blankrange

Blank Range will head out this spring on a 28 date US Tour opening for folk rock duo Two Gallants as well as The Mountain Goats. They'll be kicking this off with a full slate of shows at SXSW in Austin - and then will return to their hometown of Nashville, TN for a show at The Basement to celebrate the release of their new 10-inch pressing of Phase II, their first EP, which will be released that day, on April 20th jointly between Sturdy Girls Records and Swedish indie label Gravitation, the same home to Tallest Man On Earth. Blank Range will also appear at Sasquatch! Festival and Shaky Knees in Atlanta. Blank Range has previously toured with Spoon, Benjamin Booker, and opened for Superchunk, Blitzen Trapper, Alice In Chains and more.

The members of Blank Range grew up in the Mid-West, mostly in and around the Chicago suburbs and more rural stretches of Illinois. For different reasons, including one member's lofty pursuit of a PhD, they found themselves in Nashville a few short years ago. Blank Range's members were originally in two separate bands with only the chief songwriters as differing members. For both practical purposes and mutual respect, they decided to merge the two projects into one band with two songwriters and a unique catalog of inspiration starting with Big Star and Wilco and ranging all the way to jazz music and training.

With no money to get going, the four members recorded a scrappy 6 song EP, Phase II, in a tiny basement and copied it onto cassette for sale. The throwback format inspired a business of sorts - making cassette copies of projects by other Nashville bands to sell at their shows. With a tape-to-tape recorder, a lot of time on their hands, and a small mark-up eventually the band was able to save enough to record a proper 7 inch - honest-to goodness lacquer, with a real engineer, Eric McConnell at his famed home studio. The same studio that Loretta Lynn and Jack White recorded Van Lear Rose.

Though early in their career, all the promise is there for Blank Range. Music that sounds so fresh and different, purely for its lack lack of affect and timelessness.

SXSW SCHEDULE

Weds/ 3-18/ 12:00PM - C3 Party at Lambert's
Weds/ 3-18/ 9:00PM - SXSW Official Showcase at 720 Club Patio
Thu/ 3-19/ 12:00PM - SxSan Jose at San Jose Hotel
Fri/ 3-20/ 2:00PM - Another Planet Party at Red Eyed Fly
Fri/ 3-20/ 4:00PM - Do512
Sat/ 3-21/ 4:00PM - NoiseTrade & Clif Bar GreenNotes

TOUR DATES
# w/ Two Gallants
*w/ The Mountain Goats


APR 10: The Basement / Nashville, TN
APR 20: The State Room / Salt Lake City, UT
APR 21: The Bluebird Theater / Denver, CO#
APR 22: Reverb Lounge / Omaha, NE#
APR 23: 7th St Entry / Minneapolis, MN#
APR: 24: Lincoln Hall / Chicago, IL#
APR 25: The Pike Room at The Crofoot / Pontiac, MI#
APR 27: The Garrison / Toronto, Canada#
APR 28: Casa Del Popolo / Montreal, Canada#
APR 29: Brighton Music Hall / Allston, MA#
MAY 01: Johnny Brenda's / Philadelphia, PA#
MAY 02: Rock and Roll Hotel / Washington DC#
MAY 03: The Southern / Charlottesville, VA#
MAY 04: Cat's Cradle Back Room / Carrboro, NC#
MAY 05: The Mothlight / Asheville, NC#
MAY 08: Shaky Kneeds Festival / Atlanta, GA
MAY 09: Gasa Gasa / New Orleans, LA#
MAY 10: Fitzgerald's / Houston, TX#
MAY 11: Three Links / Dallas, TX#
MAY 12: Red 7 / Austin, TX#
MAY 14: Club Congress / Tucson, AZ#
MAY 15: Soda Bar / San Diego, CA#
MAY 16: Roxy Theatre / West Hollywood, CA#
MAY 22-25: Sasquatch! Festival / Quincy, WA
MAY 27: The Urban Lounge/ Salt Lake City, UT*
MAY 29: The Showbox / Seattle, WA*
May 30: Wonder Ballroom / Portland, OR*
JUN 01: The Fillmore / San Francisco, CA*
JUN 03: Mayan Theater / Los Angeles, CA*