Melbourne’s Baseball are in the process of planning for one hell of a tour through Europe this June and July and to see them off on their voyage, they play one last show! Lending support on the night will be Shooting at Unarmed Men, The Bed Luck Charms and Kind Winds.
The whole tour has been self-funded and organised by lead singer/violinist Cameron Potts and guitarist Ben Butcher, while drummer Evelyn Morris has been recording and releasing her project Pikelet, and bass player Monika Fikerle has been touring the USA with her other band, Love of Diagrams.
The Baseball tour plans to take our home grown gypsy-punk rock to the ‘off the beaten track’ countries that aren’t usually toured by western bands, let alone bands from Australia.
The tour begins in Finland, and travels via; Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia, before heading into Italy, Spain, France and the UK.
Many of these countries are completely overlooked by touring bands, but Baseball are finding these countries are opening their arms with welcoming enthusiasm. After initial inquiries, Baseball are being offered far more gigs that able to accept. However a recent offer to play in the far northern ancient Russian city of Arkhangelsk, near the arctic circle, is looking very appealing to the band.
Meanwhile, Baseball have recorded their long awaited debut album, which will be released as soon as negotiations are complete. The album, with the working title of Animal Kingdom, was recorded on 2 inch tape at Head Gap Studios (My Disco, The Slits, etc) in Melbourne, and has been mastered by John Golden (Sonic Youth, Chris Isaak, etc) in California.
Without a studio release to date, Baseball have shared the stage with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (US), Vincent Gallo (US), Auf Der Maur (Canada) and Boom Boom Satellites (Japan) at the Hohaiyan Rock Festival in Taipei. As well Australian shows with Saul Williams (USA), Sleater Kinney (USA), Les Savy Fav (USA) Ni Hao (Japan), Ryokuchi (Jap), Birushanah (Jap), Sabot (Czech Rep), and The Hold Steady (USA).
Baseball’s only recording to date, with the current line-up, is a 5 song “Taiwan – Japan Tour EP” which was recorded as a demo. This e.p. has sold out in Australia. The few remaining copies are available online from pacifictionrecords.com.
Baseball has been the project of Thick Passage (also in Ninetynine, ex-Sandro) who fronts the band on vocals and Rhythm violin, joined with Monika Fikerle (Love of Diagrams) on bass since the groups formation in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2002. The band acquired the services of Evelyn Morris (Pikelet, True Radical Miracle) on drums and vocals and Ben Butcher (The Assassination Collective) to play guitar, and have been performing with this line-up since the beginning of 2005.
“easily my new favoritest band” Jon Chapple, Mclusky, Shooting At Unarmed Men.
“Baseball completely blew me away…unbelievably compelling.” - Ryan Egan. Triple R radio, Melbourne.
“Relentless rhythm that is impossible to stand still to. The violin conjures cerain presumptions about the musical style of a band but Baseball blow these presumptions out of the water.” - Sarah Delfante, Drum Media Perth
Baseball Farewell Gig
Baseball, Shooting at Unarmed Men, The Good Luck Charms, Kind Winds
Saturday May 12
Exile 125 Smith Street, Fitzroy
8pm, $12 at the door