KIll Rock Stars really enjoy boats and boating activities. Sometimes, as they work out the schedule for upcoming releases, or as they design promotional material, they stare wistfully out of a nearby window and remember fishing with their dad, or last year’s work party on the yacht, or when they rode bumper boats at that second-rate theme park in Tucson, and at those moments, Kill Rock Stars can’t help but feel happy as they remember the peaceful feeling of rocking back and forth on the surface of calm water, or bumping into other bumper boats.
It’s that happy feeling that urged Kill Rock Stars to sign Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada’s Boats, which in turn aided the creation and eventual digital release of the Canadian band’s second album, Cannonballs, Cannonballs, on March 1. The band will also head out on tour, but that has nothing to do with boats — maybe, perhaps, they’ll ferry down the Mississippi?
Anyway, Kill Rock Stars actually signed Boats because A LOT of people liked their first album, Intercontinental Champion (named after Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat) and then all of those people were like, “I wish a well-respected and nationally distributed record label would release a sophomore album by these entertaining Canadian lads.” Plus, Kill Rock Stars enjoy releasing critically acclaimed albums because, you know, it makes it easier for them to pick up chicks at cool Portland bars.
So, you know, the rest is history, eh? Kill Rock Stars was won over by Boats’ ability to be a “noisy indie-pop band with high-end hopes but low-end equipment, (singer) Mat Klachefsky’s bizarre vocal chords, infectiously catchy pop songs, and boundless energy.” After that, everything else became storybook love and an album set for (digital) release on March 1.
03.11.11 - Winnipeg, MB - Lo Pub
03.12.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cause Soundbar
03.13.11 - Lincoln, NB - The Clawfoot House
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - The Marq
03.21.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
03.22.11 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
03.23.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Three Club
03.24.11 - Fresno, CA - Bel Tower
03.25.11 - Bakersfield, CA - The Gate
03.27.11 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern*
03.30.11 - Eugene, OR - Luckey’s
03.31.11 - Portland, OR - The Woods
04.03.11 - Seattle, WA - High Dive
04.04.11 - Olympia, WA - The Northern
04.07.11 - Edmonton, AB - Brixx
04.08.11 - Calgary, AB - Broken City
* David Dondero and Franz Nicolay