This Spring will see the veteran Northampton rockers Drunk Stuntmen on tour as well anticipating the release of State Fair, their fifth studio album.Â State Fair contains 11 new songs recorded and mixed by Mitch Easter (REM, Let’s Active).Â The album is being issued late Spring via their own Drunken Stuntmen imprint.
State Fair is a mature, reflective, and energeticÂ follow up to 2005’s rollicking Trailer Life. The new album is loaded with the kind of smart, catchy, guitar-driven rock that is the band’s trademark. Drunk Stuntmen’s music occupies a common ground between Americana, good time rock ‘n’ roll, and improvisatory stretching-out. Drunk Stuntmen’s collective influences include the likes of Neil Young, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Led Zeppelin, and Gram Parsons as well as David Bowie, The Pixies, and XTC.Â Over the past 15 years, Drunk Stuntmen have thoroughly cooked these ingredients up into a style uniquely their own.
The band originally formed in 1992 under the since shelved moniker “Soup.” These Massachusetts boys started off performing experimental noise-jams, more due to instrumental expertise than an active choice of genre. By 1996, they were writing cohesive country-tinged pop songs and changed their name to Drunk Stuntmen. By 1997, they had borrowed enough equipment to record a first album in their basement with indie-guru Mike Flood. Over the next ten years Drunk Stuntmen releasedÂ five critically-acclaimed studio albums and a multitude of EPs.
By 2001, they’d developed into a much-demand live act playing in excess ofÂ 250 shows a year from Holland to San Francisco. They were covered in Time Magazine, had a major feature in No Depression and garnered positive press from all corners of the globe.
Â2004 saw them joining forces with infamous octogenarian rockers the Young at Heart Chorus and delighting fans all across Europe.Â After the first joint tour, Stuntmen Steve Sanderson and guitarist F. Alex Johnson stayed with the Chorus as featured performers on stage and in the orchestra pit. Over the last four years this magical collaboration has performed to sell out crowds in nine countries and counting. Fox Searchlight films will be releasing a documentary titled “Young at Heart”Â focusing the oldsters but giving Drunk Stuntmen plenty of screen time as well.
ÂMembers of Drunk Stuntmen’s “virtual” fan club will have the chance to download State Fair in its entirety in advance of its street date and at a discounted price. Access to the fan club isÂ acquired by activating the enhanced portion of previously released Drunk Stuntmen CDs which links to the upcoming album’s music and artwork.
For more information on Drunk Stuntmen and their entire CD and DVD catalogues visit: http://www.drunkstuntmen.com/ Â
DRUNK STUNTMEN tour dates:
4/24/2008 Church Boston, MA
4/25/2008 Iron Horse Northampton, MA
5/17/2008 Middle Earth Bradford, Vt
5/25/2008 The Tap Room at the Hyland Brewery
6/4/2008 Sportsman Tavern Buffalo, Ny
6/7/2008 Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River, MA
6/14/2008 Black Eyed Sally’s Hartford, CT
6/25/2008 The Basement S. Nashville, TN.
6/26/2008 The Garage Winston-Salem, NC
6/27/2008 The Berkeley Cafe Raleigh, NC
6/28/2008 Puckett’s Farm Equipment co. Charlotte, NC