Let’s get down to it.

We’re back with a new post! I know that so many people were wondering what the heck has been up. It’s been a few weeks since the last update. Well, it happened like this:

Brian: Hello sir.
Old Prospector: There’s GOLD in them hills!
Brian: Whaaaaa?!

So, Brian’s just been up in the hills a lot.

But he’s back. And he’s taken to writing in third person.

Information worth reading: We’ve got a show coming up! Come to 10 Below (underneath The Applewood Grill) on July 30th @ 8:00! You know you want to.

More info: We’ve also got a show coming up at Der Hinterhof in Leavenworth! August 6th @ 7:00. We played there last year and we’re stoked to be back. That’s a really fun place to play.

Some other new info that most of you already know is that we’re now on Twitter! Carsin’s taken that over and I’m sure at least 30 times a day you’ll see a new update on all the important info regarding Poor Folks. Just search for PoorFolksMusic.

I’ll leave you with a chart I may or may not have made on Microsoft Paint:

Conclusion from all this data: We have a ways to go before we are as famous as Bill Clinton.

Have a wonderful day everyone! May the wind be at your back and may angels sing sweetly into your ears. Warm Gestures.
-Brian

New blog.

I’m just going to say this: “I’m not just going to write out a blog every time you feel hungry to read some meaty piece of literature!” I just said that out loud while I wrote that. Hence the quotations.

No new band news. I won’t lie to you. I mean, I guess there’s probably something to talk about… But Shawn’s new rash and Carsin’s new leotard won’t really serve as great topics for a monologue. So I’ll just regale you with stuff.

So, the Internet seems to be sticking. Not just a passing fad. I guess I lost that bet.

Along those same lines, people seem to be definitely more interested in Lady GaGa and Katy Perry than they were twenty years ago. … I guess this is what they call “progression.”

I dunno… The thing is, now that Lady GaGa and Katy Perry are named on this blog, this page is going to get 700 views. Should that bother me?

There’s a part of me that worries over the idea that Nerf bought the rights to Laser Tag. It’s not that I don’t trust Nerf. It’s just that all the friends that I grew up with named Nerf turned out to be Jerks. That might have something or everything to do with it.

I couldn’t help but overhear an old lady talk about how she accidentally let a bird into her house today. She talked about how she chased it around while it flew from room to room. It went into the laundry room, bathroom, and kitchen, but never made it into the bedroom. The whole time I listened to her and pitied her gullible friends. Call it a gut feeling, but she lied.

My sunburn hurts when people slap it.

I’m pretty sure that potters are hurting when you can get a perfectly decent mug from Wal-Mart for $.79. And I’m pretty sure that tailors are hurting when Target sells shirts for $8. I could get a plane ticket from here to DC for under a hundred dollars? I can get coffee, one of the most time-consuming processed, middle-man plagued goods for $5/lb? And what’s this about a complete  burger with the works from Jack in the Box for $1.25?… For many different reasons, these things should never be this cheap.

But then an ER bill is $700 just to walk in the door? Cell phones cost at least $70 every month no matter how you spring it? Movie theaters are making a killing on popcorn. And a lot of the reason why cigarettes are so expensive is taxes… And why does everything that I purchase right now, whatever the cost, seem to want to fall apart almost instantly?

It’s a good thing I’m wearing my helmet.

Warm gestures everyone.
-Brian

Milk was a bad choice…

Yesterday I got the date of the Battle at the Alamo tattooed on my arm. Right under the date for the next Halley’s Comet. I’d hate to forget these things.

Let me start with this: THANK YOU BIKERS! We had a great time Saturday the 11th at the Kids to the Capitol” Bike Rally. I sure hope we got those kids to the Capitol. All I can say is that I hope that this “Capitol” they’re speaking of is Washington DC. I’m pretty sure I’d feel a bit gypped if we’re talking about Olympia here…

And we gotta say, thank you to the Vogue for having us back on Friday the 3rd. It had been a full two years since we played there last (almost exactly, actually. We noticed the previous concert poster on their wall and it said June 6th, 2009) and I’m pretty sure we’ve gotten a lot louder than we were then. But the staff was great and people were very responsive. We appreciated that. 🙂 Only a few people left holding their ears. … Only a few.

For our next album we’ve decided to go with a nautical theme. And we’ll have scratch-and sniff pages so you’ll be able to smell the coral and shrimp! Once science enables us to get these complex scents onto paper, it’ll be time to hit the studio!

So, gotta sneak this in, for those of you who have lived past 21 years of age, be sure to check out the new Columbia Valley Brewery in Wenatchee. At the end of 5th St and to the left about a hundred feet, just off the loop trail by the river lies a fantastic new spot for you “adults.” And for now, pints are only $3.50 a piece. We’re shooting to play the Grand Opening there (although it’s hardly official yet). Look for it!

And finally, some choice bits from the Ghetto Glossary:

    • BUSTAa person who is fake, phony, or a punk who can’t fight, or snitches.
    • DOME / DOME PIECE-A persons head. Usually referring to fighting and punching someone in the head, or shooting someone in the head.
    • FRONT-To fake something your not. Pretending to be tuff. To not show up for a situation or a fight. (exam. “me and Juan was supposed to go to the train yards and do some pieces, but he fronted so I went by myself”)
    • HOT 110-And old school original graffiti term. When a writer (graffiti) writer or crosses out his enemies name, or a toy (weak graffiti writer). He or she will write “hot 110” over their name.
    • PARLAYIN-Chillin, relaxing

Yeah, so don’t be a front busta. Watch your dome less I hot 110 ya. I’ll see you soon. Til then, PARLAY!

Warm Gestures everyone.
-Brian

Some guff to add to your day.

Oi oi oi!

You’re coming to the Vogue in Chelan, right? Only about a half hour from Wenatchee. And we’ll be playing pretty much EVERYTHING.

So, it’s been a restful week. We had a jam yesterday at around Miller time and came up with a few new ideas. And Shawn spat some “mad game” at Carsin’s lady. And we griped about work. And we were way too loud past noise curfew. All the while just trying to figure out what the heck the next step is… New album? Radio promotion? A bunch of small things at once?

One thing’s for sure, we really are jonesing to get out of town again… This Chelan will be awesome and it gives us something to really look forward to. But I want to DRIVE! You know? I think another Seattle/Boise/Portland gig is in order. Heck, maybe Los Angeles or Texas or something… We’ll see what happens.

Geez. I need a freaking Kit-Kat for my brain. What is it in the stars, you know? Direction. I just need a little direction.

So, earlier I was updating the Sonicbids account and the ever elusive question came up. The question of “genre.” I really want to put that to rest. If the muse moves you, comment on our facebook how you would classify us. Put our sound into a box. Are we Rock? Pop? Country? Hardcore? Thrash Electro Disco Funk?

And actually, while we’re on the subject, what other bands do we remind you of? I wanna check them out.

Anyway, I’m gonna leave you with substance. Foals, And So I Watch You From Afar, Biffy Clyro, &U&I, Hold Your Horse Is… These bands are some of our current inspirations.

Warm gestures everyone.
-Brian Bailey

Fests and Races and Such.

Had a few shows over the past couple weeks. That’s good say seeing as this is a “Band Blog.”

I don’t know if everyone’s seen it but we’ve got a new live video of Real Boy posted on Vimeo by Charley Voorhis and his incredible film crew! They all showed up on Apple Blossom with, I don’t know, 6 cameras? Around, what, 4 dollies? And something like 1 crane, and made us look spectacular! Thanks so much Charley and crew!

Oh, and SPOILER ALERT: There may be more coming up in the next couple weeks. 🙂

When I’m betting on the horse races I always bet on the red horses. Because red horses are faster.

How about some pics from these so called shows, eh? Would you believe me then?

Thanks Richard and Erica (and whoever else got their fingers on Erica’s camera) for taking these! 🙂

Along a similar note, I gotta say and can’t say enough, we really appreciate the people who have been showing up to our shows. I’m consistently amazed as to how many familiar faces I see out there. Several people made it out to freaking 2 and 3 of the 4 shows we had in the last two weeks! These kinds of things go above and beyond and are so encouraging to us. It’s so SO hard to know, even two years into this, what the heck we’re doing and where we’re trying to go. After some of the rougher performances we’ve had it’s been easy to question whether it’s worth it to keep moving. You people are the cement though. You’re more important to us than you’ll ever know.

I sold all my Microsoft stock and gold bonds and put it all in clay pigeons. Sure it’s high risk. But the stuff’s dirt cheap right now.

May the wind always be at your back. Warm gestures everyone.
-Brian Bailey

Let’s try a new post. What Flavour?

We’ve got a few shows coming up! Oh, and we’ve got a new song also. If I can remember the words, we’ll play it on the 30th. If I can’t, we’ll play it on the 30th very poorly.

Thanks to those who watched us in Ellensburg on Thursday! And thanks to Red Means Go for being so freaking rad. Gotta say, generally our best shows don’t happen in the noon-day sun but we had a great time anyway. We’ve got some pics below. Look at them.

Let’s talk film now: As some of you maybe read in a previous facebook post, we’ve got a couple spots on the Soundtrack of Pedal Driven, A “Bike-umentary” made by Howell At The Moon. If you can, look out for the Wenatchee Premier at the PAC on May 20. If Wenatchee’s not an option, look for a town near you on the “Tour” section of http://pedaldriven.howellatthemoon.com. You can also see the trailer there. Oh, and the soundtrack includes our first ever cover song recorded specially for this project! Get stooooked!

If there’s a bright center to the universe, you’re on the planet that it’s farthest from.

Oh, and at the next shows we’ll have our new run of Poor Folks T-Shirts! Hot off the screen-printer. $10/a piece! You stoooooked yet?!

May the wind always be at your back and the sun always gently beat on your chest. Warm gestures everyone.
-Brian

Poor Folks, Livin Broke!

Despite the title of this particular edition of everyone’s favorite band page, I really will try to keep the money woes to a minimum.

So, now that I’m actually looking, it seems as though I could say a lot about “news items” since the last update. Pullman was great [despite a $250 parking ticket (last of the money woes, I swear)], and I gotta say, possibly the single greatest fifteen minutes we’ve ever played. Of course, despite that we didn’t win… I’m not sure how to end that thought. But yeah, very cool show. Be sure to check out the band Genevieve, Lion’s Ambition, and Painted Grey. Some great stuff there. 🙂

Workin on some NEW MUSIC! Can’t wait to show you all. These songs will be the soundtrack to your childrens’ teens. Whether that’s a good thing or not, we’ll see what the lyrics will have to say.

So, has everyone heard of this “Harry Potter” phenomenon that I’m seeing so much about? Seems like a great plot for a movie. Can’t wait to see what happens to this charasmatic wizard.

-Those in Ellensburg, check out the show coming up at the CWU Symposium with Red Means Go on April 21st.
-Those in Wenatchee over 21, check out the Clearwater Saloon on April 30th with Ghost Power!!!
-Those under 21, check out the show at Apple Blossom on May 2nd.

Thanks folks! We hope to see you soon! Warm Gestures.
-Brian

Let’s talk bizznezz.

We’re so stoked about how the last two weekends have gone! From Clearwater, to Waterville, to Seattle, to Bellingham, to the PAC, every one of the shows has been a lot of fun and really, we wouldn’t have changed a thing. We’ll have a little bit of buisness to attend to over the next week (photo shoot, recording for a special project, maybe some shirts and stickers) and we’ll hope to see you all at Wally’s on the 19th. 🙂

Also, anyone in Pullman, we’re playing the WSU Battle of the Bands on the 29th! Make sure to spread the word and check it out if you can. Winner opens for Ludacris. Yes. Nobody wants this more than I do. 🙂

Warm gestures everyone.
-Brian

some pictures from the weekend:

Broke. And lovin it.

The snow makes me think… Everyone preparing for Christmas next year? I hope so. And remember, there’s room for everyone on the ‘nice list.’

On a similar note, we’re preparing for the big weekend! Show tonight at the Clearwater, Saturday is Waterville, and Sunday is Seattle. And next weekend is Bellingham and The Wenatchee PAC! Do I think we can do it? Well, it’s a squeeze but mathematically it should be possible.

Yeah. Math says it’ll work.

It’s been a great past couple weeks. Jammin with the guys, kickin it out in the snow, battling sickness… Yep, livin the life. Oh, and we’ve got a new song coming along great. Looking forward to unveiling that one. Warrant’s gonna love it.

Maybe if I had two bowflexes. Maybe then I’d be able to get into shape.

Warm Gestures everyone.
-Brian

Websites! Cashews!

So, the website’s up.  ….  .. It’s up. Yeah, it happened. We won. *tear* … No, I gotta say, this morning when I saw that things were actually going to finally work, all I could think of is those sports movies. You know, the way in the end that the main team wins after this huge upset and the entire crowd rushes the field and the kid who scored the final points is there with his dad and the kid says to him “I did it dad.” And the dad says for the first time in the kid’s life “I’m proud of you son.” – 101

That’s not at all what happened here. But that’s what was running through my head. Victory. Finally. – 17

Went to see The Chariot in Seattle with Shawn, half of Ghost Power!!! (Mitch Wixom), a fifth of Red Means Go (Marcus Hoyer), and a fourth of Simon The Leper (Jeremiah Steele) on Thursday. It’s so good to get a refocus on the way that the it’s all supposed to be presented. I think we all came back stoked to improve. – 61

Do a thousand words paint a picture?* – 7

I finally got a new pedal in the mail! It’s exactly the same kind that I’ve had this whole time except that THIS ONE WORKS! I know you’ve heard me complain about the one I’ve had. I’m knocking on wood right now, I’ll never be complaining about that problem again. -50

Oh, and Shawn got a new bass! It’s lighter than his last one so there will be a different kind of rocking on stage from now on. Yesssss. -28

I’ll let you all get on with your lives now. Thank you everyone who put in the time to read all this. I realize a lot of it was self-indulgent chatter but face it, you’ve come to expect that by now. -41

Godspeed everyone. Warm gestures. -4
-Brian Bailey -2

*Total -311. Conclusion: this painting’s incomplete.