Posted in music | tour dates on January 11, 2012

Anywhere L to R: Christian Eric Beaulieu, Mike Watt, Cedric Bixler Zavala

Anywhere began as a LA/SF collaborative project started by musicians Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops!) and Cedric Bixler Zavala. In early 2010 while in Los Angeles to perform at an art opening of mutual friend artist Sonny Kay, [Beaulieu] befriended Cedric (singer of The Mars Volta) who was DJing the event. The two exchanged numbers and... months later the pair met in Los Angeles, enlisted the mobile engineering talent of Toshi Kasai (Big Business) and tracked an album's worth of material in 2 days at The Melvins practice space in downtown Los Angeles. During that same visit Christian played live on "The Watt from Pedro Show" as the musical guest of Mike Watt (of The Stooges, fIREHOSE, Minutemen). After the show, before leaving San Pedro, Christian realized they needed bass on the new material, and boldly asked Watt if he'd contribute. Watt agreed immediately, and a few months later delivered the entire projects bass tracks. Returning to San Francisco, Christian decided to reach out to vocalist Rachel Fannan, who had recently parted ways with Bay Area psych rockers Sleepy Sun and had relocated to Los Angeles.
Anywhere are welcoming a new single, their second, via Valley King Records, a limited-to-500 pressing of 7"s featuring artwork by Alan Forbes. Preorder your copy at Valley King.

One of Mike Watt's many other projects, Spielgusher, also has an album coming out this month, and he's keeping busy playing shows as usual too. As previously mentioned, Mike is performing Minutemen songs as a duo with George Hurley at an ATP in the UK in March. Before then he also plays with the Missingmen in LA in February, and he's taking part in a memorial for his friend Doug Rockett in Memphis this Friday (1/13).

More importantly... We've already seen the lineup for Coachella 2012, so we know Anywhere WON'T be on hand for the festival (or Mike with the Minutemen), but Coachella WILL feature reunion performances from both fIREHOSE (with Mike Watt - their first show in 8 years) and, as you definitely know by now, At The Drive In (with Cedric Bixler Zavala). No word on any other scheduled fIREHOSE shows at the moment.

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of ATDI (and Mars Volta) will also do double duty at Coachella. He's also playing the festival as part of Les Butcherettes (like he did at Fun Fun Fun Fest). Check out an NPR Tiny Desk Concert of Le Butcherettes below alongside a Le Butcherettes LP stream.




Comments (19)

Mike Watt is the ONE guy no one talks shit about on BV. A true honor.

Though, I guess I just jinxed him.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 9:21 AM

They must bring fIREHOSE to NYC. At the very least, ATP.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 9:28 AM

Watt & Hurley palying Minutemen tunes at ATP ... Hope they can bring that to ATP AP.
Does more for me than the Firehose news imho.

Posted by Blag | January 11, 2012 9:30 AM

Mike Watt can kick Chuck Norris' ass.
True story.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 9:38 AM

Not sure if they've even been done before, but has anyone seen the Mike Watt/George Hurley duo Minutemen show? Is it any good? There's no guitar, correct?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 9:45 AM

Watt has always been the man -

Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2012 9:54 AM

Watt's looking a bit burly there and also showing his age (I know, he's in his 50s). I would still love having him as a grandfather or a father though.

Still the man.

PS: Have the MISSINGmen released any material?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 10:55 AM

Somewhat old news. The first single sold out months ago. So did the new one (why bring it up that it is for sale?)

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 11:09 AM

I don't think fIREHOSE has played a gig since 1994, so you might want to correct that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 11:28 AM

Mike Watt used to play with The Minutemen. Did you knwo that?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 11:52 AM

"I don't think fIREHOSE has played a gig since 1994, so you might want to correct that."

I was wonder about the "first show in 8 years" part as well. I haven't heard anything about fIREHOUSE since their last record. Maybe a SoCal one-off?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 12:47 PM

who is that old guy with the gray hair?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 12:52 PM

12:52: Mike Watt.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 3:40 PM

Yes , Still the man.

Posted by Engadget | January 11, 2012 3:58 PM

I wonder how old the commenters here are (great to see the love, for real). I'm thinking that the 20-something hipsters that typically comment have no freaking idea who Mike Watt or fIREHOSE is.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 4:47 AM

I tried posting on this thread several times yesterday to no avail, it said the moderator was holding my comment for review. All I said was that I had seen the video for "brave captain" on vh1 classic, thought it was a cool song, but did not realize it was firehose when bv posted all this stuff about them. Then I looked it up and the story had a more personal feel for me.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 7:18 PM

love of a lifetime is their best song

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 12:14 PM

Good lord, can people stop confusing fIREHOSE with FireHouse? Love of a lifetime is not their best song, because it's not a fIREHOSE song.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 5:56 PM

whos the men?

Posted by jordon | August 8, 2013 3:17 PM

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