This City Made Us

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It’s finally time to pull the lid off this one. What you’re looking at is the 10″ record single for the new hit Act III track, “This City Made Us.” It’s a pretty tough jam. Artwork by John DeLucca.

Now, you’re probably wondering what cover jam we put on the B-side… well, stop it. Haven’t we done enough? Seriously, we just put out a whole album of those. And there technically isn’t even a B-side on this record, because it’s listed as Side 2. But I’ll tell you that on that Side 2 is……. drumroll…. wait for it….. “Hold Back The Night.” There. We finally did it. You now know the official title of the song. And yes, it’s always been called that, but we didn’t want to ruin the speculatory fun. Mostly everyone eventually landed on the right side of history with it, though, so congratulations!

When can you get it, you ask? Well, we’ve partially learned our lesson here with dealing with vinyl, so we’re holding back the pre-sale until Aug 15th (10am CST – the morning after the release party we’re about to get to further down below). We didn’t like that everyone had to wait so long to get their Cover Up records (that was entirely on us for pulling the lid off too early). Hooweevverr, it did get the music in your hands quicker, so pros and cons. Either way, we’re trying to split the difference this time. When the pre-order starts, there will hopefully only be about a month and a half wait between pre-sale and shipping.

And, just like the Cover Up record, it comes with an instant 320kbs Mp3 download of the two songs, and the record itself has a download code inside for formats like WAV and FLAC.

SINGLE RELEASE PARTY I BRIEFLY MENTIONED ABOVE
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more artwork by John DeLucca.

Those of you who can make it to the show will be the first to hear the new jams, because we’ll have them available for pre-sale at the merch booth. Purchaseers (same thing as purchasers, but more fancy sounding) will receive a special download card at the merch booth, and your record will be shipped to you when they escape the record pressing plant. These records are very limited, so get to the show if you can. But if you can’t be at the show, be on the internet at 10am CST on Aug. 15th.

Red Bull was kind enough to partner with us on this show with their Red Bull Sound Select series. What that means to you is that it’s an 18+ single release show for only $3 dollars. And our good friend Ri¢hie will be there with us, and so will In The Whale.

A big heads up. It’s not a traditional “purchase your tickets in advance” type situation. What you do is go to this website and RSVP. This puts you on the list and then you just come to the show and pay your three dollars at the door. It doesn’t guarantee entry, but if you’re relatively early, you’ll almost certainly get in (unless we get super famous between now and then).

AUGUST
14th – Nashville, TN – Exit/In (Red Bull Sound Select)

PAX PRIME
The prodigal sons and daughter return… after a two-year-long hiatus, we’re back at our beloved PAX on Aug. 30th. Seriously, it’s been too long. What can I say, we’ve had a lot going on. But now the time is right to bring the thunder back to Seattle. And this year’s lineup is extra great. MC Frontalot, Bit Brigade, our Aussie friends 7bit Hero, Freezepop, and The Returners are all gonna be there. And if I don’t get to play with an Oculus Rift or a Morpheus at this thing, someone’s gonna have a bad day.

EAST COAST
And in case any of you forgot, we’re starting our east coast tour tomorrow. Check out the dates below for everything we’ve got right now. More west coast shows are on the way very soon, so keep an eye on our Tour Page, as well as our Facebook and Twitters.

JULY
11th – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel 
12th – Carborro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
13th – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
15th – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage  *w/ Lionize
16th – Danbury, CT – Heirloom Arts Theatre
18th – Somerville, MA – Thunder Road (moved to the 20th at Middle East)
19th – New York City, NY – Gramercy Theatre *w/ Kellindo
20th – Cambridge, MA – Middle East
21st – Howell, NJ – Game Changer World
23rd – Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern *w/ Hans Condor
24th – Gainesville, FL – High Dive *w/ Hans Condor
25th – Orlando, FL – Backbooth *w/ Hans Condor
26th – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *w/ Hans Condor

AUGUST
14th – Nashville, TN – Exit/In (Red Bull Sound Select)
19th – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey *+16
22nd – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy *ALL AGES
23rd – Pamona, CA – The Glass House *ALL AGES
25th – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s *ALL AGES
26th – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater *ALL AGES
27th – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret *19+
28th – Seattle, WA – PAX (Hanging Out)
29th – Seattle, WA – PAX (Hanging Out)
30th – Seattle, WA – PAX (Show Day) *ALL AGES
31st – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

SEPTEMBER
12th – Birmingham, AL – Saturn

*more west coast shows may be on the way, so keep your butts on the prize.

This mailer might be the longest yet. I’m sorry for that, I truly am. It’s just a lot of information that wants to break free.

tl;dr,

-Commander

June Update

Hopefully, you’re already enjoying your Cover Up record/s. If not, don’t worry, you will be soon. It’s been an almost unacceptably long time coming, but the records finally made it to the store and started shipping to you late last week. We reaaalllly appreciate your patience. The wait was nearly killing us, so I’m just gonna assume that you’ve all grown old and died by now.

However, if you’re still alive because you’ve been on the fence about getting a copy of The Cover Up, you can now order without fear of an excruciating wait. I’d suggest the ULTRA COMBO, it’s by far the best deal of the bunch… and our shit’s already pretty cheap!

UPCOMING SHOWS
Heads up. We’re heading out next month for a quick jaunt up and down the east coast, so you should all caravan to every one. They’re all gonna be awesome. For instance, our new friend, Kellindo (of Janelle Monáe guitaring fame), is joining us in NYC with his rad new solo project, so don’t miss out on the super extravaganza. Not only that, our Nashville friends, Hans Condor, are gonna be with us on the last few days of the tour.

JULY
11th – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel 
12th – Carborro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
13th – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
15th – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage 
16th – Danbury, CT – Heirloom Arts Theatre
18th – Somerville, MA – Thunder Road
19th – New York City, NY – Gramercy Theatre *w/ Kellindo
21st – Howell, NJ – Game Changer World
23rd – Columbia, SC New – Brookland Tavern *w/ Hans Condor
24th – Gainesville, FL – High Dive *w/ Hans Condor
25th – Orlando, FL – Backbooth *w/ Hans Condor
26th – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *w/ Hans Condor

*don’t worry, west coast, we’re coming for you soon enough.

Also, an update on Mad Max and the last mailer: That’ll do, George… that’ll do.

As for the serious shit that’s coming your way… well, it’s still coming. But the time still isn’t quite right. You’ll be hearing from me again real soon, though, so strap-on your strap-ons.

-Commander

This May.

If you’re into Comic Con, and you live anywhere near Colorado, and you like The Protomen and MC Lars, you need to get your ass to the Denver Comic Con Opening Ceremony, because we’re playing the shit out of it. And we’re pretty sure Christopher Lloyd is gonna join us on stage and play some sweet synth solos (not really), and Sean Astin is gonna give a TED-type talk in the middle of our show about how and why Toy Soldiers is one of the greatest movies ever made (again, not really… or will he?).

We have a 21+ show in Kansas City on the way home, and the following weekend we head down to MomoCon in Atlanta for more Sean Astin shenanigans (not really).

MAY
22nd – Denver, CO – Denver Comic Con (Opening Ceremonies) *SHOW DAY*
23rd – Denver, CO – Denver Comic Con *HANGOUT DAY*
24th – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room (21+)
30th – Atlanta, GA – MomoCon

NEW STUFF
In case you haven’t looked at Protomen.com recently, or checked out the Cover Up Store (look at all those combos!), we unleashed a sweet shirt and rad movie poster for The Cover Up. You could impress prospective employers by wearing the Cover Up shirt to job interviews, and the poster (that comes in two sizes, and has a Signed option) would look great as wallpaper around your fancy mansion or summer home in the Hamptons! One might say you could “Cover Up” your walls with style…

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*Already have the album, and you just want the poster now? Head over to the Sound Machine Store.*

The Cover Up vinyls are in the final pressing steps now and should be shipping soon. We promise! We are extremely sorry for the delay. The vinyl factories are a bit overwhelmed, because it looks like everyone’s starting to realize how awesome records are again. Either way, there aren’t many of them left that aren’t spoken for, so pre-order yours while you can, if you haven’t already. We’ll announce on twitter and facebook the moment they start shipping.

WILDERNESS
Makeup and Vanity Set has done it again. His new record is ridiculously amazing, and includes several cameos by the likes of our very own Panther, and friends like Big Black Delta and Jasmin Kaset. And if you buy the vinyl, it also comes with a short film by Joey Ciccoline (of 88:88 fame). Caspar and Version Industries did all the design, and they killed it. The first run is already sold out, and the second run will also go quickly, so jump on it before they’re all gone.

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TO THE MAX
You know how you people ask us for Act III all day every day (and yes… we get it… it’s been about 5 and a half years since Act II)? Well, we’ve been asking George Miller for a new Mad Max for like 30 years, so quit your whining! Everyone gets their wishes eventually (unless that wish is for us to write about Mega Man X). But seriously. We sure hope it doesn’t suck. I wish Mel was in it, but Tom Hardy rules, so there’s a chance. May 15th… do your duty.

And keep your nose to the ground, and your ear to the grindstone. We’ve got some serious shit coming your way this summer. More on that when the time is right. It’s not quite right right now, so I’m done hinting around it right now. And it’s not what you think, but it’s not far off…

-Commander

Finally.

Welcome to 2015. The year of Jaws 19, and all sorts of other fancy happenings. We have lots of awesome things lined up for this year. For instance…

Guess what.…. The Cover Up album is done! And guess what again….. the pre-orders start tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 9am CST! And guess what else.… if you get your ass to MAGFest (and our merch booth) right now, you can be one of the first people to have the tape in your hands, ears, and mouths!

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artwork and design by John DeLucca and Caspar Newbolt

Check the store for the track listing.

We’ve got a few different configurations to choose from at our new GoMerch store:

1. T-shirt (Combo-Only – a super bad ass white shirt that is based on the Cover Up album art.)

2. Cassette (w/ download card/ticket)

3. Cassette + T-shirt (w/ download card/ticket)

4. Double Vinyl (w/ download card/ticket)

5. Double Vinyl + T-shirt (w/ download card/ticket)

6. Super Pack – Autographed Cassette and Walkman (w/ download card/ticket) (SOLD OUT)

7. Super Duper Pack – Autographed Cassette and Walkman + T-shirt (w/ download card/ticket) (SOLD OUT)

Arigato?

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-ATTENTION 1 – These Walkman portable tape players (headphones not included) are classic 80’s and early 90’s models, and so will be previously well-used. We scoured the entire Earth and found as many as we could that are in working order. Being that there are several body types, please understand if yours is different than your friend’s. Every Walkman will be tested and signed by the band before shipment, but again, please understand if your “new” vintage technology craps the proverbial bed.

-ATTENTION 2 – The cassettes will start shipping next week (times may vary, if you’re getting a combo). But unfortunately, the records won’t be shipping for about 12 weeks, due to crazy vinyl production factory backlogs. For this reason, we’re not doing combos that combine Cassettes and Vinyl, because a combo purchase would hold back your fancy new cassette until the record mailing. You can still purchase both items, but you’ll probably want to order your Vinyl on a separate order, so it doesn’t delay your other items.

BUT….. dry those tears. As soon as you place your order for your record and/or tape, a High Quality MP3 download will be sent to you immediately upon purchase (remember, you get a download card/ticket inside your album, as well, and that gives you access to high resolution formats like FLAC). Technology.

*And remember, if you got one of the fancy Cover Up EP Warped Tour Lanyards, you can use the code that’s on the back to get a 5 dollar discount on the album configuration of your choice (offer only available at our new GoMerch store, or in person at a show). Just use the code at checkout.

MAGFEST
So yeah, for those that don’t already know, we’re playing two sets at MAGFest this weekend in DC. Tonight (Friday) and Sunday night. On Friday, we’re playing the MAGProm, so that means we’re gonna be playing some saucy cover jams. On Sunday, we’re playing our own rock and roll. Make sure you make it to both of them, there may be some surprises coming your way.

STARR MAZER
If you’ve looked at the internet in the past few days, you may have noticed that a sweet looking game called Starr Mazer landed on everyone’s favorite, Kickstarter. Now stay with me, here. This game is more than likely going to rule. How do I know? Because they asked us to help out with the soundtrack! But seriously though, it just looks bad ass. They didn’t just get us, they got all sorts of awesome people in on the party. Makeup And Vanity Set will be there with us, and so will Manami MatsumaeDanimal Cannon, Virt, Bright Primate, Cheap Dinosaurs, and lots more! Sooo, you should support the shit out of it, if you can.

And don’t worry, there’s nothing between us and Act III now.

Nothing’s gonna stand in our way… not tonight.

-Commander

Let’s Have A Black Celebration.

This mailer is simply about Black Friday through Cyborg Monday deals. If you hate deals, delete this email as fast as you can. Don’t even look back. There’s nothing for you here.

On the other hand, if you love deals (or at the very least think they’re acceptable)… keep on reading.

BLACK FRIDAY THROUGH CYBORG MONDAY, MONDAY, MONDAY!

Starting today and running until Monday night at 11:59pm, we will be discounting everything in the Sound Machine Store by 20%. All you have to do you enter the following code at checkout: FEELTHEHEAT

Better yet, if your items total more than $50, you can enter this code instead for an extra 5% (so that’s 25% total): HIGHFIVE

And just in time for the festivities (and ridiculous cold), we have a brand new hoodie for you to put on your body. Look how warm it looks…

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Also, just for a quick progress update, we’ve been super ass deep in the studio finishing up the covers record, so hold on to your butts, because it’s not gonna suck! And thank you for your patience.

More info soon… but not tonight.

-Commander

Last Tour Of 2014.

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Today marks the start of… this… the final Protomen tour of 2014 (you should have read that sentence like Don Corleone. Go back and read it right). I’m gonna try to keep this mailer short and sweet, because I just wanted to hit you with a reminder before this shit gets started. Our good friends, URIZEN, will be with us on almost all of these dates, so prepare to hold on to your butts.

We added a New Orleans (area) show for tonight at Southport Hall, and I’ll tell you what… if you do your damnedest to get there, we may just play a song!

OCTOBER
20th – Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall *
21st – Austin, TX – Holy Mountain *
23rd – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock *
24th – San Diego, CA – The Merrow *
25th – Lost Angeles, CA – FESTIVAL SUPREME
26th – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s *
28th – Seattle, WA – El Corazon *
31st – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club (Halloween Explosion 2000)

* shows with URIZEN.

Fancy new things coming soon… after this tour.

See you out in the fields,

-Commander

We Made It… This Far.

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photo by: Derek Pearson

So we survived Vans Warped Tour 2014. We’ve been home for a about two weeks now, and we’ve had some time to readjust to non-Warped Tour life. It was a hell of a trip, but we’re glad to be home. And it’s about time we get back in the studio and finish up that covers record for good. A big thanks to everyone that came out and supported us at Warped.

Speaking of the covers record. I know a lot of you that didn’t make it to Warped Tour were hoping to get your hands on that Cover Up EP/Lanyard, as well as the Victory World Tour shirt and poster. Well, I’ve got good news… since we had to restock mid-tour, we ended up with a little bit of everything left over. So if you want something, get it quick… you know how this goes. No whining later when it’s all gone.

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While we were out there on the Vans Warped Tour Presented By Journeys, Beebs, from Beebs And Her Moneymakers, was gracious enough to let me ride one of her electric skateboards on several auspicious occasions. And I’m here to tell you, that was the most fun I had on all of Warped Tour. And I’m not saying that Warped wasn’t fun… it was shit loads of fun. It’s just that riding an electric skateboard was just that much more fun than anything else. If you don’t believe me… smell my breath…. or just watch this short video of me riding the future (at least until hoverboards get invented):

If you’re interested, you should go check out Fiik Electric Skateboards… and tell ’em Large Marge sent ya (and by Large Marge, I mean The Protomen).

PROTOMEN VS ANDREW W.K.: Round 2 
On October 11th we’ll be driving down to Dallas, TX to play with Andrew W.K. (his whole band this time!) and a whole slew of other friends (Bit Brigade, Urizen, Mega Ran, Professor Shyguy, and more) at The Door. I know you’re a connoisseur of fierce parties, so I expect to see you at the show.

FESTIVAL SUPREME
And in case you haven’t seen on the facebook or twitter, our dearest rock-god friends, Tenacious D, asked us to play their super bad ass LA festival, Festival Supreme, in October! Go to that link and check out that lineup (or click on the poster below). I can’t even list all the bad ass people that will be at this fest… well, I could, but I would be listing the entire lineup, and you could just click the damned link or look at the damned poster already, you lazy bastard/bastardess!

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And all of the Festival Supreme artwork was done by one of our old friends from Pop Noir, Luke McGarry!

OCTOBER SHOWS
We have a few other awesome shows on the way out to West coast in October and we’re ending on Halloween night in Minneapolis. If you’re the ticket getting type, you should grab the ones you need below, before they’re all gone.

11th – Dallas, TX – The Door (with Andrew W.K.) *
12th – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory *
20th – Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall *
21st – Austin, TX – Holy Mountain *
23rd – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock *
24th – San Diego, CA – The Merrow *
25th – Lost Angeles, CA – FESTIVAL SUPREME
26th – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s *
28th – Seattle, WA – El Corazon *
31st – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club (Halloween Explosion 2000)

* shows with URIZEN.

See you in October,

-Commander

 

Victory World Tour….pt. 1… North America

VANS WARPED TOUR and COVER UP EP
It’s been a long time coming, but that long time has finally led to now. If you’re planning on coming to Vans Warped Tour Presented By Journey’s this summer, you’ll finally be able to get a glimpse of the longest gestating covers record in the history of rock and roll. We’re releasing a 4 song downloadable EP exclusively at the Warped shows. The jams will come in the form of a tour laminate/lanyard/download ticket situation for what we’re officially calling the Victory World Tour…pt. 1… North America: Cover Up EP (it’s 4 sweet cover jams that you can only get at Warped Tour, but we can’t legally call it Vans Warped Tour, so hence our Victory.)  The tour laminate (which will cost only 5 American Dollars) includes a commemorative movie ticket stub for The Cover Up movie (not to be confused with Dolph Lundgren and Louis Gossett Jr.’s 1991 cinematic masterpiece), and that ticket includes a download code. If you buy the laminate and get the ticket, not only can you impress your friends with your snazzy new tour laminate and download the 4 songs, but you’ll also be able to use that same download code for a 5 dollar discount when the full soundtrack becomes available. It’s soon. We promise. And this time it’s for real.

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If you can’t make it to VWT (Victory World Tour……. pt. 1… North America), don’t fret, just ask a friend to get a lanyard for you. We heard on the street that friends like mailing things to friends.

COVERS TRACK LISTING:

1. Danger Zone
2. No Easy Way Out
3. The Trooper
4. Drove All Night

Aside from the lanyard/download ticket situation, we have a fancy new tour shirt that I think you should want. I also heard on that same street that it’s pretty fun to own like 3 or 4 of them.

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You’ll also be able to get a sweet poster, too!

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Oh yeah…. and Warped Tour starts tomorrow! Here are the dates. Don’t miss out on a tour lanyard of a lifetime…!

JUNE
13th – Houston, TX – Reliant Center Parking Lot
14th – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
15th – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
17th – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
18th – Mesa, AZ – Quail Run Park
19th – Las Vegas, NV – Luxor Lot
20th – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex
21st – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
22nd – Ventura, CA – Seaside Park
25th – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
26th – Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
28th – Southeast Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater
29th – Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center Parking Lot

JULY
02nd – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
03rd – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
04th – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
05th – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau
06th – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Concert Center
08th – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
09th – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
10th – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center (formerly Comcast Center)
11th – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
12th – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater
13th – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre (Formerly Comcast Theatre)
15th – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
16th – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
17th – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
18th – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
19th – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
20th – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
22nd – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
23rd – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
24th – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
25th – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park
26th – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
27th – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds
28th – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
29th – Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Fairgrounds
30th – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre
31st – Bonner Springs, KS – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

AUGUST
02nd – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark
03rd – Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field at Mile High

OTHER WARPED TOUR INFO
If you’re going to Warped Tour, remember that daily band schedules are random. We’ll find out what time we play  on the morning of the show, and we’ll immediately announce our set time on Twitter and Facebook when doors open in the morning. Twitter will probably be your best bet for getting the info (aside from finding a Warped Tour schedule at the fest), because Facebook has been making it harder and harder for posts to be seen by everyone that “likes us.”  Similar to how Google now filters mailers into their “Promotions” folder (so remember… if you’re signed up on the mailing list, and you’re not reading this right now, it may be because this email is being totally segregated… not cool, guys.)

PS.. If you work at Google or Facebook… stop doing that shit.

Come sweat with us,

-Commander

 

Whan That Aprille.

Just a quick update for everyone out there in need of a quick update.

Since it’s April… and it’s 2014… we calculated with our abacus that it’s been 10 years since our first show, and what better way to celebrate than to make a new shirt out of our very first poster design? Well, here you go… it’s a new shirt of our very first poster design! These are crazy limited (only 144 made), so get yours before somebody else does.
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Speaking of posters…

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This poster was drawn by The Goon‘s very own Eric Powell and designed by Version Industries‘ own Caspar Newbolt, for our very own us. These are also very limited, so if you want that pretty drawn picture of us, you’d better get this poster before we run out of paper.

VANS WARPED TOUR PRESENTED BY JOURNEY’S
In just a little over a month, we’ll be setting out on our biggest adventure yet. Vans Warped Tour 2014. It’s gonna be 52 days of fury… a little under two months of pain… 42 hot ass shows… and a buttload of fun. Come hang out with us all every day, so we can sweat all over each other!

JUNE
WARPED TOUR
13th – Houston, TX – Reliant Center Parking Lot
14th – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
15th – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
17th – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
18th – Mesa, AZ – Quail Run Park
19th – Las Vegas, NV – Luxor Lot
20th – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex
21st – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
22nd – Ventura, CA – Seaside Park
25th – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
26th – Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
28th – Southeast Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater
29th – Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center Parking Lot

JULY
02nd – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
03rd – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
04th – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
05th – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau
06th – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Concert Center
08th – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
09th – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
10th – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center (formerly Comcast Center)
11th – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
12th – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater
13th – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre (Formerly Comcast Theatre)
15th – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
16th – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
17th – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
18th – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
19th – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
20th – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
22nd – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
23rd – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
24th – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
25th – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park
26th – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
27th – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds
28th – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
29th – Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Fairgrounds
30th – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre
31st – Bonner Springs, KS – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

AUGUST
02nd – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark
03rd – Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field at Mile High

And finally, here’s a list of things that are still happening, even if we don’t talk about them all the time (in no particular order):
1) Covers Album
2) Act II Vinyl
3) Light Up The Night video.
4) Documentary
5) – – –  – – – (use your imagination)
6) Seeecrettss
7) More seeeeecrettss

See you in the heat,

-Commander

The Future Is Almost Here.

Hey everybody. Guess what. It’s 2014. That means it’s just one more year until our cars can fly and run on trash. We’re so close to the future that I can just taste it. But since we’re still stuck in the now, we’ll just have to keep driving around on our shitty streets and filling our cars with our shitty petroleum. Seriously. One. More. Year. Self-lacing shoes… Pizza Hydration Machines… that snotty kid with Elija Wood telling us that our video games are like a baby’s toy… Jaws 19… We’re so close. But while we’re waiting, we’ve got all kinds of awesome things lined up for this interim year, and we can’t wait to show you our stuff (not our junk…….. maybe our junk).

Before we get deep up in the future of the present, I’d like to do a quick rundown of a few of the awesome things we did in 2013. We went to Australia, released Terminator The Second soundtrack and movie, played a show with Andrew W.K., drank lots of Mexican Cokes, and played lots of other fancy shows. There were, of course, other awesome things in 2013, but Mexican Cokes sort of beat them all out for mailer real estate. Better luck next 2013, other awesome things…

Speaking of Australia… if you haven’t gotten your Australian Merch already, you’d better get on it quick. Most of that stuff is about to disappear for good. It’s still on sale with a 30% markdown, so now’s the best time to get it before it’s gone forever. I don’t see nearly enough Protomen Mad Max Kangaroo Camp shirts in the wild… I’m just saying. And remember, you don’t have to be in Australia to use this store, you just have to have an internet. This is your last chance.

THE GOON.
In 2009 we played a super bad ass 10 year anniversary party-celebration-show at Cannery Ballroom, for our friend Eric Powell’s super bad ass comic, The Goon. If you don’t know about The Goon, you should probably get to knowing about The Goon. Did you read all of that link and internet order all of his books? Good… we can carry on then. Well, it’s been 5 years since that fateful night, making it now the 15 year anniversary of his super bad ass comic that you now know all about (right?). So what do you think is gonna happen next? Take a guess……. No, we’re not going on a Billy Ocean themed Caribbean cruise (although I wish we were)….. We’re having another anniversary party-celebration-show!!! And guess where it’s gonna be? That’s right! Cannery Ballroom. And guess what else?? Our unashamedly Texan friends, Urizen, will be there with us! Before the show gets started, there’s gonna be a one hour meet and greet with us and Eric from 7-8pm, so get there early and we’ll sign your boobs. Eric will also be showing off an all new sneak peak of his David Fincher produced Goon major motion picture that night, so don’t miss it! We’ll also have an Eric Powell-drawn limited edition poster for sale at the show, so don’t forget to grab one.

MARCH
08th – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom (Goon 15th Anniversary)

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*not the limited edition poster that will be available at the show.

This is more than likely the only show that we’ll be playing before June for the following reason/s…

WARPED TOUR US & CANADA 2014
If you’re a twitter savvy type, you’ve probably noticed a lot of talk about us playing Warped Tour this year. Well, it’s officially official. We’re playing all 42 dates of Warped Tour this summer. It’s going to be one grueling hellride, but it’s going to be the most fun grueling hellride any of us have ever been on. 42 days of summertime pain. See you there!

JUNE
13th – Houston, TX – Reliant Center Parking Lot
14th – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
15th – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
17th – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
18th – Mesa, AZ – Quail Run Park
19th – Las Vegas, NV – Luxor Lot
20th – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex
21st – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
22nd – Ventura, CA – Seaside Park
25th – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
26th – Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
28th – Southeast Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater
29th – Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center Parking Lot

JULY
02nd – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
03rd – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
04th – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
05th – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau
06th – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Concert Center
08th – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
09th – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
10th – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center (formerly Comcast Center)
11th – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
12th – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater
13th – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre (Formerly Comcast Theatre)
15th – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
16th – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
17th – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
18th – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
19th – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
20th – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
22nd – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
23rd – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
24th – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
25th – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park
26th – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
27th – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds
28th – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
29th – Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Fairgrounds
30th – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre
31st – Bonner Springs, KS – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

AUGUST
02nd – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark
03rd – Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field at Mile High

CHARLES PARK TRILOGY
In other exciting news, Makeup And Vanity Set just released his Charles Park compact disc collection today. The first 100 copies sold get all kinds of awesome things, like an amazing new John DeLucca drawn poster and super fancy packaging design by Caspar Newbolt, buttons based off the artwork, and remixes of several jams. One of those jams is a new version of “Search The Night,” and it features vocals by our very own Raul Panther and guitar work by Sir Robert Bakker. This is the first time these albums have been available in physical form, so don’t blow it for yourself by thinking you can just pick them up later, because who knows how long they’ll last? More info HERE.

Holy shit, this is a big mailer. I think it has to take the record for longest mailer so far (someone go check that, and then we’ll have an awards ceremony). I swear the next one will be shorter… or will it??!

-Commander