~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GRASSHOPPER TAKEOVER'S
** T H E S W A R M **
The Official Grasshopper Takeover Email Newsletter
It's been a while since we've been
in contact, and believe me, I've been wanting to write you for a while
now to keep you more abreast of our travels from the road, and give
myself a chance to reflect on all the craziness we've been through
in the last few months; but the insanity of road-life has had me doing
not much more than trying to catch up on sleep where ever possible,
and when not sleeping, working, and when not working, rocking the
Since we began the tour nearly a month
ago, it has been as though we were given an all access key to Willie
Wonka's Chocolate Factory. The places we've played and the people
we've met, old and new alike, have made this tour the most absolute
kick-ass thing Grasshopper Takeover has done for itself and our fans
and friends. I want to extend a personal welcome to the many new Swarm
recipients from across the country whose email addresses we got from
you on any given night we played a club in your area. If you do not
remember giving us your email address, well... this is your reminder
(as well as a possible reminder of how messed up you may have been
when we met you :).
shows of note are Seattle, where we got to play with long-time friends
and musical comrades, Sick Girl, who are also originally from
Omaha. They rocked their own special, ethereal brand of sexy rock
and brought lots of people out to see us at a club called Graceland.
For a Monday night, the house was goin' off da hook! Also, we once
again had an awesome time in Denver/Ft Collins.
When we arrived in Ft. Collins we were
told by the club that the two outside dates we had booked there were
cancelled due to crappy weather. Being true players (in every sense
of the word :), we didn't let it stop us from playing. When you're
on tour, one of the worst things to do is sit idle in a hotel room
and not play at all -- especially since the three of us spend hours
upon hours driving in the van together and get real sick of each other's
smelly breath. So, in Ft. Collins (which is a great town to play),
we went around to all of the bars that host live music and told them
our situation and finally this bar called the Back Alley Lounge said
they would let us play. We asked the band that was already scheduled
to play if they minded if we jumped on the bill with 'em and they
were cool with that, which was super cool of them.
it was time to rock we came on kinda unexpectedly and once the music
was rollin', the entire house was goin' nuts. The floor was moving
like a trampoline and, since there was no stage to speak of and we
were basically playing in the corner of the bar, we were rockin' like
1 foot away from the crowd right in front of us and that was great.
Thanks to the Back Alley Lounge for letting us play on such short
notice. We'll be back. Also thanks to Jupiter's Thigh and Jones
Infinity who let us play their equipment.
Then in Denver... Denver kicked our
asses! We played with Carolyn's Mother at a club called Herman's
Hideaway and the place was packed. The show was the quintessential
rockin wrap-up to the first leg of our tour, and hopefully a sign
of things to come. After our gig, we meandered throughout the club,
meeting about everyone present and receiving excellent feedback. You
Denverites are incredible people, and made us feel right at home.
As a side note, the club was supersaturated with the most gorgeous
people we've seen since we played the Imago Modeling Inc. Model Search
at the MGM Grand in Sin City. We can't wait to get back to the mile-high
city and frolic with you cats once again.
There's been some fantastic news on
the GTO front as of late... First, GTO will be touring with 311
and Incubus during the month of June for the Levi's/SFX tour
playing amphitheatre dates in markets like New Jersey, New York, Kansas
City, Boston, Virginia Beach and others. Check out our website tourdates
section for all the complete details. This we are naturally very
excited about and since the day I found out I've had butterflies in
my stomach as I ask myself, "What the hell am I gonna say to 15,000
people?!?!?" I just wanna play hard and better than we ever have before.
This is such a great opportunity and will be great to rock with good
friends again. Shout out to 311 and Peter and Adam for making it happen.
Also, Esta Vida, the first song
on our new CD, "International
Dance Marathon," reached #10 in the finals on garageband.com,
which considering that there were thousands of bands in this round
of "competition," we are really pleased about that. It's made us aware
that people from across the world, young and old, male and female,
even hermaphrodites and aliens, enjoy that tune. Thanks to all that
supported us on that.
we received a write up in Album Network that listed GTO as one of
the regional best sellers. I believe we were #23 overall in the region
which is pretty cool, too. If you haven't done so lately, check out
our website as our Master Webmaster has done so much cool stuff with
it. It looks really good and has all new pages and information and
a whole new look, etc...
On a personal note from me to "B" (our
webman): the site has never looked better... Man you're getting brilliant
at this shit!!! Thank you. I've also heard that we're receiving around
6000 hits a week which is fantastic. Go to www.grasshoppertakeover.com
and check it out. Also, if you have the time, forward this along to
friends far and wide as we are sure to be playing in their city sometime
this Summer. I've had many requests from friends/fans to come and
play their city and the moment I receive a letter like that, I forward
it to our booking agent and tell him, "Duffy
(that's our booking agent's name), we have someone in CITY X that
wants to see us play there, get us a gig there as soon as possible."
So email us, we always reply back, pass this on to friends, and ask
them to sign up on the Swarm newsletter from the site so we can get
in touch with them as part of the ever-growing Swarm.
GTO has just finished the band's first
music video to the song Bonecrusher with videographer, Chris St. George.
The video was filmed in our rehearsal space in Burbank, CA, and from
the pre-screening that we saw a couple weeks ago, it turned out great.
Keep an eye out on Secondary Emission for its debut in the next month
or so. Yesterday, for twelve hours in the pouring rain and cold, we
filmed our second video for the song Esta Vida which will be completed
at the end of Summer, following post-production. The filming was shot
at the Aksarben Grandstands in Omaha, NE. For those of you not native
to the Cornhusker State, Aksarben is Nebraska spelled backwards. (Who
are the marketing geniuses that came up with that one?:) We'll keep
you posted as to the progress of both videos and how you can see them
and possibly get your hands on them. We are hoping to have the video
for Bonecrusher up on our website too so keep an eye out for that
in the future.
Recently, music critic Christiane
Dumont of 45 RPMs, named Grasshopper Takeover as "one of the best
kept secrets in rock 'n roll...without a doubt one of the best unsigned
rock bands in the U.S.A." And Background Sounds' Richard E. Bishop
says, "Grasshopper Takeover has the sound, songs, presence and attitude
to single-handedly take rock 'n roll to the next level.... A&R reps
open your ears and show us you know what the fuck you're doing."
Lastly on the "good news" front, GTO
has been added to farmclub.com
as one of the bands that people can vote for. Unlike garageband.com,
where you can only review songs randomly, farmclub.com allows you
to vote specifically for your band and song. for those of you who
have not visited farmclub.com, it is a totally kick ass site and has
a lot going on as far as the industry is concerned. They also have
a television show on USA Network, which Grasshopper Takeover was asked
to be filmed for. I will let you know when that is going to take place.
There's a possibility it might happen this Friday at the Ranch Bowl
show in Omaha when we play with Goldfinger for Big Party's one-year
anniversary party. Go Big Partaaaaaay! You can link straight to the
place on Farmclub.com that you can vote for GTO by clicking
Thanks again to all who have come out
to support us throughout the tour and to those who have let others
know, as we are meeting "friends of friends" literally everywhere
we go. It is truly awesome. Overall the van is holding up, spirits
are high and you all are making it all better than we ever fathomed.
We'll see all you--the greatest fans in the country--this weekend
in Omaha. See ya on the road. All the best to all.
May rock be with you.
Spread your wings and fly!!!
Curt Grubb / GTO