "found" percussion, steel bottleneck, roots feels, acoustic storytelling illuminated by an electronic vein. Dreams and memories carved from hard bedrock reality: DIRT MUSIC - a road movie in evolution... 

 Following the May 07 tour in Central Europe, Dirt Music will begin recording an album in Prague... 

 HUGO RACE is leader of TRUE SPIRIT. Collaborations include SEPIATONE, THE BAD SEEDS, ROGALL'S ELECTRIC CIRCUS, TRANSFARGO, SONGS WITH OTHER STRANGERS, THE MEROLA MATRIX. 

 CHRIS ECKMAN leads the acclaimed American band, The WALKABOUTS. His collaborations include CHRIS and CARLA, the STRANGE, HOST, MIDNIGHT CHOIR, TOSCA, and WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY. 

 CHRIS BROKAW's bands include COME, CODEINE, THE NEW YEAR and more. Collaborations include EVAN DANDO, THE WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY, THALIA ZEDEK, STEVE WYNN and KARATE. 

 Sat 19.05.07 Murska Sobota (SLO) MIKK 

 Mon 21.05.07 Ljubljana (SLO) Sax 

 Tue 22.05.07 Vienna (A) Chelsea 

 Wed 23.05.07 Innsbruck (A) (location tba) 

 Thu 24.05.07 Stuttgart (D) Laboratorium 

 Fri 25.05.07 Erfurt (D) Museumskeller 

 Sat 26.05.07 Berlin (D) Maschinenhaus 

 Sun 27.05.07 Beverungen (D) Glitterhouse OBS Festival 

 Fri 01.06.07 Prague (CZ) Akropolis 

 Sat 02.06.07 Singwitz (D) Kesselhaus Lager

Hugo Race: Taoist Priests CD Launch

 Wed 11th April Manchester Lane, Melbourne. Sun 29th April The Vanguard, Sydney.