The Southwest

Between Denver and Colorado Springs, we had some extra time and thought we'd pull off the highway to find a good vantage point to check out Pike's Peak. First, we ended up in a park, where we tossed the signature Gates Frisbee around a bit. After Mike referenced this thing called "Google" to check out where we were, we ended up at the Garden of the Gods, not really knowing what we were getting into.

 Waffle sandwiches with the Pianos homies.

Waffle sandwiches with the Pianos homies.

It ended up being really beautiful, and a great use of our time. According to our tour guide Ethan Koozer, the structures and rocks here are left over from the ancestral Rocky Mountains. It's definitely a fantastic sight, as some of the spires are so thin it's hard to believe they can stand on their own.

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We also checked out Balanced Rock, which was a huge boulder balancing on a foot-wide piece of stone. It was a bit terrifying crawling underneath it.

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The shows in Colorado Springs, Albuquerque, and Scottsdale were awesome, and last night we played the Chain Reaction for the second time. That place is so cool, and is one of the last places left as far as we can tell that reminds us of the old days. It's so cool to see so many people come out strictly for the music and nothing else. The response to Pianos' set alone gave me chills, to hear everyone singing along so loudly was an incredible feeling.

We're hanging in Los Angeles today with our buddy Drew, and then playing the Roxy tonight in West Hollywood. More updates as we go!

Day Off - Boulder, CO

Yesterday, we had a day off which we spent in Boulder, Colorado. It was an eventful day to say the least.

 King found something in Walgreen's that's really going to blow you away.

King found something in Walgreen's that's really going to blow you away.

After getting up and eating some ridiculous donuts, and checking out a Walgreens to stock up on some antacids for Arms, Ethan's friend Steve met up and we all packed into the van to head over to the Flat Iron Mountains for some sightseeing and light hiking.

We filled the van up and decided that now might be the time to restock on liquor since we dried up a few days ago and I mean, it's tour you know? This is when the day got a little crazy. We were aimlessly driving around a parking lot/middle America strip mall area when we rounded the corner adjacent to a Kohl's. At this point, we see a man with some sort of scarf wrapped around his face running across the parking lot, carrying what appears to be a purse, and two older women attempting to chase him down but losing ground fast.

Somebody deduced that this guy had stolen one of the women's purses, and we just all instantly made a snap decision to pull the van over as quickly as possible and try to chase this guy down. Arms pulled the van over with a quickness and everyone piled out, I (Kevin) was the last out and realized I should probably stay with the still running van. From my vantage point, I see our entire band, Eric our TM and Steve chasing this guy down. King was the first to get to him, and seriously leaped at this guy, grabbed him around the neck and threw him to the ground.

According to them, his face hit the curb pretty hard and messed it up pretty bad. He tried to get up and Arms threw him back to the ground, but no one knew if he had a weapon, so in the interest of everyone's safety and having retrieved the stolen purse, they let him go. He got into a rental van, but a taxi driver who had witnessed the entire thing chased the van down and got the license number.

 Ah, nature.

Ah, nature.

According to the woman, this guy punched her in the face and threw her to the ground to get the purse, so we do not feel the slightest bit bad about messing him up. We were all pretty amped on adrenaline after that, and it was seriously the craziest thing I've ever seen on tour. Hopefully that's some karma for bands everywhere seeing as we're often the target of thieves ourselves.

After that we gathered composure and all headed over to the Flat Iron Mountains to cool off. It was a beautiful sight and a really nice way to spend the rest of the day. We took some awesome pictures and gathered some inspiration from the spot. Arms got some reps in too (planet Earth is his gym).

Tonight, we're playing Colorado Springs for the first time, and then heading south to New Mexico and Arizona. Hopefully we won't have to stop any more crime, but don't test us.

 

Minnesota, Missouri & Colorado

 Photo by Timothy Snyder

Photo by Timothy Snyder

The past few days have been amazing. Our first time in Minnesota was at the Triple Rock in Minneapolis. We got to hangout and meet so many great people, we were introduced to Nic from New Vintage Amplifiers and talked about potential custom gear orders for our next record. We also got to see our buddy Tyler Habeck who we haven't seen since our first full US Tour which he tour managed  Tiny Moving Parts for. We can't wait to come back through the area!

 Flyer Design by Dan King, Photo by Mike Maroney

Flyer Design by Dan King, Photo by Mike Maroney

Today we are headed out to Colorado to play the Marquis Theater in Denver. Our stay in Colorado will last a few days, we have a day off the in Boulder area tomorrow so we are planning on exploring and drinking in the wilderness.

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Photo by Conor Feimster

The Demo St Louis, MO & Subterranean Chicago, Il

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Last night we played at the Demo in St Louis for the second time. We had the chance to catch up with our buddies in Foxing while we were in town. It was great seeing them for the first time since our winter tour with them. We traded some demos of new material and Eric was kind enough to take us to the zoo on our day off.

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Tonight we'll be back at the Subterranean in Chicago. So stoked to be able to play Chicago again with Pianos!

Flyer Design: Dan King

First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia with Pianos Become the Teeth & Loma Prieta

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We began our full US tour with Pianos Become the Teeth and Loma Prieta at the First Unitarian Church in Philly. The show was amazing and we couldn't ask for a better way to kick off this tour. It was an honor to finally play such a legendary spot for shows and we certainly hope to be back real soon!

Flyer Design: Dan King

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Spring Tour with Pianos Become the Teeth and Loma Prieta

We'll be headed out this spring supporting Pianos Become The Teeth and LOMA PRIETA on a full US Tour. This will be Pianos' first headlining tour and we're excited to be a part of it, especially after the awesome but short run we had with them last October.

Tickets will be on sale Friday, March 6th. See you then!

4/17 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
4/19 - Rochester, NY - California Brew Haus
4/21 - Indianapolis, IN - Hoosier Dome
4/22 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo
4/23 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
4/24 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
4/25 - Kansas City, MO - recordBar
4/26 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
4/28 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
4/29 - Albuquerque, NM - The Works
4/30 - Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock
5/01 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
5/02 - West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre
5/03 - Berkeley, CA - 924 Gilman St.
5/05 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
5/07 - Lincoln, NE - Vega
5/08 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
5/09 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
5/10 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck Bar
5/11 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrola
5/12 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
5/13 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
5/15 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre - Spring Fling
5/16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
5/17 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Park - Skate and Surf

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100 Bands You Need to Know

Very excited to be in the Alternative Press 100 Bands You Need to Know feature in this month's issue! Growing up I discovered some of my favorite bands in this article, searching the Recommended if You Likes and checking them all out on Myspace (RIP). It's so super cool to be in there, hopefully for someone to discover the same way I did. The issue is available now, pick one up and check it out!

Wolf House Ohio

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We had the opportunity to do a live video session with the guys at Wolf House. They offered us a place to stay for the night a little while back and we've talked about putting a session together ever since. It felt right at home in their basement with all of our gear and lighting set up. Everyone was really professional and clearly passionate about their work and we can't wait to see the video. Keep and eye out for live Wolf House videos of "Not My Blood" and "Light the First Page" along with an interview in early February.  

Bob Nanna has been traveling with us in the van for the past few days and did a Wolf House session as well. He's a great songwriter and musician, hearing his interview was one of the best parts of our Wolf House visit. The City On Film session will be up in a few weeks as well, definitely check it out!

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Vinyl Represses

Vinyl represses are in!

Thanks to you all, we completely sold out of our first pressings of "You Are All You Have to Fear" and "Bloom & Breathe." Pure Noise have repressed both and they're now available on our Merch Now page.

"Fear" has been repressed in Swamp Green, and "Bloom" has been repressed to Electric Blue.

You can also pick copies up on our current tour with Young Statues and The City on Film. We found a box of Devildance's pressing of "The Sun Will Rise" as well, which are going fast. We'll have some more information on an upcoming pressing of that record shortly.

So Long, 2014, and Thank You

Well, we’re here at the end of 2014. What a fantastic year for music, and a fantastic year for the five of us. We started the year hunkered down in the recording studio, creating our first full length album with the brilliant Mike Watts. We embarked on our first two full-US tours, playing a total of 76 shows, many in places we’ve never been before. We played with some of our favorite bands, and made so many life-long friends along the way.

Bloom & Breathe is such an achievement in our lives. We've never worked harder on anything, and to see it on so many of our fan’s top ten lists and to hear such kinds words about it only elevates the special status it holds in our hearts. We thank each and every one of you who purchased the album, enjoyed it, shared it with your friends, and continue to spread the word about us.

We’ve never been more excited about what lies ahead. We hope to meet many more of you throughout 2015 as we plan on touring more than ever, and performing Bloom & Breathe for as many of you as we can. We’ve achieved more than we ever thought possible, and yet our ambition is at an all time high. We have so many ideas we can't wait to see come to fruition.

Here’s to our accomplishments thus far, and to those that lie ahead. Thank you for being part of our journey; as far as we’ve come, it’s only just begun.

Gates/Young Statues/The City on Film January Tour

This January we'll be doing a co-headlining tour with Young Statues with support from The City on Film (Bob Nanna of Braid). Excited for this one, mark your calendars! Here are the dates:

1/08 - Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus*
1/09 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's*
1/10 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall*
1/11 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott*
1/13 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop*
1/14 - Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar*
1/15 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen*
1/16 - Newport, KY @ Revival Room*
1/17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project*
1/18 - Albany, NY @ College of St. Rose^

* = w/ Young Statues, The City on Film
^ = w/ Young Statues

Full Album Stream on Alternative Press

Bloom & Breathe is officially out tomorrow, but you can stream it early over at Alternative Press right now!  Check it out here:

http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/gates_bloom_breathe_album_premiere

You can still pre-order the album through any of these locations:

CD/LP: http://gates.merchnow.com/
UK/EU: http://www.banquetrecords.com/PNE158
iTunes: http://geni.us/2iRX

The album comes out tomorrow, and be sure to come say hi at one of our upcoming shows! Our dates with Pianos Become The Teeth are selling quickly!

 

New Noise Premieres "The Thing That Would Save You"

Happy Thursday. Hopefully it's not raining wherever you are like it is here, but if it is, what a perfect time to lock yourself inside and check out this stream of a new track off of Bloom & Breathe, "The Thing That Would Save You" over at New Noise:

http://newnoisemagazine.com/song-premiere-gates-thing-that-would-save-you/

It's also the last week you'll be able to preorder the album off of iTunes for the price of $7.99. Currently, it comes with three instant gratification tracks: "Not My Blood," "Low," and "Born Dead." You can preorder it here:

http://geni.us/2iRX

 

Bloom & Breathe Out in One Week!

The time is almost upon us, Bloom & Breathe is officially out in one week!

To celebrate, Mike put together a video showing the process for assembling the screen-printed dust covers that come with the most limited vinyl pressing.  Check it out:

Each cover was screen printed by VGKids under supervision of our illustrator extraordinaire, Matt Dye, on French Paper Co. whip cream colored pop-tone cover paper. We then scored, glued, and hand numbered each cover ourselves.

The covers will be shipped with each coke-bottle clear with oxblood and grimace splatter variant order. This variant is sold out, but if you haven't preordered the album yet, we still have a beautiful "Bone" variant out of 300 and a milky clear with blue and green heavy splatter out of 500 available here.

For those of you who have been with us from the start, you know how important art is to our band. From the very first hand screen-printed copies of The Sun Will Rise and Lead Me Home, we've always taken the time to create art and packaging that we felt represented the music, and to be a direct part of it's creation. Bloom & Breathe is no different, and we're excited to be continuing this tradition with these limited edition covers.

 Mike and Dan screen printing  The Sun Will Rise  back in 2011.

Mike and Dan screen printing The Sun Will Rise back in 2011.

In addition to this video, we're happy to announce a short run of headlining dates on our way out to meet up with Foxing this November. We'll be hitting our pseudo-hometowns of Detroit and Lincoln as well as Pittsburgh, Denver, and Salt Lake City. We'll have a few more headlining dates to announce soon for the way home as well, so stay tuned! Here's all of our upcoming tour dates:

Gates Tour Dates:

Oct 22 - Amityville, NY - Amityville Music Hall (w/Boysetsfire, Tim Barry)
Oct 23 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes (w/Boysetsfire, Tim Barry)
Oct 28 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East Upstairs (w/Pianos Become The Teeth, Frameworks)
Oct 29 - New York, NY - The Studio at Webster Hall (w/Pianos Become The Teeth, Frameworks)
Oct 30 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes (w/Pianos Become The Teeth, Frameworks)
Oct 31 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall (w/Pianos Become The Teeth, Frameworks)
Nov 1 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen (w/Pianos Become The Teeth, Frameworks)
Nov 13 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Smiling Moose (Headlining)
Nov 14 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick Lounge (Headlining)
Nov 15 - Lincoln, NE - Vega (Headlining)
Nov 17 - Denver, CO - Moon Room (Headlining)
Nov 18 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Shred Shed (Headlining)
Nov 20 - Boise, ID - The Shredder (w/Foxing)
Nov 21 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon (w/Foxing)
Nov 22 - Vancouver, BC - 333 (w/Foxing)
Nov 23 - Portland, OR - Slabtown (w/Foxing)
Nov 24 - San Francisco, CA - Sub-Mission Art Space (w/Foxing)
Nov 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Jewel’s Catch One (w/Foxing)
Nov 26 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction (w/Foxing)
Nov 28 - Phoenix, AZ - 51 West (w/Foxing)
Nov 29 - Albuquerque, NM - Gasworks (w/Foxing, Into It. Over It, Lemuria)
Dec 1 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom (w/Foxing)

See you soon!