DOWNLOAD: Mr Gnome - Pirates (MP3)

Mr Gnome

The above Mr. Gnome (a duo from Cleveland) track starts me off thinking of Portishead/Mazzy Star, but that is quickly forgotten as I realize it's more Yeah Yeah Yeah Karen O. Or maybe it's "trip rock"...

"Cleveland's mr. Gnome have had the misfortune of being saddled with one of the worst made up genres next to nu-rave, namely, trip rock. If they weren't from my home town, I'd swear the British press had a hand in concocting this one, too. Trip rock, the name itself sounds like it originated from some long lost MTV footage of Tricky jamming with Bush during a Mid-Nineties awards show. Still, as much as I hate the phrase, and as much as that non genre kept me away from this band in the past, it just may be the quickest and most concise way to describe their sound." [I Rock Cleveland]

Their live show is supposed to be good too. They play Union Hall in Brooklyn with Windsor for the Derby tonight (Sept 4). They play Knitting Factory in NYC on Friday. A cool video and all tour dates below...

"Night of the Crickets" music video by mr. Gnome

Mr Gnome - 2008 Tour Dates
Sep 4 - Union Hall Brooklyn, New York
Sep 5 - The Knitting Factory New York, New York
Sep 6 - The Brillobox Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sep 7 - Benefest - CANCELED :( Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Sep 8 - Black Cat Washington DC, Washington DC
Sep 10 - Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Sep 11 - Caledonia Lounge Athens, Georgia
Sep 12 - The Orpheum Tampa, Florida
Sep 13 - The Handlebar Pensacola, Florida
Sep 14 - Cave 9 Birmingham, Alabama
Sep 15 - Springwater Nashville, Tennessee
Sep 17 - Melody Inn Indianapolis, Indiana
Sep 18 - The Bluebird St. Louis, Missouri
Sep 19 - The Frequency Madison, Wisconsin
Sep 20 - Nomad World Pub Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sep 23 - Bender's Tavern Denver, Colorado
Sep 24 - The Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, Utah
Sep 25 - Neurolux Boise, Idaho
Sep 26 - The Sunset Tavern Seattle, Washington
Sep 27 - Old Foundry Bellingham, Washington
Sep 30 - Silverlake Lounge Los Angeles, California
Oct 1 - Pink Elephant San Diego, California
Oct 2 - Plush Tucson, Arizona
Oct 3 - Canvas Phoenix, Arizona
Oct 4 - Hotel Monte Vista Flagstaff, Arizona
Oct 5 - Atomic Cantina Albuquerque, New Mexico
Oct 7 - Record Bar Kansas City, Missouri
Oct 8 - Opolis Norman, Oklahoma
Oct 9 - The Cavern Dallas, Texas
Oct 10 - The Beauty Bar Austin, Texas
Oct 11 - Rudyard's British Pub Houston, Texas
Oct 12 - Circle Bar New Orleans, Louisiana
Oct 16 - Bottom Lounge Chicago, Illinois
Oct 18 - The Gypsy Hut Cincinnati, Ohio
Oct 23 - The Knitting Factory - CMJ Fest - Fanatic Party New York, New York
Oct 24 - Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Oct 31 - Sachsenheim Ballroom Cleveland, Ohio