Friday, April 17, 2009

The Optimist and the Monkey

We three that are Ben Franklin were asked to play at IM Automata Chino, Iron Monkey's new rock venue in Jersey City. Jim Testa has been trying to get me to see a show with him there for the last two months and I haven't yet made it, so I guess I'll finally get to see what it looks like on the inside! The show will be Sat, May 16th and it's 21+, that much I know.

We've got a working title for our record: Optimist. We're recording it on Sat May 2nd with Daniel Schlett on the boards. We've got a lot of new material, and if you make it out to the Monkey, you'll basically be hearing us perform Optimist, although I don't think we'll be able to cram all 12 tracks into a 45 minute set. Depends on the bill that night. [I'm also taking quite a leap in assuming that we'll definitely nail all 12 tracks in one day, but if the Minutemen can do it, I think we damn well can do it!] We should have some kind of single/CD-R at the show, but I think we're going to take our time releasing the actual record.

On a tangent: The Press are playing Automata Chino this Saturday night, they are always a really good show, highly recommended.


Adam said...

I take it that it isn't the economy you are optimistic about.

Been meaning to check out IM's new digs myself.

Billy Gray said...

Well I can say that it's a not joke, in the end, although I do find it funny. I think it will make more sense in context. Well I think so, at least.