Friday, June 25, 2010

Sunspot Prehistoric Video : "Bleed Me Free" and "Young Love" - Shine 97 Concert

Pleather, mohawks, sequins, and braces(?!) - Eat your heart out, Fashionistas! This may be the earliest video that we have on the web. It's from March of 1997 at a benefit concert in the Stock Pavilion at UW-Madison. This is before we called ourselves Sunspot and we hadn't even been playing together for a year yet. The sound quality is a little rough, it's a transfer from a VHS copy of a Hi-8 tape, and our friend, Kyle, had to keep coming onstage to help Wendy fix her bass drum (Hey man, thanks for that.)

Thinking back on that show, it was a pretty awesome experience. That was the first show that we ever played with BoRd and we got to share the stage with Pet Engine (who I thought was the coolest band in Wisconsin in the 1990's.) Originally, the organizers advertised the show as being headlined by The Gufs, but something happened and they had to cancel (which caused Ben to have a grudge against them for years, ha. Since it was a benefit for Camp Heartland , Ben's response when anyone used to bring The Gufs up was "Those heartless bastards hate kids with AIDS", in fact he still might say that.) We were all about 20 years young in this video and for some reason, I was determined that a beard made me look more like a badass, especially with a bandana. Yeah, I was wrong about that.

These are two songs that don't make it out at live shows anymore, either. We hadn't seen it (or thought about it) in over a decade, and when you see how many ridiculous chains I'm wearing, we thought you'd be glad we shared it.

Anyway, next week we'll start seeing new Sunspot Road Manias as we kick off the next six weeks, which is going to be our busiest season ever! Brand new live show, new songs and we'll be bringing it all around the country and then doing a final Homecoming show in Madison on August 14th to make our first live DVD. So, this will be a pretty short trip down Memory Lane because we're in the process of making a lot of new ones.

Friday, June 18, 2010

"Summer Day" (Longest Intro Ever) at WYOU

We're taking a break for the next two weeks as we get the July shows ready to roll and we finish our preparations and production for the Major Arcana Tour, but we don't want to deprive you of the deep, deep, borderline nasty love that we have for you in the meantime. So, here's another video (this one's not Old School because it's not even a year past.)

It's probably the longest intro to Summer Day we've ever done. We just kinda rolled with it because, well, we could. It was for WYOU's telethon in October 2009. We were introduced by Darth Rokker from Maximum Ink and we played that night with our good friends in Axiom. The sound quality is great, thanks to Kasper from Ghost Town for doing the mixing.

WYOU is an awesome community access station in Madison and they always need support because keeping crazy people on the air is important AND they support local and independent music.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sunspot Old-School Video : "Prozac Girl" WAMI Awards 2004

To tide you guys over this week between Road Manias, let's take a little trip in the Wayback Machine all the way back to the Aughts, all the way back to April 26th, 2004 at a a live performance for the 2004 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards. Picture Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, WI. Picture a good deal of Milwaukee's music scene all dressed up, hanging out and getting lit up in one place. Picture a ton of old ladies smoking cigarettes and seducing the one-armed bandit. Picture us- young, fresh-faced, and beautiful.

And yes, we did bring a different set of clothes to go between the stage and the ceremony.

We also included some of the footage of our deep and poignant acceptance speeches for Rock Band of the Year!