Gypsyblood Heads out West on Tour, First show Tonight October 23rd
Hanus: Spotlight on Gypsyblood
So as some of you might know, Hanus started January 1st, 2012. In our origins we set a few ground rules. First and foremost, we had the understanding that we wanted to keep content as fresh as possible. The parameters of that agreement were simple. Nothing would be hosted on here that was older than 2 months of the intended post date. Even then, we usually stick to posting albums or reviews of the album if we’re going to take that long. It’s all about providing you with good music and keep you in the loop of what’s going down with your favorite record labels. But see….there lies the issue. What could we do if we found something so dope, so spectacular that we had to share it? This is how I felt the first two months when we started up. I was so torn due to us not being able to show you how great 2011 was for music. (Granted, we did do the best of 2011 post) Gypsyblood’s Cold In The Guestway was right up there with some of my favorite albums of the year and I was so sad I couldn’t bring it to you. But life threw my ass a bone yesterday and they got around to dropping their video installment for “Endless Summer”, which is fucking awesome.
The Summer of 2011 was riddled with good music and this was definitely one of my favorite albums. Technically, since the video was dropped this month the content is still super fresh and I’m able to provide you with it. Please, go to their bandcamp page and show these dudes some love. Their a Chicago bred two piece (Adam James and Kyle Victor) signed to Sargent House and their obviously rad as fuck. I would say I had a treat for you and would tell you that they’re bringing some tuneage to Atlanta, but not on this tour. Sad too, since they’re heading to Nashville. Either way, check out their album below and be prepared for more content from these guys. As you can see: any opportunity I get to fulfill your musical fantasies I will gladly take as long as it meets our stupid ass fucking rules. Enjoy!
Gypsyblood New Video for Endless Summer & First Round of Tour Dates Announced
Upcoming Shows // Do Division Festival
Gypsyblood are playing a few shows coming up including the Chicago Street festival Do Division, which is Free or $5 donation. In July we will join our Sargent House brothers from Belfast, Ireland And So I Watch You From Afar and from El Paso the ever funky Zechs Marquise. All SHOW DETAILS HERE
Sunday, June 3rd Leavitt Stage at Do Division Festival / Wicker Park / Chicago
Murder By Death @ 8:00 pm
The Soft Pack @ 6:45 pm
Gypsyblood @ 6:00 pm
Mutts @ 5:00 pm
Young Jesus @ 4:00 pm
And So I Watch You From Afar / Zechs Marquise / Gypsyblood
Jul 10th - St Louis, MO @ The Firebird
Jul 11th - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Our Song Take Your Picture Goes All BMX
Cobra Lounge and Sailor Jerry Show Video - Was a Sloppy Good Time
Check out the video from the Cobra Lounge show, featuring Gypsyblood and some other great Chicago bands from last year’s Sailor Jerry Pitchfork After party. Was a sloppy good time!!
Brooklyn Vegan: Show Pick - March 2nd Lake Forest , IL - FREE Show
Chicago bands Gypsyblood and Heavy Times are set to play a FREE show this Friday (March 2), at the Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel on the campus of Lake Forest College. The event is being presented by the school’s WMXM radio (89.9 FM) and seems to be open to the public.
In related (and unfortunate) news, Gypsyblood’s van was stolen last week.
Gypsyblood to play at the Sargent House / 1656 Music Offical Show at SXSW - March 16th
Sargent House and 1656 Music presents their official SXSW show lineup for Friday, March 16th at Bat Bar - 218 E. 6th Street with the following bands.
Deafheaven - 1:00am
Zechs Marquise - 12:05am
Chelsea Wolfe - 11:10pm
And So I Watch You From Afar - 10:15pm
Indian Handcrafts - 9:20pm
Marriages - 8:25pm
Gypsyblood - 7:30pm
W/ special guest sets from Eureka The Butcher between bands
Happy Valentines Day Downloads from Gypsyblood
Don’t Trust Your GPS In The Southern Appalachian Mountains: an Interview with Gypsblood
Don’t Trust Your GPS In The Southern Appalachian Mountains: an Interview with Gypsyblood
By Ryan Donar
Waiting outside of El Cid II; an out-of-place Mexican restaurant in the heart of Logan Square beside a comic book store that I promised myself not to go into. It’s about 6:50 p.m. when I look at the clock on my phone (early to a 7:00 p.m. meeting time of course, but only to make sure I got the right rendezvous point). I’m asked by two small, very young teenagers in backpacks and zipped up matching hoodies for a cigarette as I take a drag off of the last pre-rolled bugler I had in my breast pocket. “Are these kids for real? Maybe they are older than I think,” I say to myself as they hold out their hands as if they were expecting a snack. I say, “nah, this is the only one I have.” They put their hands down to their sides and kindly said, “fuck you,” then strutted away on their scooters. Confused and misplaced I hear a door open behind me and some male voices asking if and when a certain friend (Kyle) would arrive. Ignoring the conversation and keeping to my nosey self inspecting the nearby cops across the street at the train station I hear, “Ryan? Are you Ryan?” I turn around and am face-to-face with Chicago’s very own pop-garde masterminds, Gypsyblood.
The El Cid hostess leads Adam, Ryan, Chris and I upstairs where we thought would be a little less noisier in order to conduct the interview properly but instead arrive in a bar area with people chatting on both sides of our table and a mariachi band playing overhead in the speakers. The waitress brings out chips and Ryan White (bassist of Gypsyblood) discreetly whistles, or so he thought, as the waitress takes our drink orders. Margaritas and rice water.
Ryan Donar: Who are you guys and where are you guys from?
Adam James: We are Gypsyblood from Chicago, Illinois. Actually right next door to El Cid is where we practice, that’s also where we recorded half the album.
Ryan Donar: Where did you record the other half of Cold in the Guestway?
Adam James: We wrote the songs in the summer of ‘09 and recorded them that fall/winter with the album officially being finished in summer of ‘10. We recorded half of it in what we’ve referred to as “The Lost Inn Spaces” as it’s this enormous warehouse that was built by Frank Lloyd Wright but now houses a massive amount of band practice spaces. But there are no windows when you go in, so you completely lose track of time. I loved recording in that environment, but i can see how some people wouldn’t.
Audio Tree Live Session - Sept 17, 2011
Sargent House “May We Introduce You” Gypsyblood
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In 2006, I was introduced to a band by Dave Davison of Maps & Atlases out of Chicago called Karma with A K. I fell deeply and madly in love with them. They never even got around to releasing an album before they disbanded. I was so sad when I heard they called it quits without ever having really left Chicago. But I kept dibs on the boys of the Karma unit for years waiting. Then one day Dave Davison emailed me two demos of songs that blew my mind and he said “Remember Karma with A K ? Well this is Adam and Kyle’s new band GYPSYBLOOD. The rest is history. I signed the bloods and this my friends is that story.
So, May we Introduce you to GYPSYBLOOD? All this week their album Cold In The Guestway is FREE for download HERE. They have mellowed, my Karma boys but oh what sweet tunes they make. So, what have you got to lose? Get turned on, I know I did. And if you love our “May We Introduce You” Free downloads thing make sure and help us spread the music! - SARGENT HOUSE /CP
Dave & Erin of Maps & Atlases Talks to The AV Club
Dave Davison and Erin Elders
The band members discuss their biggest influences
and they give props to Kyle and Adam’s old band Karma with a K and recommend Gypsyblood as a new band to check out. Very nice. - below are excerpts. Click to read FULL interview.
Maps & Atlases formed in 2004 at Columbia College, and soon gained notoriety for their frenetic musicality, impressionistic lyrics, and lead singer Dave Davison’s unique vocals. The band’s experimental math rock-influenced sound gave way to a less abrasive folk approach on its debut full-length, Perch Patchwork, released last year on Barsuk Records. While the band may have scaled back its overt musical flair over time, it remains one of the tightest, most interesting musical acts going.
The A.V. Club caught up with Davison and Erin Elders, (guitarist-lead singer and lead guitarist, respectively) in advance of their set at A.V. Fest this weekend, to talk about some of their favorite local bands, as well as their experiences as musicians and music fans in Chicago.
The A.V. Club: Sure, plenty of young bands struggle to understand how to go from playing warehouses and basements to playing shows at larger venues like Metro.
DD: Yeah, there were a lot of shows that we saw that were really cool and interesting. These shows were fun, most of the bands we played with don’t exist anymore. There’s something fun, looking back on it, to romanticize that time. These shows where you see a band that’s really fun and crazy, and it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll ever see them again.
Karma With A K
DD: The one band that we played with a lot, that we still listen to, this band called Karma With A K. (Whose two key members went onto become Gypsyblood) They broke up in 2007, but they were absolutely wild. We started playing nearly every show together for a couple years. They had a Les Savy Fav-meets-MC5 thing, so every show we had with them, there was a story that came out of it. They’d use the space during their set in a really scary, exciting way. I still listen to the handful of demos they recorded that Shiraz [Dada, Maps & Atlases’ bassist] produced.
AVC: Are there any local groups starting up that you’ve been into lately?
DD: Gypsyblood is a new band featuring members of Karma With A K, and they’re great. The other band with a few members of Karma With A K is a band called Thin Hymns. They’re both definitely worth checking out.