The flyers are starting to come in for our 8 day stint in January with Living Room! We’ll be debuting some brand new songs so come hang out with us. (Full tour poster in the works by our friend Andy Hendricks)
January 6th // Monday // Columbus OH @ Legion Of Doom w/ Total Request Dead and Church Camp
January 7th // Tuesday // Pittsburgh, PA @ 222 Ormsby w/ Sundials, State Lines, Marietta
January 8th // Wednesday // Lancaster, PA @ Left Hand Printing Company w/ Dipshit
January 9th // Thursday // Montclair, NJ @ The Batcave w/ Warped Forest, Nashoba
January 10th // Friday // Brooklyn, NY Suburbia w/ TBA
January 11th // Saturday // Christiansburg, VA @ Lucie Monroe’s Specialty Coffee (Jonathan from Flannel Gurl Records birthday!) w/ Bombardier and Heevahava
January 12th // Sunday // Huntington, WV @ The Elimination Chamber w/ No Pretty Pictures, Math the Band, and Warzawa
January 13th // Monday // Kent, OH @ Stone Tavern (Back to school bash)
Impose is doing an exclusive full EP stream of the Kittyhawk & Cherry Cola Champions split, which will be officially released this coming Tuesday. They also did a little Q & A with the bands. Check it out below. You can pre-order the split here —->http://flannelgurl.bigcartel.com/ If you have already pre-ordered the split your record(s) have been shipped! ;)
Stream our split with Cherry Cola Champions!
In full. Stream it, then order it!
Our next show is Tuesday Nov. 19th @ Now That’s Class with Little Big League (Philly, PA. Tiny Engines) Wolf Creek (Cleveland, OH), and Madarosis (Cleveland, OH).
We’ve got some cool news on a January tour w/ some good bud’s coming up and another release off of our split with Kittyhawk tomorrow as well!
BrooklynVegan are doing an exclusive stream of the fantastic track ‘Static’ from Cherry Cola Champions, which comes from their side of the upcoming split with Kittyhawk! You can pre-order the split —-> HERE!
Also… If you have been living under a rock, check out ‘The Green’ by Kittyhawk, which was featured by SPIN two weeks ago —-> LISTEN!
Thanks for listening!
Artwork by Charlie Wagers // produced by Tim Gerak.
We’re really stoked about this split and where our sound is heading.. Huge thanks to Jonathan and Kimmi!! Hope you enjoy.
-Jerry & Terry
We are extremely stoked to share and announce that SPIN is doing an exclusive stream of Kittyhawk's The Green, which comes from their upcoming split with Cherry Cola Champions. We would also like to mention that the split is now available for pre-order —-> http://flannelgurl.bigcartel.com/
STREAM —-> The Green by Kittyhawk
Bob Nanna is starting his day by making a treasure map. It’s a typical beginning to a work week at Threadless, where Nanna helms the social marketing reigns of one of the world’s largest t-shirt design companies.
Founded in 2000 as a small Chicago upstart, Threadless sources artwork by web submission and calls on visitors to vote for winning designs. Moving beyond the model of a typical t-shirt company, Threadless has garnered attention for creating a community of makers and collaborators and giving a launch pad to thousands of up-and-coming independent artists. On any given day, open calls for designs include the likes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tegan and Sara, and the Simpsons.
Dedicated to a thriving creative culture, Threadless organizes ongoing events such as their annual Pitchfork Pre-Party, their warehouse manager encourages crowdsourced mixtape submissions to be played over their speakers, and they’ve hosted Family that included a BYOO station – that stands for Bring Your Own Object for screen printing.
Besides handling the everyday digital roles at Threadless, Nanna is a man of many hats himself. Best known for his work with emo legends Braid, the band recently put out a punchy, high energy split with Balance and Composure and are working on completing their next full-length to be released later this year. When he’s not playing with Braid, Nanna is also involved with the bands Jack and Ace and Lifted Bells, DJs regularly in Chicago, and just helped start a songwriting project, Downwrite.
We talked to Nanna about a typical day at Threadless, how his musical background plays a role in the Threadless community, and recording the new Braid album. See Braid headline Weapons of Mass Creation Fest Saturday, August 17 at 11 p.m. on the Artists in Residence stage.
“I just feel like I always need to be putting new things out there. I feel more fulfilled as a person if I’m constantly making things.” – Bob Nanna
What’s a typical day like for you at Threadless?
Today we’re prepping for a sale that’s going to happen next week. I’m on the marketing team, but more the social marketing team, so when we come up with the ideas for what sort of angle we’re going to use, we think of goofy videos or thematics, or funny photos we can do and also social promotions – share this, retweet this. We’re in the middle of coming up with next week’s theme, basically things to make the Threadless community active during that week.
My job isn’t as much getting people to buy, but getting people to be excited about Threadless and excited to be on the site. What we’re doing today is in line with this adventure theme we have for the sale so we’re making an adventure map. Every day it stops at a different place and for that day you would want to score a bunch of Threadless designs and be entered to win something. We’re going to have a Photoshop challenge. Just now we were thinking of names for the stops, sort of goofy, pun type stuff.
I also coordinate the Twitter and Facebook accounts, Tumblr, and email marketing. On any given day, you’re doing about 20 different things for 20 different departments.
Threadless has made it a point to go beyond being a t-shirt company, infusing the personalities of its workers and creating a community. How does music play a role at Threadless?
It totally goes hand-in-hand. A good number of people who work here are in bands, so there’s that constant music happening in the office and outside of the office. We’ve done a lot of band related design challenges. We have bands come in– we just had Caveman and Lucius play. We’re going to have a couple of the Riot Fest bands come in and play.
If it wasn’t for music, I wouldn’t have gotten this job. It’s probably the case for a lot of people here. Any kind of artistic or creative endeavor the employees take part in — whether it’s for Threadless or outside of Threadless — they’re very, very supportive of here.
Any kind of artistic or creative endeavor the employees take part in, whether it’s for Threadless or outside of Threadless, they’re very, very supportive of here.
You came to Threadless in 2005, when it was still very new. Can you talk about the culture of coming to work for this company that was very much a do-it-yourself type upstart, and also one that works very closely with artists, designers, and plenty of people whose work is tied to the music scene?
It was incredible. When I started, I was just looking for a temp job because I was home for the holidays and a friend I had met on tour told me they were hiring where he works. At the time there were maybe 25 people working at Threadless, most of them in the warehouse, which is where they needed temps to pack holiday orders.
When I came in, it was quite literally, instantly — that day — where I left and I thought, wow, this is a place I could work. Look at how well this all works; how they’re being successful at selling these t-shirts with art of them that didn’t have any branding, it’s just straight-up artwork.
This was so laid back, there was music blasting, everyone was very welcoming, it was fun. There was a dude doing a podcast, there were people filming stuff. I left thinking, is this real? This place exists? It’s very much in line with the D.I.Y. ethic that’s been ingrained in me over the years. So once the temp timeframe was over, they hired a bunch of us and they asked if I wanted to do it. My answer was yes, absolutely.
There was a dude doing a podcast, there were people filming stuff. I left thinking, is this real? It’s very much in line with the D.I.Y. ethic that’s been ingrained in me over the years.
You’re working day-to-day in this community that’s always trying to branch out, try new things, and have a lot of fun. On the other hand, you’re constantly working on new personal projects. Has it always been in your nature to constantly stay this busy and try new things?
Before Threadless, probably even before I started in bands, I always liked to have a bunch of projects going. I just feel like I always need to be putting new things out there. It’s not necessarily for other peoples’ sake, it’s more for me. I feel more fulfilled as a person if I’m constantly making things, organizing things, putting together cool projects that make me excited that I can finish, complete, and document. I’ve just always done that.
In terms of being here at Threadless, they want us to be out and making stuff, and doing our own things. Our warehouse manager started his own brewery. There are constantly things like that going on.
In a recent interview you said Braid’s new music will be “upbeat, youthful, energetic” and that’s certainly true for your recent split with Balance and Composure. Is there anything you can tell us about how recording is going and if audiences will hear any new music in your upcoming live shows?
It’s going well. Right now we have about eight songs that are maybe three-quarters of the way there. It’s hard for us to practice that often because we all live in different cities. Probably not for Cleveland, but we do have some shows coming up in October and November where we will be throwing in some new material.
When I was asked to create a poster for the second I Got Brains! Fest, my first thought was to try to highlight the incredible line-up that Jon and Kimmi were able to book for the festival (just as they did the year before). The idea for the poster came about after creating a band tshirt that included numerous icons revolving around summertime. So, I proceeded to illustrate simplistic icons that would represent each band in some way. Knowing that some references may not seem as obvious as others, I wanted to elaborate on where the ideas came from.
Thanks for looking through and learning more about the process. Building this collection of logos took many hours, but the outcome was well worth the work put in.
1. State Faults - arrowhead, from the song of the same name.
2. Trust Fall - crow, reference to the song ‘Be Your Own Bird.’
3. Nothing - phantom, taken from the song ‘Phantom.’
4. Cherry Cola Champions - cola bottle, cherry cola is delicious.
5. edhochuli - spear and club crossbones, weapons of a ‘Totally Caveman.’
6. The Joint Chiefs of Math - tangled wires, from the band’s album Wires.
7. Tawny Peaks - double peak, icon to reflect the band name.
8. Muscle and Bone - satchel, reference to banner artwork on the band’s Facebook.
9. Slingshot Dakota - minivan, the touring minivan the band had.
10. Alta - ocean, ‘ocean waves, you went away’ from the song ‘Ocean Liners.’
11. The Front Bottoms - knife, from the album art on Talon of the Hawk.
12. Oddczar - St. Basil’s Cathedral, from the artwork on One Word.
13. The Reptilian - full health, low health bar, reference to the names of two record titles.
14. Sohns - stained glass, from the band’s two releases that depict religious environments.
15. Apart - open hand split, the first icon I made. Wanted to symbolize the name of the band; something splitting apart.
16. Modern Baseball - a tear over a beer, from the song ‘Tears Over Beers.’
17. American Thunder band - pack of cigarettes, cigarettes on the 4 way split art.
18. Calculator - window shatter, combing the artwork from This Will Come to Pass with lyric from the song ‘Overture.’
19. Allison Weiss - umbrella, one of the icons from the ‘crest’ tshirt.
20. Candy Hearts - Tillie, from the song ‘Asbury Park.’ Iconic mural at Asbury Park.
21. Innards - lungs, icon for internal organs, synonym for the band name.
22. Adobe Homes - cattle skull, from the band’s demo art.
23. Old Wounds - skull, combination of the band name and the artwork on Terror Eyes.
24. Lemuria - triclops, three eyes have been featured on multiple apparel designs.
25. Barrow - eagle claw, from the song ‘Clawhold.’
26. The Caution Children - adobe pyramid, man-made structures located in Cahuachi, a song title from Unknown Lands.
27. Tiny Moving Parts - couch, from the artwork on the band’s album, This Couch is Long & Full of Friendship.
28. Empire! Empire! - paper airplane, I’d seen paper airplanes used on the band’s merchandise.
29. Kittyhawk - a snowflake/four leaf clover, from the first line of ‘Older/Wiser’ on the band’s debut release.
30. Gates - elegant gate, icon to reflect the band name; large, gated entrance.
31. The Island of Misfit Toys - bear beard, combination of the album title Bear Hair and a song from the release: ‘Beginnings of a Beard.’
32. Fucking Invincible - asterisk, common symbol to use when censoring F*ck.
33. Geoff Rickly - empty notebook, ‘Like the unmarked pages of your diaries’ from the song ‘HE’S EVIL.’
34. Jowls - pine trees, represents the forested landscape in Michigan; a tree for each member.
35. Sainthood Reps - halo glow, icon to reflect the band name; glowing halo.
36. Old Flings - balloon, from the artwork on the split with Break-Ups.
37. Dowsing - the swings of Catan, first lyrical line of ‘Littoral,’ with the addition of a board game reference.
38. Run, Forever - winged foot, icon to reflect the band name; the symbol of Mercury.
39. Pet Symmetry - Rover, from the artwork on the band’s debut release.
40. Cayetana - three arrows, arrow featured on the band’s bandcamp page; an arrow for each member.
41. Octaves - snake, from the song ‘Anaconda Squeeze.’
42. Mountain Man - fox tracks, from the song ‘Animal Tracks.’
43. Cloakroom - moth, one of the illustrated elements from the band’s debut release.
44. Prawn - sailboat, from the artwork on Ships.
45. Greys - astronaut, reflects the Drift vinyl labels and artwork; exploring space.
46. Whenskiesaregrey - clouds, icon to reflect the band name.
47. Loma Prieta - torn polaroid, from the song ‘Torn Portrait.’
48. Full of Hell - flame, icon to reflect the band name.
49. Tyler Daniel Bean - eye glasses, the glasses Tyler wears.
50. Restorations - fireworks, ‘Fireworks crest the cornices all across the north east’ from the song ‘Val d’ Or.’
51. Into it. Over it. - Chicago postage, stamp from 12 towns.
52. Aviator - typewriter, from the song ‘A Thousand Typewriters.’
53. Such Gold - buffalo, reference to the location of the band.
54. State Lines - back pack, from the photograph on the band’s self title 7.”
55. Go Deep - lock, from the song ‘Lockout.’
56. Secret Plot - mushroom cloud and ring, icon to reflect the band name; top secret file.
57. Foreign Tongues - racquetball, from the photograph on the self-titled release.
58. Frameworks - antlers, from the album art on Small Victories.
59. Signals Midwest - longitude and latitude (state of ohio), combining the state the band is from and the title of their first LP, Latitudes and Longitudes.
60. Sundials - cassette tape, ‘I could make a million mixtapes for you’ from the song ‘When I couldn’t breathe.’
61. You’ll Live - swim trunks, from the artwork on the band’s album Above the Weather.
62. By Surprise - corn on the cob with roses, “Artichokes with lettuce, corn on the cob with roses.” A fantastic line of lyrics.
3am Holiday Inn pool parties and waffle house T-bones are in order this weekend! Great poster, Justin.
We play with Little Big League, The Heel, and Bottle Kids tonight at Now That’s Class. Last local show for a while.
Come hear our new songs from the split with Kittyhawk!
Check out our profile (here) on our new found and friended European partner’s site, Lazy Acre Records / @lazyacrerecords / as they compare our riffage to the Royal Trux and Scottish band Biffy Clyro. Thanks, Ben! We are happy to be a part of the family! You might see us crossing the pond in the next year as Lazy Acre will be backing us over there from here on out, and we will be doing some future releases with them in addition to giving them all of our other scheduled releases this summer!!!