Thanks to Tidballs for hosting another wonderful evening of songs and spirits on December 23.
Now…to embark on a BIG 2012!
A photo round-up of our year as a band. Without our fans and supporters, we would not be able to accomplish any of this— so we thank you! Here’s to a great big 2012 and many more live shows, new releases, and good times.
Aaron outside Mayday Northside Tavern — in Cincinnati, OH — January. BLIZZARD is an understatement for that night.
Live at Gilligan’s, Murfreesboro, TN. January. W/ Feedback Revival, we think.
SXSW Kick-Off Show — Nutwood — March 2011. One of our favorite nights the entire year because we were surrounded by our closest friends.
SXSW in March. With new (and now lifelong) friends, Peter Galloway and George Foley. The best thing we got out of SXSW are our friendships with new folks.
To Write Love on Her Arms Charity Event @ WKU. April. Wonderful event — wonderful people.
One of our favorite little fans. With that sweet face, we think we can take on the industry. This is at our Record Store Day performance at Great Escape Records in BGKY.
This is MT, Jerry, and Michael Dean as we went through the Hershey’s Chocolate Ride in Hershey, Pennsylvania after Launch Music Conference. There were singing cows.
No idea who this guy is. Quite certain MT may also not know. No idea what show, but suspect opening for Bear Hands at Southgate House (RIP.) ??
Signing t-shirts. Clarksville, TN.
Recording our upcoming EP with the great, great Duane Lundy at Shangri-la Productions in Lexington, KY. Wonderful studio space — highly recommended.
Raw Artist Showcase @ Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN.
Live at Baba Budan’s, Cincinnati, OH — sponsored by Bearcast Radio. Love those guys!
One of our favorite venues in Shreveport? Why. You can eat THIS and play a show.
Promo Photos taken by the wonderful Jackie Osborne of Jackie O Photography, with an extra thanks to Paige and Jordan, who were of major help! Love these photos, have used them ALL OVER the place.
Invested in a Shades-themed flip cam. Will post a Year-Round-Up video VERY SOON.
RECORD STORE DAY, again, was GREAT. We were very flattered to be included with great musicians like Johnny Thompson, Televermin, Buffalo Rodeo, Fatbox, and Rainbow KK.
Face in the hole. Yet another project we would have never completed without the help of Josh Landreth. He’s the best. Really.
Live at Revolution 91.7's Mayhem, very glad to be a part of this event and the support from our fantastic college radio station.
Parking is a tight squeeze at Preservation Pub in Knoxville, TN. Love that place!
Live in Indianapolis, IN — With Hero, JR.
Before the dip in Lake Michigan— thanks to Swindle for filling in for Michael Dean — and reading a ton of comics.
Festival in Cleveland OH! Took a visit to Rock N Roll Hall of Fame on this trip, too!
Riverfest in Clarksville, TN. Thanks to the Coup for sponsoring this stage.
Dayton, OH w/ Rokwell — Got some delicious BBQ before and was sent on our way with some snacks, too.
Live, behind those doors, at CKDU in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Broadcasted this set live!
Super Sweet venue in Halifax, NS, during Halifax Pop Explosion!
Live at Trash Bar, showcasing at CMJ Music Marathon.
Live at JJ’s Bohemia with Cadillac Saints and Morning Teleportation.
Home. Our favorite place to play is always at HOME.
Fantastic video from our darling friend and talented photographer Alex Rymarquis — of our performance at MidPoint Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. We opened for Asobi Seksu that night and love Cincy!
One of our best friends and roomie that puts up with The Black Shades , Justin is working on this blog with some other very cool dudes. Worth a look, friends.
The Wyatt and I live in Bowling Green, and Dylan might as well live here, too. Bowling Green is pretty much right in the middle of Louisville and Nashville. This mix shows some of the local Bowling Green talent, along with Nashville and Louisville bands that I’m really into. I also shamelessly threw in the bands that the 3 of us are currently in. The mix looks something like this:
BEARS! - Hardcore/screamo-y type stuff. Kinda Pg. 99.
Coliseum - Hardcore from Louisville. They’re a pretty big band
Demeanor - Grindy angry music from Franklin. I had another track of theirs on the first mix
Hollywood - Melodic hardcore from Nashville. I really like the lyrics.
Battle Path - Doom metal from Nashville.
Little Viking - Another Nashville band. They sound a lot like a more spaced-out Weezer
No Rule - Hardcore from Bowling Green. Wyatt and I are in this band, Dylan used to be.
ManOhMan! - Pop-punk from Bowling Green. Songs about partying. I do gang vocals.
Slint - Weird. From Louisville. Kinda post hardcore.
Sixteen - Two-piece emo from Bowling Green. Wyatt and I are also in this band.
Forefathers - Kinda metalcore-y stuff from Bowling Green. Dylan plays bass in this band.
The Derby and Me - Dance-y instrumental music from Elizabethtown, Ky. The drummer is amazing.
Rainbow Kitty Kitty - Indie Pop from Bowling Green.
Smallhouse - Mathy indie music from Bowling Green. Mostly instrumental.
Dolcim - Screamo from Nashville. Not sure if this band is still around or not.
If you guys like any of these bands, make sure you look around for their music. I know Hollywood and BEARS! (and maybe ManOhMan!) has a link on their old myspace for you to download all of their stuff. Battle Path, Little Viking, No Rule, Smallhouse, and Rainbow Kitty Kitty all have stuff that you can get on their bandcamps, for free or if you want to pay for it. Sixteen has a link on their facebook to an EP. I know Demeanor has links up in various places for their “Shoulders Full of Nazis” EP, and “The Slug’s Throne”. Maybe they have a bandcamp…? I’m not sure
The Black Shades love our loyal following in Clarksville, TN and appreciate the hospitality of DIY venue, The Coup. We particularly appreciate the friendship of our talented fan Rufus Dawkins, who, as of our last show in Clarksville, joined us on stage! Some people just can’t roll with The Black Shades, but Rufus kicked ass. Thanks to him and we’re excited to be featured at Clarksville’s Riverfest this Friday at 5:45pm on The Coup stage! Come see us!
Free-styling through Michigan. We came across Beef Jerky Unlimited. “This is not a gas station” was part of their marketing slogan and we were immediately sold after that. You pick various jerkies and they weigh them. This place rules. Alot.