OK…so if you know us, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or ever got stuck listening to one of us drunkenly yammering in your ear at a party, you know that we here at Antenna Farm have been huge fans of Matt Adams and The Blank Tapes for years. Ever since 2008, when Matt gave us a copy of his Daydreams album, a 25 track home recorded masterpiece, we’ve been trying to figure out a way we could work together.
And now we are pleased to announce VACATION, the upcoming LP from The Blank Tapes, coming this May.
For those of you not in the loop, The Blank Tapes is the project of a one Matt Adams, home recorder extraordinaire, and a dude who effortlessly reminds us that there is some rock that actually is classic. Witty and melodic rock songs with harmonies that connect the dots from Brian Wilson to the Velvet Underground back to the International Submarine Band. And yeah, I know, I know, that sounds like every rock dream cliche. But you’re talking to a believer now, and I know if you listen, you’ll be one too.
After five years in the Bay Area and an ever-evolving band lineup that seems to have included almost everyone in the SF Mission music scene, Matt moved back to LA last year and put together a permanent lineup for the Blank Tapes, consisting of himself, bassist D.A. Humphrey, and drummer Pearl Charles. And if the band was great before, now they are incredible.
Late last year, Matt presented us with his almost-finished new LP, Vacation. We loved what we heard. It was like the Grateful Dead tourbus ran over The Kinks on the way to a Pavement show. So good. But enough talk, let’s get real. Listen to Coast To Coast, the first single off Vacation below. And stay tuned for more on the way to the release date in May. AND check them out in your home town. The Blank Tapes will be on tour for much of March and April, including a bunch of shows with Matt Costa, Bad Weather California, BRONCHO, and stops at the SF Noise Pop, Treefort, and SXSW festivals. So Get On It!!
The Blank Tapes – Vacation (Antenna Farm Records) coming out on CD/LP/MP3 May 14th, 2013.
Photo by Wes Frazer
The Blank Tapes May/April Tour Dates
2.27.13 Noise Pop 2013 – San Francisco, CA
3.2.13 The Electric Owl – Vancouver, CA
3.3.13 High Dive – Seattle, WA*
3.4.13 Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR*
3.8.13 – The Void – San Diego, CA*
3.9.13 Detroit Bar – Costa Mesa, CA*
3.12.13 SXSW Official Showcase (Antenna Farm Records)
3.19.13 Gnu Experience Gallery – Fort Collins, CO^
3.21.13 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO^
3.22.13 Mesa Theater Lounge – Grand Junction, CO^
3.23.13 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT^
3.21-3.24.13 Treefort Music Fest – Boise, ID^
3.25.13 Holocene – Portland, OR^
4.4.13 The Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN***
4.5.13 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI***
4.6.13 Schubas – Chicago, IL***
4.7.13 Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI***
4.9.13 Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH***
4.11.13 The Mod Club – Toronto, ON***
4.12.13 Le Petit Campus – Montreal, QC***
4.14.13 Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA***
4.15.13 The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY***
4.17.13 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA***
4.18.13 Opera House Live – Shepherdstown, WV***
4.19.13 U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC***
4.20.13 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC***
4.21.13 Vinyl – Atlanta, GA***
4.22.13 Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN***
4.24.13 Firebird – St. Louis, MO***
4.25.13 The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS***
4.26.13 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK***
4.27.13 House of Blues – Dallas, TX***
4.28.13 Stubb’s BBQ – Austin, TX***
4.29.13 House of Blues – Houston, TX***
* w/ BRONCHO
^ w/ Bad Weather California
*** w/ Matt Costa