As minorities the world over brace themselves for hostilities increasingly visible and accepted, many in our home state of Michigan have already felt their effects. Where the Emergency Manager Law has superseded the public’s right to elect those that represent them in largely African-American communities, and where those then placed in charge have consistently turned a blind eye to the poison water flowing in the pipes beneath their homes, it is vitally important that every step going forward is taken to ensure that a voice is provided to those who have had their own systematically silenced. In many instances, that voice speaks loudest and most effectively in legal battles from municipal to state to national courts, where organizations like the ACLU work to protect the rights of all people with no exceptions.
For the last few years on the 25th of December, we’ve made our entire discography available on bandcamp for pay-what-you-can download with all proceeds going to benefit literacy organizations like 826Michigan
and the Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center
, to Well House of GR
, which provides long term homelessness outreach in our beloved city. This year, we ask that you join with so many others in helping to protect the rights of those who have them consistently threatened by visiting our bandcamp page, downloading our music, and donating anything that you’re able to donate toward helping the ACLU of Michigan
provide a powerful line of defense for sisters, brothers, and others currently under siege by fear, xenophobia, disregard, and misunderstanding. The moral arc of the universe is indeed long. Now is the time to make absolutely certain that it bends toward justice, together.
Thank you for your time, and for whatever is within your means to give. If you’re unable to give anything, the option is available to download without payment. We understand fully that times are tough and people this time of year in particular are stretched thin.
Read, learn, reach out, start a conversation.
(All downloads must be completed on the 25th of December. Tiny Dots
will be available to stream without charge on Vimeo by using the code “dec25”. Should you wish to make a donation for this, please do so via our Bandcamp
Love to all people,
Wow, it’s been a minute. Apologies for that.
Just wanted to quickly share some tunes with you. Bravo if you make it to the end!
See you all in June –
Niall Coffey shot and directed a video for us around his home in London last year that you may have seen, for the song “Woman (Reading).” By then he was a friend.
Before that, he was a stranger stateside, a visitor in the van and backstage with us and his cameras, shooting footage—live and candid—and grilling us and others in interviews. A bizarre dynamic admittedly, being filmed, but it didn’t take long to acclimate, to let the camera be secondary to good company while driving around in a crowded van and playing music, Niall in tow.
The culmination of all that is a documentary he made about that tour and about our band called “Tiny Dots” that premieres November 1st in select cities across the United States. If you happen to live in or in close proximity to one of those places, we would—and Niall would—love for you to go see it.
Of course, for those of you either out of range or in range but busy that night, there are options:
- A digital version, for the technological, will be available the following day for download. And,
- A hard copy, coming December 4th, for those desiring a tangible thing for the bookshelf (or, DVD shelf, as it were, between “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and “Titicut Follies”).
Elsewhere, filed also in UPCOMING EVENTS, we leave for tour the day after the film shows. Westbound first, for the first time in ages, to play shows with some old friends from Japan called Envy who no one should ever miss an opportunity to see or to listen to because they are truly, truly an astounding band (and wonderful, wonderful people to boot) then further South than we’ve ever gone before to the America below ours for a handful of shows in beautiful Brazil, which we couldn’t be more excited about.
And that’s the word tonight, sitting here with the radio on and running out of things to say:
Excited to play, to travel.
Excited to see close friends along the way in Envy and in Pity Sex.
Excited to meet new friends in Wildhoney.
Excited to see places we haven’t seen in awhile and places that we haven’t yet seen.
But most of all, excited—hopefully, hopefully—to see you, whoever and wherever you might be.
Where I hope the weather is nice because it’s beautiful in Michigan.
We’re honored to have teamed up with Grand Rapids very own Rowster Coffee to create the Rooms of the House blend. Really great people making really great coffee. More info here.
Very pleased to announce we’ll be returning to London this spring with special guests Fucked Up.
The event will take place at beautiful KOKO on May 26th.
Tickets on sale Friday, 13 Feb at 10am – right HERE.
Should be a fun one, see you soon.