Sorry everyone its time for me to nerd out…
It’s one of my favorite times of the year and it is occurring a little bit earlier than normal. It’s dmb Tour season!!!! Everyone knows I’m a huge fan of this band, but even if you are not, I’m sure you can appreciate some of the things I am about to describe.
When the band was first starting out, it allowed fans at their shows to record the concerts. These fans would then pass along the tapes (remember those?) to their friends. This served as free promotion for the band and their popularity grew. When the band started to become gigantic, they never stop their taping policy. They still allow their shows to be recorded. If you ever go to a dmb show you can see the mics stands scattered throughout the crowd.
This continues to drive much of the band’s success. I know I am incredibly bias, but this band and the guests they play with are some of the most amazing musicians I’ve ever heard. Every show is completely different (unlike the majority of the punk-type bands I listen to who play the exact same set throughout their tour) so there is always something new to discover. They extend songs into some amazing jams, add intros/outros/interludes, and other such things to enhance each show. Almost every live recording of a song is different than the next. It’s incredible.
There are many sites dedicated to the band, but the best is AntsMarching.org. This site helps me go COMPLETELY fanboy about the band. You can download just about any show this band has played since 1990 or so, check out setlists, and the best part – the site provides you with your personal show stats. You choose which shows you’ve been to (19 so far for me) and it tells you just about everything about those shows. It’s incredible. All of this takes following a band to a completely different level. You probably think that level is stalking….meh, details…
Adding to my excitement this year is…
1. There is a new album due out on June 2nd (with the new single hitting radio tomorrow), which means new songs will be played this Spring/Summer
2. I have second row tickets for the Charlotte show on April 24th
3. I’m still planning on going to other shows
4. Last year’s tour was my favorite (I listened to a bunch of the shows, went to two, and saw every damn setlist, so trust me on that one)
I cannot freakin wait. Even though I won’t be at their opening show in NYC tomorrow, I will certainly be watching the setlist and downloading the show in a few days. I’m a little psycho, but you are going to have to deal with it over the next few months.
Please still love me.
Want to catch dmb fever? Well watch the album preview videos below and enjoy the album artwork drawn by Dave himself.
Clip of some fans being let into the New Orleans studio to listen to a clip of the album’s opening track (Fast forward to the 1:10 mark when you can actually hear the clip. Ignore the annoying fans dancing around like morons)
Clip with a few of the new songs playing in the background and interviews with the band centered around making the new album without LeRoi who passed away during the Summer Tour last year.
The album artwork features a New Orleans-style funeral, which is clearly another ode to Roi.
UPDATE: Download the new single for FREE!!! here.