Saturday, December 31, 2005

Penalty Crusade Makes Earfood Top 20 of 2005

The kind editors at Earfood have listed The Dalloways' Penalty Crusade in their Records That Made 2005 Rad!!! list. The list places The Dalloways in the ranks of bands like Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Broken Social Scene, and British Sea Power, just to name a few of the other fantastic acts on the list. Says Editor In-Chief Ken Glanton, if you love "beautiful productions and great songs, put Penalty Crusade on your must buy list." Check out the list for some great 2005 pics, and be sure to link up to Earfood for great music news and articles.

Scottish Diskant Reviews Dalloways

The excellent Glasgow based music review journal Diskant has just posted a wonderful review of Penalty Crusade this New Year's Eve. Simon Minter, editor-in-chief, says of the album, "This music evokes bands of a different era–- McCarthy, the Pale Fountains, even Felt --but it is of course timeless." Visit this Scottish journal online to read the full Diskant review of Penalty Crusade.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Portland and Fresno Music Scenes Unite

FRESNO - DECEMBER 29 - The Dalloways perform this Thursday with three fabulous bands: The Sleepover Disaster, Climber, and Man of the Year. Climber and MOTY are touring from Portland and are the bands to see in pdx.

The show will happen at the historic Tokyo Garden in downtown Fresno, known for its great live music offerings. Visit each band's website or visit myspace to make friends with all these bands and to check out their music.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Dalloways in Bakersfield January



Bakersfield, California – December 15, 2005 – Local dreampopsters The Dalloways kick off their 2006 tour in Bakersfield Thursday, January 12 at Jerry’s Pizza.

The Dalloways are developing and performing brand new material along with songs from their most recent full-length CD Penalty Crusade (Bird in Box Records). “The new songs have got a slightly more ‘Montreal’ sound” says Gary Enns, singer/songwriter of the band. “We’re feeling a close affinity with bands like The Dears, Stars, Broken Social Scene, Feist—the new Canadian scene of melodic synths and male-female duets.”

Other musical influences for The Dalloways are noticeably British—Pulp, Belle and Sebastian, Modern English, The Smiths, Prefab Sprout. “Those things you hear in your formative years tend to stick with you later on,” Enns says. “And it all happened to be British pop for me. It’s hard to shake the sounds that moved you so much as a kid.”

After their Bakersfield show, the Dalloways will tour Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura, and The Bay Area, among other locations. The new album will is in production and is scheduled for release mid-2006.

Jerry’s Pizza is located at 1817 Chester Avenue in downtown Bakersfield. Telephone: 661.633.1000. Jerry’s is an all-ages venue. Cost and additional bands for the show will be announced soon. For the latest information on The Dalloways and their Bakersfield appearance, visit


Thursday, December 01, 2005

Dalloways December and January

Visit the Dalloways Tour for details on the December 16 show with Hijack the Disco and the December 29 show with Man of the Year, Climber, Sleepover Disaster, and more.

We've got more coming up in January, including stops in Bakersfield, LA, San Diego, San Francisco, so stay tuned.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Beautiful South, Please Travel West!

Remember The Beautiful South? Northern Soul practitioners, child of The Housemartins? You know, "36D"... Last time we saw these Northerners in our part of the world was 2000 at the Warfield in San Francisco. It was the happiest, most positive crowd of young and old hipster music lovers I'd ever seen, and the show had a fantastic vibe, despite the fact that singer Jacqueline Abbott didn't make the tour. That was too long ago. So why such a long time gone? I'm sure a Beautiful South California visit could pay for itself.

Of course, the band has seen much more success on their home turf, but we're hoping they'll consider a U.S. tour for their tenth studio album currently in the works. This one will follow 2004's CD Golddiggas Headnodders & Pholk Songs, a limited edition U.K. collection of cover songs dear to the hearts of the band. The new album will be produced by Ian Stanley, who has worked with Tears for Fears, Pretenders, and, much more.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Dalloways a-Blur by Mattias Thorslund

Thanks to photographer Mattias Thorslund for posting this killer "blur-ish" fifteen second exposure shot of The Dalloways performing at Club Fred October 29.

You didn't' make the show? The Dalloways sported new rockin'' tunes and all new Halloween wigs. Blake Jones and The Trike Shop rounded out the night with their infectious California pop.

Sadly, Club Fred has seen better days. I hope this Fresno music institution will get its act together and live up to its reputation as one of Fresno's finest venues. One can hope!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Methamphetamines and Dead Mathematicians

The Dalloways are up to new music again, with a new album in sight. Lyrical themes to include methamphetamine abuse, brilliant but dead mathematicians, coffee liqueurs, graffiti and subway posters, love, getting dumped, rural punk rock kings, and more.

We're taking our time and are constantly writing new material. Currently, we're looking at February 2006 for a new release. Check back for more info.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Belle and Sebastian Touring Again

Looks like Belle and Sebastian are at it again, but no 2006 US tour dates to speak of yet.

The world tour should be posted soon, however, and California should be prominant in the mix. Here's where you'll find the Belle and Sebastian 2006 U. S. tour dates as soon as they're posted.

It would be nice to see them in an intimate setting, but being as they're international indie superstars, that may be an impossibility. Coachella? Mmm... no thanks. I think I'll stay home and watch a B & S Live DVD instead.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

N. L. Revealed, Lords Released


Yesterday afternoon, Nico and I joined Norfolk, The Filthies, Fatt Katt and the Von Zippers, Nunez, and Mento Buru at Lengthwise Brewery for the Official Lords: Part I Book Release Party. This show was a grand success and a groundbreaker unplugged session for Bakersfield musicians. Lengthwise was packed with happy people eating fried twinkies and French fries, drinking good beer, and purchasing copies of N. L. Belardes' new Bakersfield-grown novel. I noticed many artists and musicians in the crowd, including bloggers of Ill News, Matilda Kay, Three Chord Whore, and Art Speak.

We had some difficulty hearing ourselves through the monitors but seemed to pull off a short set of new tunes without a hitch. Usually we're feeling pretty confident in front of a crowd, but without the other guys to back us up, honestly, we were feeling a bit tentative and nervous, two folks sitting in a fish bowl. This was definitely good practice for us and a very good reason to work out some new tunes. Rumor has it there'll be a Buck City Podcast of the event up soon.

The most revealing part of the night occurred when Belardes himself joined Mento Buru front and center and shook a set of hollow-gourd maracas. Was his dream finally coming true that moment on stage? To become the frontman maraca shaker of a Latin ska band? Is there a future for him in the maraca shaking field? If last night is our preview, we may just see Belardes taking up a new career path. "More maraca! More maraca!"

Thursday, November 03, 2005

November 5: New Tunes and Lords

G will be playing a few solo tunes acoustically Saturday, November 5 @ Lengthwise Brewery for N. L. Belardes' Lords: Part I OFFICIAL BOOK RELEASE PARTY. Expect some new tunes plus an ole' standard or two from Penalty Crusade.

4:00 PM. Address: 6720 Schirra Court, Bakersfield, CA 93313. Tel: 661-836-ALES.

UPDATE: Notice the time slot change. We're now going on at 4:00 PM, which means N will be able to join on stage.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Rave Review in Indie Workshop

The Dalloways are feeling a little bit furtunate today, thanks to writers like Mark Horan, who seems to be intimately aware--and fond of--our influences in his review of Penalty Crusade. Anyone able to write fondly about Nick Laird-Clowes the way Horan does has got to understand us on a deep level. This is a great little review in a fantastic online music mag. Take a look at the review and the pull out that old Dream Academy cassette for old time's sake. It really is brilliant.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

October 29 w/ Blake Jones and Trike Shop

The Dalloways host a night featuring Blake Jones and The Trike Shop--and yes, the guy plays a mean Theremin! Beach Boy goodness and dreampop syndication. $6, 21+. Doors at 8:30, music at 9:30. 1426 N. Van Ness Ave. 93728. Tel. 559.233.3733. Visit The Dalloways Online and Club Fred for more information.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Penalty Crusade a Hawaiian Hieroglyph Moment

Penalty Crusade made someone's incredible Hawaiian hieroglyph moments list. Wow! This is one of the most flattering things I think we've heard as a band! I mean, reviews are reviews, but making a "moments" list means a CD has tuly made an impact. Thanks, MK, for sharing the moment with us!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

New Review of The Dalloways' Penalty Crusade at Independent Clauses

When I hear about a new Dalloways review, I quickly send the link to Nico for perusal. She's my reviews buffer. (I've got a kind of soft heart when it comes to criticism. Don't we all?) So I'm always pleased to get an email back from her telling me "You're gonna want to read this one!"

So, without any more chatter, check out the latest review of Penalty Crusade at Independent Clauses

How can you resist a review that mentions Britney Spears, N’SYNC, The Beach Boys, The Smiths, and Belle and Sebastian all in the same paragraph!?

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Dalloways 2006 Dreampop Tour Dates

Some new Dalloways Tour Dates are up on the Dalloways Online Tour Page. Stops focus on California from January to March, but the band may break out of state after that.

Friday, September 23, 2005

How to Join a Touring Band

Speaking of touring bands, The Dalloways booking agent is putting together the following 2006 dates for California...

Fri Jan 13: LA area
Sat Jan 14: San Diego area
Sun Jan 15: LA area

Fri Feb 10: Sacramento
Sat Feb 11: San Francisco
Sun Feb 12: San Jose

Note: Berkeley and Chico are also

Fri Mar 3: LA area
Sat Mar 4: San Diego area
Sun Mar 5: Back in LA area

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Late September Recording

The Dalloways are hitting the studio for the new tunes in late September. The goal is to create a demo for label consumption. New mics, new equipment, new tunes. Exciting stuff!

We're blogging more and more, so check back here for updates on the progress!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

New Dalloways Tunes

Through the summer I wrote a ton of new tunes, so the band is moving forward with a new demo and album. I wrote all the songs with either acoustic guitar or keyboard/synth and recorded scratches to click tracks. I'm really very happy with the progress. The new songs all seem so different from each other but with some kind of common element of style I can't quite put my finger on. It's those post-punk influences, I think, with some Bacharach, bossa nova, and Gilbert O'Sullivan peeking in. Nico and I are feeling akin to the Montreal movement in particular right now. You can hear some rough scratch tracks of two of the tunes on the Buck City Podcast Episode 5--just Nico and I on acoustic and synth to a click. It's how the magic starts.

As far as touring, our schedule is wide open right now due to songwriting, recording, and other prep work for the new tunes. School has started as well! I'm working on some Oct/Nov dates for 2005, and then our fabulous booking agent will be taking over everything in 2006! We hope to see you all soon.

Dalloways Press

Looks like The Dalloways have been garnering some attention from the critics. The Dallwoays Online web editor has been collecting press clippings from music sources such as Neufutur, Outside Left, radio stations, and more at Dalloways Press.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Dalloways w/ Music Lovers in Fall

The band had such a fantastic time with The Music Lovers in both Fresno and San Francisco that we'll be working with them some more in the near future. Currently, we're looking at late October or November dates for a Fresno and/or Bakersfield show/s. We'll keep you posted!

Sunday, August 07, 2005

August 14 in SF! Dalloways plus Music Lovers plus Bart Davenport!

Hosted By: The Dalloways
When: Sunday Aug 14, 2005 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Make-Out Room
3225 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

The Dalloways, Bart Davenport, and The Music Lovers

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

The Go-Betweens at The Troubadour June 18, 2005

The Dalloways are great fans of The Go-Betweens and were happy to meet Robert Forster and Grant McLennan on their recent Oceans Apart tour. Here are some pictures of the June 18, 2005 Troubadour show in West Hollywood, featuring, of course, Robert Forster and Grant McLennan along with Adele Pickvance on bass and Glen Thompson on drums... Enjoy! (To Right: Robert Forster and Grant McLennan)

(To Left: Robert Forster and Grant McLennan)

(Right: Adele Pickvance, Robert Forster, Glen Thompson, and Grant McLennan)

(Left: Robert Forster)

The Dalloways Online
The Dalloways Myspace

Friday, July 22, 2005

Hot Show July 28 Plus The Cutest T-Shirts in the World!


WHEN: Thurs, July 28, 8:00 pm

BANDS: The Sleepover Disaster, The Same Shape, and Man of the Year from Portland!

WHERE: Club Fred, 1426 N Van Ness

COST: $6, 21 and over

DETAILS: BIB presents Loveless recording artists and KFSR faves Man of the Year from Portland! "Swirling, spacey layers of pop goodness... Whether you want to sing along, get up and jump around, or sit down and sink into contemplative mode, Man of the Year's stunning, shimmering brand of Brit-meets-new-wave-power-pop is a jaw-dropper" (Alex Steininger, In Music We Trust). Request tunes on the air at KFSR 90.7 FM, and tune into KFSR the day of the show for the great ticket giveaway!

Bird in Box for fabulous band links!


The Dalloways Shop for the cutest T-shirts in the world on sale!

Monday, June 27, 2005

The Music Lovers Join The Dalloways and Sparklejet Friday July 8 at The Starline in Fresno!

The Music Lovers
Originally uploaded by dalloways.
Fresh from San Francisco, The Music Lovers have made a name for themselves by writing consistently great and stylish tunes with a British meets Broadway flair. Think The Divine Comedy meets Rufus Wainwright meets Dusty Springfield meets Vic Godard.

These SF dramapopsters will join The Dalloways and local rock act Sparklejet July 8 at The Starline in Fresno. Doors open at 8:30, and The Music Lovers will start promptly after 9:00, so arrive early to catch this fantastic act--we simply don't know when they'll return again!

For show specs, visit the "tour" page at The Dalloways Online.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Friday, May 27: Spokane - Friendliest Westerners, plus One Drug Dealer with a Strawberry Blonde Mullet

Spokane, Washington, with it's industrial, slightly depressed downtown area, is another highlight of the trip.

Gerhard and Nico celebrated their anniversary in Spokane, and Esther, our tour manager, celebrated her birthday on the same day, so we had a grand Italian dinner, complete with fantastic Pinot Noir purchased by Enrique, at Europa, a posh restaurant in a fantastic old turn-of-century building.

Later, The Dalloways performed at Mootsy's, a bar/pizza joint famous for its killer music scene. Gig posters from bygone shows were plastered on the back wall of the stage area, lights were dimmed, Aaron and Dan, the bartenders, served up Kettel sodas and such, and the place quickly filled with music lovers. The place was packed when we started our show after acoustic girl Vindikate's set. Dalloways played a solid 45 minute set and were followed by Le Cha-Cha--alt. rockers in cowboy hats.

Spokane folks are some of the nicest we've met on this tour. After the gig, at about two AM, folks mingled after hours on the street corner, where an older gent was selling fat Polish dog sandwiches with grilled onions and peppers. Drunk gente mingled and stumbled around in a friendly manner. A drunk guy with a mouth full of hot dog told us how great we were and hugged us repeatedly, then tackled his cousin in a drunken sprawl. A drug dealer with a strawberry blonde mullet and pegged 80's jeans lurked on the periphery, largely ignored.

Friday, June 3: Arcata - Cyclist Communes, Decapitated Dolls, and a Clothing Burial

Drive through Eureka or Arcata, out over the bridges to Humboldt Bay's swampy strand, head for the center of that little finger of land, and you'll be in Manila, where good natured communalists fix bikes and set up communes. A new Arcata friend told me the story of how he was attacked by a band of renegade youth--they stripped a rack of good will clothes and started pelting him with the items as if their goal was to bury him. What started as a bit of good natured but freaky fun turned into a nightmare as the kids moved in closer to finish the job of burial. My friend had to resort to force, pushing the kids away in order to escape. Interesting anecdote for a truly inspiring place.

Humboldt County was ready for The Dalloways. There was a write-up and a picture in every major newspaper. Humboldt takes visiting bands very seriously. The band was interviewed twice while on the road. What a difference to the larger cities like Seattle, where the band received little press support.

The Placebo is a mucic event housed in a former elementary school turned community center. Ryan and Abe host these well-attended shows for locals. Eurekans and Arcatans packed the little former classroom to check us out. The place stank a bit of moldy cardboard and bathroom. Why? Don't know. But the place was packed with true music fans. They listened and grooved and talked with us afterwards. Jeronimo, an ecclectic visionary Humboldt County local, said that he felt the songs were speaking to him and referencing his life. Hmmm... Sounds like a little White Album magic. The band was filmed and recorded for The Hum City Podcast, which should air online in a few weeks. More as this develops.

The Dalloways were preceded by upstarts Bella Dramatica and followed by dapper techno fiend James III, who set up doll heads with burning candles in them, span preprogrammed music and danced with hired rave dancers in psychedelic nurse and stuffed animal costumes.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Thursday, May 26: Pullman - College Town

Played at Grande Avenue Bar, where friendliness makes up for stark lighting and lack of ambiance. This was a last minute show. We had a day between the Boise and Spokane gigs, and Pullman was along the way.

Met a few cool folks in this college town that took a genuine interest--although the majority of kids had already checked out of this college town for the summer. It's good to know that some cool Pullman folks are wearing Dalloways t-shirts and listening to Dalloways CD's.

Played to an attentive crowd, sold some merch, played free pool, and stayed at the nicest Holiday Inn Express we've ever seen--heated pool, jacuzzi, massive continental breakfast, free internet access. Priceline's the bomb.

Wednesday, May 25: Boise - Fight Club and a Santana Grammy Award, Plus Neurolux Highs

What a place! Boise is a highlight of the tour. It's clean--Disneyland clean, really. The downtown's thriving. The people were fantastic--very friendly!

The Neurolux is a large and very dark club downtown that has most of its shows on Wednesday. So what made this show special? We met som fantastic myspace friends Greer and Chris, who drove out from Parma to see us. We also had a fan fly out from Indiana just to see the show. Just about the most enthusiastic fan The Dalloways have ever had. Boise just seemed happy to have us in town. We got some write-ups and pics in the local entertainment mags, so folks were expecting us. The place was packed with music fans. How 'bout the practicals? We made enough to cover gas and hotel. Hey, we're not Kings of Convenience. To a travelling indie band, even a pittance helps cut travel costs nicely!

And get this: after the show, at about two o'clock in the morning, we drove up the hill to Art Hodge's beautiful house overlooking a nature preserve to record a live set in his basement studio. Hodge's Grammy for the Santana sat, unassuming, on a shelf with other nick-nacks and books. Nico and I recorded in the laundry room, while the other guys were in the main studio. Art fed us cookies and drinks between songs. The set aired as a special on Hodge's well-known Idaho radio show Sunday, May 29.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Tuesday, May 24: SLC - SLC Punk? Where's the Scene Now?

Welcome to the hard world of the touring unsigned band. If you've never gone on tour, then this'll be new to you. Touring bands who aren't yet well known have a difficult time getting people out in a strange new town. Nobody's heard your stuff, so why would they come see you? Good pr and a good promoter both help. But usually it's best to get nestled onto a ticket before a local likeminded band. That way you're sure to meet a lot of their fans who will most likely dig your stuff.

It's usually a bad scenario for an out-of-town band to close out an evening. So I was pensive when locals The Happies insisted on playing first. They set up, then started at ten and proceeded to play their upbeat set of originals for about an hour--pretty long. Then, they took a long time tearing down their gear. Crickets were chirping, locals were leaving. By the time we got our gear set up and sound checked, their crowd was long gone. We played a room of four, with about five more people in the removed bar area. Came a long way for this...

On the positive side, we saw stunning scenery on the drive through Grand Junction, Colorado and then Utah--that prehistoric-looking state with grand crumbling mesas as far as the eye can see. Bronson, known as Professor Crumb (our relief bass player for the tour) enlightened us on the wonderful world of ghouda cheeses. We got in some fancy skateboarding (we've got three boards on tour) and Nerf football playing at the truck stops along the way. And the Dalloways are toughening up and insisting on a few things from here on out.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Monday, May 23: Denver - Scatology and a Guy Named Denver in Denver

Ate at Streets of London Pub because Bronson needed a Shepherd's Pie fix. Ate bangers and s. pie and drank Beamish stout and played pool befor the gig.

Change into our show clothes in van in front of Cricket on the Hill in Denver, a crazy cool dive on Capitol Hill--the coolest neighborhood in Denver.

Solo guitarist and song writer Jared Steinberg opens, and Holiday Hotel, a new band putting things together in an Americana kinda thing closes.

Each band gets berated by this crazy Denver cowboy named Denver in a black cowboy hat and rider's trench. After the show, I have to interrupt this guys convo with the big, tattooed gruff door guy in order to get the door money, and Denver lays into me. "Hey, I'm trying to have a f***ing philosophical conversation here, you f***ing c**k sucker! Do you mind?"

I apologize and make nice, try to meet the guy, but he has nothing of it. He keeps it up, with some choice scatalogical lines. Denver, thanks for the f***ing hospitality, man!

Band makes some door money and sells some merch, despite the fact this it's a Monday show. Jared S, Holiday Hotel, Sheigh, the bartender, and fans were wayyyy cool. Denver, hopefully we'll see you again soon.

Sunday, May 22: Albuquerque - Downtime and Ricky as Sith Lord

Band has no gig, so spend the night in Albuquerque, a great halfway spot between Phoenix and Denver. Check into the Red Roof off the freeway, then head out for an evening with the Sith Lords. Ricky dresses up as a sith Lord to get in free. Scares a young child buying candy.

All in agreement--Lucas can't direct actors, Natalie Portman looks ugly when she's supposed to look beautiful in the moonlight, she wears a mini-skirt travel outfit when she's pregnant (why?) and the movie is definitely the best of the three latest.

Saturday, May 21: Phoenix - Get Fix at Phix

Travel through the ghettos of Phoenix, burning up in the May heat of the desert.

Arrive at Zia Records in the afternoon for an in-store. Hip hop tracks are playing, and native Phoenixians are milling about at the hip hop stations.

Set up on stage and play to a few folks and the staff, who clap intermitantly. We treat this as a practice chance and way to break in Bronson, who's filling in on bass for Matt for the tour.

That night, arrive at Phix in the depressed downtown Phoenix area. The Phix is a stripped out industrial space with the raw rafters showing and some drywall pressed up against the wall here and there.

First band was a screamo thrash metal band with some young kids twirling their hair around and a lead singer crouching down, screaming into the mic like it was some kind of secret delicacy. They end with Michael Jackson's smooth criminal and then leave with all their teenage fanbase, leaving about ten folks for us to play to.

We meet some more myspace friends for the first time after the gig. How cool is it to finally meet folks who have been so good to us with tips and advice.

Band makes about $50 at the door and sell NO MERCH! Ouch. This is not a merch town. That makes it tough for a touring indiw band that relies heavily on merch income. Good thing we're up from Las Vegas.

Friday, May 20: Las Vegas - Drummer and Guitarist Double Band Fund at Crap Tables

Arrived at The Aristocrat, an ultra hip little lounge in a neighborhood about a mile or two off the strip. Very cool people started showing up at about 10:30, right before our set. Several myspace friends showed up to meet us in person. Play a 40 minute set off our album--the lounge atmosphere is a perfect vibe for the tunes. Peeps are kicking back, sitting at the bar, relaxing and enjoying the tunes. What a great little gig this was! The band made some bank via cover donations and grip of merch sales.

Checked into the Luxor--that ancient Egyptian place with the pyramid in the middle of everything--satin bed covers and complimentary drinks.

Ricky and Aaron take off down to the crap tables with the band's tour cash and quickly double it. They keep gambling, winning and losing till 7:00 AM. They slouch back into the room a little after 7:00, with $200 extra for the band and $300 for themselves. Now it's time for the high life!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

From SLC, with Love...

Dear Fans and Friends,

I'm sitting in the Salt Lake City writing madly before I'm kicked off my 30 minute session. The tour is going splendidly. Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Denver were great shows, the most fantastic so far being Las Vegas. We played at a smooth little lounge where all the hip people go after hours. The place was packed with recent Myspace friends and new friends. Our dreamlounge style seemed to fit the place to a T. At the bar were built in bar slot poker machines, and before and after our set, DJ's spinned ecclectic tunes including Sam and Dave to Chemical Brothers.

Today we're off to Boise, Idaho, to play at Neurolux, made famouse by hometown boys who made it--Built to Spill. More when we can...


Gerhard and the rest of The Dalloways

Monday, May 16, 2005

May & June! Northwest by West Tour


Fresno, California – May 13, 2005 – California dreampop. Is there such a thing? Attend a Dalloways tour date, and you’ll have your answer. With button ups and silk ties, pretty vintage guitar tones, and an ambient pop sound akin to Coldplay and Belle and Sebastian, The Dalloways offer up a decidedly cosmopolitan alternative to the indie music scene.

Things are looking up for this talented California quintet. “Penalty Crusade,” the latest LP released on Bird in Box Records, has consistently ranked at the top of the CD Baby editor’s picks for California Pop and Brit Pop. The band has secured Japanese distribution at Tower Records and HMV stores overseas and is embarking on a West by Northwest leg of a larger U.S. tour.

According to the band, the CD is the kind that gets better with each passing listen. “Brit pop fans and audiophiles will love this album,” says Gerhard Enns, singer and songwriter. “We’ve inlayed these subtle touches that develop the more one listens. Our goal was to create songs that get better with age.”

So what can one expect at a Dalloways show? “This isn’t Good Charlotte or Taking Back Sunday,” Enns says. “We’ve got a shoegaze, Brit pop influence, more Flaming Lips, more Smiths. And live that really shines through. We want folks to relax and enjoy the beauty. Hopefully the next morning they’ll be humming one of our tunes, wondering how it got into their heads.”

The Dalloways are making Las Vegas their first main tour stop. After Nevada, the group will continue on a fairly demanding schedule of the West and Northwest, with stops including, among other cities, Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Portland.

For show information and directions, visit the Dalloways Tour Page or call 661-331-5000. And check back here often; The Dalloways will be posting tour updates when circumstance permits!



“[The Dalloways] reach for Brit Pop and manage to find the sweet ether where California coolness ends and the emotional reverb of '80s British rockers begins.” – Danielle Belton for “Spin Zone Music Reviews.” (The Bakersfield Californian 6 Jan 2005, sec. Eye Street: E7.)

"Like a casually gorgeous waitress serving Sunday afternoon coffee, The Dalloways serve up pretty California dream-pop like a delicacy on Penalty Crusade." –
Billy Gil for Splendid

“The musical arrangements are rich and are so beautifully put together that I hear something new every time I listen. I highly recommend [Penalty Crusade].” –
Jesse Rivera for Planet of Sound

“Gerhard Enns’ ability to talk about relationships in a song like he’s talking about your own horrid pitfalls is purely magical.” -
N. L. Belardes for Skeleton Head Reviews


Saturday, April 02, 2005

Dalloways Plus Bart Davenport and Simone Rubi of Call and Response April 10: Bringing Home the New Loud

Local dreampop quintet The Dalloways seem to be magnets for talent. On Sunday, April 10 at Tokyo Garden, The Dalloways will play host to international recording and touring artists Bart Davenport and Rubies (Simone Rubi of Call and Response).

“This is a big event for Fresno,” says Gerhard Enns of The Dalloways. “Fresnans may not know much about Davenport or Rubi and Call and Response since this is their first visit to Fresno, but folks in San Francisco and Los Angeles and other major urban areas around the country and abroad have definitely heard their music. In SF, Davenport and Call and Response are basically household names.”

So what kind of music can you expect to hear? With Davenport and Rubi, less is more, and tenderness reigns supreme. Davenport’s latest album, for instance, mixes 60’s and 70's folk pop a la Arthur Lee of Love, Gil Scott Heron, and early Paul McCartney with “Girl from Ipanema” bosa nova stylings. The result is a laid back California “Ventura Highway” feel.

Both Davenport and Rubi (with Call and Response) have toured the U.S. and Europe with the likes of Mates of State, The Court and Spark, and international sensations Kings of Convenience—the duo that first coined the term “quiet is the new loud” to describe the movement toward a quieter, more sensitive pop tune, and whose latest single “I’d Rather Dance With You” has steadily climbed the Billboard and MTV charts.

“April 10 will be an intimate affair with some internationally renowned artists,” Enns says. “It’ll be a great place for Fresno musicians and music fans to meet and connect with some rising stars living the dream.”

The Dalloways will start the night at 9:00 PM with a short set of music off their latest album Penalty Crusade.

Tokyo Garden is located in downtown Fresno at 1711 Fulton Street, three blocks south of Divisidaro. Doors open at 9:00 PM with a five dollar cover. For more information including links to the artists’ web pages and music, visit or call 661-331-5000.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

April 15 and 16: Huge Fresno & Bakersfield Shows

Fresno, April 15 - Friday, April 15, Club Fred in Fresno, The D's headline a raucous night with 2 A.M. Orchestra, the infamous Filthies (they're blowing up, folks, so don't miss' em!), and more! Blue shag carpet and pink stage lights--this is rock 'n roll history! Visit the tour page for more info.

Bakersfield, April 16 - Saturday, April 16, The Dalloways join Johnny Come Lately and Norfolk at Narducci's, one of Bakersfield's premier Basque haunts, now open to eighteen and over! Don't miss this opportunity to hang out in one of the coolest venues in town and listen to music so raucous and beautiful, you'll want to laugh and cry in your drink, guaranteed. 18+ 18+ 18+ 18+ 18+! Visit the tour page and for more info. Also, Enrique, glam master femme music and fashion critic, will make an appearance at this show. Cat's definitely out of the bag now.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Cocktails, Ghosts, and Three Chord Whore

So what's going on Wednesday night down a downtown alley in Bakersfield? A little speakeasy haunting--that's what.

Nico and I checked in at Maxwell's, the alley restaurant and bar just east of downtown Chester, a little hole in the wall famous for fantastic Frangelico-steeped deserts and one resident ghost. We happened to catch up with
N.L. Belardes. Perfect place, too, for this guy just seems to be everywhere and nowhere at once, a bit ethereal, like the spirit that moves through the old catacombs below the restaurant. We talked about Lords a bit, but not too much, and always seemed to dance around certain touchy, and frankly, disturbing, subjects within the new novel. Best not to press, I thought. We talked about the Bakersfield music scene past and present, KoRn (yes, KoRn), and Fresno literary criminals...

And guess who walked through the door? None other than
Three Chord Whore--one of Bakersfield's toughest bands. Heather, Shirl, and the very cool Shantell. Do yourself a favor--when you meet them, don't try to peg them as some cliche typical girl band. They're very nice and will most likely be accommodating, but really, they've got their own thing going and most likely won't appreciate someone trying to lump them up with The Donnas, The Bangles, or L7 (well, they might just like the L7 connection). I haven't heard 'em yet, but by just talking with the trio, I've got a feeling about what I'll hear--killer upbeat fast-break angst-ridden grunginess.

They took stools against the horseshoe shaped bar for some drinks. One of them looked a little familiar. Oh, it's that
Shirl the Pearl (nothing much on her website right now but bad links), front woman for the now defunct angry synth punk band The Mia Maids.

Here's some history: The Dalloways played a Boiler Room show (always a strange mixture of math metal, screamo, punk, and shoegaze bands all lumped onto one ticket) with the Mia Maids awhile back. I remember the vibe of that now lost band, and so I'll write it for history's sake right here--The Mia Maids were angry, defiant, snarling, railing against religious hypocrisy (the band name was derived from the term used for young LDS women between the ages of 14 and 15), and sexual fascism. Their set was intense and loud and raucous.

I asked Shirl if TCW had the same vibe. "No," she said, "Three Chord isn't so dark as that." Hmm, OK, but if Shirl's involved, I've got a feeling this is no tame soiree. Hopefully they'll stick around longer than the Mia Maids, and long enough to make an indelible mark in the Bako scene and beyond.

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PS: I just heard a rumour circulating that
Enrique may be making an appearance at the Dalloways April 16 gig at Narducci's. Someone told me that some cat was let out of some bag on some blog somewhere. Frankly, this resident social mingler and saucy writer is somewhat of a mystery, and so I'm not sure what kind of entrance he'll make, or whether he'll remain incognito the entire night, or whether he'll be there at all. More soon...

Dalloway Ticket 5/16/05: Norfolk

3-4 song EP
Release: April 2005
SHOW SPECS - Date: Friday, April 16. City: Bakersfield. Venue: Narducci's. Age: 18+. For Details: The Dalloways Tour Page

Group members and side projects: James Ratliff, Pete Prevost (also in Johnny Come Latley), Jason Ford Turner (also in stepsonday), Pablo Alaniz (also in Diary).

The ideal fit on a national tour: The Thrills, Superdrag, and Pedro the Lion

Name an artist fans will be surprised you're is into: There are a few Diamond Rio songs that get me all worked up.

Got an elevator pitch? Norfolk is music for people who enjoy music. It has a subculture feel to it, but hopefully it can be excepted as just well written music.

Name the best live show you’ve ever seen? What in particular made this performance so good? Thats a tough one. It's got to be Weezer at Jerrys Pizza in Bakersfield. There were a few hundred poeple cramed into a small basement to see one of the first Weezer comeback shows in 2000. Later that month I was getting married and the show actually made me worry that the Weezer day would overshadow my wedding day as the best day of my life.

Describe your band's look: (Don't you love this question?) My bandmates look like the people you go to school with. How else do you answer that one?

Got a master plan? What’s the next step for this band? 1). Record a ridiculously good indipendent album. 2). Play a bunch of ridiculously good shows. 3). Get signed to a ridiculously solid Label. 4). Make ridiculous amounts of cash. 5). Burn out and become a grade school teacher.

- Q's by The Dalloways, A's by James Ratliff of Norfolk -

Monday, March 14, 2005

Dalloway Ticket 5/15: 2 A.M. Orchestra

2 A.M. Orchestra
Release: April 2005
SHOW SPECS - Date: Friday, April 15. City: Fresno. Venue: Club Fred. Bands: The Dalloways, The Filthies and 2 A.M. Orchestra. For More: The Dalloways Tour Page
Group members and side projects: David J. Kelley - Guitar/Vocals; Randy Stindt - drums (also sings in a band called Hero Myth); Aaron Taunton - bass
The ideal fit on a national tour: Muse, Radiohead, and Pedro the Lion (in our dreams, anyway).
Name an artist fans will be surprised you're into: Though I've been throroughly made fun of, I have to admit that I've really been into Emperor lately. Emperor is, or was, rather, a Norwegian black metal band that defined and continues to define the genre.
Got an elevator pitch? "2 A.M. Orchestra ... plays emotional alt-pop with the ups of a Ben Folds record and the downs of a Radiohead epic." –Performing Songwriter Magazine (Vol. 10, Issue 60, May 2003)
Name the best live show you’ve ever seen? What in particular made this performance so good? Jon Brion Live at the Large ... Incredible one-man show. You have to see it to believe it.
Describe your band's look: (Don't you love this question?) We look like three guys between the ages of 25-26 playing music ... uh ... yeah."
Got a master plan? What’s the next step for this band? New record coming out in April.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Bakersfield on a Friday, Fishlips and Lunatics, Jerry's and Jenoah, Gigantic the New Factory

Last night I got antsy and had to get out of the house. I had heard a rumor that a friend was going to be roaming the angry streets of Bakersfield looking for trouble wherever he could find it, and so I slipped on my kicks thinking I'd cross paths with Nick, this old school punk and Star Wars buff. Never saw him. But what I did see . . .

10:15 -- FISHLIPS AND LUNATICS -- Wandered into Fishlips because I heard some sick 80's metal guitar screaming from the stage. Dark, as always, so I let my eyes adjust till they focused on the ocean treasure decor mounted atop the bar. Then I checked out the crew on stage. It was Lunatic, Bakersfield's favorite metal cover band, in all their old school glory, playing "La Bamba" with Randy Roads lead guitar tones! Mix Ritchie Valens and Ozzy, and you've got a very strange concoction. "Try back later," I thought. "They do a mean 'Rainbow in the Dark'."

10:25 -- JERRY'S AND JENOAH --Checked out Jerry's Pizza. Walked up and read the fliers outside while some scream metal band screamed away downstairs. Talked to a skinny young guy outside with frazzly old bell bottoms and grunge cowboy boots. He turned out to be in a traveling band called
Jenoah. Asked for their elevator pitch, and he said "I don't know. Our music is very hard to explain." Typical. So I asked him, "If you got to choose the ideal band to tour with, who would you choose?" He said Death Cab. Alright! I'm down. That puts me in the ballpark.

So we networked a little, and then I got in for free somehow and descended into the dank pit under Jerry's. Reminded me of the basement of a WW II era building somewhere in Eastern Europe, a place that's never been refurbished after the war, just maybe swept of fallen plaster and dust once or twice in 1962 or something -- grungy walls with gum all over them, chipping black paint, a chalky concrete floor, and no place to sit. Have I read a description similar to this before? . . . So I leaned up against the one dirty pillar and checked out the band.

The PA sound sucked! Tinny high ends and mushy vocals, like stabbing needles and oatmeal. So I stuffed some napkin shards into my ears and listened as best I could. Jenoah turned out to be very fine stuff regardless. Less Death Cab for Cutie, more Jeff Buckley jam band. Frontman Stephen Martinez plays a thrashed Fender bass and sings so hard the sinews of his neck pop out. Now I know why his boots look so trashed. He shuffled around like crazy, particularly during the small bass licks between verses.

Between songs he panted and wiped sweat off his brow as he talked and sniffled. He sounded sick, like he'd been catching a tour cold from all night drives in a grungy van. The twelve people listening didn't seem to mind; they nodded attentively and moved, ever-so-slightly, to the energy-driven tunes. On broadjam, Martinez says, "Our songs will never make complete sense to anybody. All of our songs are just complete feeling." Yup, and it's workin'. I hope they make another album. Maybe we can work out a show swap.

10:50 -- GIGANTIC -- Wandered down 19th Street, stepped over the black-clad punks laying down on the sidewalk and walked up to Gigantic to see if there was some music. Sign said closed, but Sapo let me in. AJ and a few other guys were just hanging out. AJ filled me in on the new dance floor plans and the Northern Soul and other free dance nights they had planned for the future. Finally, an alternative for Bako! A few dance/stage lights, and some snacks and drinks for sale, and this place could really take off. This could very well become Bakersfield's own Warhol-esque Factory.

11:25 -- RONNIE JAMES DIO -- Decided to head home. Passed by Fishlips on my way to the car. Heard, "Do your deeeemons / do they ever let you goooo / When you've tried, do they hide, deep inside / Is it someone that you know oh oh oh oh ohhhhhh? . . .

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Friday, March 11, 2005

May & June: The Grateful Dalloways Tour, Bathing in Canals

Alright, bloggsters, check out the huuuuge little tour we got comin' up booked by Haywire Booking. You can find all developing info on the The Dalloways Tour Page. Interested in tagging along on this couterclockwise loop of the West and Northwest? Dedicated road fans are a rarity these days.

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

The Dalloways and Dynamite--Napoleon Dynamite!

How could the Dalloways pass this connection up! So what is the connection between Napoleon Dynamite and The D's? Take a close look at the moody young lady on the cover of Penalty Crusade below. If you're a cult fan of the hit movie, then you know her as Julia (Yuka) Ruell who plays Uncle Rico's new love that rides up on the bicycle toward the end of the movie. Ruell also edited the film and happens to be married to the shot's photographer Aaron Ruell who plays Kip in this Hollywood sleeper sensation.

Visit Napoleon Dynamite Online
Peruse Actor Aaron Ruell's (aka Kip) Photography Online

The Dalloways Online
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Nico signing in

Hello Everyone!
This is my first blog posting EVER! Should I be nervous? Well, maybe a little, but truthfully I'm pretty stoked. I hope all of you hella-cool fans find my little posting worthy of your impeccable taste.
Sincerely yours,

April 15 at Club Fred, Fresno

Fresno fans, your very own dreampop extraordinaires have a treat for you! The Dalloways are hosting 2 A.M. Orchestra plus two other bands tba. We'll let you know more as this show develops. This'll be a fun night of dancing, drinking, and general merry-making. Wear a cool tie, and The Dalloways may just give you a gift.

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April 16 at Narducci's, Bakersfield

Dreampop and modernism fanatics, you've got to come hang with the cool kids at Narducci's April 16th. Yours truly, The Dalloways, will be performing with pop princes Norfolk and Johnny Come Lately. This is an all-ages show at an established Basque haunt decorated with moody vintage street and business signs from a by-gone era. It'll be nice and raucous and pretty and distorted and happy and melancholy all at once--so lovely, you'll want to laugh and cry in your drink, guaranteed.

This will be a very special all-ages night at this usually 21+ venue. For more details, visit And make friends with The group at


Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Virginia Woolf Joins The Dalloways

Virginia Woolf had a beautiful long face, pouting eyes, drop dead gorgeous lyricism, and terrible bouts with depression and jealousy. And, according to Nico, she wore very cute shoes. If she were alive and well today, about twenty- or thirty-something, played the cello, and really loved dreampop, she'd definitely be our sixth member! Visit