We have been very busy recording demos, learning new tunes, and working on preproduction for a new album. The new material is exciting for us because it's a fresh direction for Tango Alpha Tango, exploring new sonic possibilities with the freedom that we always have. I won't try to describe it in too much detail. It's like the old saying, "writing about music is like dancing about architecture." It's poppy, darker at times, and explores more electronic sounds; focused on driving beats, and melodies that tell a (hopefully) memorable story. Anyway, can't wait to get into the studio and share it with you all. For now, you can hear some of the songs at our upcoming live shows this summer as we hash these new ideas out, and you can get new merchandise as well! We have brand new shirts hot off the presses and they are our favorite design yet! Check out the dates and come out to any, or all of our upcoming shows. Please, please, please get your tickets in advance especially for the bigger shows- they often sell out.
June 10- Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA TICKETS
June 16- Dark Forest, Eugene, OR
June 17- The Dip, Redding, CA
June 18- Neck of the Woods, San Francisco, CA
June 23- Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR TICKETS
We've been busy playing lots of shows lately, from Astoria to Boise, and a lot of places in between. The above video was shot at a recent house show in Portland. Those always end up being so much fun and we always meet new friends. Keep your eyes out for the next one as they're usually somewhat secret. We are so excited to announce a bunch of upcoming shows, first of all, our first headlining Portland show in some time. We'll be heading back to our favorite neighborhood venue, Mississippi Studios! We'll be sharing the night with Holiday Friends, who happen to be releasing their new album and we couldn't be happier to celebrate with them. But before that show we have some others too. Next week, I will be playing a solo set at Al's Den on Thursday the 27th supporting our friends, Those Willows week-long residency. Expect to hear some new songs, and some old Tango favorites. After that we'll be heading up to Seattle at the Central Saloon with, Spirit Award and Pale Noise. We'll also be back up north for Seattle's inaugural, Upstream Music Festival on Friday, May 12th at Cafe Nordo. This will be a headlining slot too! More shows and recording announcements coming soon! Looking forward to sharing all of the new music with you that we've been working on.
We had a great summer and can't believe how quickly it flew by. The nights are coming sooner and the parties fewer; however, we have had some crazy party shows with all of you lately. This summer we played our first 3 shows in Colorado, and a festival in Wyoming, FINALLY got to return to Boise (without acts of God preventing us), and returned to a warm welcome in Bend as well. Just this past Sunday we buttoned up our summer with one of the best shows ever, Rontoms Sunday Sessions out on the patio. It was packed to the gills with some familiar faces, and a lot of new ones as well. The night couldn't have gone better, honestly. I ended up riding on top of the crowd by the end and the energy in the room was electric.
We hope everyone is enjoying the new album now that you've had some time to digest it. I was talking with a friend the other day who said it recently became his, "summer soundtrack", and had listened through about 15-20 times! That was really great to hear. We're also enjoying the photos of you guys listening to your new vinyl copies of the album as well! If you don't have a vinyl yet head Bandcamp and we'll send you a copy. We'll even sign it if you'd like. Just make a note to us in the checkout process.
We are taking a short break from the road because our touring vehicle finally bit the dust. The process for finding a new touring rig is coming along and we have some promising prospects. Buying a vehicle is, as you know, expensive and always a gamble so we are trying to make the best decision possible and get back on the road as quickly as possible. I don't think we'll do a kickstarter or anything like that, but if you would like to help please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org The biggest help would be to buy some of our CDs, shirts, vinyl, tickets to a show, etc. Even if you have everything, get something as a gift and pass it along. It really does help, and means so much how supportive all of you are along the way.
The next show is September 18th at the Secret Society. Weezy Ford plays first, we are in the middle, and Those Willows headlines. This will be a great show so don't miss out. It's a small room, so get your tickets in advance.
Vinyl Release Show July 16
We are excited to announce our official vinyl release at Mississippi Studios coming up very soon on July 16th. This is our big headlining show of the summer! You can get your tickets, and should right away before they're gone, right here:
Also on the bill, Lemolo, from Seattle, and our very own, Snowblind Traveler. Couldn't be happier to be sharing this bill with such great artists.
Other upcoming shows:
July 26 Neurolux, Boise, ID
July 29 Carbondale Mt. Fair, Carbondale, CO
Aug 2 Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR Red Bull Sound Select
Spring Tour Pt. II
Here is a list of upcoming shows! Also, our vinyl is being currently mailed and can be ordered HERE. There will be an official vinyl release in Portland on July 16th at Mississippi Studios! Hope to see you at a show soon.
May 7- Liberty Glass Bar & Restaurant, Portland, OR FREE 9pm
May 18- the Liquor Store, Nathan Trueb Solo Set, Portland, OR
May 20- Fisherman's Village Music Festival, Everett, WA 9:00pm
May 26- Sophia's Thai Kitchen, Davis, CA*
May 27- Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA*
May 28- the Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA*
*Shows with Tumbleweed Wanderers
White Sugar Now Available
So excited to finally give you ALL a chance to stream and download our newest album, White Sugar. We also have made an option for anyone to pre-order the limited edition vinyl (1/500) from our Bandcamp Page. Please get yours while supplies last, because we'll start selling them at shows as soon as we get them. The manufacturing company says they will start production the week of April 4th, and we'll ship them as soon as we get them back. Below is the front & back covers with original artwork by Nate Duval.
Now is the time to listen to the album that has been in the works for a long, long time. We truly hope you enjoy the record, and play it loud, and spread the word to all of your friends and family.
Our next shows are in CA:
4.2 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA TICKETS
4.3 Starlite Lounge, Sacramento, CA TICKETS
Spring Album Release and Tour
This week starts the release of our brand new album, White Sugar. The first single from the album is, I Gotta Girl, which you can go listen to now HERE. We will also start promoting the album with several shows around the west coast. The shows and links to tickets will be below. We have a special contest for our super fans who are planning on coming to the show at Doug Fir Lounge on March 4th. We will be giving one lucky fan who pre-orders their tickets to the show a rare (1 of 5) reference copy of the White Sugar record on vinyl. All you have to do is pre-order your ticket and you will be entered to win. In other exciting news, Eleven Magazine has featured us in their March issue with an interview and album review which you can pick up just about anywhere in Portland. The official worldwide release of the album will be March 18th. The upcoming shows will have download cards available to buy, along with a pre-order of the limited edition vinyl with the amazing artwork of Nate Duval. Check for a show near you and go grab your tickets before they are gone!
After a great new year with some sad news lately- all of the great musicians passing away- we have some good news that will hopefully help to bring the scales back in the other direction. Our album is currently in the process of being pressed to vinyl! It was a long process and we learned a lot. We are so happy with the artwork by Nate Duval and with the track-list that we came up with. The vinyl will contain eight new songs, and will come with a digital download that includes one bonus track. Here is the track-list:
I Gotta Girl
Don't Tell My Baby
The Devil's Mark
I Won't Tell
We will be sharing lots of things with you before the release in March, including the first single and the artwork! But before all of that we have some upcoming shows out of town that you need to know about. First of all, we have to thank everyone who came out to the New Year's Eve celebration at Radio Room, which turned out that a lot of people couldn't get in the door! Hopefully you made it in at some point and got a big, fat kiss at midnight. Also, we can't forget all of the folks that came all the way out to Columbia City Theater for our headlining show in Seattle! What a great night that was. You even had us play an encore which was a special, and rare cover song (we rarely work those up) and you guys really dug it and sang along to every word! You may just hear it at an upcoming show. Anyway, here are our upcoming shows for Jan/Feb/Mar (more shows to be added):
Join us this Thursday at 10pm at Radio Room for the annual free party that we are so excited to be a part of. There will be musical surprises, a full bar, outdoor patio with a firepit-you can watch the music from the fire! Get there early so you don't get left out in the cold.
Winter Tour and NYE!
If you've been following us on Instagram then you have been getting some sneak peeks into where we're at in the vinyl-making process. The artwork for the LP is finished, which we can't wait to show you. Also, the acetate was cut and approved, and now we're sending off lacquers to the manufacturer now. So, this means we're closer than ever to bringing you new music. For now, we will only be releasing vinyl and digital downloads. So, get your turntable in tip-top shape so you can be one of the first ever to play Tango Alpha Tango on a turntable. It will be a very limited run of vinyl, so be sure to catch a show in the new year as soon as possible while supplies last. There will be a release party in Portland for the record, and we'll definitely let you know about that as it gets closer. Here are some winter dates to put on your calendar. Also, get your tickets in advance, and if you can't make it give them as a gift. Nothing says "I love you" like a pair of rock & roll tickets. Also, this year, give the gift of TAT to those deprived of rock & roll. Go to our BandCamp page now to catch up on all of our releases old and new. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas.
As far as the Happy New Year goes, we are just announcing that will be hosting the New Year's Eve party at Radio Room in Portland! We will play music from 10:30-12:30 with a break for the countdown and DJ sets after. This is a great bar with great food, drinks, a fire pit, covered outdoor patio, and generally good vibes. So, if you were looking to make plans, look no further. This party is FREE, and you can be fancy or not. I know I, for one, will be in a sequins jumpsuit.
Also, Seattle fans will be thrilled to know that we will be at Columbia City Theater for our first time on Jan 15! Get your tickets as soon as possible for this one. Black Whales will also be playing that night so come early, and stay late.
As far as California goes, we haven't forgotten you guys; on the contrary, we have several shows already planned for down south. We will be in Monterey for our first time, so if it's close for you, come on down. Lillie Lemon will be sharing the night with us. It seems like we were just there, but San Francisco is going to be gangbusters on Jan 30 at Slim's! We join our friends, Battlehooch, and Hungry Skinny for a wild night of rock & roll! Get advance tickets for this show because it will be packed! See you all very soon!
We are headed back out on the road this week, but not before a big show at the Doug Fir Lounge here in Portland this Wednesday! We will be sharing the stage with our San Francisco friends, Tumbleweed Wanderers, and LiquidLight. LiquidLight are releasing a new album so be sure to catch their set. Thursday we will be playing Bellingham, WA at the Shakedown with Fauna Shade. Friday we're back up in Canada to play Vancouver, BC at Fox Cabaret, and Saturday, in Victoria at the Upstairs Cabaret (both shows with Fauna Shade). Couldn't be more excited about getting back up north for some great shows! Here is a live clip of "In My Time of Dying" performed earlier in the summer at Valentine's in Portland, OR. Thank you for watching and sharing!
Fall Tour & Album Update!
Again we are headed out to see as many of you as we can this fall, which right now still feels like summer, and we're not complaining. All of the shows are going to be a great time so please try to make it out and tell all of your friends. See the list of shows below.
I know it seems like the new album is never going to come out, we promise it is and it will be worth the wait. The album is nearly finished being mastered and we're getting ready to put it on wax, literally. Yes, we are going ahead and pressing a limited run of vinyl copies of the new album and we couldn't be more excited. You may know that we are vinyl listeners, collectors, and I personally can't wait to drop the needle on this one. The artwork is being conceptualized right now, and we'll show you something as soon as it can be presented.
Don't forget to follow us on Instagram. There are not only daily photos of what's going on with us, but I've also been posting short videos of things that I've been working on with my guitar.
Oct. 15- Amnesia, San Francisco, CA w/ Growwler "Deadsidency"
Oct. 16- Silver Lake Lounge, Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
Oct. 22- Solo Set, Alberta St. Pub, Portland, OR
Nov. 4- Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR w/ Tumbleweed Wanderers, LiquidLight (Album Release) TICKETS
Nov. 5- the Shakedown, Bellingham, WA w/ Fauna Shade TICKETS
Nov. 6- Fox Cabaret, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Nov. 7- Upstairs Cabaret, Victoria, B.C. Canada
Fall Shows... so far...
This summer has been crazy for us, playing all over the NW and beyond. We're always so happy to meet all of you new folks in each city who are so kind! The shows never stop and we are trying to get to as many places as possible and we have a couple of shows that we want to tell you about so you can make your plans now. This Friday we'll be in Mcminnville at the Brews & BBQs festival where the name doesn't leave much to the imagination. Saturday we'll be back in Portland to headline this year's annual Widmer Brothers Oktoberfest at the Brewery right in our neighborhood. We take the stage from 9:00-10:45. This is going to be a great time! Click below for a link to get your tickets in advance.
We also wanted to let our fans down in San Francisco that we'll finally be back this October 15th for Growwler's residency at Amnesia Bar. Please come check this one out if you or your friends are in San Fransisco this fall.
Sept 11- Brews & BBQs, Mcminville, OR (TICKETS)
Sept 12- Widmer Bros Oktoberfest, Portland, OR (TICKETS)
Oct 15- Amnesia, San Francisco, CA w/ Growwler
Also, we'd like to thank everyone who has watched or shared our KEXP in-studio video on YouTube as it just passed the 200,000 mark! Keep sharing around the world, because we may be coming to see you sooner than you think.
We've already racked up quite a few miles on the odometer this summer and it looks like our wheels aren't going to stop spinning any time soon. No complaints here, we just hope we can see as many of you on the west coast this summer as we can. As far as the east coast goes, you're just gonna have to hold on and keep spreading the word as much as you can until it gets to the point where we absolutely can't avoid it any longer. Believe us, we want travel everywhere, it's just a matter of getting from here to there. I'm sure you understand. Also, not to leave out the rest of God's green earth... honestly, there has been some rumors about us getting further out of the country- but more on that another time.
We just wanted to share with you our upcoming shows so you can have the maximum amount of awareness and tell all of your friends. Also, our new album is in the stages of being mastered right now, which is the final sonic step before art & duplication. Speaking of, please let us know on FB, Twitter, or at a show if you and your friends would be interested in buying the new album on vinyl. It is our dream to get our music on vinyl, but we need to know, is it your dream too? Until the next update, thank you for your support and thank you for listening!
Sep 4- Oak Harbor Music Festival, Oak Harbor, WA FREE, All-AGES
Summer Shows & Album Progress
It's always a busy time in the world of Tango Alpha Tango. Between shows, planning our summer, and finishing up the new album, nothing has slowed down. Happy to announce that the album is finished being mixed, and we're about to jump into one of the final stages, mastering. After that we just have to work on artwork, and duplication, and plan the release. We also have had a lot of great shows since last I've written; the Crocodile in Seattle, St. John's Bizarre, Fisherman's Village Music Festival, Folklife Festival in Seattle stick out in my mind. Thank you so much to everyone who keeps spreading the word about our live shows. It's so nice to drive all day and night to come play for different cities and have eager music lovers waiting for us.
We've got some great summer shows coming up, and I'm gonna give you a list of those at the end of this. But for you Portlanders, we want to announce that we will be headlining the Doug Fir on June 27th again and we're pulling out all the stops, with a light show, two great opening acts and we'll even preview some of the new album material that has never been heard before! The last time we headlined the Doug Fir it sold out in advance and I don't expect this to be any different. Please get your tickets at the link here:
July 10- Chinook Fest Summit, Snoqaulmie Pass TICKETS
New Full-Length Recording in Works
If you didn't already see on our social media sites like, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, we are finally back in the new studio and well under way with a new full-length recording. This is very exciting and a lot of the music you have never heard before, especially if you aren't yet able to see us live.
Our first day was Monday, April 13th and most of the day was spent setting up, getting tones and getting our gameplay together. We are all tracking together live in the same room as the drums and sending it straight to 2" analog tape. I know this only important to some of you- you know who you are. It's the best way we know of to start a record off right, getting that "live" feel of everyone playing off of each other's parts and energy. 10 basic, live tracks were finished by Friday and we are excited to start sprinkling the magic on again today. I know you all are excited to hear this as much as we are to show it, but for now you can keep updated on the aforementioned sites, and, of course, right here. Stay tuned for clips, video, and lots of photos! And keep spreading the word about what we're doing, which you all are so good at already. It's great to see how many friends of yours are getting turned on to the band. We couldn't do it without you- seriously. We want to keep making a career out of making music for people and it's imperative to our career to have all of you enjoy it with us. So, again, as always, thank you.
April 30- Crocodile, Seattle, WA 10:00pm Chinook Summit Release 10:00pm
May 1- Mighty Tieton, Yakima, WA Chinook Summit Release
May 9- St. John's Bizarre, North Portland, OR 6:00pm
May 15- Fisherman's Village Music Festival, Everett, WA 9:00pm
Portland & Seattle
All right, the time is nigh to get your tickets for our next two shows. First, this Saturday we will be taking over your favorite Portland venue, the Doug Fir. This is our first headlining show in quite a while so come check it out. Not only will we be playing a new set with new and old favorites, but we've even got a little surprise up our sleeves. If that all isn't reason enough, Old Wave will be taking the stage before us, and Us Lights before them. These are both buzz-worthy Portland bands that you've been hearing a lot about. Also, it's supposed to be a beautiful day in Portland, which is the icing on the cake! Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door.
Our next Seattle show is at the Sunset with Gravel Road and the Pro and the Con. If that isn't cool enough, Marco Collins will be MC'ing the night! If you don't about Marco, look him up. Tickets are only $8.
Please get your tickets to both of these shows in advance as they are both selling well. We just don't want our fans to miss out on this!
New Album Available Everywhere...
It's our pleasure to announce that our live album is now available to everyone, everywhere today. You can find the album on iTunes, Bandcamp, and likely every other digital outlet that you can imagine. You can even get a physical copy through record stores and Amazon.
Our original idea with this album was to record and film a live set as we had been playing it since the release of our full-length record, Black Cloud, or at least some of our favorite moments with the current line-up. We wanted you at home, wherever that may be, from Argentina to Canada, or anywhere in Europe or Japan- places that we haven't traveled to yet- to be able to experience, in some way, the energy of a Tango Alpha Tango concert. So, each song that you hear on the album, including a brand-new song, "White Sugar," has an accompanying video that you can watch online at our website, YouTube, or Vimeo- which a lot of you already have. Also, if you want to tell your friends about our band, and what a live show is like, you now have an entertaining tool to do so with. We had a lot of fun making the film and album and we hope that you have fun watching it, are inspired to keep making music of your own, and get out to see more live shows of all the great bands working around your town. And we hope to make to all of your towns soon. There are shows and tours and more music-making plans in the works that we can't talk about yet, but you all will be the first to know, as always. Thank you for your support. We love you all.
We are so excited to announce the full bill for our February 21st show at Doug Fir Lounge. Opening will be local dark-pop quintet, Us Lights. As main support, we have brought out, Old Wave, who will have just released a brand new, full-length album. It's full of beautiful, pop melodies, brassy horns, and a touch of skittish, electronic drumbeats contrasted by buzzsaw guitar hooks. You don't want to miss either band as they are two of the brightest bands coming up in the Portland music scene. Please get your tickets as soon as you can, because they are cheaper now, and we don't want you to miss all of the surprises in-store!
All of us in Tango Alpha Tango would like to wish everybody a Happy New Year. It was a very busy year for us but, for fun, let's recap some of the highlights.
Early in 2014 we headed to the Crystal Ballroom to record and film our new album, Live from the Crystal Ballroom, which is available now at Bandcamp now, and out everywhere on January 20th of this month! WATCH THE CRYSTAL BALLROOM PERFORMANCE. After that we were invited to KEXP to film one of their world-renowned in-studio sessions, and played a sold-out KEXP show at the Sunset Tavern. WATCH LIVE ON KEXP HERE. It was our pleasure to play a host of festivals this past year including, Fisherman's Village, Treefort, Oregon Brewer's, Oak Harbor, Sandpoint, Folklife, Gleason Fest, Brewcup, Shred of the Dead, and probably a few more. This summer we were also invited to go on tour with Rich Robinson, of the Black Crowes, and act as his support up and down the west coast. We played shows with Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, My Goodness, Walking Papers, and even got the opportunity to play a sold-out Fillmore show in San Francisco with Jackie Greene and his band! We wrote our new record, which we will record this winter likely here in Portland. We also had one of our songs picked up in an international campaign that is bringing new fans to our attention all over the world! Oh yeah, I also got a new Gibson Les Paul '59, and a Marshall 4X12 this year too.
At the tail-end of the year a couple of us headed out to the Doug Fir to see our buddies in Reignwolf tear the house down- which they did effortlessly. At the end of the show, and with one encore finished, a host of folks stuck around- including us- and waited to see what they would do next. Reignwolf decided to take two dismantled drum kits to the landing near the entrance of the downstairs, along with a guitar and amp, and dragged the microphone with him. They jammed until Jordan (aka reignwolf) got sick of the drum circle vibe, kicked most of the drummers out of the jam and started a more broken down blues number. Recognizing Mirabai and I in the crowd, who was in very close proximity, and from the mic, called us out and called us "hometown heroes". He then proceeded to offer up his guitar so I could "rip" a bit. I couldn't refuse the offer, so I grabbed the guitar, jumped in the key, and went off, sitting on a stray kick drum. All of us jamming worked the crowd into a new frenzy, most people not knowing our connection or who I was. Handing the guitar back to Reignwolf he smiled and grabbed the back of my hair as we locked foreheads. He went on to shred some more and thanked the crowd for what he called, "the first and last 2nd encore he would ever do." It was a memorable moment of 2014, and we hope to cross paths and play with Reignwolf more and more in the future.
Thank you all for coming to the shows that we play and for buying t-shirts and albums. Keep spreading the word if we haven't been able to visit your town or country, for that matter, and we'll do our best to get to you this year, or in the years to come. But keep doing what you're doing. The word is spreading and we can feel it!
Our next planned shows are January 16th in Spokane, WA at the Bartlett which should be confirmed soon. We will head to Tacoma, WA after that to play Jazzbones on January 29th with Cody Bebee & the Crooks, Aryon Jones & the Way, and Jared James Nichols.
For all of our hometown fans, we have a HUGE show coming up at the Doug Fir on Saturday, February 21st in which will headline for the first time in quite some time. We all couldn't be more excited and we'll definitely have some surprises up our sleeves for this one. Support to be announced soon! Please get your TICKETS HERE as soon as you can. We don't want you to be left out in the cold.
January 16- The Bartlett, Spokane, WA
January 20- Album Release Date
January 29- Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
February 21- Doug Fir, Portland, OR HEADLINE SHOW