Powerglove Checks In With Album and Tour Blog
Band Photo: Sonata Arctica (?)
Boston-based video game metal band Powerglove has checked in with the following update:
"Well it's 5 in the morning, we're leaving for a double tour in a little more than a day, I haven't packed, and i'm not going to sleep anytime soon. Thanks, Starcraft 2 Beta.
"Seriously, thanks to Andrew at Blizzard for hooking us up with Beta keys out of the blue. I never imagined my life could be ruined and made complete by a game.
"And as much as I want to play it until I starve to death, it's time to take a long break from the Motherships and Colossi to not shower or shave for two months and play metal to you guys every single day (almost) for our mutual benefit and enjoyment. We'll be playing new songs at every show for the people who have too much tetris for one lifetime (but we're still playing it!) and we'll be doing a different new track on the Sonata Arctica tour than the Hammerfall one (for the true Powerglove zealots going to both shows, thanks guys), and three new songs at our headlining shows (simply because we can). Most bands have a hard time playing new tracks at shows because the audience doesn't know them, but Powerglove does have the shamelessly imbalanced ability to play the awesome and nostalgic themes from Xmen and Transformers which will have all the excitement of new tracks but also that warm, gooey nostalgia feeling that takes you back to those Saturday mornings in front of the tv...
"Truly those were halcyon days...
"Oh, and let it be known that we now have custom swords that say 'Metal Kombat' at our merch booth on these tours, along with the usual goodness. I hope I can look into crowd and see some at the shows, held high and proud. Do you think we should expand into axes and other foam weapons? I think it might be a cool way to make the concerts more unique and bizarre.
"EDIT: Forgot to mention that at many shows we will have to leave right after our set due to the crazy driving times, so if you're buying merch (thank you) you'll need to get it before we play or right after the set.
"I haven't written a blog in a long time (it's Chris by the way) because I wanted to wait for the album to be done. I felt like only then did I deserve to hype it up because we've made you guys wait so long for new stuff. We spent an entire year on this album (this is not a joke, one year of life). The guitar recording alone took three months of work every day, 10-12 hours a day. I can proudly say we worked our asses off and came up with a perfect successor to Metal Kombat. We self produced it as always (always will, btw) but this time the sound quality and overall sound is so much better. Bassil produced and mixed it like the last one (with help from the rest of us) but he's learned a lot in the last 2 years and poured it all into the album. Our songwriting was forged with months of revision and trying every harmony, every drum beat, every idea that came to mind, until we found exactly what every riff needed. Once we get the cover art done and track order and other little things, we'll post an official type of announcement. We've finished recording and are in the last phase of mixing, and now I can hear what the final product will sound like.
"I know some people would have liked us to do all video game songs again and not a cartoon and movie concept album (I guess it's like a concept album to us). I can understand the feeling. But you haven't heard it yet, and now that I have heard the final product I can safely say that this is the best music we've ever made and you will not be disappointed.
"I thought people would be mad at us when we announced it months ago, but I was surprised at how overwhelmingly positive the fan response was to the idea. Thanks for letting us branch out, since there were so many great cartoon songs to make metal it would have been a shame not to rearrange them. Our next album after this one will be video game remixes, many of which we're already well into writing and arranging. After that one I'd love to write a video game soundtrack as a band, hopefully we'll get the chance to do that. It would be most excellent.
"I hope we can post some tracks during the tour. I can't promise it since we are still mixing, but we all want to very badly. Sometimes I wanted to break down and post unfinished versions since I'm tired of being one of the few people who has heard them, but I never liked it when other bands did it since it ruins the impact of a finished, sparkling new track, so I resisted the temptation. But if you're dying to hear some new songs, you could always come to a show...
"Sorry for all the silence this past long while, but now I can post again since my heart is no longer burdened by our lack of album completion. I'm glad I waited, because when I hyped the album (like all bands do) I wanted to do it honestly, and when I said the obligatory 'This is the heaviest, shreddiest, bestest thing I've ever done' speech I wanted to mean it. I can't wait to get the new songs out there!
"See you all on tour!
"-Chris and Powerglove
"ps: I'll write some musings on Starcraft 2 on the road since I'll be thinking about it all the time on those 12 hour drives. Anyone else playing the Beta?"
Powerglove with be on tour with Hammerfall and Sonata Arctica this spring. Check them out at the dates below.
Mar. 05 W. Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Mar. 06 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Mar. 07 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Mar. 09 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Mar. 10 Montreal, QC - Club Soda
Mar. 11 Quebec City, QC - Imperial
Mar. 12 Toronto, ON - The Opera House
Mar. 13 Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
Mar. 15 Chicago, IL - Metro
Mar. 16 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Mar. 18 St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Mar. 19 Winnipeg, MB - The West End Cultural Center
Mar. 21 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
Mar. 22 Calgary, AB - Warehouse
Mar. 23 Vancouver, BC - The Venue
Mar. 24 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Mar. 26 San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center
Mar. 27 Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
With Sonata Arctica:
Apr. 02 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Apr. 03 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Apr. 05 New York, NY - The Blender Theater @ Gramercy
Apr. 06 Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
Apr. 07 Montreal, QC - Club Soda
Apr. 09 Toronto, ON - The Opera House
Apr. 10 Detroit, MI - Blondie’s
Apr. 11 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Apr. 12 St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Apr. 13 Winnipeg, MB - The West End Cultural Center
Apr. 15 Calgary, AB - Warehouse
Apr. 16 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
Apr. 18 Vancouver, BC - The Venue
Apr. 19 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Apr. 20 Portland, OR - Peter’s Room
Apr. 23 Santa Ana, CA - The Galaxy Theatre
Apr. 24 Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
Apr. 25 Mesa, AZ - U.B’s Bar
Apr. 27 Austin, TX - Emo’s
Apr. 28 Houston, TX - Meridian
Apr. 29 Tulsa, OK - The Marquee
Apr. 30 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
May 01 Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
May 02 W. Springfield, VA - Jaxx Nightclub
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