Full Speed into 2010

Happy New Year, TLO fans! Here’s to good times and improvement moving into the second decade of the millennium (ok, technically that doesn’t start for another year, but still).

As we looked back and tried to sum up the last year, it really became apparent in hindsight that we’ve been pretty busy guys. We dug our early morning faces deep into the pillows on the Ritchies’ couches more than once, as we spent a lot of time further down the seaboard, in Asbury Park for the Wave Gathering Festival and at the Dewey Beach Music Conference. We planted our feet in New York, playing both MEANY Fest and CMJ. We made it to the semifinals of the WBCN (rip) Rock ‘n Roll Rumble, laying waste and smiting about us! We played 38 shows. We released a record! Color Machine came out in September, and we are delighted with it. We opened up the season for the New England Patriots. We cut a deal with MTV Networks and placed a song in an Absolut Vodka ad. We loosened up a bit with a Slush Puppie Flashmob and a surprise Halloween show as Phil Collins’s’s’s’s’s’s. We’ve gotten to play with some truly excellent, totally ready-for-primetime bands in a lot of different cities. We even found time to record a few other songs, a little something for 2010. We made friends. 2009 was in short, the best year TLO has had yet, and we thank you for making it happen with us!

This year, look for more of us out on the high seas of the open road, to mix two metaphors. Starting tonight in fact, when we take the stage at Nectar’s in Burlington, Vermont. Sort of a homecoming for some of Burlington’s prodigal sons, of which our own Matt King is one. Check out what he had to say this week to the Burlington Free Press, Seven Days and his hometown Herald. Also playing are our good friends and great musicians The Luxury and the ever-revelatory Township. This show is like a thirteen car pile up, you can’t look away! Except that instead of accident victims, everybody is playing guitars and making rock faces.

We’re looking forward to a year of face-melting solos living side-by-side with sweet vocal stacks and turn-on-a-dime chord changes, starting tonight and continuing on next week in Boston at the Middle East, then it’s back to New York City for shows at the Crash Mansion and The Bitter End. Mercy! We’ll keep you posted, so don’t be shy and don’t be strangers. We’re looking forward to some transcendental rock moments in 2010, and the best of those moments are always shared. See you out there!

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