June 28, 2007

New Redwalls tour dates, independent EP released

When I saw The Redwalls with OK Go at the Bluebird Theatre in 2005, it was an awesome, power-pop-filled evening. The Redwalls are a foursome out of Chicago, fronted by a pair of brothers, with finely-aged sound that far exceeds their 20-something years of living. They were signed with Capitol, but recently parted ways with the label following the completion of recording some new material. Capitol let them keep those demos, which have just been released as an independent EP: The Wall to Wall Sessions. They also just announced some tour dates (following their string of shows opening for Oasis last year) — I definitely recommend catching them live if you can. I wrote last year:

When I first heard “It’s Love You’re On” by The Redwalls, I absolutely thought they were some forgotten ’60s band I’d never heard before – pleasing vocal harmonies, catchy hooks, a fantastic crunchy sound. This Chicago quartet (vocalist/guitarist Logan Baren, vocalist/bassist Justin Baren, vocalist/guitarist Andrew Langer, and drummer Ben Greeno) ranges in dewy-fresh age from 20 to 22 years old, but sound much more mature to me musically.
I was blown away seeing them live. Four young guys, shaggy dark hair, tight pants, pointed boots – straight-up British Invasion brought back to life (oh wait, did it ever die?). They looked so young; I remember telling my friend Heidi that I felt like we were at a high school talent show (albeit one of very high caliber). These kids have stage presence and swagger galore — although, really, who at 22 opening for all these great bands wouldn’t swagger just a tad?

Go see them live (dates below) and enjoy this sample off the new EP, which is available to purchase here. An interesting song –much bigger than the catchy little songs of their earlier efforts– sounding kind of like the Beatles fronting Joshua-Tree-era U2?

Song #1 – The Redwalls

Jun 27 – Southgate House Newport, KY
Jun 28 – Magic Stick Detroit, MI
Jun 29 – Lime Spider Akron, OH
Jun 30 – Southpaw Brooklyn, NY
Jul 2 – Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA
Jul 3 – T.T. the Bear’s Cambridge, MA
Jul 4 – Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ
Jul 5 – Iota Club and Cafe Arlington, VA
Jul 6 – Beachland Ballroom, Tavern Cleveland, OH
Jul 7 – The Basement Columbus, OH
Jul 12 – Mirimar Theatre Milwaukee, WI
Jul 13 – Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN
Jul 14 – High Noon Saloon Madison, WI
Jul 15 – Copper Rock Coffee Company Appleton, WI
Jul 21 – Sheffield Garden Walk Chicago, IL
Aug 2 – Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack Little Rock, AR
Aug 5 – Lucky Devils El Paso, TX
Aug 9 – The Roxy Theatre Hollywood, CA
Aug 10 – Cafe Du Nord San Francisco, CA
Aug 11 – Mt Tabor Legacy Portland, OR
Aug 15 – Hi Dive Denver, CO
Aug 16 – Grand Emporium Kansas City, MO
Aug 17 – Off Broadway St. Louis, MO
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  • Did you Hear!

    The Spice Girls are getting back together for a new Tour!

    I’ll bet you’re happy about that!


    Anonymous — June 28, 2007 @ 1:30 pm

  • I’ll tell you what I want. What I really really want.

    heather — June 28, 2007 @ 4:31 pm

  • the link isn’t working

    Anonymous — June 28, 2007 @ 6:41 pm

  • Thanks. Should be fixed now.

    heather — June 28, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

  • Nice article on Redwalls, there’s another at RickRedux.com.

    Ace Athena — September 5, 2007 @ 12:33 pm

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