Friday, July 11, 2008

Gentleman Auction House To Release Long Awaited Alphabet Graveyard On Emergency Umbrella Records On August 19th

New Tour Dates + Summer Festivals Below!

Press Love for GAH:

"Gentleman Auction House isn’t most bands. And Book of Matches isn’t an ordinary EP. It is, quite simply, stunning." - Pop Matters

"Paddles down. Gentleman Auction House has officially bid its way into orchestral indie pop eminence." - Venus Zine

"A band that picked up the more interesting and eclectic elements of OK Go's self-titled 2002 debut and ran." - The Dallas Observer

"Gentleman Auction House found its groove. And we're not just talking songwriting stride...We're talking groove as in during its live gigs, the band's orchestral indie rock suddenly became less twinkly and wintry, and instead became dominated by beats and rhythms." - Riverfront Times

"This septet of young indie pop kids brought the noise hard, bringing their fun soundtrack of keys, horns, claps and cheery vocals without missing as much of a beat." - Muzzle of Bees

"Easily one of the more buzzworthy bands on the local music scene." - STL Today

"Will make you feel like a kid at a birthday party." - Static Mulitmedia

"Irresistible" - The HUB Weekly
“they won't be St. Louis' little secret for long." -
"Gentleman Auction House could be the best band you've never heard." -
"...An absolute doll of pop music." - Smother.Net
"...Any city that has the opportunity to call Gentleman Auction House their own' is one of the luckiest cities in the world." - Vintage Vinyl Website
"We love them so." - Pygmalion Music Festival; Champaign, IL

Tour Dates

July 11th - Schuba’s w/ Bound Stems & Netherfriends- Chicago, IL
July 12th - Vaudeville Mews w/ Secret Panels, Taciturn & Kate Kennedy - Des Moines, IA
July 23rd - The Outland - Springfield, MO
July 25th - The Vault - Stillwater, OK
July 26th - DFest w/ The Roots, Phantom Planet, The Apples In Stereo... - Tulsa, OK
July 31st - Off Broadway w/ What Made Milwaukee Famous & Black Joe Lewis - St. Louis, MO
Sept 19th - Pygmalion Music Festival w/ Yo La Tengo, Black Mountain, Dan Deacon... - Champaign, IL
Sept 20th - TBA w/ Yea Big & Kid Static - Chicago, IL
Sept 21st - TBA w/ Yea Big & Kid Static - South Bend, IN
Sept 22nd - Mid City Grill w/ Yea Big & Kid Static - Fort Wayne, IN
Sept 23rd - TBA w/ Yea Big & Kid Static - Ypsilanti, MI
Nov 8th - Earlham College - Richmond, IN

It seems only appropriate that youth and maturation are two of the lyrical themes that thread their way through Eric Enger’s songs: His band, Gentleman Auction House, has spent the last year navigating the space where the two words intersect. Formed in the summer of 2005 (with its current lineup solidified in January of 2006), the band itself is still young, with the average age of its seven members hitting just below the quarter-century mark.

GAH spent their first year hitting the stages in St. Louis, MO, as frequently as their schedules would allow, playing shows in front of audiences across the town. As excited performances converted excited fans, the band took its cue and recorded their debut EP The Rules Were Handed Down just in time for their performance at 2006’s Pygmalion Festival in Champaign-Urbana, IL. The self-recorded EP was self-released in October 2006, and had sold out of it’s first pressing by the time the band played their now-annual Christmas show, which happened to score a mention in SPIN magazine’s list of must-attend events in St. Louis that December. TRWHD sold enough copies before the year’s end to make it into the Top 15 best-selling records of 2006 at Vintage Vinyl, St. Louis’ premier independent record store. The EP made the list again a year later, and now has sold over 3,000 total copies to date.

The next year was spent playing local and regional shows in support of TRWHD, and though the feedback was consistently filled with praise, the band’s recipe of boy-girl vocals, dueling drummers, and multi-instrumentation had become standard indie-pop fare. Around every corner loomed a band that bore a resemblance to GAH’s own musical reflection, and every review cited the same touchstone Canadian collectives. Feeling the need to delineate the band’s sound, Enger penned a handful of new pop songs to round out material for what would become Alphabet Graveyard, the band’s full-length debut.

October 2007 found GAH in Washington, D.C., recording at Silver Sonya studios with Chad Clark (Beauty Pill, Smart Went Crazy), Devin Ocampo (Medications, Faraquet), and TJ Lipple (Aloha), who the band hoped would help them audibly infuse the enthusiasm and youthful energy of their live show and contextualize all of the different components of their new record. After two weeks of feverish recording, a robbery at gunpoint, and the unexpected illness of Chad Clark, two records emerged.

May 2008 welcomed The Book of Matches EP, which serves as the thematic and sonic precursor to the band’s new full-length. Due out in August of 2008, Alphabet Graveyard is a record that documents the maturation of a band who has shed the weight of its comparisons and forged a direction all their own to a very new place where solemn folk ballads, epic mood pieces and infectiously danceable pop very naturally find themselves on common ground.

Fresh off of a string of spring tours including a showcase at SXSW and a Daytrotter studio session, the band will spend the remainder of the year touring consistently, including a stop at Diversafest (DFest) in Tulsa, OK, and their third trip to Champaign’s burgeoning Pygmalion Festival.

Gentleman Auction House are...
Eric Enger - (vocals, guitar)
Michael Tomko - (guitar, xylophone, percussion)
Steve Kozel - (keys, vocals, trumpet, guitar)
Kiley Lewis - (keys, vocals, flute)
Eric Herbst - (bass)
Ryan Adams - (full kit)
Stephen Tomko - (half kit, percussion)

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