Scott Lucas & the Married are heading out on a spring tour with EmptyMansions, the new band led by Interpol’s Sam Fogarino and featuring Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard, Tomahawk) and Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines). Dates begin April 24th in Washington, DC and include two New York shows on 4/26 and 4/27. A hometown show is set for 5/3 at the Empty Bottle in Chicago (full itinerary below).
“Awesome,” said Lucas “In addition to being from some of my favorite bands, they’re also some of the coolest guys. I don’t even have to play — I just wanna check out the shows.”
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago premiered the Married Men’s latest video today for the song “Steady Gaze,” the third single from the band’s second album Blood Half Moon. Lucas directed and edited the clip, which combines life-on-the-road footage of the seven band members singing along to the tune from the seats of their 15-passenger van intercut with onstage and offstage videos from their first national tour last year. Watch it here: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/chicago/2013/02/scott_lucas_the.html.
“Shooting inside a van hurtling down the highway at 70 miles per hour might not have been the safest thing — but I like it. We look like the Muppets,” said Lucas of making the video. “I had to sift through hours of video of [bassist] Tom [Szidon] playing pool very badly. He plays a LOT of bad pool.”
Before Scott Lucas & The Married Men hit the road with EmptyMansions, they’ll head south to Austin, TX, where they’ll play a few shows during SXSW next month. They’ll be a part of The End Records showcase on Thursday, March 14th at Hickory St. (800 Congress Ave.) with several of their labelmates and are also confirmed to play at the Reggies Chicago daytime party on Friday, March 15th at the Lodge (411 E. 6th St.). Another performance on Saturday, March 16th will be announced soon.
Also, the Married Men have been added to the lineup of the Hideout Inn’s Annual SXSW Send Off show on Saturday, March 9th in Chicago. They’ll share the bill of the all-day show with 10 other local artists who are making the trek to Austin, too. More details here: http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/221405-annual-sxsw-send-off-party-chicago/
“Rock and roll spring break. What more can you say?” Lucas commented on his plans for SXSW.
Lucas is best known as the singer/guitarist for two-man, Chicago rock band Local H. For his solo records, he plays with a collective of musicians — the Married Men — which sometimes numbers as many as seven and includes violin, organ and accordion. Reviewers have compared the band to American Music Club, Wilco, the Waterboys and Nick Cave. Lucas calls the group’s evolving sound “country-ish, alt-rock for people who like metal.” Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune listed their current album, Blood Half Moon, in the top 10 indie releases of 2012. The band toured with Deer Tick last summer and has played shows with James Iha, Kelly Hogan, Tristen, the Airborne Toxic Event and others in the past year.
3/9 Chicago, IL Hideout Inn – SXSW Send Off Show
3/14 Austin, TX – SXSW Hickory St. – The End Records showcas
3/15 Austin, TX- SXSW The Lodge – Reggies Chicago daytime party
4/24 Washington, DC DC9 *
4/25 Philadelphia, PA The Barbary *
4/26 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory *
4/27 New York, NY Mercury Lounge *
4/28 Allston, MA Great Scott *
4/29 Buffalo, NY Tralf Studio Stage
5/1 Detroit, MI Garden Bowl *
5/2 Grand Rapids, MI Founders Brewery, Co
5/3 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle *
* dates with EmptyMansions
Scott Lucas & the Married Men, left to right: Aaron Duggins, Randy Payne, Peter Muschong, Scott Lucas, Rebecca Brooke M., Jason Batchko, Tom Szidon. Photo credit: Jim Newberry
Scott Lucas & the Married Men are:
Scott Lucas — vocals and guitar
Jason Batchko — organ and piano
Aaron Duggins – accordion
Rebecca Brooke M. — violin
Peter Muschong – guitar and vocals
Randy Payne – drums and percussion
Tom Szidon – bass and vocals
George Lassos the Moon (G&P) – February 2010
The Absolute Beginners EP (G&P) – October 2010
Who Listens to Radio Anymore?: Live Sessions (G&P) – October 2010
Blood Half Moon (the End Records) – June 2012