New Record, Live Shows and MORE!!!

Plague Dad, live at the Sun Tiki Studios in Portland, Maine, on Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by WillowPix.

Yeah, it’s been a while since the last post, but there’s been a lot going on.

The important thing is, there’s a lot coming up — not the least of which is a new record: a 10″, called Live At the Sun Tiki, or as we like to call it: L@ST.

It’s exactly what it sounds like: a live set, recorded live and in person at the Sun Tiki Studios in Portland, Maine, on February 5, 2022.

It’s limited to 25 lathe-cut copies, each with a different cover, and the art — from Seattle’s Bonz Fuchno — is hella cool. We’re gonna be rolling out Bonz’s covers on our Insta feed in the coming weeks, but the music itself isn’t going to be on any streaming service, or available anywhere else, for that matter – ’cause, you know, we want to be as commercially inaccessible as possible. The records will include a download code and they’ll be available for pre-order soon on our Bandcamp page, but when they’re gone, they’re gone.

We’ll be doing a record release party at the Brass Rail in Portland on Saturday, August 27, with our friends, Pine Tree Riot, and The House Flies, who headlined that infamous show at the Sun Tiki that ended up on the record. It’s gonna be a night to remember … and we’ll hold five copies of the record for the show, so if you miss out on the Bandcamp page, you can score one there.

Can’t wait for the Brass Rail show? No worries.

The folks at Mushroom Stomp Records were kind enough to have us stop by and record a set for them a couple of months ago, and it’s now officially up and running on their YouTube channel. If you’ve got a few minutes, stop by and check it out, ’cause it’s right there, below. We’re wicked proud of it, and Luke did a helluva job capturing the Plague Dad sound.

Not satisfied with mere video? Fine, come catch us live.

We’re playing in Bangor at G-Force on Friday, June 24, with River of Trees (a Mushroom Stomp band) and Peach Hat, who we were lucky enough to see at the Sun Tiki a couple of months ago. It’s gonna be a helluva show. Tickets at the door.

There’s a lot more coming up, too — including a couple of high-profile shows in Portland later this summer, a live set on USM’s WMPG in July, and maybe even a livestream or two, but more about all that later.

Stay tuned, and thanks for listening.

Thank you – and some great news …

Hey, big, big thank you to all who ordered our new EP on the day it was released and beyond! We truly appreciate your support, because without it, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do – and while some folks might think that’d be a good thing, we’re thankful that there are enough of you out there who don’t.

If you ordered the cassette, the packages are going out today, so you should have it in your hands soon.

And if you follow us on Instagram, you might remember that Plague Dad was included in a compilation CD of tunes by Pat the Bunny covered by various folkpunk put together by a small label down in North Carolina, Eden Wolf Records. It’s limited to 100 copies and 100 percent of the proceeds go to support an organization called Books Through Bars, which get books to prisoners in a handful of mid-Atlantic states. It came out about a month ago.

We did a version of a classic protest tune, Urine Speaks Louder Than Words, and it’s available at the Eden Wolf site, and on iTunes, and probably a couple of other digital distro services, too. It’s also on Spotify.

Anyway, we just got word from the label that the CD is selling well, with a handful of copies left – and that digitally, our track is the top seller! Which means that more prisoners are getting more books. And that’s something we’re pretty goddam proud of.

Since the EP’s dropped, we’ve been fortunate enough to have gotten the single, They Ran Us Off, add to a couple of radio stations and Spotify playlists – and then there’s this one, too: Editorial Criolla – as the top recommendation for the week.

Thanks again to those who picked up the new EP – it’s still available via Bandcamp, and if you’re in Portland, you can also get a copy over at Strange Maine at 578 Congress St.

The Video for the first single from our new EP is now live on our YouTube channel – check it out!

The first video from our new EP, “Back In The Tree” – dropping tomorrow on our Bandcamp page.

This is the first video we’ve ever made, and we just posted it to our YouTube channel.

It’s for a tune called, “They Ran Us Off,” which is on our new EP that drops tomorrow on Bandcamp Friday. You can get it here.

What’s really cool about this video is, it was conceived and produced by Mig’s son, who’s got his own nascent production company out in Chicago. They’re credited at the end of the video.

So check it out, and please give it a like and maybe even subscribe to the channel.

We’re going to be producing a lot more video content – including a bunch of live streamed material – and subscribing to the channel is the best way to stay up on all of it.

New Plague Dad Music Coming Soon …

For the last couple of months, we’ve been woodshedding hard, playing shows at least once, sometimes twice or even three times, per weekend – parties, clubs, Porchfest, busking – you name it; wherever and whenever we can.

And what we’ve only just begun to realize is, we’re not just playing. We’re performing. We’re playing a show. We’re entertaining.

And if you haven’t been able to catch one a them live shows, you’ll soon be able to get an idea of what we’ve been up to during that time – because we’re putting out some new music.

100 copies, to be exact, available on cassette only, and only Bandcamp Friday, which is Nov. 5 – or at one of our live shows, if we have any left. The cassette’s gonna have six, maybe seven tunes on it, but only four are going to be on the digital download. You’re gonna wanna go cassette on this one.

You can buy it here when it goes live on Nov. 5. Don’t worry, there’ll be download codes in the cassettes, which are also gonna contain all sorts of other cassette-only goodies, so really, if you’re on the fence about going digital or cassette – go with the cassette. It’ll be worth your while. Plus, your cool factor will jack up exponentially among your core demographics – cassettes are coming back, big time – didn’t you see Guardians of the Galaxy, ferchrissake? Even Forbes is on the cassette train. This is your chance to be ahead of the curve.

Anyway, we recorded it live at the Sun Tiki in Portland – whose owner, Ian, will be the first to tell you – isn’t a recording studio. It’s a rehearsal studio. There’s bleed. Every band can hear every there band rehearse. Not exactly the best recording conditions.

But here’s the thing: the rooms sound great. Really fucking good. It’s a joy to work there.

MIguel plays the spoons.

Plus, they rent by the hour and it opens really early in the morning – like, 7 a.m.

And no self-respecting musician is gonna get up that early on a Monday or Tuesday to practice. Just sayin’, it ain’t gonna happen.

At least, that’s how we figured it.

So, we booked a room there on a Monday about four months ago, from 8 am to 2 pm, figuring we’d have the place to ourselves. And for the most part, we did.

We brought in our little four-track board, a couple of good microphones, and our busking set-up. We played live for four or five hours, and walked outta there with six tracks that had potential, we thought: five originals and one cover. We had them mastered by a guy named Dylan Ray outta Nashville, who worked wonders.

And, by God, if it don’t sound half bad. In fact, it sounds pretty goddam good.

We’re dropping the first tune – it’s called “They Ran Us Off” – on Oct. 16. It’ll be available on the usual digital distro channels: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, and probably a bunch of others I’ve forgotten about. I’ll post the links here in the blog when I’ve got ’em.

It’s a riveting little tune, though, a tough little number that checks in at around 2:43 seconds, give or take a few seconds of studio chatter we left in there, ’cause why not?

Frank Gallagher plays some guitar.

It emerged out of a poem that Mig texted me late one night, and it struck me just the right way – maybe because I was, at least, in part, in pretty much the same place that Mig’s lyrics described.

But like I said, it’s a tough little song; it’s all about alienation, and indignity, and bullshit – good lord, the bullshit – and ultimately, hope. Because really, that’s all we’ve got.

So, yeah, check the streaming services come Nov. 5 or – even better – join our mailing list, and we’ll send it to you when it comes out.

And we won’t spam you. Promise.

And there’ll be more to come; we’ve got some special surprises in store in the coming weeks, and we truly hope you’ll sign on and stick around a while. It’s gonna be fun.

All the photos here, btw, were done by Ryan Schools, who’s an amazing photog. I’d’a linked to his sit here if he had one, but he doesn’t. That said, you wanna book him, lemme know. I can put you in touch.