Schwervon! Western US Bonanaza Tour 2013: A note from Schwervon!
We've NEVER played out West before! And we're both excited about having the opportunity to see how the other half of the country lives and breaths, first hand. We are going to play rock shows from Kansas to California and up the west coast to the Northwest and back home through Utah and Colorado. Please feel free to share this info with friends you might have who live in these places! We are watching episodes of Bonanza, wearing sunglasses 24/7 and eating a lot of beans to get ready.
Nan and Matt
I have a confession to make. I’m not a breeder. I’ve never made love for any purpose other than feeling good and I have no plans to change. If you’ve got kids then you are slightly off the hook here. This is mostly not about you. Even if your kids weren’t planned. Too bad. You’re a breeder. You’ve got insight. You’re in the club. I am not. I have no plans to be a member. I even take precautions to avoid becoming one. I know I’m missing out on something. But I think it can be taught. I’m lucky because I have the best lesson a non breeder can have about breeders and that’s to be an uncle (or aunt). For non breeders who aren’t aunts and uncles there needs to be something else. Some kind of required reading if you will. Or maybe a class. My point is even though I only have a niece and not a daughter, on some stronger level I’m connected to her and in some broader sense so is everyone, my child that is. Every one is my child and I am theirs. But I’ll get to that later. Read more »
Submitted by Barry Bliss on Sat, 04/06/2013 - 2:45pm
Other than the home-town Kansas show, Schwervon! (Matt Roth and Nan Turner) have just finished a 22 show tour.
Let's type with MMM of Schwervon!
1. Can you compare some things about this tour (where y'all were a/the main act) to some things about the tour where y'all were opening for a more well-known band (The Vaselines)?
Welll for one thing we usually play longer. Most higher profile opening slots are a tight 25 to 30 minute. Normal shows are more like 40 to 45. There's also less pressure for opening band shows. If no one comes and you're the headliner it's more of a reflection on you I suppose. Time is also a bit looser. A lot of times were on bills with 3 or 4 other bands so depending on where you are you could be playing at nine pm or at one in the morning. Over all, it's kind of like the difference between carving your own path through the wilderness vs. just hopping on a freeway that someone already built. There are pros and cons to both.
2. What were a few truly unexpected things that happened on this tour? Read more »
Just before waking up today I had an anxiety dream. I’ve grown to kind of enjoy anxiety dreams. They seem to be the kinds dreams that I remember most frequently. This dream took place on the day of my college graduation. I was waiting in a room, preparing to walk out onto a field with my fellow graduates. Then I realize that I’m supposed to be giving a speech of some kind and I’ve done absolutely nothing to prepare for it. There’s a couple of other very smart looking people in the room with me that are looking over notes and mumbling to themselves like they're rehearsing their own speeches. Read more »
The Midwest Music Foundation is proud to present the fourth annual MidCoast Takeover, March 13th – 16th at Shangri-La in Austin, TX. This event promises four days of music, mayhem, and general debauchery — the definitive Midwestern musical throw down. MidCoast Takeover will showcase bands from Kansas City, Lawrence, and the Midwest region on the national stage during South by Southwest.
In 1996, commercial radio underwent a quiet revolution. In the wake of the new “Telecom Act,” local station owners everywhere sold their stations to conglomerate groups as fast as they could. The new corporate owners gutted staffs. Corporate FM is about what happens when a city loses a communal microphone. Radioʼs broad coverage gives it the ability to unify huge populations. Unlike Facebook, Satellite radio, or webbased music sharing apps, locally owned terrestrial radio can reach thousands of people across all incomes and ages in a local region at the same time with a message that is relevant to them at that moment. Read more »
Nan and I got back recently from a 5 week tour of Europe in support of our new album Courage. First off, thank you for your support! This was our most successful tour to date. We are so thankful to those who appreciate and share in what we do. If would you’d like to check out the new album (Olive Juice/Loud Baby Sounds), you can purchase your own personal copy in digital or limited edition CD and Vinyl format from the Schwervon! Bandcamp page.
Nan and Matt