Josh Berwanger (The Anniversary) New Record Out Today, Fall US Tour Announced

By on October 1, 2013


Photo Credit: Rebecca Armstrong

JOSH BERWANGER is likely best known as the singer/guitarist from early 2000s band The Anniversary, but in the years since the band’s sudden breakup he’s never ceased writing and playing music.  His latest effort, Strange Stains (out today via Good Land Records), sees him teaming up with Michael Hutcherson, original drummer for The Anniversary, to create sun-drenched, dreamy Petty-esque pop complete with lyrics that deal in the exact opposite sort of themes – loneliness, fear and frustration.  Josh spent the past few years coaching high-school basketball in Lawrence, Kansas while writing and recording the 11 tracks on Strange Stains.  Although at times he was tempted to give up chasing his musical dreams, he ultimately realized that hanging up his guitar was something he was never meant to do.  The songs on Strange Stains reflect these struggles – their sweet, catchy melodies belie a record that is about “love, heartbreak, idiots and continuing to pursue what you love to do, no matter how hard that shit is,” as Josh explains it.


Stream Singles “Baby Loses Her Mind” & “Mary”:


Mixed and mastered by Paul Mahern (Blake Babies, Afghan Whigs, Okkervil River, Iggy Pop, The Fray), Strange Stains also features a slew of guest musicians including Jim McPherson (The Breeders, Guided By Voices), TK Webb (TK Webb and the Visions), Brandon Phillips (The Architects) and Heidi Gluck (Julianna Hatfield).


The band has also announced a fall US tour including a stop at CMJ Music Marathon in NYC on Saturday, October 19th at Mercury Lounge (all tour dates below).


Tour Dates:

10/11 at Heavy Anchor, St. Louis, MO
10/12 at Tree Bar, Columbus, OH
10/13 at Howler’s Coyote Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
10/15 at Dusk, Providence, RI
10/17 at Rudy’s, New Haven, CT
10/19 at Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
10/21 at PJ’s Lager House, Detroit, MI
10/22 at The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
10/23 at Beat Kitchen, Chicago, IL
10/31 at Record Bar, Kansas City, MO (RECORD RELEASE PARTY)
11/01 at Replay Lounge, Lawrence, KS
11/12 at Nice Tuesday, Norman, OK
11/14 at Holy Mountain, Austin, TX
11/15 at Padre’s, Marfa, TX
11/16 at Plush, Tuscon, AZ
11/17 at Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
11/18 at Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa, CA
11/19 at The Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, CA
11/20 at Hotel Utah Saloon, San Francisco, CA
11/21 at White Eagle Saloon, Portland, OR
11/25 at Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT
11/26 at Hi Dive, Denver, CO
11/27 at Ivywild, Colorado Springs, CO


Praise for Strange Stains:


“The album’s first single, “Baby Loses Her Mind,” sees Josh diving into Petty-esque heartland rock/power pop territory” –BrooklynVegan


“If you want to get lost in sun-drenched, dreamy, power-pop jams, you’re going to want to check out Josh Berwanger’s new album” –Magnet


“[The album] took us by surprise. In a good way. The album is a huge departure from what those who remember The Anniversary might expect… Strange Stains sounds more like something Paul Simon might release than the Get Up Kids” –Noisey
“Shimmering… 11 tracks of upbeat, ’70s-style singer-songwriter tunes that counter sad-sack lyrics with cheery handclaps and gentle harmonies” –SPIN



Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.