The spectacularly odd Mr. Gnome are releasing a digital 7” (not sure I get this concept, either) on March 20th. In circulation now through MTV Hive is the song, “The Way,” which is a drifting Casio-powered ballad that's sort dreamy next to the oft-loud guitar rock that comprised a greater portion of their last album, Madness In Miniature.
One very glaring instance of me dropping the ball in 2011 was never getting around to reviewing Mr. Gnome’s Madness In Miniature, which I did enjoy. So, in an effort to redeem myself, here are some tracks to check out and some info to absorb. There's also a link to stream the LP and a new video for the single, "House Of Circles."
All information is courtesy of Terrorbird Media.
Mr. Gnome Premieres New Track "The Way" on MTV Hive, New 7" Softly Mad out March 20th on El Marko Records
Trailer for Live-Action, Comic Book Style "House of Circles" Video Starring Madness In Miniature Cover Art Characters Unveiled
Coast-to-Coast Spring Tour Through May Kicks Off Tonight, Including SXSW
DOWNLOAD: "The Way" direct mp3 / via MTV Hive
DOWNLOAD: "Watch the City Sail Away" direct mp3 / via Rolling Stone
STREAM: Madness In Miniature full album / via My Old Kentucky Blog
The duo of Nicole Barille and Sam Meister -- aka Cleveland's Mr. Gnome -- are going big in 2012, and things are just about to get started. They recently announced the upcoming release of their new digital 7" Softly Mad, out March 20th on El Marko Records. MTV Hive premiered one of those new tracks, the brooding A-side "The Way," which shows a more restrained side of the band that was previously only hinted at on Madness In Miniature. That genre-obliterating album caused Rolling Stone Magazine to give them the coveted "Band To Watch" title last year. The new single includes two b-sides from the Madness In Miniature sessions, were recorded in their basement studio during a dark Cleveland winter, and were mixed by Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan & Sara, Secret Machines).
Addtionally, the band has released a stunning new trailer for their forthcoming video for "House of Circles" -- a comic book style adventure into the surreal that is a live action interpretation of a sci-fi graphic novel written by Mr. Gnome, and featuring fantasy characters from the Madness In Minature cover art. Last but certainly not least, Mr. Gnome kicks off their massive Spring tour tonight in Louisville, KY, which sees them going from one coast to another now through early May. They will be hitting SXSW in Austin for an official showcase and mulitple day parties, including an appearance at the Terrorbird Media/Force Field PR day party on 3/14 at Red 7 along with Tycho, Youth Lagoon, Widowspeak, and others. See below for the full list of upcoming dates. If you missed them in 2011, it's a perfect time to revisit the album, check out their jaw-dropping live show, and see what more and more people have been talking about.
Click Here or Above for the "House of Circles" Video Trailer
Mr. Gnome Spring Tour Dates
02/29 Louisville KY @ Zazoo's
03/01 Nashville TN @ Exit/In
03/02 Cincinnati OH @ Mayday
03/03 Lexington KY @ Green Lantern
03/06 Durham NC @ Garage Bar at Motorco Music Hall
03/08 Atlanta GA @ The Five Spot
03/09 Pensacola FL @ The Handle Bar
03/10 Orlando FL @ Will's Pub - Orange You Glad Festival
03/13 Dallas TX @ Double Wide - Prekindle SXSW pre-party
03/14 Austin TX @ Red 7 - Terrorbird Media/Force Field SXSW party
03/15 Austin TX @ Lucky Lounge - TapeOp magazine SXSW party
03/16 Austin TX @ Treasure Island - official SXSW showcase
03/20 Fruita CO @ Cavalcade
03/22 Boise ID @ The Red Room - Treefort Music Festival
03/23 Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
03/24 Seattle WA @ Sunset Tavern
03/27 San Francisco CA @ Thee Parkside
03/28 Sacramento CA @ Luigi's
03/29 Los Angeles CA @ Bootleg Theater
03/31 Albuquerque NM @ The Launch Pad
04/03 Salt Lake City UT @ Urban Lounge
04/04 Denver CO @ Hi-Dive
04/06 Springfield MO @ The Outland
04/07 Kansas City MO @ Riot Room/Middle of The Map Festival
04/10 Columbia MO @ Sideshow
04/11 Saint Louis MO @ Plush
04/12 Indianapolis IN @ Radio Radio
04/13 Chicago IL @ Schuba's
04/14 Grand Rapids MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
04/20 Cleveland OH @ Beachland Ballroom
04/21 Toledo OH @ Ottawa Tavern
04/27 Dayton OH @ Blind Bob's
04/28 Columbus OH @ Skully's
05/04 New York NY @ Mercury Lounge
05/05 Pittsburgh PA @ The Brillobox
More info on Mr. Gnome:
Like the previous album Heave Yer Skeleton (2009), the new record was recorded at Josh Homme's (Queens of the Stone Age/Them Crooked Vultures) Pink Duck Studios in Los Angeles. The Madness in Miniature sessions signal the band’s second opportunity to partner with Pink Duck Studio Manager and Engineer, Justin Smith (QOTSA, Eagles of Death Metal, Arctic Monkeys, Them Crooked Vultures) as well. Portland’s Beau Sorenson, who mixed the previous two albums, also returns. Barille and Meister bring an unfiltered approach to their craft, allowing for emotional and sonic variance. The duo's mood swings are mirrored by the band's surreal album artwork, photography, and videowork, all created by Barille and Meister themselves.
The intricately woven musical tapestries and hallucinogenic interludes pounded out by the duo represent an expansion and perfection of the stylistic character Mr. Gnome had previously become synonymous. Don't miss your chance to see them in the flesh.
Mr. Gnome - Softly Mad
Out March 20th on El Marko Records
Mr. Gnome - Madness In Miniature
Out Now on El Marko Records cd, vinyl, & digital
Ate the Sun
House of Circles
Run for Cover
Bit of Tongue
Fly Me Over
We Sing Electric
Watch the City Sail Away
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