Quick post about this week’s events and some music I’ve been listening to recently. This title is really long. What’s up with that?

This coming Thursday, I will be performing an acoustic show at Head on the Door, and my friend Bobby Hill will be opening. Details here.

Bobby is a very talented singer-songwriter from Dothan, Ala. Some of his music can be heard on his Facebook page called “The Changing Me.” Be sure to check him out, and click the “Like” button.

Saturday, Hail the Titans is heading up to Gadsden, Ala. for an event titled “Moonsong Artist Showcase Presents: Hail the Titans.”

Um… here are a few bands I’ve been listening to lately that I think you should check out: Russian Circles, The Six Parts Seven, This Will Destroy You. A lot of their stuff, and many other really good bands, can be heard at the Suicide Squeeze Records digital store.

Oh, where to begin…

The past few days have been busy, but in a good way. On Friday, “Hymns of Mare Nostrum” by Hail the Titans was officially released. It’s now on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Last.fm, etc. (Check out the “Music Links” page on this site for more info.)

The Montgomery Advertiser’s GoPlay section posted on Tumblr about the album and the CD release show Friday. Read that here. They said some very nice things.

The show went great. We actually brought in a golden shopping cart to play during the last song. The crowd was very kind to us, and we have gotten a lot of positive feedback on the album. I am very glad that people are digging it as much as they are.

Saturday, we played Nophest in Atlanta. We were at 529, and this is the first time I have ever played that venue. The sound in there is great, and the crowd was very receptive and kind to us. A few people even asked us to pose for photos with them.

Tracey from Rock Science got a couple of photos during our set:

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We got to play with Mice in Cars again – a great band with super nice people. If you haven’t heard them, do yourself a favor and check out their “Burn the Reader” EP on their Bandcamp page.

We played after Mice in Cars, then Fish Hawk played after us. They had a lot of energy. I missed part of their set because we were loading, and then I walked up to East Side Lounge to catch the tail end of R_Garcia‘s solo set. I saw Graham and Josh from Jungol while there. They performed a Dark Room set during the same time slot we were playing.

I went back to 529 and caught part of Scarab’s set. Good stuff. The guitarist appeared to have an iPod wired into his guitar. It looked like he had a Moog app on it. Very interesting stuff.

During the night, I had more than one person tell me about Nigredo. Some said we would go very well with them musically. Well… they were right. Along with being super nice guys, they were amazing. I thought we set up a lot of equipment. I was wrong. Our pedal boards were dwarfed by comparison. These guys had kind of a Russian Circles vibe to their stuff… and if you didn’t catch the word “amazing” already… well… that’s an accurate description.

Nophest was like a musical family reunion. Along with running into members of Jungol, Randy from Nophi/Swank Sinatra, Tracey from Rock Science and playing with Mice in Cars again, we ran into other members of Swank Sinatra, Gun Party, Capillaries, Billy from Ricer, Amelia (who wrote in Performer Magazine about the Drunken Unicorn show we played back in June) and others. We even spotted one of the guitarists from Maserati at one point.

I think the only non-positive thing about the weekend was that The Appleseed Cast was in Atlanta on Saturday, too… and I didn’t get to see them. Hopefully, they will tour this way again soon.

Anyway, it was a great weekend, and we appreciate all of you who made it great by sharing it with us!

Some art projects that need your monetary assistance

You may remember back in June when Hail the Titans had an online fundraising campaign through the website IndieGoGo.com. With your help, we were able to get digipaks for our CD, which will be released tomorrow night.

Again, thank you!

Now, I would like to tell you about some more projects that need your help. These are people I personally know, by the way.

1. Chickenmonkey

Chickenmonkey has less than two days left in its Kickstarter campaign. It’s a combination of poetry and music, by the very talented Jeremy Adams. Jeremy is a true artist, and you can help him by clicking the above “Chickenmonkey” link and donating.

2. Gut Munchers

Brains can be a delicacy, especially for the modern day zombie. Who doesn’t love a good zombie film? Well, this one is written (and is being directed) by Jason Snellgrove, who also did the teaser that can be viewed by clicking the Gut Munchers link above. You might recognize a familiar face or two in the teaser. Yes, I play “Vince,” and will be reprising that role next month when filming begins. You can donate via IndieGoGo at the above link.

3. The Helvetica Effect

The Helvetica Effect, or “THE” for short, is a rock band from Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. Along with being a great rock band, they are also really nice guys. I got to play a couple of shows with them back when I was in Easy Kiddo and have remained friends with them since. You can help them release their album by donating at the above link.

Info for tomorrow’s Hail the Titans CD release show

We have had a lot of people tell us that they are coming to the Hail the Titans CD release show tomorrow. We are excited to finally be able to share “Hymns of Mare Nostrum” with all of you, and we’re looking forward to seeing and hanging out with you tomorrow night!

While we never really know what the crowd will be like until the night of the show, we want to provide a little more information about tomorrow just in case the venue gets to capacity.

You can show up as early as you want (once the bar opens, anyway. Of course.)

In case the venue gets to capacity, we plan to have a cooler with some bottled water available.

We also plan to have a merch table set up on the sidewalk. (We’re hoping that our new shirts will be here by then as well.)

Also, if you have a lawn chair or one of those fold-up chairs that fit in a bag (bag chair? I don’t know what they are called), go ahead and throw it in your trunk or backseat, just in case. If the venue gets to capacity, the venue door will still be open, so you’ll be able to hear the show. And we’d love for this to have kind of a “block party” feel.

Of course, this entire post could be in vain. Who knows? We’ll find out tomorrow night.

Click here for the Facebook event info.

We hope to see you tomorrow!

An exciting weekend ahead

Before I get to this coming weekend, I was able to catch a really good show on Saturday. The Sneaky Hand, from Atlanta, played at Head on the Door with Breaking Aim and the Rhythm.

Both bands rocked it. You should check them both out.

OK, this Friday, Aug. 26, marks the official release of “Hymns of Mare Nostrum,” by Hail the Titans.

It feels like it’s been a long time coming. We began recording the album in January, raised money during June, and now, at the end of August, it will finally be released.

The preliminary reviews have been really good.

Pro-BMX rider Tom Haugen, on TheBykeRack.com, said, “Technically proficient, yet still with a universally, easily accessible feel, the 8 tracks here are swimming in meticulous, creative and atmospheric post-rock with dynamic tempo changes.

The Montgomery Advertiser‘s Sean Gourley called it “a fantastic mix of music and noise,” and said, “It’s one thing to blur the lines between genres; it’s another to crank up the sound and blow them apart,” adding “Hymns of Mare Nostrum’ is worth a listen, many times over.

Friday, we’re at Head on the Door with our good friends Hellakopta of Love.

(Photo by Pint Bottle Photography. Photographer: Tyler Caldwell.)

Our friend Nolan Dewey made a promo video for the show. You can view it on Facebook.

For this Friday, we encourage you to get the venue early as a lot of people have told us that they are planning to attend.

In case the venue gets to capacity, we plan to have a merch table set up outside to make it easier to purchase the CD. We may also have some new t-shirts for sale that night as well.

Also, on Saturday, we are playing Nophest in Atlanta. We are on the 529 stage that night at 10 p.m. This is going to be fun, and I encourage you to get tickets early if you plan to attend. There are more than 50 bands playing this festival this weekend at four or five venues in East Atlanta Village.

So please join us at one or both shows this weekend. We’d love to see you there.

Shows and updates and… um… stuff

So what’s going on this weekend, you ask?

Friday night at Head on the Door, Kill, Baby… Kill is playing with Jack of Hearts.

Saturday night at Head on the Door, Breaking Aim and the Rhythm is playing with The Sneaky Hand, from Atlanta. This is going to be a really good show. In fact, 59 people have already clicked “Attending” on Facebook, so you might want to arrive a little early.

Montgomery’s roller derby team, the Deadutauntes,  is heading up to Birmingham on Saturday for a bout against Tragic City Rollers’ “Plan B.” That starts at 5 p.m.

Um… Zombies still need your help. Check out the Gut Munchers IndieGoGo campaign.

And speaking of crowd funding, local poet, artist, writer Jeremy Adams is raising money via Kickstarter to fund a book/music/art project called “Chickenmonkey.” Check it out here.

Hail the Titans‘ upcoming CD release show (Aug. 26) with Hellakopta of Love was talked about on AL.com yesterday. Read it here or at HailtheTitans.com.

Lately, we have been finishing all the stuff we promised during our IndieGoGo campaign. We created a four-panel painting, got t-shirts and posters made, etc. Adam made three didgeridoos.

Getting this album out has been a lot of things: exciting, fun, sometimes even exhausting, but for all of you who have shown (and continue to show) us support, thank you.

That’s more than mere streaking

Over the past few days…

The members of Hail the Titans have completed a painting for a contributor to our IndieGoGo campaign.

I learned that I’m terrible at beer pong.

We played a fun show at Green Bar in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Friday with Convolve and CapGun Suicide.

I got to try the El Chupa Cobras beer by Cigar City Brewing. That was excellent.

Hillary from Pint Bottle Photography surprised us by just showing up at Green Bar. Thanks to all the friends we made and the folks we know from Montgomery for showing up, and thanks to our friend Heidi for giving us a place to crash.

We played a fun show at Best Fest in Carrollton, Ga. on Saturday, and before the show, we got food from Alley Cat and saw “Karate” (of course, since he owns the place and all), Casey from MeeN and all the guys from Johnny’s in the Basement. It’s always good to run into friends at out-of-town shows.

At Best Fest, they had kegs of Sweetwater 420 and IPA, which are both very good. Also, there was camping, a bonfire, and during our set, some guy got naked and went streaking through the tent we were playing in.

We did not notice this at the time… we tend to get caught up in playing, however, dude didn’t just streak and then go get dressed. No, he just partied naked the rest of the night, posing for photos with folks (we got a band photo with the dude) and passing out. And to show the politeness of the people there – no one broke out the sharpies when he was passed out. I mean, some folks thought about it, but they didn’t do it, and that’s what counts.

And the next morning, before we left, a girl was singing a song she wrote where the lyrics are “I got a black eye; I got a black eye.” The song is a true story, about herself, because she woke up with a black eye, and no one seemed to know how it happened.

So… driving in the South in a van without air conditioning in the summer, sleeping on floors, chairs, in tents and in a van, loud music, streaking, food, drinks, black eyes and incriminating photographs… all with great friends. Fun stuff.

Nuclear hillbillies eat your guts, and to do so, your help is needed!

Here is the short version of the Gut Munchers teaser:

Yes, that’s me driving the car, and I did some original music for it as well.

So the full film is scheduled to begin in late September, and writer/director/editor/etc. Jason Snellgrove has set up an IndieGoGo campaign to help raise money to get this movie made.

Visit the IndieGoGo page: IndieGoGo.com/Help-fund-GUT-MUNCHERS

The perks go from $5 to the full $1,500 needed and include DVDs, posters, etc. Lots of cool stuff. Depending on the contribution, you can even be a producer or direct a scene in the film.

You can also help by sending that IndieGoGo link out to your friends via social networking, email, etc.

In other news, Hail the Titans now has an online home – in blog form – that can be found by going to HailtheTitans.com. Check the post from today that includes a link to a review of “Hymns of Mare Nostrum” by pro-BMX rider Tom Haugen on TheBykeRack.com.

Also… tonight, we’re playing with Convolve and CapGun Suicide at Green Bar in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tomorrow is Best Fest in Carrollton, Ga.

Hope you can make it!




Here are things going on this weekend

Looking for something to do this coming weekend? Here you go.

Tomorrow (Thursday), Ricer is playing at The Earl in Atlanta. It’s their last show that will have Dallas Peavey on drums. Details here.

Friday, Hail the Titans is playing  at Green Bar in Tuscaloosa with Convolve. CapGun Suicide is also playing. Details here.

If you’re in Pensacola on Friday, you should go check out Mr. Fahrenheit and Eerie Rockwell. This is Mr. F’s last show before some of the members move to North Carolina. They will be playing acoustic.

If you’re in Montgomery Friday, you should stop by Head on the Door to see Birmingham’s Apsis perform.

Saturday, Hail the Titans is playing in Carrollton, Ga. at Best Fest. It will be fun. You should be there.

If you’re in Montgomery Saturday, be sure to check out my friends in Kids on Coffee and Random Conflict. It’s fun. It’s punk rock.

Aug. 26 – Hymns of Mare Nostrum

Aug. 26 is the official release date for Hail the Titans‘ “Hymns of Mare Nostrum.”

We are very excited. The CD release show is that night at Head on the Door, and our good friends Hellakopta of Love are opening. Show details here.

Here is the official poster for the show:

Photo credit: Pint Bottle Photography. (Photographer: Tyler Caldwell.)

The album was recorded by Chris Lantrip with Headless Dinosaur Recording in Montgomery and mastered by Jamie Uertz at Sarcophagus Studios in Opelika.

We had two amazing artists work on the album art. The outside artwork was done by Winfred Hawkins (who also plays bass in Hellakopta of Love.) The inside art was drawn by Kevin Sanders.

This album has been a long and detailed process. We began recording some time in January and spent many hours in the studio (see some recording highlights on our YouTube page). Then came the mixing and mastering stages. Then, with the help of the many people who gave us donations in cash and via the IndieGoGo website, we were finally able to get CDs (digipaks, even) made.

So we hope to see you on Aug. 26 for the release party. Because the venue got to capacity early last time, our plan is to have a merch table just outside the door. That also means that anyone under 21 who is interested in purchasing the CD that night can do so. (You can also hear the music pretty well from outside, as we are loud.)

Thank you for your continued love and support. It is greatly appreciated.