After almost five years of practically nonstop touring, ska/punk/pop veterans STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO are finally planning on taking a break, but not before hitting the road ONE last time. Ready to kick off The Last Tour For A While Tour, they will be planning on adding a few surprises for these dates (which the band has not revealed yet, but will not be unlike their recent back-to-back full album shows in NYC). "We've dedicated ourselves over the last half decade to touring relentlessly and thereby put our 'real' lives on hold," explains Tomas Kalnoky (vocals, guitar). "That changes after our upcoming Northeast America/Canada tour, which runs from September 17 (this week!) until our hometown show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on October 4th." (tour dates below)
Supporting their 2007 album Somewhere in the Between on Victory Records, the Streetlight boys have just ended their grueling but raucous fun Summer on the full 2009 Vans Warped Tour. "After this tour, we will be taking a nice long break from touring," Tomas explains. "We have nothing planned until at least the Summer of 2010, so if you've ever wanted to see us live, or want to see us live before mid 2010, come out to one of the upcoming shows!"
In addition, the band has released their second video "Would You Be Impressed?" taken from Somewhere in the Between and animated by Jurjen Bosklopper (http://www.jurjenbosklopper.nl) and, as Tomas has said, "was funded entirely by the band, after our label refused to help us make a second video for our record." The video can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-UTPKL-UGY.
Somewhere in the Between is the epitome of what defines STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO. Jubilant horns and an irresistible swing are just part of the charm of this album, which barrels into one exuberant song after the other. The catchy rhythms, clever lyrics and sheer musicianship is the answer to your search for the album to play at your next shindig. The “all-star league” that the band became was comprised of the talents of two of the biggest New Jersey ska veterans of the ‘90s, Catch 22 and One Cool Guy. Led by the dynamic frontman Tomas Kalnoky, Streetlight Manifesto adhere closely to the roots that have amassed a legion of die-hard ska fanatics while breathing new life into the genre.
While they are well-known for their tireless work ethic and touring schedule, they will be planning on making a few changes in their future. "When we return in 2010, we will simply not be touring as much as we have been in the last few years," he continues. "We will still try our best to travel internationally, but we will be touring less in general. Don't get too upset though, since 'less than usual' for us is probably more than most bands out there. We just need some time to ourselves too, is all."
The Last Tour For A While Tour
with Outernational & Broadway Calls
9/17 Philadelphia, PA Trocodero
9/18 Allentown, PA Crocdile Rock
9/19 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
9/20 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
9/21 New York, NY BB Kings
9/22 Boston, MA HOB
9/23 Albany, NY Northern Lights
9/24 Montreal, QC Club Soda
9/25 Quebec City, QC Dagobert
9/26 Toronto, ON Kool Haus
9/27 London, ON London Music Hall
9/28 Detroit, MI Majestic Theater
9/29 Clevland, OH Agora
9/30 Chicago, IL Metro
10/1 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel
10/2 Buffalo, NY Infinity
10/3 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
10/4 Sayrevile, NJ Starland Ballroom