We are mixing a new song! Call 'Em Out, one of the last songs recorded before we moved east, got some guitar tracks added by Trevor recently when he was in town. We'll be releasing it soon online (or on 7"!)
We're also scouring all our video archives, and we'll be posting some cute from memorable shows. The first is DRIVEN from the late great Cobalt:
European (EU) ORDERS:
can now order directly from CIEL ROUGE
FOR ONLY 8 EUROS!!
R. Jean-Jacques Rousseau 62
DIJON, FRANCE 21000 (map)
Nov. '08 - A big Hallo to you from Shannon, back in Amsterdam, on the way to France (Dijon, Chalon-sur-Saone) to sample more euro-winter. Currently sampling all the best A'dam has to offer, and getting about on a big girly old coaster bike that pedals backwards to brake (like when I was eight). Seriously, you can get some decent speed up on those suckers. Keeping up my chops at The Jam Studio rehearsal space, great facility (Bettie Serveert practices there, but it's no Faceplant!).
Very pleased to report our new CD is charting (again), #7 on CJSF-FM! So both college radio stations in the Vancouver area (CiTR(UBC) and SFU(CJSF)) have placed Bent Outta Shape on their top tens, and as far as we know, the CD is still unreviewed. Airplay good! Thanks to everyone who's playing or requesting our tunes.
Trevor just did a solo set at Hoko's on Nov.13th as The Rain and the Sidewalk, part of the Down the Lees CD release show. Lisa and Ryan continue to work on their new material, and I'm hoping to get some combination of us over to Europe in 2009. Miss you guys!!
I'm really looking forward to meeting up with old and new friends over here, seeing what new ideas emerge and exploring the more obscure venues and musical scenes in eastern France particularly (I know you're out there...).
Bent Outta Shape is slowly increasingly available - a few copies are in Ottawa, now, at Compact Music on Bank St., and we'll be posting a list shortly of some of the fine record shops in Amsterdam, Dijon and Besancon (for starters). Also available of course from my favourite specialist in the 'long tail', mclean records.
Our CD sales outdid our door that night (!). No 'sophomore
jinx' here... I believe Ryan's incredible cover art had a lot to do
with it, and it's flying off the shelves at FacePlant, the studio where
it was recorded.
Cheers, Betty Shannon
Most Betty Kracker songs are the results of a collaborative
effort between one band member as composer, and Shannon as
lyricist/arranger, with a few exceptions.
The first run is more than half sold already, but
we're gonna make more!
BENT OUTTA SHAPE
buy the CD online
or buy the mp3s @ Soundclick
Retailers: Contact mclean online distribution for wholesale.
or from the shops (see below)
(you really should get it at the stores - it'll get you out of the house)
EASY BAY COVEN
click to buy online
"...They come on like SLANT 6 mixed with SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES: spooky guitar lines and echo-laden vocals from all four members. It's got a definite SoCal vibe too... some of these songs could fit right in on the SUBURBIA soundtrack!
Pop and punk, yet not pop punk, know what I mean?"
- MAXIMUMROCKNROLL, 03/2007
"...crunchy, delirious punk infused with hectic melodies and sludgy downbeats. ... a flourishing EP that is full of the contorted contradictions and turbulent risks that Betty Kracker pull off flawlessly."
- Exclaim Magazine, 02/2007
"...Guitars ring in all the right places, drums pound appropriately, bass undulates and the vocals careen over top of the smartly arranged and well-written tunes."
The Nerve, November
"...Taking their cue from those fine bands (Frightwig, Avengers), and chucking some Crass and X into the mix, Easy Bay Coven serves up a righteous old school Garage Punk smack upside the head. It's good to see some women back in the slam pit."
Red Cat Review
BUY BETTY KRACKER STUFF HERE:
DIJON, FRANCE 21000 (map)
9000 GENT (Ghent), Belguim (map)
Compact Music - Downtown
Compact Music - the Gleibe
Red Cat Records
BUCKLE UP, RUSSIA
THE ASTORIA HOTEL
769 E. Hastings, Vancouver
WHAT'S WRONG, TOHEI?
SORESSA'S TEA PARTY
THE RAILWAY CLUB
579 Dunsmuir, Vancouver
a grrrabbit production
09/29/07 - PUB 340
opening for the SUBHUMANS
a Low Down Dirty Production
05/26/07 - Railway Club
with THE CRYPTOS
THE RAIN AND THE SIDEWALK
a grrrabbit Production
SATURDAY, MAY 24th
25 great Vancouver bands!
THE RAILWAY CLUB
579 DUNSMUIR, Vancouver
(that we know of - please request!)
Easy Bay Coven has CHARTED on:
CHUO - Ottawa - 89.1 FM
CJSR Edmonton, AB - 88 FM (#26 01/30/07)
CiTR Vancouver, BC - 101.9 FM (#13 01/23/07)
CJSF Vancouver,BC - 90.1 FM (#15 12/19/06)
and has been played on
CFRO Vancouver - 102.7 FM
C-FOX - 99.3 FM (Punk-o-rama) Vancouver
104.5 FM - Santa Fe, ARGENTINA!
NASHVILLE, TN, USA
Thunderbird Radio Hell - (live on CiTR Radio)
Global TV - Vancouver (part of FaceFest X promo)
CBC Television - Vancouver (Citizens Rule CD Launch promo)