by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Megafaun - "Volunteers" (MP3)
Megafaun will be releasing mini-album Heretofore on September 14th through Hometapes. The band - brothers Brad and Phil Cook and Joe Westerlund (all three of which play with the Gayngs crew)- cut the six-song record at the beginning of 2010 (six songs, but one, "Comprovisation," is "the first 15 minutes of a four-hour improvisation"). A track from the record is posted above.
Album info, tour dates, and video from a recent, fairly legendary-sounding Takeaway show (details below) are posted below...
2. Carolina Days
5. Comprovisation for Connor Pass
6. Bonnie's Song
Megafaun recorded Heretofore between January 12 and February 28 in Raleigh, N.C., at Flying Tiger Sound with BJ Burton. The music was mixed by BJ Burton and Megafaun and mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering. These six tracks feature, at various points, Robert "Crowmeat Bob" Pence on baritone saxophone, Mark Paulson on violin, Matt Watts on electric guitar, members of Slaraffenland on horns and a whole slew of pals on backing vocals.
Takeaway show 'His Robe'
It was decided that Sharon Van Elten would improvise a few notes on the violin and that Elisabeth, the lead singer of Land of Talk, who had put the band up for the night, would wait perched on a balcony for a sign to launch into an unforgettable trumpet solo, an instrument she did not know how to play, but an idea which Megafaun found hilarious.
Megafaun - 2010 US Tour Dates
06/09/10 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's #
06/10/10 Cambridge, MA @ Regattabar
06/11/10 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall #
06/12/10 Buffalo, NY @ Sound Lab #
06/13/10 Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Big #
06/15/10 Milwaukee, WI @ Club Girabaldi #
06/16/10 Eau Claire, WI @ House of Rock #
06/17/10 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon #
06/19/10 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop #
06/21/10 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
06/22/10 Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
06/23/10 Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
08/06/10 Portland, OR @ Pickathon
08/07/10 Portland, OR @ Pickathon
09/11/10 Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Fest - King's
# with Sam Quinn
Megafun - non-US 2010 Tour Dates
Aug 13 HANA BI MARINA DI RAVENNA, RA, ITALY
Aug 15 Summer Sundae Weekender Leicester, Midlands, UNITED KINGDOM
Aug 16 Lexington London, UNITED KINGDOM
Aug 19 Pukkelpopp Festival Hasselt, BELGIUM
Aug 21 PSTEREO festival Trondheim, Sør-Trønde, NORWAY
Aug 22 Green Man Festival - Glanusk Park, Wales Breacon Beacons, Wales, UNITED KINGDOM
Aug 23 Crawdaddy Dublin, Dublin, IRELAND
Aug 24 Cyprus Avenue Cork, IRELAND
Aug 26 Noorderzon Festival Groningen, Groningen, NETHERLANDS
Aug 27 Zomerparkfesten Venlo, Limburg, NETHERLANDS
Aug 28 Ekko Utrecht, Netherlands
Aug 29 THE BAND ROOM!! North York Moors, UNITED KINGDOM