Short Mid-Summer, Midwest Tour
posted by: boyd April 02, 2012 06:34 PM
You all remember the Mild-Mild Midwest Tour. This opportunity came about in much the same way as our lil' 2010 run. We had a few Festivals offers we couldn't refuse... so we built an easy-to-tour-in-a-van route around them.
I'm sure those living in other markets will be disappointed. We did say there would be no more touring until 2013. Opportunity knocks. Just so you know, we are starting work on our own studio so that when Sherri and Stacy return in May, we can begin working on LP4. This 2 week adventure will help us pay for it.
We'll be announcing the 12 dates around 1pm today (Tuesday). I'll post them here, on eisley.com and toss a new banner up and EVR will send out a press release.
Dates on EVR press release/blog: http://blog.equalvision.com/
Just wanted to thank you guys for making the Deep Space tour so wonderful. The band came back encouraged (tired, beat up from the van) and ready to tackle the world (New York and Texas were over the top). Many shows were in B markets; we didn't expect big turn outs (East Hampton, MA?).
Dallas, TX - The Granada, April 1, 2012
But numbers were up and we're so excited to be in a better place 2 years after the dangerous lapse, the awkward pause, the glorious transition from WB to EVR. The ripples from constant touring and record making are finally causing the waters to sparkle... and churn... creating waves. Thank you all for being there and caring about Eisley's on-going pursuit to be a band who makes music over a life-time.
Thanks. More tomorrow (later today).
DEEP SPACE DRY RUN
posted by: boyd February 18, 2012 03:51 PM
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Hello. In case you haven't heard, I am returning to my post*.
Run You Through. Or something like that. A run through with you. We've decided to try to pull one of those pre-tour kck-off shows off in our home town venue - BREWTONES just 2 days before leaving for the Deep Space Tour. You can think of it as a rehearsal if you want (dry run, secret show, fake premier, band practice, go-through-set-list gig ). We won't be promoting this in a big way; unless you consider putting up posters at Starbucks and tweeting to 460 followers a big deal.
Details Doors at 7:00, show about 8:00pm. Eisley typically ends up playing their typically longish set around 9:30 or 10pm. But get there early and hang out. Talk to me. I don't actually have tons of responsibility . And just in case some of you don't know, this is the small, shallow stage where Eisley ("Towheads") played their first show in Spring 1998. Because it's not a high rise, you may all prefer to sit down; they're fine with that. What else... hmmm... think that's it.
FYI - we weren't going to do this show but since it's a short tour, we decided to do it in a van instead of a big BandWagon this time around. The van needed work... (same one they toured in last w/ Rooney during SnowZilla), thus, we are spending reserves on mechanical work. Safe, not sorry! So - if you prefer, you can think of this show as a fundraiser instead of a run-through.
It's also likely the only show where you might be able to meet, hang out for a bit w/ the band. I'm not trying to sell... just trying to give you good, honest information.
I hear rumor that she and Collin will be touring w/ full band (compliments of previously known as Marksmen)... but Nico and I are working on their new (band) site. They're launching their new EP soon... before the tour.
Josh Trammel is a local guy with a band. All I know is that Collin and Christie liked what they heard at his show a week ago. He's pretty new. Just showing a little local love. If I get a link to something good, I'll return and post it.
Eisley We're working on some things (Eisley) that might be cool. Not a big deal. Will let you guys know soon. Mostly, the band is writing songs, collaborating, etc. Everyone is excited about recording a new record.
That's all for now I guess. Hope you're coming to a show on this tour. I realize it's short with few markets. Oh well... we pretty much covered the US on The Valley.
Thanks and I'll try to make my next post less boring! If anyone has comments/questions, I'll be happy to try to answer. Thanks.
Random Rambling (Returns?)
posted by: boyd February 11, 2012 07:38 AM
You might have noticed I posted anything about the band's upcoming tour or the EP here in Trolleywood. I considered it about a month ago but... just didn't see the point. I'd like to put a microscope on that notion and talk about communication if that's ok.
I recently received an email from a dedicated fan/forum member who has followed the band for 6 years. He expressed in very sincere words how frustrated he felt about current communications from team Eisley. In short, he wasn't into newer social media like Twitter or facebook so he felt disconnected and uninformed.
We had several emails back and forth. I wanted to understand in depth. At first, I didn't understand. Eisley - disconnected? Seriously? There are more communications coming from this band in 1 week these days than in all the journal posts combined.
I tried to explain how I felt. I've said this many times – my ramblings were never intended to dominate the conversation. That's why I consciously pulled out of the forum. I thought Trolleywood might provide a way to segregate my ideas from the larger conversation. But in spite of all my efforts to keep up, my Trolleywood posts lost readership. Comments decreased. Tilt. And I was fine with that.
As social sites motivated everyone to talk more, conversations and information exchange became more viral, fluid, important outside the construct of our little forum. I felt I had to go where people were.
But apparently in the shift, he (age 27) and others who were less likely to adapt to emerging social platforms began feeling they were missing out... not only on straight-up content (tours, record releases, newsworthy stuff) but somewhat on the heart & soul of the band.
He described all the Instagrams and Tweets like an old radio where you get "noise" between the channels. You can hear people talking but it all blends together. The signal should be clear. Perhaps we're not dialed in. "Less noise, more signal".
I agree with him entirely and want to solve this. I am open to suggestions. Please .
One important resolve on our to-do list is a complete redesign/rebuild of the Eisley website. We will drastically improve. Nicholas and I have been scheming, designing, having good conversation about it. I'm doing way more web work these days in my design biz' and he works for Universal Music (Canada) as a web developer. The old site is lame, outdated, web 1.0 looking, content is scattered/disorganized, etc.
True, I have tour dates and lots of tour branding, images, on our current site but... yeah, the problems are serious. I think we can clear up the signal a bit by creating a more interactive site that serves as a hub for information.
As for heart and soul... I'm at a loss. I've been very disconnected from you guys. That does make me sad... I miss everyone. Honest. Yes, I am busier than ever but I'm as involved in the band as ever. I'm not touring anymore so there won't be pics from shows, videoblogs, etc... the truth is, I'll likely never see many of you again. I'm just at a loss as what to do here. I'm not opposed to an attempt at jumpstarting a central, informative, well-focused dialog again but I fear that if I were to spew my thoughts and feelings like in the vast past, I'd probably end up driving all 6 of you crazy. haha.. ok, maybe 3.
It's not that we have less people peering in... they're just not peering here anymore.
If anyone finds this entry and has an opinion or thought or answer, please weigh in with a juicy comment. How do we increase the signal within all the noise? Or is it even important? Here to serve.