Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Pre Order our new split 7 inch




London three-piece Let’s Wrestle and Young Governor, the solo project of Fucked Up guitarist Ben Cook, first met while touring the US together in 2009. Since Ben hates touring, he barely spoke to Let’s Wrestle, and he assumed they thought he was a huge dick. But Ben soon realised they shared common ground when he saw Let’s Wrestle leave a show drunk with the drummer on the roof of their car. 15 minutes later they were in jail. Since then they’ve bonded over nothing but shared roll ups, something less common in Toronto, where Ben is from.

When Tough Love asked Young Governor to feature on a split 7”, Ben stated that the only band he’d like to share a record with is Let’s Wrestle, claiming that “they’re one of the only bands I think are quality out of the millions I have played with over the last 3 years.” A few anticipatory emails and several months later, “Crushing Nerves” and “Old Hat” are the result of that wish.

Let’s Wrestle’s contribution, “Crushing Nerves”, is an exclusive track recorded especially for the release. Featuring frontman Wes’ trademark tongue-in-cheek misgivings, it’s pop punk charged on social faux pas and bad romance. Young Governor play true to form also, with “Old Hat” displaying their distinctively melodic mod pop, one part Mersey beat, one part first wave punk.

Tough Love Records issue the 7” as the fourth release in their series of double A side split singles. The record is limited to just 500 copies, with artwork designed by Let’s Wrestle’s Wesley Patrick Gonzalez.

Let’s Wrestle – “Crushing Nerves”

Young Governor – “Old Hat”

Let’s Wrestle – www.myspace.com/letsfuckingwrestle
Young Governor – /www.myspace.com/younggovernor

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Seattle, WA, Vancouver, BC and Portland OR

when we woke up at the motel I went to check my e-mails whilst Mike and Hoppie started up a conversation with a fella named Gary, when i returned we asked what he was doing up in small town Oregan, it turned out he and his wife went on a road trip and left their pistols at the motel. We asked if we could see his guns so he took us over to his car and showed us a gun wrapped very poorly in celephane and then we asked to take a picture with it (by the way the gun was loaded) when the cameras came out the guy grabbed my hand and put the gun to his head for the photo and then did the same with Mike. After that odd experiance from Coos Bay we drove up to Seattle it was another long drive but we got there in the end once we got in we checked some e-mails and had a listen to one of the demo songs proposed for the 2nd album and figured out what to do with it we then went our seperate ways Mike and Darkus went to get some clothes Mike got a flashy shirt with golden buttons and a tweed jacket and Darkus got some salmon coloured slacks whilst I went to the Record store up the road to try and get some North West indie rock LP's which i failed at I couldnt find any Bratmobile or Halo Benders but did find a cool Elliott Smith 7-inch and considered buying the Nirvana/Jesus Lizard split single which I thought would be too cliche in Seattle and it was also $30. By the time I got back everyone was watching Seinfeld in the car so I joined in, Seinfeld is the best programme ever! we went inside and saw a bit of the first band Steel Tigers Of Death who were a bunch of middle aged naked guys who sounded a bit like Green Day pretty fun. we played and it was good though mikes bass fucked up on the first song but it was no biggy we are professionals. we stayed with some university students Xavier and Amanda and watched the early 90's film Hocus Pocus which was awesome, and then crashed out.

Off we popped over the border to Vancouver, BC and talked to a man at the currency exchange shop and he told us about how Iron Maiden came through and how nice they were. we drove on through beautiful Canada to Vancouver which was very different than what I imagined, I thought it was going to have loads of waterfalls and kind of look like a little swiss town from the 20s, This was completely incorrect we were playing in Chinatown and the water falls were replaced by guys shooting up on the streets and the whole swiss feel was replaced by some very unconvincing transvestites. we hung out and went to a bar in Gastown and watched a busker play Neil Young covers which was nice, then went back to the venue. we soundchecked and tried a new song For My Mother out. then sat around and waited to play the show went pretty badly in our eyes but people fucking loved it we always like playing in Canada. after the show Me, Mike and Merch Man Ben sat and played Junkie Watch in the car which was good fun and gave the security guard, who had to look out for the cars getting robbed, some cookies we ended up deciding to get a motel that night back in the states vancouver diddnt seem to safe. but when we packed up it seemed Hoppie had lost his Passport we looked for ages but still couldnt find it, and decided to go for the border anyway. Once we got there hoppie was fine to go through but Merch Man Ben had trouble as he diddnt have the right Visa to be selling merch, but we got him through anyway. we got to the motel in washington and slept like we had never slept before.

Portland was the last show of this tour leg. We got down to Music Fest North West to pick up some free Nike shit they wanted us to have to be honest it was shit but we got to see our friends Male Bonding and the good guys of Trash Talk said hello too. the good part of the clothes stuff was that you could get things embroided on the jackets i wanted J. Stalin but diddnt have the balls. We had to get back to the venue to meet some Canadian guys for like a video session and i readid the merch sign and stuff and restring my guitar pretty boring stuff really. then we went to meet Hoppies mother and old flatmate for pizza and beer and hung out for a while until we had to get back for the show. The show was pretty busy and i was looking forward to playing aparently our friend Joanna from Quasi and the Jicks was there unfortunatly I diddn't get to see her but Mike and Darkus said hi we went on and it started from the word go pretty badly the micraphone wwas electrcuting me we couldnt hear anything right Mike's vocals were louder than mine it just went on and on and we got pretty darn angry, which actually seemed to make people really enjoy the show i dunno how that happened but I'm cool with it. me and Mike still all pissed off decided to go watch Seinfeld and calm down and we talked to some LW fans round the back who were very nice. we were shattered so after everything was packed and done we decided to just go to sleep as we had an early flight in the morning.

We are playing Chapel Hill tonight with Elf Power at the Nightlight a venue that kicked me out last time i was there so it should be good fun come down they are showing a film about the awesome Elephant 6 Collective before we go on.

see you

Thursday, 9 September 2010

september the 15th and 19th

We need a floor to sleep on on The 19th of September as we are traveling to record our 2nd album (more info soon)

also i forgot to put on the dates for this tour we are doing a show with Elf Power in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at the Nightlight where they are also showing a film about the fantastic Elephant 6 collective (Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples In Stereo, Olivia Tremor Control) which is on the 15th of September come down it'll be fucking awesome.

San Francisco and our travel day

Howdy We played in San Francisco and Seattle here's how it went:
we left Santa Barbara in the morning only to drive up to wine country for breakfast. Breakfast was good but we had one hell of an arse hole for a waitress I got very angry she did not get a tip!!! We carried on driving and picked up some strings (I cant remember anything else I may have been asleep) until we got to San Francisco. We arrived at the American Music Hall, which was a really beautiful venue, I had some tofu and noodles and changed my strings. We drank some Coca Cola and talked about fighting and other things, then Kablamy we were on we rocked the house it ACTUALLY shook people cried and developed blister on their ears. after the show we tried to get a couple who had been kicked out back in, which diddnt work, and talked to the doorman because he was english. a charity worker asking for money did not understand that we had no money and talked to us for about 30 minutes, after we went to the hotel and slept it up.

the next day we had a travel day and were on our way to Coos Bay, Oregon where Hoppie grew up, to stay with his parents. we drove for a while and stopped off in Hopland, CA for some breakfast in the bluebird cafe we ate under a Mooses head and had some jolly japes. off we trotted we drove for hours until we came to one of our favourite american tourist atractions the Drive Thru Tree I even have a t-shirt from our last visit that hoppie bought me. the tree was great, as usual, we stayed in the gift shop for a while and talked about the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. We drove for another 5 minutes until we saw Confusion Hill so we went in there and checked out the 'Gravity House' which was just a house on a hill but you stand on a slant. we drove for hours and hours more until we got to Hoppie's parents house who had cooked us a nice meal and his dad showed his awesome old typewriters from the 1900's. After dinner we went to the Motel Hoppies parents had generously got for us, we decided to make a video for our latest US digital single 'Getting Rest' but then diddnt bother and just drank gin and watched 'Roseanne' and 'Fraiser' on TV and went to beddy byes.

Ill let you know about Seattle and Vancouver tomorrow


Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Santa Barbara

we hit the road from LA quite late as we went to drive around and went for dinner in some weird groucho marx themed International House Of Pancakes. We drove around and took a long way out of the City going through Beverly Hills 90210, Rodeo Drive and all the rich places with all the movie stars, We got caught in traffic in Malibu and listened to Mel Gibson's horrible phone conversations with his girlfriend, It seemed fitting for the area. off we popped down to Santa Barbara we got in said hello to Man Man and soundchecked, this is where we first started having problems with Mike Lightning's bass, which since he got it has caused us nothing but trouble but this prolonged the soundcheck for an extra half hour.

we sat backstage and had a brewski or two. I made merch man Ben a tip jar out of a bit of cardbord and some tape, and a price list with a pretty picture on it. We played another suprisingly good show and proceeded to drink G and T's and generally make merry, apart from mike who went to read his book about Chairman Mao. Darkus got talking to a group of foreigners as we are now foreigners too. we left and got to the house we were staying in, a girl called Beth put us up which was very nice it was a fucking awesome house it was huge. So then we slept.

playlist for today:
Malibu - Hole
I Saw The Light - Todd Rundgren
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Mel Gibson's Dispicable Behavior (lasts half an hour so no need for any more songs)

-Let's Wrestle

Sunday, 5 September 2010

whassup, so we are back in the states we flew in to LA 2 days ago the first thing we noticed was that they had lost my bag with my guitar pedals, computer and portable 4 track which really freaked me out but we had to get on with everything and wait for them to find the bag, we drove up to our hotel with our Tour Manager Hoppie (you may remember his name from the last set of blogs) we sat around and ate some tacos and then we met with our friend Ben Ransley (who has done all our videos) who had been travelling through mexico so we are gonna take him round the US from here. not much else happened we watched some TV and did some sleeping really.

The next morning we got up we were playing Fuck Yeah Fest with a bunch of cool bands we went and got breakfast and got ready for soundcheck sorted out our merch and setlist and rocked out (we were one of the first on of the day) we were suprised how well the show went after not rehersing any 'court of...' songs for a month or two and we got to see our buddies Titus Andronicus backstage only briefly but we met up with them later anyway. we did an interview, complained about the heat, had some food and rum, hung out with our buddies Titus. then had another interview with a web thing called 15 on 15 the whole get up of this thing made me fucking sick, the girl eloise who interviewed us (who was 15) seemed very pleasant but the guy filming was an absolute prick, a complete wanker for instance the girl said something about how she diddnt like Paul McCartney and mike as a joke said "well youve really hurt my feelings now" or something like that and this total fuck wad says "Rule 1 dont upset the band and if you do go down in flames, well done Mike i liked that. It is hard to explain why this interview was so horrific.

we hung out a bit longer then hit the road back to our hotel, we got some beers and tried to watch TV but the television was not working so us 3 and our friend Ben decided to strip down to our pants and phone the repair guy to come fix it while we were almost nude. we waited half an hour uncomfortably then decided to put our clothes on and undress while he is fixing it which seemed a lot funnier so we waited and he came we got undressed it was a riot he seemed pretty OK about the situation. we then went swimming and tried to come up with a syncronized swimming routine with moves such as "Drown Like An Angel" and "Link Like Lovers" it was pretty fun. afterwards me and Ben watched the programme "going postal: the 15 most extreme acts of violence" (ben had been to one of the crime scenes). Mike and Lou played on computers whilst i went to slumber town.

Santa Barbara tomorrow!

dont forget we need some help with floor space for sleeping we have Santa Barbara and DC set but anywhere else you could help us with would be grand.

i'll hit you up with an LA playlist
Randy Newman - I Love LA
Weezer - Beverly Hills
Pavement - Range Life
Black Black - The Most! The Best! The Greatest! Forever!
Circle Jerks - Group Sex
Beach Boys - Disney Girls
Best Coast - Boyfriend
The Beatles - Act Naturally