Our next Vancouver show is Wednesday August 1st at the Rickshaw Theatre. We will be on at 9pm supporting Slick Idiot and Mona Mur/En Esch. Tickets are $13 at the door (this is a 19+ gig).
Besides our first show in years, our recent trip to California also included a very special recording session for the new record. Hours before we played in Hollywood, we had the pleasure of tracking Richard Patrick (Filter) for the new album. The session went better than planned and will see the Filter frontman duet with Joshua on two new Stayte tracks.
(R. Patrick working on the new Stayte album)
The new record is really starting to take shape. A few weeks ago, we entered Bear Studios in Vancouver to track drums for the yet-to-be-named album. After several hours of shenanigans which included the usual philosophical debates about musical dynamics and copious amounts of high-fiving, we got down to the heart of the matter and finished a healthy portion of the live drums. As you can see for yourself, Byron did a 'bang-up' job and we are one step closer to releasing this album.
A big thank you to all of you that made it out to our Hollywood and Vancouver shows. We will be back playing live later this spring. And a note to our European fans, Byron will be touring with his other band (The Invasives) in support of The Hanson Brothers later this month. Be sure to check them out if you get the chance!
Without further ado, our first Vancouver gig in ages will be at The Cellar on Friday March 9th. Doors are at 8pm and we go on at 10:15. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door (this is a 19+ gig). Also on the bill are It's Criminal and Black Amps.
Although it was a bit of blur, our first show in over 5 years is in the books. Raw yet elegant, it had all the hallmarks of a classic Stayte gig with the added bonus of new songs performed with a renewed love for all things Stayte (some pics).
We had a great time returning to Bar Sinister in Hollywood and thanks to all of you who made it out. It was amazing to catch up with so many familiar faces from over the years (and special thanks to Kaura for being awesome).
For those that couldn't make it, rest assured – we will be back down the west coast later this year.
Early in 2011, Stayte released Walking in the Land of Wind and Ghost. This documentary featured over a decade of our trials and tribulations condensed into a little over 60 minutes. This was a massive undertaking and effectively closed the chapter on the recent history of the band.
Despite some amazingly witty outtakes on the DVD discussing the future of the band, this movie left quite a few people with questions about the future of Stayte – especially considering our activity in several other projects throughout 2011.
The answer to all those questions is funk… and 'yes'. Stayte is alive, well and ready to make some waves in 2012.
At the first screening of the film in Vancouver, we reconnected with Byron Slack - our drummer when we were signed to Nefer Records in 1999. After watching our journey and chatting for a while, Byron rejoined us on the drums. This spurred the reformation of the Stayte live band.
In the final few months of 2011, we made extensive progress on the new Stayte full-length record. Currently untitled, this record has matured from a handful of demos recorded while we were in Texas in 2008 into a cohesive blend of songs that will be our strongest release to date – by far. You can expect to hear the completed album in mid to late 2012. Until then, you will be able to check out some of that new material live. We just announced our first live show of 2012 – February 11th at Bar Sinister in Hollywood, CA.
So as the clock ticks over to 2012, we want to thank all of you for your patience and continued support. We look forward to seeing you all in 2012 - starting with those of you on the west coast of North America.
Rock and/or roll,
Clayton, Josh, Rick and Byron
Clayton recently completed a remix for IAMX. His mix of 'Volatile Times' is part of an EP featuring different takes on the album track by Berlin duo Noblesse Oblige, British artist Glen [Strangers] Nicholls, and one by Chris Corner himself as UNFALL. The Volatile Times Remix EP is a limited edition release out on September 23.
Check out Clayton's blog to read more about the process of remixing this track.
ReGen Mag has recently posted an in-depth review of Walking in the Land of Wind and Ghost. This review is really honest and touches not only on aspects of the film, but also on the history of the band itself. Many thanks to Ilker Yücel for taking the time to put this together.
If you don't have a copy of the movie or soundtrack, we have recently added a Wind and Ghost Package to our online store.
Josh and I would like to share a unique Stayte moment with all of you. Just recently one of our fans chose to walk down the aisle to "If You Were Mine" from the Cognitive Dissonance EP. Please join us in offering congratulations to Claire and Glyn! Here is the video.
By now some of you will have had the opportunity to view Walking in the Land of Wind and Ghost - either with friends or perhaps with Josh on his recent promo tour for the film. We would love to hear what you think of it so please feel free to post your thoughts/comments/photos on our Facebook page.
Josh and I are working on finishing up the new Stayte record as well as preparing for some shows with a new side project - The Great AmeriCon. This band features some familiar faces including Sin Quirin (Ministry/Revolting Cocks), Salvador Krk (Lords Of Acid) and Karma Cheema (American Head Charge, Otep). This band will be joining Combichrist on tour for select dates at the end of May.