I met the Sparta Philharmonic guys, Greg and Alex Bortnichak, last July when they came through Sarasota and played at the Shamrock. Both myself and all of the Fancy Rat boys have been listening to it on repeat since then. Greg is now one half of Bard and Mustache.
B&M played with Dinosaur Feathers in Philadelphia at a place called Kung Fu Necktie. They are absolutely amazing live. I spent a good chunk of time after the show convincing them they should come to FL.
Greg introduced me to "Wondervisions," Delicate Steve's latest record, before tour. I was stoked to find out they were playing in NY on one of our off-nights at the Bowery Ballroom with Akron/Family. We missed their set due to scores and scores of New Jersey drunks as we were trying to find parking. Fortunately, all their live videos are killer. Again, spent a good chunk of time after the show convincing them they should come to FL so I could actually catch their set this time.
Greg and I were blown away by how completely packed Bowery Ballroom was when Akron/Family hit the stage. It took a good dosage of ingenuity, but Greg and I finally squeezed up front for a few songs. They led quite a few audience-synchronized dances and sing-alongs, and there was not one person I could see that wasn't participating. These guys gave me props for my harmonies after the show (I didn't realize I was singing that loud, oops) so I snuck them an Equines/B&M cd. Shameless? Perhaps.
The Equines had crashed with these guys on tour last summer - GI Dave and GI Harry took us to the Bronx Zoo and, for most of the time, Harry did not have a shirt on. I was excited to play with these guys in Brooklyn this past tour as B&M; we played at the Party Expo but the show was shut down before GI had a chance to grace the stage. Fortunately, they're touring through FL and playing at the Closet March 30, so I'll get my GI dosage in soon.