Hey Kids! We have a new title for our new and long-awaited and still forthcoming in the summer third album!
It’s going to be called: The Coolest Thing About Love
We are so happy to be listening to the finished master of our album and should be shipping it off to our label soon and then Happy Happy Birthday to Me (www.hhbtm.com) will be announcing our release date sometime after that – most likely sometime in late July! That should give all of you plenty of summer sunshine listening time!
In other Smittens news, we are going crazy with excitement about some of our other big summer touring plans – this year we are going across the ocean to play some European shows!
The first confirmed show is at a fantastic indiepop festival called Indie Tracks (www.indietracks.co.uk) which is a 3-day festival at an old steam train railway station in Ripley, Derbyshire! Bands announced to date are The Wedding Present, The Wave Pictures, Darren Hayman, Comet Gain, Airport Girl, Manhattan Love Suicides, Roadside Poppies, Amida, Ballboy, Dirty Fingernails, The Just Joans, Little Things, The Kabeedies, Kategoes, Lardpony, The Mai 68s, The Middle Ones, Milky Wimpshake, The Occasional Flickers, Pocketbooks, Slow Down Tallahassee, The Smittens, Strawberry Story, The Bobby McGees, Tortoise Shout, Brontosaurus Chorus and Voluntary Butler Scheme. Tickets went on sale on the 1st of this month and weekend tickets are £45 and available now! The Midland Railway, which is set deep in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside, houses a whole range of lovingly restored steam diesels and locomotives. Festival goers are allowed to have unlimited rides on the steam railway over the weekend and full access to other railway attractions. How cool is that?
In addition to this awesome festival, we are also going to be playing a decent handful of other UK gigs and may even try to play in Sweden or Iceland! Wowee! If any of you overseas folks would like to see us play near you, please drop us a line and let us know where you would like to see us play and we’ll see what we can do! We have shows in the works in London, Glasgow, Nottingham, Birmingham, Sheffield, and Leeds, in addition to Indie Tracks. We’ll update our shows listings as we get some more things confirmed, but for now a lot of our plans are in the early stages.
In other news – our split 7″ with Tullycraft has been sent off to the manufacturing plant and should be available in the next month or so! We will let you know when we get our copies – we will have a small number of them available at our shows until we run out!
We have a couple fun shows in Burlington this month – one on Friday, March 14th at Parima Thai Restaurant with one of our favorite bands and friends – Missy Bly! It’s free to get in and bound to be a blast and a half!
The following week we are playing a Rock for Choice benefit in the Davis Center at UVM on Thursday, 3/20!
It will be the first day of spring and what better way to kick off the new season than with us and a handful of other fine bands!
Anyhow, we should have a bunch more good news soon – we are going to do a short tour in mid-to-late April and will be announcing the dates in the next few weeks!
Hope to see some of you soon and some more of you a little bit later than that!
Also, if you live on the west coast or somewhere in the middle of this country, well, we may be coming your way this Fall! Our goal at this point is to rock the UK (and potentially a few other European countries) in late July, pop down to Athens for this Summer’s Athens popfest (the 3rd weekdn of August), and then we are going to fulfill our long-ago promise to visit the west coast this Fall after The Coolest Thing About Love comes out!
ps- if you are in the Boston area, please consider yourselves invited to the Great Scott on Saturday March 15th – Dana and Colin with be playing a Let’s Whisper show that evening with our friends One Happy Island, Hand and Knees, and The Piddly Kids, along with a few indie pop DJs in between – it will be a full-on indiepop dance party!