Death Magnanimous Available Now!!

It's here!! Death Magnanimous, the new EP, is out and unleashed on the world. It was recorded and mixed by the fabulous and unbelievably patient Ryan Renteria at our home base, The Monkey Palace, and can be found on our website here, as well as iTunes, Spotify, and all those distributing type places out there.

Give it a listen, let us know what you think. We did all this for you, afterall. Thanks, and enjoy the music!

Spring Tour 2018

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Hello all ye fine people. We are back out on the road for a week this April, visiting some old friends, and seeing some new ones for the first time! We're playing basements in West MA, full day festivals in Upstate NY, bars in Pennsylvania, and backyards by the river. In other words, it's a standard Troll 2 tour. Oh, and we're currently recording a new EP, and we're too excited about the songs we're putting on there, so we'll be previewing them as we play this time around. Come get a sneak peek of what's to come!!

Here's the full schedule: (click link for more details)

April 13 - Boston, MA - The Monkey Palace
w/ILLWORDS, ALLONE, Suzanne Friedman

April 14 - Amherst, MA - The Internet
w/ Austin & Eliot

April 15 - Shortsville, NY - Folk'n'Punk Cabin Fever 3
w/ Janie Crash & the Tall Men, Technicolor Trailer Park, Old World Warblers, and more

Apri 18 - Erie, PA - Scotty's Martini Lounge
w/ Cult Classics, Shadow Tribe

April 19 - Pittsburgh - Owl Hollow
w/ The Hills and Rivers, The Childlike Empress

April 20 - Harrisburg - Gojira's
w/ Pleasure Kills, Secret Life, Homelife, Welter

April 21 - Philadelphia - LAVA Space
w/ Cast Shadows, Jacopo di Nicola, Sara Chodak, & live a animation workshop presented by KXB Studio


FULL TOUR SCHEDULE

New Single with Absinthe Rose, Come On In

Today, we're releasing a track we collaborated with Kimbo from Absinthe Rose. I heard her play it at a show Troll 2 and Absinthe Rose did together a while back, and was kinda blown away by it. The words were simple and few, but regardless resonated for us in a way that sometime only a few simple words can do. "Come on in and see my darkness, for what it truly is. Go far down until you can't recognize yourself."

Yup, been there. And I will visit it again, probably later today. I had the pleasure of producing it at my humble Monkey Palace Studio, and lemme just say Kimbo is a fuckin treat to work with!! She sweats and bleeds positive energy in a way few artists I've ever met do, and damn can she sing. But you already knew that, if you've heard the track.

Give it a listen, share it around, download it and sneak it onto the playlist at work. We had a lot of fun making this, and we hope you get something out of it, too.

-Mark
 

Summer Tour 2017: The Wrap Up

So here we are. Our first national tour wrapped up a couple of weeks ago and I'm here to tell you that this is a big, strange land that we live in. Our interstate highway system is an amazing thing. In the time it would take to catch up on Game of Thrones, you could be in a different time zone, a different climate, a different world, with different plants, animals and geography, and different people with different social scripts. Here are an assortment of observations and anecdotes I collected over the course of passing through so many odd and wonderful places.

In Scranton, PA, people shout at each other across the street and flag down strangers on the sidewalk to park their vans. Brian did a pretty good job. We were booked to play with four metal bands and for a moment we were worried about how our little stringband would go over, but then we remembered that metalheads are the coolest and the show was great.

Driving from the mid-atlantic into the midwest, you start to see more and more billboards for porno stores. At some point you start seeing ads for Lion's Den Adult Superstores, and by the time you cross the Mississippi, Lion's Dens are all there is. Lion's Den's territory is massive.

We played a show in Kansas City, MO, at the Hive, which was like the Studio 54 of house venues. The performers were all incredibly talented and the bar was stocked with fine liquors.

As you go west everything just gets bigger and bigger. The roads are bigger and you can drive faster, and people actually keep right on the highway except to pass most of the time. It's fucked up.

We were all paranoid about driving through Kansas in our dirty minivan with Massachusetts plates because we'd heard about Kansas state police using civil forfeiture to rip people off, but I guess that's mostly people coming out of Colorado. Also it's fucking Kansas. It was fine.

Altitude makes you lightheaded, which is kind of cool. And it makes your brakes squeak in the morning, which is kind of existentially horrifying when you're driving through the mountains.

We drove from Boulder CO, through Wyoming, into South Dakota, and from there we went through Montana, Idaho and into Washington, and during that whole time I didn't see a single cop. I'm not sure what that means. I'm sure that part of the country has it's own problems, but I like the way people give each other space. I guess that's easy when there's so much of it.

I also have to talk about Lead, SD. It's a town in the Black Hills, it's like the 1880s picked a few cool things about the future and passed on everything else. We played in a bar called Moonshine Gulch with an amazing songwriter named Steve Thorpe, who also let us stay at his cabin on the side of a mountain. This guy is the real deal.

Before we left I made a conscious decision to try to stop comparing everywhere we go to the Northeast. That didn't really work. So like, I'm gonna die in the Northeast, but I totally get the west coast thing now. Like, what are you so worked up about? We're alive for some amount of time and nothing that happens has any significance, just chill. Also people treat weed like tea. "So this is my house, here's the kitchen, the living room, make yourself at home, I've got coffee, water, weed, snacks, whatever you want."

It was 120 degrees in Phoenix. The most fucked thing about that: the breeze is hotter than the still air. It's like standing in a campfire. The punk kids at the show hated their hometown more than any punk kids I've met before.

In Texas the people who work at gas stations call you sir or ma'am. Much like the West Coast chillness, I was surprised at how much southern politeness doesn't bother me and I actually kind of like it, but the sir thing is a bridge too far. 

We shot a video with Punk with a Camera. Brandon and Makena run a tight fucking ship. 

I got to see someone who I hadn't seen in a while who is very important to me and whom I love very much in New Orleans. 

We played a show in Tennessee...

The punks in York, PA tried to blow us up. They pulled out firecrackers and bottle rockets at the end of our set and just lit the place up, it was amazing. 

So yeah, that was my vacation slideshow. If you're still reading at this point, uh, thanks, I guess. I'm here if you need to talk.

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Summer Tour 2017 Begins June 22!

 Click above to see full schedule

Click above to see full schedule

Oh, hello, I didn't see you come in. But it's cool, I'm glad you're here, I have important news. My band is going on tour in a couple of weeks and I'm really excited about it. It's gonna be our first national tour. From June 21st to July 15th we're gonna be driving all over this big stupid country, spreading our "very passionate" and "surprisingly listenable" sounds wherever we go. 

We're going farther than we've ever been before, to wild and exotic places like Scranton, PA, Boulder, CO, Seattle, WA, Pheonix, AZ, Austin, TX, and Nashville. And many more. We'll be seeing old friends, like Out of System Transfer, and Dogtooth and Nail, and making new friends I'm sure. Our personalities are mostly serviceable, I'm not worried about making friends, it's gonna be fine. Everything is gonna be fine.

Ooh, I almost forgot. In just two days, June 10th, we're playing Xtreme Folk Fest At Country Creek Winery in Telford, PA. So, if you're near Telford on June 10th swing through we want to see your beautiful faces. Thank you.

Hmm, I guess that's all I've got. 

When I write these things I usually try to have some kind of hook, something to make it a little bit entertaining so it's not just a big self-serving info dump. Sorry I've got nothing this time, so here's a DIY nature documentary.

FULL SCHEDULE

6/22 - NYC - Lantern Hall - 8pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/748939961933718/

6/23 - Scranton - Irish Wolf Pub - 9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/740480069410588/

6/25 - Kansas City - The Hive - 7pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1358419830874041

6/26 - Boulder - Radish Collective - 8pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/686610111523156

6/27 - Spearfish - Moonshine Gulch - 7pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/102627903652546

6/29 - Index - Private Party

6/30 - Seattle - Blue Moon Tavern - 9pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/799151833584040/

7/1 - Portland - Annares Infoshop and Community Space
More TBA

7/2 - Portland - Ash Street Saloon - 8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1150357251732968

7/4 - Bend - Private Party

7/5 - Oakland - Stork Club - 8pm
More TBA

7/6 - LA - Private Showcase

7/7 - Phoenix - The Trunk Space - 7pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/124653291434088/

7/8 - El Moro - Inscription Rock Trading Post & Coffee Co - 7pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1973459959603371

7/10 - Austin - The Sidewinder - 7:30pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/136937093538331

7/11 - Lafayette - Steam Press Cafe - 8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/353459438403915/

7/12 - Nashville - Bobby's Idle Hour - 9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1764223620555887

7/13 - Lynchburg - Kegney Brothers Pub
More TBA

7/14 - York - Skid Row Garage - 7:30pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/195546580971690/

7/15 - Amherst
More TBA

Noise Complaint Debuts!

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For those of you (and I know there are a whole lot of you) who are already excited about our new video series, 'Noise Complaint', I don't feel the need to preface what you're about to see. Just watch and enjoy. Seriously........go nuts, show your friends, make them show their friends. Use the internet to spread the good news. You know what to do.

For the rest of you, here's the short version...

We've been shooting videos, at home and abroad, of bands we like. We've played music with them, and we've talked with them about what we do. Then we take those videos and we show them to you. The interviews are to edify, and the music is to entertain, but sometimes it's the other way around. This is our first episode. It's set in Philadelphia, PA in late winter. The band is Driftwood Soldier, the best mandolin/bass gutterfolk duo in west Philly right now. Possibly on the whole east coast.

There are going to be more of these videos coming very soon. The next one is going to be with Brook Pridemore, who lives in Brooklyn, NY. We here at Troll 2 are very excited for the future, and it's almost only because of 'Noise Complaint'.