Shudder To Think To Reunite

Back in the day, a friend of mine had a great “Red House” karaoke routine he’ll hopefully resuscitate now that Shudder To Think are heading on the road for the first time in a decade. We had Barack Rock, a Mercury Lounge set, and vocalist/guitarist Craig Wedren’s new solo material, guest blogging, and “Suffragette City,” but this is a different monster. Wedren, Nathan Larson, and drummer Kevin March (Pony Express Record drummer Adam Wade’s doing the west coast dates) are being joined by Gosling’s Mark Watrous on guitar and bassist Jesse Krakow (Time Of Orchids) for a fall tour. No sign of Stuart Hill, Chris Matthews, or Mike Russell, but we do have the dates:

08/10 – Baltimore, MD @ V Fest
09/05 – Chicago, IL @ Park West
09/06 – Toronto, ON @ V Fest
10/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
10/04 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/11 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
10/25 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Festival
11/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
11/02 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

In the press release, Larson noted, “We’re gonna get up and play the old shit for ya … If anybody can send me guitar tabs for the Pony Express material, I’d greatly appreciate it.” Pony is cool, but I’m thinking Ten Spot, Get Your Goat, and Funeral At The Movies. It might seem like a strange time to get back together, but in the aforementioned press release Wedren notes:

Our music is continuing to seep out, like syrup from a tree or the remains of a sweet, sticky picnic. Every day, new people — many too young to have caught us during the first go-round — are contacting us after ‘discovering’ our music. I’m constantly meeting people who feel the same way about our music that we do, and it makes me feel indescribably good. This tour is our way of saying “thank you.”

As much as I love Shudder To Think, this tour is also their way of saying 2008 is the year nostalgia rules the music industry. Still, even I’m not cynical enough to let that quash my excitement. A refresher.