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March 27, 2018

Pledge Music pre-order campaign offers historical artifacts from the band, as well as house concerts, coffee dates, guitar lessons and other essentials for fans

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Omnivore Recordings will embark upon an ambitious reissue of three classic albums by the Posies, who celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. A Pledge Music pre-order campaign has launched at

Dear 23 will arrive June 15, 2018; Frosting on the Beater on August 3, 2018. Each of these titles comes as a 2-CD set featuring the original album remastered from original master tapes, plus almost all previously unissued bonus tracks, and on vinyl as a 2-LP set of the original album — mastered at 45 rpm!

Amazing Disgrace will be released October 28, 2018 as a 2-CD set, also with the original album remastered from original master tapes, plus almost all previously unissued bonus tracks, and as a 2-LP package — unlike the others, mastered at 33 1/3 as it was simply too long for 45 rpm.

This is a milestone year for the Posies, fronted by Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer. The band began its career exactly 30 years prior by releasing a home-recorded cassette called Failure, which to their complete surprise became an instant favorite around the Northwest, earning them critical accolades, radio airplay, and major label interest all in a very short time. They were lucky to find themselves living just a few doors down the road in Seattle from Arthur “Rick” Roberts and Mike Musburger, who joined the band on bass and drums, respectively.

Signed to Geffen Records, the Posies recorded their second album, Dear 23, and toured the U.S., including as support for both Redd Kross and the Replacements. Arthur left the Posies in 1991, Dave Fox joined on bass, and they made the album that put them into the international spotlight: 1993’s Frosting on the Beater.

After blowing away audiences in Europe while supporting Teenage Fanclub, Pulp, and Superchunk, among others, the Posies cemented a following in Europe that remains loyal to this day. The band changed the rhythm section yet again: Enter Brian Young (Fountains of Wayne, Jesus & Mary Chain) on drums and the late Joe “Bass” Skyward (Sky Cries Mary, Sunny Day Real Estate) on bass. With this lineup, they recorded Amazing Disgrace and were packing venues on four continents.

That was the end of the Posies’ tenure with Geffen; the band, overworked and struggling with various issues, released the Success album in 1998 and went dormant for a couple of years. But these three albums on Geffen remain beloved by fans and are the band’s most popular, most often cited, most requested works.

With major changes in the way music is consumed having largely arrived after these albums were originally released, the albums have not been regularly available: CDs out of print, inconsistent presences on streaming, LPs either long out of print ( Frosting LPs on Discogs go for at least $150 these days) or not issued at all, depending on the territory. The CDs themselves, especially Dear 23, which came out in the early days of the format, were not exactly true to the analog masters from which the albums were made.

All that’s about to change thanks to the band’s “favorite label,” Omnivore Recordings, which has, among many releases new and old, previously reissued Failure, as well as releases from Big Star and Game Theory, among others.

The band needs to raise a significant advance fee to license these albums from Universal Music Group, and thus are offering many personal items, experiences, and exclusive merchandise via a fundraiser on Pledge Music, from clothes they’ve worn onstage or in videos to spending quality time with Jon and/or Ken in their adopted city of Paris, or a coffee date in Seattle. Also offered are private shows, music lessons, plus exclusive Jon- and Ken-style guitars. Finally, the band offers VIP experiences and souvenirs from the upcoming 30th Anniversary Tour around the world. Quoting from the band’s PledgeMusic page: “We are basically putting a museum’s worth of items on this campaign … If you’ve ever wanted an authentic artifact of our music, our career, our lives — now is the time! Thank you in advance for your support and we’re very excited to make this music available again to our fans new and old alike.”

To take this celebration around the globe, the Posies, who have had a few lineup changes over the years (always based around the founding duo of Auer and Stringfellow) will be on tour as the 1992-1994 lineup that made Frosting on the Beater — Jon and Ken will be complemented by drummer Mike Musburger and bassist Dave Fox. It’s been almost a quarter century since this quartet has been on the road, and recent warm-up shows have been as explosive as those played by the twentysomethings of yore. Catch the band on tour this spring in North America, and this fall in Europe — their time is now, again.

On-sale date for North American Posies shows is Friday, March 30th.

North America
Fri., May 18 VICTORIA, BC Capital Ballroom
Sat., May 19 PORTLAND, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Sun., May 20 EUGENE, OR WOW Hall
Mon., May 21 BEND, OR Volcanic Theatre Pub
Tues., May 22 SACRAMENTO, CA Harlow's
Wed., May 23 SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Independent
Thurs., May 24 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA Coach House
Fri., May 25 LOS ANGELES, CA Bootleg Theater
Sat., May 26 SAN DIEGO, CA Soda Bar
Mon., May 28 PHOENIX, AZ Valley Bar
Wed., May 30 SANTA FE, NM Santa Fe Brewing Co.
Thurs., May 31 DALLAS, TX Club Dada
Fri., June 1 SAN ANTONIO, TX Paper Tiger
Sat., June 2 AUSTIN, TX The Parish
Sun., June 3 HOUSTON, TX Bronze Peacock at House of Blues
Mon., June 4 LITTLE ROCK, AR Capitol View Studios
Wed., June 6 NEW ORLEANS, LA The Parish at House of Blues
Thurs., June 7 NASHVILLE, TN Mercy Lounge
Fri., June 8 BIRMINGHAM, AL Saturn
Sat., June 9 ATHENS, GA Georgia Theatre
Sun., June 10 CHARLOTTE, NC Neighborhood Theatre
Mon., June 11 ANNAPOLIS, MD Ram's Head On Stage
Wed., June 13 PHILADELPHIA, PA World Cafe Live
Thurs., June 14 FAIRFIELD, CT Stage One at Fairfield Theatre
Fri., June 15 SOMERVILLE, MA ONCE Somerville
Sat., June 16 WASHINGTON, DC The Hamilton
Sun., June 17 NEW YORK, NY The Bowery Ballroom
Tues., June 19 PITTSBURGH, PA Club Cafe
Wed., June 20 CLEVELAND, OH Music Box Supper Club
Thurs, June 21 KALAMAZOO, MI Bell's Eccentric Cafe
Fri., June 22 DETROIT, MI The Magic Bag
Sat., June 23 CHICAGO, IL Park West
Sun., June 24 MADISON, WI High Noon Saloon
Mon., June 25 DES MOINES, IA Vaudeville Mews
Tues., June 26 ST. PAUL, MN Turf Club
Thurs., June 28 MILWAUKEE, WI Summerfest
Sat., June 30 DENVER, CO Levitt Pavilion
Sun., July 1 SALT LAKE CITY, UT The State Room
Fri., July 6 BELLINGHAM, WA Wild Buffalo
Sat., July 7 SEATTLE, WA Neptune Theatre

Europe: Festivals on sale now, club dates on sale March 29

Fri., Aug. 31 VLIELAND, NETHERLANDS Into the Great Wide Open Festival (sold out)
Sat., Sept. 1 HOOGWOUD, NETHERLANDS Zomerpop Festival
Sat., Sept. 29 BARCELONA, SPAIN Upload
Sun., Sept. 30 ZARAGOZA, SPAIN La Lata de Bombillas
Mon., Oct. 1 CORDOBA, SPAIN Hangar Cordoba
Tues., Oct. 2 CADIZ SPAIN Aulario de la Bomba,
Wed., Oct. 3 GRANADA, SPAIN Lemon Rock
Thurs., Oct. 4 VALENCIA, SPAIN 16 Toneladas
Fri., Oct. 5 MADRID, SPAIN Sala Caracol
Sat., Oct. 6 PONTEVEDRA, SPAIN Teatro Principal (matinee)
Sat., Oct. 6 GALICIA, SPAIN TBA (evening)
Sun., Oct. 7 AZPEITIA, SPAIN San Augustin Kulturgunea
Tues., Oct. 9 PARIS, FRANCE La Maroquinerie
Fri., Oct. 12 HEERLEN, NETHERLANDS Poppodium Nieuwe Nor
Sat., Oct. 13 ALKMAAR, NETHERLANDS Podium Victorie
Sun., Oct. 14 HENGELO, NETHERLANDS Metropol
Wed., Oct. 17 KORTRIJK, BELGIUM Wilde Westen
Thurs., Oct. 18 MECHELEN, BELGIUM Cultuurcentrum Mechelen
Fri., Oct. 19 LONDON, UK The Garage
Sat., Oct. 20 LEEDS, UK Brudenell Social Club
Sun., Oct. 21 GLASGOW, UK King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Tues., Oct. 23 MANCHESTER, UK The Deaf Institute
Thurs., Oct. 25 BREMEN, GERMANY Tower
Fri., Oct. 26 HAMBURG, GERMANY Häkken
Sat., Oct. 27 BERLIN, GERMANY Berghain Kantine
Mon., Oct. 29 HELSINKI, FINLAND Savoy Theatre
Wed., Oct. 31 LARVIK, NORWAY Sanden Kafe at Kulturhuset Bølgen
Thurs., Nov. 1 STAVANGER, NORWAY Folken
Fri., Nov. 2 BERGEN, NORWAY Madam Felle
Sat., Nov. 3 TRONDHEIM, NORWAY Teaterhuset Avant Garden
Sun., Nov. 4 OSLO, NORWAY John Dee
Tues., Nov. 6 GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN Pustervik
Wed., Nov. 7 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN Fasching
Thurs., Nov. 8 MALMÖ, SWEDEN Inkonst

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April 6, 2016

Beloved alt-pop legends undergo sonic makeover
on game-changing new album Solid States, on May 20.
“Secret” U.S. tour of unconventional spaces announced
for late April, May

SEATTLE, Wash. — “So many things have changed, either by choice or by circumstance, in the six years between this album and the one before it,” the Posies’ Ken Stringfellow notes while discussing Solid States, the band’s first album of new material since 2010’s acclaimed Blood/Candy.
The album, due out May 20, 2016 on MyMusicEmpire, will be preceded by the Posies’ Solid States Secret Shows tour of the U.S., launching in scenic Van Nuys, Calif. on April 28 and wrapping in Oakland on May 29 (dates below).
“We’ve had two bandmates die, a divorce and remarriage, a transoceanic move ... There’s been good things and difficult things, but nothing is in the same place for us. So it makes sense that this record would sound different from its predecessors.”

“I think it’s our most adventurous record to date,” adds fellow singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Jon Auer, Stringfellow’s longstanding musical partner. “There was the conscious idea to strive for something different from the Posies of past, to use different colors and flavors. That was the plan, but then life had its way with our concepts and schedules, and threw many profound, out-of-the-park curveballs in our direction. By this point, we’d already painted ourselves into a musical corner, which ultimately left us no other option but to figure our way out, bit by bit, wave form by wave form.”
Indeed, Solid States marks a timely creative milestone for the Posies, reinventing their sound while reaffirming the vibrant creative chemistry that’s kept them a vital creative force for nearly three decades. The head-turning 12-song set finds Auer and Stringfellow largely trading the band’s established guitar-based sound for an expanded sonic palette, drawing upon an imaginative array of electronic textures and unconventional rhythmic twists. Such startling new tunes as “We R Power,” “Unlikely Places,” “Scattered,” “Titanic,” “Squirrel vs. Snake” and “Radiance” consistently defy expectations, while maintaining the Posies’ trademark melodic sensibility and vocal harmonies. The new songs, and the retooled sound, reflect the recent changes in the musicians' lives, including the deaths of two longtime band members, drummer Darius Minwalla and bassist Joe Skyward, in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

“We put so much of ourselves into making Solid States, in spite of — and probably because of — all the upheaval we had to deal with,” Auer states. “I personally will never, ever forget this year and the previous year, losing people so close to us. It's a definite ‘before’ and ‘after’ time in life right now to me.”

“We definitely chose to make an album where the guitar was less in front and more of just another tone generator in a field of diverse sounds,” Stringfellow explains, adding, “The title Solid States refers ironically to the shattering of our stylistic habits and personal lives in the years between the this album and the one before it. We decided that the songs would be written with electronic rhythms in place, and we'd add real drums to give it variety, but only after everything else was done.”
As much as the new album marks a reinvention of the Posies’ sound, Stringfellow points out that, in some respects, it’s a return to the band’s homespun D.I.Y. roots “There’s a circularity to Solid States, since it was almost entirely done at our respective home studios,” he observes. “Our first album, Failure, was recorded at Jon’s home studio in 1987 and 1988. Different technologies, different levels of wisdom vs. naiveté, for sure, but ... due to circumstance, we find ourselves a duo again.”
In recording Solid States, Auer and Stringfellow also tapped the talents of drummer Frankie Siragusa, who’s also currently touring with the band, along with ex-Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock and singer Gizelle Smith, as well as Auer’s wife Tiz Aramini and Stringfellow's daughter Aden.

“The rest,” Stringfellow points out, “is us.”

Auer and Stringfellow have been making music together, off and on, since their early sessions in Auer’s Bellingham, Washington home studio, which became the self-released Failure. In the years that followed, the pair, along with an assortment of bassists and drummers, built a potent and enduring body of work that encompasses such celebrated major-label releases as Dear 23 (which introduced the hit “Golden Blunders”), Frosting on the Beater (which included their breakthrough smash “Dream All Day”) and Amazing Disgrace, along with such notable indie-label releases as Success, the live discs Alive Before the Iceberg and In Case You Didn't Feel Like Plugging In, the EP Nice Cheekbones and A Ph.D and the four-CD rarities box At Least, At Last. The band emerged from an extended hiatus for 2005’s Every Kind of Light and 2010's Blood/Candy.

Auer and Stringfellow also found time join Big Star founders Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens for a rapturously-received revival of that seminal outfit, beginning with the historic 1993 concert that produced the album Columbia: Live at Missouri University 4/25/93, and continuing until Chilton’s passing in 2010. The reconstituted Big Star also recorded the studio album In Space in 2005. In the years since Chilton’s death, Auer, Stringfellow and Stephens have continued to honor Big Star’s legacy by participating in a series of all-star “Big Star’s Third” concerts around the world.

Auer and Stringfellow continue to balance their work together with a variety of other musical projects. According to Stringfellow, who like Auer now resides with his family in Europe, “I think the long, comet-like cycle the Posies are on is good for making sure that the ideas have totally been refreshed and that we’ll bring fresh ideas and the benefits from our ‘studies abroad,’ as it were.”

“For me it’s very simple,” Stringfellow asserts. “We've had a little success, but not too little so as to become discouraged, and not too much as to become too tied to a given moment’s nostalgia. We seek out challenges and unfamiliar territories. It means there’s development, and a reason to be. I have friends who have a great time playing their hits in casinos and on cruises. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but it’s not who we are.”

“When it comes to the Posies,” Auer concludes, “I feel we jump on it and really go for it when it feels like it really needs to happen. We’re still doing it because we’re both still curious to see what happens next.”

Venues revealed only to ticketholders. Click on City for tickets.
Thurs., April 28 – VAN NUYS, CA
Sat., April 30 – LOS ANGELES, CA
Sun, May 1 – PHOENIX, AZ
Wed., May 4 – AUSTIN, TX
Thurs., May 5 – DENTON, TX
Fri., May 6 – MEMPHIS, TN
Sun., May 8 – CHAPEL HILL , NC
Tues., May 10 – WASHINGTON, DC
Thus., May 12 – NEW YORK, NY
Sat., May 14 – NEW CANAAN, CT
Sun., May 15 – PITTSBURGH, PA
Tues., May 17 – CHARLESTON, WV
Wed., May 18 – NASHVILLE, TN
Thurs., May 19 – CHICAGO, IL
Sat., May 21 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Sun., May 22 – RAPID CITY, SD
Tues., May 24 – BOISE, ID
Wed., May 25 – WALLA WALLA, WA
Thurs., May 26 – SEATTLE, WA
Fri., May 27 – BELLINGHAM, WA
Sat., May 28 – PORTLAND, OR
Sun., May 29 – OAKLAND, CA
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