Monday, April 14, 2008

born horny

Oh man, the spring is here. My neighborhood has become a sea of strollers, so many hidden winter yuppie babies flood the streets. Procreation. Even the rats have boners. The pigeons are doing that thing where their heads get all poofed out, their red eyes get all googly, and they start chasing around and raping the women pigeons. Ah, spring.
My windows are open and the fresh air is clearing away a winter’s worth of mustiness, smokiness, and booziness. I feel fantastic, and breathing in general is a new experience -- time of the season to write new songs! Songs about rat boners. Actually, we’re writing a new song right now called Hot Slave. It’s a long song. I think. I mean, 4 minute songs are long, right? I can’t tell anymore. It’s going to rule though.
We finished shooting our music video for Oh Man! last sunday. We got to film in a jewelry store called Blando’s Marry Me Jewelry in LaGrange (LaGrunge). It was awesome. The guy that owns the place is Geno Blando. Coolest name ever. And he was nice enough to let us film in there all day. Most of the footage is of Shawn casing the joint. And even a few of our friends make cameos in the video. The whole project should be done in a month or two. It will be hilarious!
Anyhow. I’m so happy right now that I don’t even care I have to go to work and wait tables and get scolded by children because their rice is too spicy.
We can’t wait for tour. We will be in your town soon.


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

syb island

Current mood: blustery

Dudes, I’ll tell you what, it has been a long winter here on syb island. We’ve been staying in; holed up in the practice space with wet feet, stomping on pedals, breaking whiskey bottles and listening to Roger Miller, who reminded us that we can’t rollerskate in watermelon patches or drive around with tigers in our car.

I think we need a van tiger.

Anyway, as shitty as the weather is here in Chicago in the winter, we’ve been having a pretty hilarious time of it all. We’ve been getting back into writing new songs after we finished our new record, which, by the way, will be officially borne on May 20th. Just like Cher, Jimmy Stewart, Joe Cocker, and Busta Rhymes. So you know it’ll be good. May 20th is also my birthday. I’ll be 25 this year. That’s insanity... it’s been almost five years since we founded the syb. What are we doing with our lives?

Slaying, that’s what. And hopefully touring and travelling more and more. Like sxsw, we just got back from there about a week ago. It was fun, as always. We had a splendid time kickin it with the Absolutely Kosher crew, eating best wurst, and watching all of our friends get to rock at there respective showcases and parties. It’s hard to stay in one place very long down there but i was particularly patient when it came to watching Colour Revolt and Anathallo play at Spiros, Cloud Cult at the Emo’s annex, and this sweet Austin band called Transmography at some bar that was about as big as a turd. Bear in Heaven, Pattern is Movement, and the Gang ruled too at Friend Island. Ah, what a blur.

No more blur-outs. right. Seriously though, I want to write here a lot more often to commit things to memory and to share what I do remember from all of our adventures on syb island; a land of mystery and wonder. and piracy! and rumrunning!and damsels! and BLOOD! mwah ha ha ha ha. just a band adrift more than anything else.

soon, angela

Monday, March 3, 2008

sxsw stuff

So we are going to SXSW to promote our new album.
It comes out on May 20th and is called "Into the Trees"
Here our or shows for the next couple weeks.

03.08.08 Chicago, IL Sending the 4-Star City to the Lone Star State - SXSW Sendoff

@ The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia
$10 for All Day Admittance
Also playing Apteka, Bound Stems, Cameron McGill, Ezra Furman & The Harpoons, Hollywood Holt, Icy Demons, Killer Whales, Make Believe, Mittens on Strings, Pit er Pat, REds and Blue, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, The Hood Internet,Tom Schraeder & His Ego, Waco Brothers

03.09.08 Champaign, IL
@ Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave
w/ Apteka, Stereofidelics, Plezby, Sam West, Scott Joseph Phares
Doors 7:30, Show 8:00

03.10.08 Norman, OK
@ Union Court - U. of Oklahoma
w/ Colour Revolt, Anathallo
Doors 6:30, Show 7:30

03.11.08 Austin, TX
@ Emo's Outdoor
603 Red River Street
Doors 5pm Sybris plays inside shortly after 5pm.

03.12.08 Houston, TX
Walters on Washington
4215 Washington Avenue
w/ Colour Revolt
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
All Ages $10

03.13.08 Austin, TX
SWS&M @ Chain Drive 504 Willow, 78701
two blocks from the Convention Center,
right off Red River, just south of Ceaser Chavez

3pm Bear Hands
4pm Subjects
5pm Jealous Girlfriends
6pm Sam Champion
7pm Sybris
8pm Mahjongg
9pm Crystal Castles
10pm Project Jenny Project Jan

03.14.08 Austin, TX
@ SXSW - Maggie Loft, 323 E Sixth
w/ Pidgeon, 60 Watt Kid, The Gang, Little Teeth


Monday, February 25, 2008

what's crackin akron/whiteouts

What's Crackin Akron?/ Whiteouts

So we're in this snowstorm in Indiana right now, Eric is driving and I'm writing this to distract myself from the road conditions. We're going 35 mph or something so even though we're only 100 miles from the Chi it's going to be at least 3 hrs. We've been driving since what, 11am, and its 11 pm now. Not my favorite part of being in a band. But that's enough of the doom and gloom, you'll get the wrong impression, we really had a ton of fun this weekend.

Friday we played in Akron at the remodeled Musica where Eric coined the phrase 'What's crackin Akron?'. It seems to be sticking as does the curse of the missing leg.

We played Pittsburgh on Saturday. It is very pretty.

The reason for the trip was opening for Brand New on Sunday in Albany. The show was at a 4000 seat basketball arena, a surreal experience for sure as the show was sold out. I think Angela captured it best when we walked in by exclaiming "Whoa, this is big!" The crowd was great, super pumped, and the sound was arena-esque. It was really nice of Brand New to ask us to play, real nice. They put on a great show and are real sweethearts.

Which brings us back to now, some 87 miles from Chicago and still snowing. You know how semi's seem to fly by you in bad weather? I hate that.


Friday, February 15, 2008

Very Mini Tour & Brand New Show

So we are Playing three shows next weekend, leading up to A show opening for Brand New. We are excited to get out of town, even for a few days. Also We are playing some dates on the way to sxsw, but more on that later to lazy to type about them now...

Fri 2/22/08-Musica Akron ohio
Sat2/23/08-Garfield Arts-Pittsburgh PA.
Sun2/24/08-Washington Avenue Armory W/Brand New


Wednesday, December 5, 2007


A couple more blogo thoughts on some new cuts....

By 4casey4(Milk Milk Lemonade)
Last Tuesday we received a message from today's featured artist giving us a heads-up on a new downloadable track to review. I've seriously been loving the song I checked out for a couple of days now and just this evening saw an ...
Milk Milk Lemonade -

Anyhow, lets have some fun today by way of some indie rockers called Sybris. The Chicago-based outfit had a well received self titled album way back in 2005 that I knew absolutely nothing about until yesterday when I saw it mentioned on ...
Side One: Track One -

Sybris makes second full length
By Parasites & Sycophants(Parasites & Sycophants)
Sybris just finished recording their second full length at Pachyderm (Nirvana In Utero, PJ Harvey Rid Of Me) with producer John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, Polyphonic Spree). Since putting out their first record in 2005, ...
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Friday, November 30, 2007

Pitchfork Review's Oh Man

Pitchfork reviews new cut, "Oh Man!".

check it out!

and for your viewing pleasure, here's a little clip from a House of Blues soundcheck from last year...