On this day in 1996 Tullycraft spent the afternoon at Disneyland. That evening we played a few songs on KUCI at the University of California at Irvine. Here is a chaotic live recording of the song “Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend’s Too Stupid To Know About” featuring additional vocals by Jen and Sarah from the L.A. band Rizzo.
On this day in 1994 the Yoyo a Gogo festival began in Olympia, WA. Curated by Pat Maley, the festival featured five days of music by an incredible lineup of artists including: Beck, Jad Fair, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Halo Benders, Lois Maffeo, Some Velvet Sidewalk, Built to Spill, New Bad Things, The Softies, Rancid, Cub, The Crabs, Girl Trouble, Bunnygrunt, Yo La Tengo, The Spinanes, Mecca Normal, Crayon, Go Sailor, Heavens to Betsy, Unwound, Team Dresch, Kicking Giant and many more!
It was totally punk and 100% independent – nothing like the corporate music festivals that pretend to be “punk” today. It was truly an amazing event.
Here is a homemade video which includes some great footage of many of the bands at the festival. For some reason, this video features the terrible Jefferson Starship song, “We Built This City.” (Crayon appears briefly at the 2:38 mark). Enjoy!
On this day in 1994 Crayon and The Softies were on tour together in Burlington, Vermont. While washing our clothes at a local Laundromat, we were greeted by an east coast rain storm. During this unusually heavy downpour, Rose and Jen (The Softies) took shelter in the Crayon tour van and wrote a song called “Empty Patches.” Here is a live recording of that song performed at the Yoyo-a-Gogo festival in Olympia a couple weeks later.
Also, here is a live recording of Crayon performing “The Snap-Tight Wars” at the Burlington, Vermont show.
On this day in 1986 Madonna released her third studio album, “True Blue.” Nine years later, in 1995, Tullycraft would release their debut 7″ [“True Blue”] on Harriet Records. The song “True Blue” paid homage to Madonna’s “Like A Virgin.” As it turned out, college radio would play the B-side of this single much more than the A-side. The B-side featured the songs: “Skyway” and “Superboy & Supergirl” – staples of the Tullycraft live set for many years.
On June 15, 2008 Tullycraft played in Washington DC with the terrific bands: Sprites, From Bubblegum To Sky, and Sad Crocodile.
On this day in 2011, D. Crane (from BOAT) and I recorded a demo of the song “Grind Like Gears” for a potential home recording project called CASTLE FANTASY. Nothing became of the project, but an updated version of “Grind Like Gears” would eventually appear on the 2013 BOAT album, Pretend To Be Brave. Here is the never before heard demo of “Grind Like Gears. Enjoy.