Posted on: August 7, 2008 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Catch Band Now on “Touring the Dustbowl and Back” Tour – Starts Monday August 11th at the Mercury Lounge in NYC.

New York, NY – This fall, The Gay Blades will release their debut full-length album, Ghosts, on their imprint, 4Never Records, via Triple Crown Records. They precede their full-length with a digital 7” release through RCRD LBL (Cold War Kids, Tokyo Police Club, Santogold) which is out now. The digital 7” features two new songs, “Mean Muses” and “Shake The Graves”, and is available for free via the RCRD LBL website at Catch them soon as they take their T Rex/Bill Murray inspired live show on the road as part of their “Touring the Dustbowl and Back” tour with dates into August.

“If Freddie Mercury sang for Death From Above 1979, these guys would open the show.” – CMJ

The Gay Blades are a two piece from New York City and play an acerbic brand of Trash Pop. What is Trash Pop, you ask? Trash pop is what happens when two keenly observant wannabe hipsters write and record songs the same pair couldn’t possibly pull off live, and make up for their missing bass player with consistent TNT like performances and a heaping spoonful of swagger. Clark Westfield plays the guitar and Puppy Mills plays the drums. They met when volunteering in a traveling sideshow while still in college, Clark juggling and Puppy taking tickets. Afterwards, back in NYC, they formed The Gay Blades.

They have been called “retro-trangressors” by the Village Voice and after first listen to Ghosts, with its twelve eccentric and trashy pop songs, including two “en-dance-d” bonus remixes, you’ll see why. From the stand out track and first single, “O Shot” (showcasing drummer Puppy Mills’ glamorous and propulsive drums) to “Why Can’t I Grow A Beard?“ (where Clark Westfield takes cues from his idol, Brian Wilson, becoming the recluse he knows he never could be), The Gay Blades grab your attention and keep it.

The band was featured in Alternative Press’ Unsigned Bands to Watch column earlier this year, as well as NYC tastemaker zine and blog, The Deli, as January 2008’s Artist of the Month and hailing the duo as one of the Top Bands in NYC.

Check out or for further info and to see why The Gay Blades wished The Eagles of Death Metal would just lift the restraining order already…

The Gay Blades Tour Dates:

Aug. 11th Mercury Lounge New York, NY

12th Harmony Grange Wilmington, DE

13th Crocodile Rock Allentown, PA

14th Steppin’ Out Virginia Beach, VA

15th Soapbox Laundrolounge Wilmington, NC

16th Fuel Coffeehouse Jacksonville, FL

17th The Social Orlando, FL

18th Crowbar Tampa, FL

19th Masquerade Atlanta, GA

21st Reggie’s Rock Club Chicago, IL

22nd Magic Stick Detroit, MI

23rd Mr. Small’s Theatre Pittsburgh, PA

24th Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, OH

25th Xtreme Wheelz Buffalo, NY

28th Valentine’s Albany, NY

29th Living Room Providence, RI

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