J Church News Archive
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24 February 2007: after a long hiatus, mostly due to Lance's health problems,
at long last here's an update - new album, recent singles, forthcoming
singles, even a couple of shows. Check the news
page for more.
The second split 7" between J Church and Japan's Minority
Blues Band, originally rumoured almost a year ago, is out now on Chicago's
Records. (That's pretty rapid progress by Lance's standards - the
split with Petrograd took at least twice as long to appear!). There are
500 copies on either plain or swirly orange vinyl. J Church tracks are
Aeroplane Angel and Ex Lion Tamer (originally
by Wire), taken from the Japanese Seishun
Zankoku Monogatari CD. Minority Blues Band do Speak Same Old
News, Sing Same Old Songs and a cover of My Death
by Newtown Neurotics.
You can order this from the label for $5 ppd. in the USA;
UCR button & sticker included. Email Justin
for details - remove the "KILLSPAM" in the link before sending
- or send well concealed cash, check (wait 1-2 weeks for clearance) or
money orders to Justin Schwier, NOT UCR, at 1220 W. Hood Ave. #1, Chicago,
IL 60660, USA. Contact for international rates; some copies may be available
through j-church.com for the UK and Europe but wait for any announcement
before sending queries.
Grateful Records, who were supposed to be putting out the
split 7" with Flamingo 50, have gone quiet - their Myspace page seems
to have been replaced by someone else, unless it's under a major redesign.
On the other hand, Underground Communique may be putting out a second
J Church split 7", this time with Hirudin. Nothing definite on that
[Not a great deal more happened band-wise through 2006
due to Lance's illness. The album The Horror Of Life
was recorded and two of the above split 7"s finally came out towards
the end of the year, though for various reasons j-church.com wasn't updated
in time for those. Sorry.]
J Church tour next week through the south east US, en route
to and from their second appearance at The
Fest in Gainsville, FL. All shows also feature Japan's finest, The
Urchin, so get there early. Here's the itinerary:
16 - Jackson, MS @
The Red Room w/ The Urchin, Toys That Kill
17 - Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo's
w/ The Urchin, Toys That Kill, Sexy, This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb, Bent Outta
Shape, Bloodbath and Beyond
19 - Gainesville, FL @ Common
Grounds w/Ted Leo, Radon and more. J Church are on at 7:50, The Urchin
21 - Atlanta, GA @ Lenny's
Bar w/ The Urchin, Black Cougar Shock Unit
22 - Chattanooga, TN @ Ziggy's
w/The Urchin, Sexy
23 - Denton, TX @ Hailey's
w/ The Urchin
The Fest show should also coincide with the release of the
J Church / Flamingo 50 split 7" first mentioned way back on 30 May
- see that entry for details. The split 7" with Minority Blues Band,
according to that label's website, will finally, definitely be out this
month. We'll see...
These will be the final dates until the next album is released.
Currently mooted titles include The Horror Of Life (which
was also a planned title for what became One
Mississippi), Secular Music and Signifier/Signified.
The first two are also the names of new songs, lyrics to which - along
with two other new tracks - can be found on Lance's Myspace
account. No release details yet, though doubtless it'll be on No Idea.
Here's the final itinerary for the mid-West tour and following
30 - Dallas, TX
01 - Memphis, TN @ Ernestine and Hazel's, 531 South Main St at Calhoun
St w/Seein Red, Bury the Living
02 - Chicago, IL @ The
Bottom Lounge w/ Groovie Ghoulies, Methadones
03 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Barely Legal House [this is the most recent information
from Lance, though No Idea Records' site lists The Twitch House]
04 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple
Rock w/Dillinger Four
05 - Carbondale, IL @ Lost Cross House, 407 West Elm Street
06 - Lawrence, KS @ The
07 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The
08 - Denton, TX @ JJ's Pizza w/The Pedestrians, Signal Lost
09 - Austin, TX @ Beerland
w/ Marked Men, Soviettes, Grabass Charlestons, Apeshits
10 - Austin, TX @ Emos
w/DaDa Swing (Rome, Italy), Funeralizer (the new band from ex-J Church
14 - Austin, TX @ Beerland
w/Modern Machines, The Ergs, Modern Needs (featuring members of Signal
Lost and Storm The Tower)
23 - Austin, TX @
Sound On Sound w/ Onion Flavored Rings
The first of the split single series will be released on Chunksaah Records
on 9 August but can be pre-ordered
through their store for an earlier shipping date. The track list is
J Church - Who Killed Pasolini? and Psycho Mafia
(originally by The Fall)
The Plungers - Lost City Lover and Breakaway
(originally by Irma Thomas)
Some tour and record news. Firstly, the mid-West tour with Dillinger
Four mentioned below is now happening (mostly) without them. Here are
the dates so far:
[dates removed; see entry above]
At the same time, three of the split 7"s featuring tracks from the
Seishun Zankoku Monogatari
album are apparently almost ready:
1. split with The
Plungers (from New York) on Chunksaah
Records. The J Church side features Who Killed Pasolini?
and a cover of Psycho Mafia by the Fall
2. split with Minority Blues Band (from Japan) on Underground
Communique. This will probably be MBB's last release as they split
up at the end of 2004. The J Church tracks are Aeroplane Angel
and a cover of Wire's Ex Lion Tamer. Hopefully on gold
3. split with Flamingo
50 (from Liverpool, UK), on Grateful
Records. J Church do Near 600 Pages and a cover of
Just What I Needed by the Cars. Flamingo 50's tracks
will probably be from their previously-released split album with Lack
No specific dates are available yet, Discography pages will be added
once the records are finally released.
Following Japan, there will be a short US Mid-West tour at the
start of July, mostly in the company of Dillinger Four. The only date
confirmed so far is:
July 9 - Austin, TX @ Beerland
w/Grabass Charlestons, The Soviettes, Marked Men, Apeshits
J Church are touring Japan at the end of the month:
26 - Kanagawa @ Yokohama Club 24 West w/Hard Skin, The Havenot's, Zero
27 - Tokyo @ Shinjuku Red Cloth w/Hard Skin, The Hapening, The Urchin
28 - Miyagi @ Sendai Birdland w/The Urchin, Deeds Not Words, The End &
29 - Niigata, Ojiya @ Nile studio w/The Urchin, Spraypaint & more
30 - Kyoto @ Kiyamachi East w/The Urchin, I Excuse, Drag On Me
31 - Aichi, Nagoya @ Huck Finn w/The Urchin, Navel
01 - Mie, Ise @ Question w/The Urchin, The Because, Drift Age, Melt Lee
02 - Ehime, Matsuyama @ Hoshizora Jet w/The Because, Drift Age, Forget
03 - Tokushima @ Crowbar w/The Because, Drift Age, Kiss of Love
04 - Osaka, Nanba @ Saomai w/The Because, Drift Age, I Excuse
05 - Tokyo, Hachioji @ Match Vox w/The Because, Drift Age, Blotto, Browntrout,
Peace of Bread
Not sure of the status of the Minority Blues Band split
single mentioned below now, as they've split up. The Chunksaah Records
site is still making no mention of the Plungers split either. There have
been a couple of brief mentions of other potential splits elsewhere online,
but there's no point repeating them here unless / until they come to reality.
J Church are a trio once more. Unfortunately David has left the band as
his work commitments don't allow him to tour as much as is planned. No
doubt Lance will have more to say on this in his next Newsletter. A number
of potential tours of various durations are currently being considered
- not yet for the US, other than the SXSW show below - but nothing has
been confirmed. More details here if/when they come to fruition.
J Church will headline a No Idea Records night at this year's SXSW, which
of course takes place in Austin, TX. The show is at Red
Rum on 17 March, is all-ages and is open to the public (unlike many
of the industry-only schmooze-fests of that week). At present the line-up
also includes Grabass Charlestons, Billy Reese Peters, Rehasher, Army
of Ponch and Strikeforce Diablo but up to three further bands may be added.
On the split single front, the first of the series of seven
to feature tracks from the recent Japan-only
album will be a split with The
Plungers, on Chunksaah
Records (the Bouncing Souls' label). No release date is yet available
but it's likely to be at least March. The second is likely to be out in
July and will be with Minority Blues Band (their second pairing); one
of the J Church tracks will be the Wire cover, Ex Lion Tamer.
Album news #1: The new Japanese album, Seishun Zankoku Monogatari,
is definitely now available through Snuffy Smile or your local importer.
It includes seven cover versions - some of which are being played on the
current tour - and seven originals. A discography page will be added soon.
It is intended that all 14 tracks will also be released
in a series of split 7"s, of which the first is likely to be with
The Plungers, a New York band who played several shows on the 2003 US
tour. Each single will contain an original and a cover. More details as
they become available.
Album news #2: In 2005 No Idea records hope to re-release
the Quetzalcoatl, Prophylaxis and Arbor
Vitae albums - possibly plus extra tracks - as a double CD, currently
going by the name The Allied Years. Allied was the label
that released all three CDs (Broken Rekids and Rugger Bugger did some
of the vinyl) and it closed down in the late 90s. Plans to remaster those
albums and release them through Broken were floating around a couple of
years ago; I don't yet know if the remastering is still going to happen
or if they'll come out in their original format.
Tour news: J Church are likely to be one of the support
bands at the last ever Hard Skin show in Stockwell, south London, on Tuesday
21 December, although they're not currently listed on the promoter's
site. It's a ticket-only event - click the link for details.
Here are the details so far of the European tour. As with any shows,
these will potentially be subject to change up to the last minute so check
with the venue before leaving home.
Sun 14 - Exeter, UK - The
Cavern, w/Reno Divorce
Mon 15 - Leeds, UK - The
Packhorse, w/The Sainte Catherines, Dugong, Buzzkill
16 - London, UK - Brixton
Windmill w/Reno Divorce, Chillerton
Wed 17 - Dublin, Ireland - The
Voodoo Lounge w/Langdon
Beck, Lebanon Death Train, Disfunktional
Thu 18 - Belfast, UK - Pavillion Bar w/Landegon Beck, Baron's Jar +1 tbc
Fri 19 - Liverpool, UK - Heaven n Hell w/Flamingo 50, The Dauntless Elite
Sat 20 - High Wycombe, UK - Roundabout
Sun 21 - Leicester, UK -
w/Hardy Street Pros +1 tbc
Mon 22 - Brighton, UK - Hobgoblin,
w/The Sainte Catherines
Tue 23 - Lille, France - Le Yeti
Wed 24 - Poitiers, France - Le Curicaume Cafe
Thu 25 - Day off
Fri 26 - Bordeaux, France - Local Universel
Sat 27 - Lyon, France - Grrrrnd
Zero w/The Sainte Catherines + Erevan
Sun 28 - Milan, Italy - Leon Cavallo
Mon 29 - Viareggio, Italy - Matilda
Tue 30 - Torino, Italy - Antidox
Wed 01 - Bologna, Italy - Atlantide,
w/Black Candy + False Nation
Thu 02 - Udine, Italy - CSA
Di Via Volturno
Fri 03 - Zagreb, Croatia - KSET
Sat 04 - Budapest, Hungary - Marco Polo
Sun 05 - Prague, Czech Republic - 007
Mon 06 - Day off
Tue 07 - Dresden, Germany - AZ
Conni, w/The Sainte Catherines
Wed 08 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne
Thu 09 - Braunschweig, Germany - Nexus
Fri 10 - Hamburg, Germany - Störtebeker
Sat 11 - Aalborg, Denmark - 1000
Fryd, w/The Very Job Agency + Je Ne Sais Quoi
Sun 12 - Hannover, Germany - UJZ Korn
Mon 13 - Day off
Tue 14 - Oldenburg, Germany - Alhambra
Wed 15 - Dortmund, Germany - JUZ
Thu 16 - Saarlouis, Germany - JUZ
Fri 17 - Nürnberg, Germany - K4
Sat 18 - Munich, Germany - Kafe
Sun 19 - Freiburg, Germany - Kiel
Mon 20 - Bonn, Germany - Bla
w/The Zero Three
Show news: J Church play New Orleans tomorrow at End
Of Banks with Vena Cava and The Ghostwood (poss. + 1 more). The Athens,
GA, show on 31 October is at the Transmetropolitan,
Nations, No and Nocturne For A Dying Planet. It's 18+.
Album news: Here's
the tracklist for the new Seishun Zankoku Monogatari album
(the title comes from a 1960 Japanese film and translates as Cruel
Story Of Youth) on Snuffy Smile. A few Japanese online stores
have it listed but, not being able to read the language (or confirm with
the band), I can't tell if it has just come out or is due soon. As soon
as more information is available a page will be added to the discography.
Too Late (originally by Snuff)
Just What I Needed (originally by The Cars)
Prejudice (originally by Crucifix)
Enemy Of Satan
Who Killed Pasolini?
Ex Lion Tamer (originally by Wire)
Psycho Mafia (The Fall)
Flirting With The Bourgeois Dream
Near 600 Pages
Where Eagles Dare (originally by The Misfits)
Time (originally by Richard Hell And The Voidoids)
As well as the European tour below, there are a few south-eastern
US dates on the drive to and from Austin to the previously-mentioned Fest
3 appearance in Gainesville. No venues have been confirmed yet so
check local press or the right kind of record shops; they will be posted
here if they arrive in time.
28th New Orleans, LA
October 29th Gainesville, FL The
Side Bar. More details at the Fest
October 31st Athens, GA
November 1st Shreveport, LA radio show
J Church play a headline show (18+) on Friday 29 October at The
Side Bar in Gainseville, FL, as part of The
Fest 3. Well, technically they're playing at 1:20 AM on Saturday,
but it all starts at 8 PM on the Friday. Also playing are Grabass Charlestons,
Toys That Kill, The Horror, The Tim Version, Whiskey & Co., The Enablers
and Lucky Stranger. You can get a ticket for that night or you can buy
a Fest Pass that gives you entry to all eight events that weekend - including
two others on the Friday. All venues other than the Side Bar are all-ages.
that, a November British Isles - and doubtless mainland Europe - tour
is being set up at the moment. The only information available at the moment
is for the UK and Ireland, and only one show is specifically confirmed.
Others will be added as I get details.
J Church are playing an all-ages show at the opening of the Jon Moritsugu
film Scum Rock - in which Lance makes a cameo appearance - tomorrow night
in Austin, at the Alamo
Drafthouse Downtown. The band are on at 9:45 and there's also food
I've heard that the Houston show tomorrow night has been cancelled - it's
no longer listed on the Walter's site. There's no official confirmation
and the show tonight and Austin on Friday are still listed but if you're
planning to go, please check with the venues first.
Although the album's been delayed until next month, there's another US
tour to support it - all east of the divide. The
Methadones, who feature Dan Schafer / Vapid of Riverdales / Queers
fame, headline on 3 April then support J Church from Milwaukee onwards,
except Raleigh where they headline again. And it all ends up with a Friday
night hometown (for J Church, anyway) show. As always, check with the
venue before leaving yr house.
Mon 29 - Fort Worth, TX - 1919
Hempill w/Thought Riot, The Reprehensibles, Censored
Tues 30 - Oklahoma City - Green
Wed 31 - TBA
Thu 01 - Kansas City - El
Torreon w/Dysrhythmia, James Dean Trio
Fri 02 - St Louis, MO - TBA
Sat 03 - Chicago, IL - Fireside
Bowl w/Textbook - Matinee show
Sun 04 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple
Rock w/Riverboat Gamblers, Sweet J.A.P., The Wednesdays
Mon 05 - Des Moines Vaudeville
Mews w/Firmus, One Lost Moment, SNAFU
Tue 06 - Iowa City - Gabe's
Oasis - Matinee show
Wed 07 - Milwaukee, WI - Mad
Planet w/McNaughton Skyline, Fly By Night - All-ages matinee show
Thu 08 - Cleveland, OH - Pirate's
Fri 09 - Wilkinsburg, PA - Mr.
Roboto Project w/Hit Me Back, Suburban Death Machine
Sat 10 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Cafe
Metropolis w/Dead Radical, Fo A Cha
Sun 11 - day off
Mon 12 - Providence, RI - The
Living Room w/Camp Climax For Girls
Tue 13 - Brooklyn, NY - North
Six w/Officer May, General Miggs
Wed 14 - Philadelphia, PA - First
Unitarian Church w/Armalite, Mountain Saint
Thu 15 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
Barcade w/Punch Drunk
Fri 16 - Columbia, SC - New
Sat 17 - Atlanta, GA - Drunk Unicorn (no website?)
Sun 18 - Gainesville, FL - Common
Grounds w/Grabass Charlestons
Mon 19 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum (no website?)
Tue 20 - Pensacola, FL - Handle Bar (no website?)
Wed 21 - Baton Rouge, LA - Rotolo's
Thu 22 - Houston, TX - Walter's
Fri 23 - Austin, TX - Emo's,
w/Ignorance Park, Dragons
The new album was supposed to be out yesterday but has been delayed until
April. In the meantime, here's a few more details. It's seven tracks,
but the title song takes up the whole of side 2 (for those of you still
committed to vinyl). Songs are: Overconfident, Keep
Smiling America (available to download from No
Idea's website), Styrofoam, 210,
Tree House Of Love, Austin's Shitty Limits
and Society Is A Carnivorous Flower. In addition to the
dates below, a European tour is potentially being lined up for May - no
The new full-length J Church studio album is called Society Is
A Carnivorous Flower and will be released by No
Idea Records on 23 March. The title track is a 13-minute epic which
has been played live a fair few times already. Lance is also re-pressing
on vinyl, in extremely limited quantities (like, 20!), the live CDs that
he put out a while back through Honey Bear.
planned show at the moment is February 28th at Emo's
in Austin with Strike Anywhere. There are tentative plans at the moment
to tour the new album both in the US and Europe, but nothing definite
at the moment.
J Church will be touring Japan for eight days in the run-up to Christmas.
Minority Blues Band, with whom they shared a split
single a couple of years ago, are also playing at all shows except
the first one. The dates are:
Tue 16 December
- Fukuoka - Kieth Flack, w/Pear Of The West, Practice
Wed 17 - Matsuyama - Hoshizora-Jet, w/Practice, Drift Age
Thu 18 - Tokushima - Jitterbug, w/Practice, Hush Puppy, Hamk
Fri 19 - Kyoto - East, w/Practice, I Excuse
Sat 20 - Nagoya - Tsurumai@K.D.Japon, w/Navel, I Excuse
Sun 21 - Tokyo - Shinjuku@Red Cloth, w/The Happening, I Excuse, The Urchin
Mon 22 - Sendai - Birdland, w/Deeds Not Words
Tue 23 - Yokohama - Club 24west, w/Zero Fast, Three Minute Movie, Raise
Clean And Obscene is a newly-released track that appears on the
World Famous Kintama Boxers compilation album on Chicken
Katsu Records (website under construction). More information here
as and when I have it, or see this
article from the Honolulu Star Bulletin.
Latest schedule for the J Church / Honey Bear records Summer tour. All
shows feature J Church, DFI and Storm The Tower, with additional bands
in some cities. Don't forget to check details with the club before leaving
The New York / Hoboken shows are now confirmed as the dates below, as
per the clubs' websites; the Boston show is now confirmed at the Middle
East; the show that was scheduled for Cleveland has been replaced by a
house party in Colombus.
Thu 24 - Austin, TX - secret show at the footbridge on Lamar Blvd w/J
Church, Storm The Tower and Attack Formation
Fri 25 - Phoenix, AZ Modified
Sat 26 - San Diego, CA Ché
Café, w/30 Years War and Vena Cava
Sun 27 - Los Angeles, CA Chain
Tue 29 - San Francisco, CA Bottom
of the Hill
Wed 30 - Portland, OR house party
Thu 31 - Seattle, WA - 2nd Ave. Pizza (no website?)
Fri 1 - Vancouver, BC - The Underwear Farm, w/Subtracttozero, Chuck Norris
and Paper Lanterns
Sat 2 - Boise, ID (venue unknown)
Mon 4 - Minot, ND (venue unknown)
Tue 5 - Fargo, ND - VFW Hall (no website?)
Wed 6 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple
Rock, w/Heads And Bodies
Thu 7 - Chicago, IL - Fireside
Fri 8 - Columbus, OH - house party
Sat 9 - Pittsburgh, PA - Roboto,
Sun 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Calvary Church (no website?)
Mon 11 - Boston, MA - Upstairs at the Middle
East, w/Agape, Shallows And Flats and The Allegory
Tue 12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's,
Wed 13 - NYC - North
Six, w/The Plungers
Thu 14 - Washington, DC - St.
Fri 15 - Baltimore, MC -
Talking Head Club, w/Tenwatch
Sat 16 - Chapel Hill, NC - Go
Room Rehearsals, w/Dead Things
Sun 17 - Atlanta, GA - Echo
Lounge, w/Dade County Resistance
Mon 18 - Columbia, SC - New
Brookland Tavern, w/Dade County Resistance
Tue 19 - Gainesville, FL - CG
Wed 20 - Orlando, FL - Will's
Thu 21 - Pensacola, FL - Handle Bar (no website?)
Fri 22 - Houston, TX - Fat
Cat's (AKA Mary Jane's)
Sat 23 - Austin, TX Emo's
The J Church / Storm The Tower split release will be officially released
on CD and 12" on Broken Rekids on 8 September. However, copies should
be available on the tour, at least from San Francisco onwards. The J Church
tracks are Terror Or Love, Ghostwriter, Wonderful,
The Satanists Convene and Mature Shower Curtains, while
Storm The Tower contribute Feeding The Filth Eater, We Are The
Ice Age, Into The Jaws Of Death and The Greatest Weapon.
And in case you can't wait, here's a preview of the front and back covers.
Dates have been announced for the Honey Bear All-Stars US Summer tour
(my title, not theirs). J Church will headline and DFI - i.e. new J Church
guitarist David - and Storm The Tower, featuring new drummer Chris (of
whom more below), will support. There may well also be local bands.
- see latest schedule further up the page]
tentative plans for tours further afield later this year or early 2004,
but there's nothing more to say on that just now.
Two new records
are awaiting release. One is the new album, including the already-infamous
15-minute song Society is a Carnivorous Flower (a slogan which
you may know from the inlay of the Camels, Spilled Corona... cassette),
which may come out on Honest Don's. But before then, probably on Broken
Rekids, will be a split 12" with Storm The Tower.
And if you
want to catch one of Chris's other bands, Severed Head Of State, they're
a week or so into a 63-day tour of Europe. They played London last night,
continue round the UK and Ireland for another 10 days then head to Scandanavia,
Eastern Europe and elsewhere. See the full list here.
There is a new band line-up - and J Church is now a four-piece. Jeff has
recently moved to Florida and Adam has a new child to care for, so joining
Lance, who's still on vocals / guitar, are:
David DiDonato - guitar (sole member of the band DFI)
Chris Pfeffer - drums (from Severed Head Of State, Storm The Tower and
will be playing Emo's in Austin on 27 May alongside Rainer Maria.
Honey Bear records website, hbrecords.org, is currently suspended due
to problems with the domain name. Hopefully these will be resolved soon.
It must be about four years since I got an email from the Luxembourg
band Petrograd concerning a split 7" with J Church. At long last
the single is ready and will be released on 29 September. At the moment
it will only be available direct from the band's label, Christopher's
Records for $4 plus postage (which will be €3.50 in Europe, $4.50
elsewhere. Check the website
or email for more
information. Petrograd will also be playing a benefit show for Lance in
November and they will be asking for practical donations (i.e. CDs, computer
stuff) to send him.
Lance now has a new address: 1730 E. Oltorf #135, Austin, TX 78741
Fire update - extracts from a message from Lance to the mailing list:
to assure everyone that I plan to carry on with the band and the label
and whatever other things I was planning to do. As much as is financially
possible, I'm gonna be working the DFI and J Church records coming out
this Fall on Honey Bear [the Storm The Tower 7"s were destroyed]
... I REALLY don't want people to get any misinformation about what happened.
I mean, TWICE in the last decade there have been rumors that I died and
that created huge problems for me as you can imagine ... Hopefully, life
will start to get back to normal the weekend after next when I at least
move into my new apartment.
is asking how to help and I really don't know how to reply to that. I'm
very flattered that people have offered to do benefits and send money.
But I feel a little weird taking peoples money. Here are the things we
are trying to replace if for some strange reason you have extras: Computer.
Stereo. Records - if you are at a record label and are on my list, I probably
love your label and would love to get whatever promos you've got lying
If you can
help, email Lance with the
If you're on Lance's mailing list you'll already know about the fire at
his block last weekend. Lance is uninjured (one resident died and a fireman
was hurt) but just about everything he owns is gone. As that includes
the computer, you may not see any mention on the Honey Bear site for a
while, so in case you're wondering, here's the practicals as far as J
Church is concerned:
Bear mail-order merchandise, singles club material, master tapes, DATs
and CDRs are destroyed.
If you are
expecting a mail-order item, Lance will try to re-imburse you. However,
understand that this may take time.
club (including the online version) is on hold for the forseeable future,
and probably longer, as it is likely that every unreleased recording was
For the same
reason, the various releases mentioned below (other than those that have
since come out) will now not be happening unless Lance has already sent
out the tracks. If you've sent him an invite to appear on a new release,
the band will have to decline until things get sorted.
will appear on here and the mailing list as and when information becomes
As mentioned in the latest J Church Newsletter, this site will be hosting
a singles club - one exclusive track a month, every month for a year.
At present there are no other details to add to what's in the Newsletter;
I will post more as soon as anything is definite.
A couple of qualifications to the release list below. The Amadou Diallo
benefit album actually hits the streets on 25 June but available now on
pre-order through the label's site. And I believe that the Law Of Inertia
compilation is actually a free CD that comes with issue 10 of the label's
self-titled zine, rather than a 'proper' release, though I'm double-checking
No full releases but a lot of compilations have surfaced so far this year.
Is anyone still trying to be a completist? Until I get more information
for the discography, here's a quick rundown (and if you know more, get
The Cyclist records comp. - an acoustic track called Worth
Killing For, about the Manson family.
Wheeler Avenue: A Memorial to Amadou Diallo (Failed
Experiment records) - the monumentally titled song is Off The
Pigs: Nobuyoshi Araki And William Vollman As Personified Arguments
Against The Vice Squad and the CD is out on 4 June.
Before Quality (Kinetic
records - presumably not the one at kineticrecords.com, which
is a division of Warner Bros.) - 30-second song comp. including Ghost
In Your House.
Songs For The Proletariat (that's a working title, the label is
unknown) - an old acoustic track called Mission Dolores.
Of Inertia records compilation - a cover of Not Proud Of The
USA by The Mice, originally from '85 or thereabouts.
Chord Rocket Science (Suckerpunch
records) - Mary Provost, the third outing for this cover.
Plastic Creeps - a CD bootleg of Radiohead covers which features
Creep from the Kittums In A Coma single.
forthcoming: a split 7" with Petrograd
- this one's been in the pipeline for a few years, their website says
it will be out this month but I'm told there are some mastering problems.
Rabbit records are reporting that their CDEP of new songs (first mentioned
a year ago) is still a "work in progress" - as of a week or
two ago they still didn't have the completed tracks. No other proper new
J Church release is scheduled but in the Fall / Autumn there will be an
'odds and sods' compilation called Palestine, featuring old tracks,
some fully recorded, some demos and others which have been given a 21st
Century reworking. This may be the first of a few such releases.
is auctioning a whole load of rarities on
eBay - J Church releases, test pressings, singles from his distro
and various other things. This is an ongoing sale so keep checking back.
Search on 'HONBR' to get the current list.
The third of the new releases mentioned way back on 10 July is being pressed
right now and will be coming soon to a distro near you. The split 7"
with Annalise is released on Beat
Bedsit records out of Brighton (UK) and each band contribute two tracks.
J Church do Fuck School and Asphyxia By Submersion (that's
the whole title, it's not a cover version) while Annalise,
without doubt one of the best bands in Britain, contribute Head Held
High and You Take The Records (I'll Take The Rest). Available
from the label for £2.50 post-paid in the UK, write to them for
A slight change to the Bay Area mini-tour mentioned below: the headline
show (August 13, if you can't be bothered to scroll down) with Tiltwheel
and The Urchin is now at the Voodoo Lounge on Mission and 25th and is,
unfortunately, a 21 and over night. The potential show in Sacramento is
definitely not now happening. Also, CDNow is giving a release date of
14 August for Meaty, Beaty, Shitty Sounding.
More new release updates:
The Australian single mentioned below should be out in September; it's
a split release on Rabbit
/ Deplorable Records and it'll be a 'concept' piece with seven short songs
The UK release will be now a split single on Beat Bedsit records with
the very excellent Annalise,
not the compilation previously mentioned. The Annalise website gives a
tentative August release.
Definitely out in early August will be the Meaty, Beaty, Shitty Sounding
The Japanese single - the split with Minority Blues Band on Snuffy Smiles
- is out now.
Another five live J Church CDs have been released on Honey Bear, featuring
three shows from the mid-'90s and two from 2000. See Newsletter
9.5 for full details.
J Church are playing a few shows in mid-August, mostly in the Bay Area
- book these dates for your diaries:
11 August - Bottom of the Hill, SF (supporting Citizen Fish)
12 August - Gilman Street, Berkely (supporting Citizen Fish)
13 August - CW Saloon, SF (with The Urchin and TiltWheel - Mike of Broken
There may also be a support show with Citizen Fish on the 14th in Sacramento
but that's not yet confirmed.
Got some more info (courtesy of Newsletter
9.4) on the international releases alluded to in the last update.
The Japanese single is a split with Minority Blues Band, on Snuffy Smiles.
Don't have a release date but the J Church songs are both cover versions
- the Subhuman's People Are Scared and Cringer's Petrograd.
Which neatly segues into a possible split 7" with the anarcho band
Petrograd, who are from Luxembourg; unfortunately nothing more on this
just now. There are also two new songs headed for compilations. Asphyxia
By Submersion will be on the Beat Bedsit compilation in the UK - not
sure of the label (possibly Spanking Herman), while All The Wars
is a cover of a song originally by the old British band Anthrax
and will be on the the next AK Press release. No date for either of these
but the next J Church singles comp. (see below) should be out in mid-August.
A little bit of non-band news. You may be aware that Lance is writing
a book on the late '70s / early '80s anarcho punk scene (as detailed in
Newsletter 9.3, MRR and no doubt elsewhere). I'm sure a lot of this is
well-organised by now, but I'm equally sure any extra assistance - either
with articles from the time or contacts for people in the scene - would
be appreciated, so if you can help, send
him an email.
Lots of new and forthcoming releases to tell you about:
A) The first four CDs in Lance's series of live shows, home demos and
other J Church ephemera are out now - to start with, four shows between
'93-97. These releases - on Honey Bear records - are only available
each $6 post-paid in the US (I'll try to get the non-US prices too). There
will be more in the series soon.
B) Nostalgic For Nothing has got a re-release on an very limited
split 7" with the Long Island band Contra - 300 only, pressed up
for the birthday of Craig, the drummer from Contra. The J Church song
is not a re-recording and I have no idea if you're going to be able to
get it unless you know someone in either band. That should put the collectors
in a frenzy.
C) A year on, there's finally a sighting of the 'missing' song from the
One Mississippi sessions. Palm Tree was on the first album
tracklist I got but was one of two tracks dropped from the final release
(the other being Closing Time In An Early Town). It's going to
be on a forthcoming compilation by New Disorder records - don't know the
title or date just now.
D) The fourth J Church singles collection should be out some time during
the summer; twenty songs on Honey Bear records entitled Meaty, Beaty,
Shitty Sounding, a 'tribute' to The Who's Meaty, Beaty, Big And
Bouncy album of many years ago.
E) I've also seen mention of three other possible single releases on labels
in Japan, the UK and Australia later this year - more news if/when they
ever come to fruition.
A whole bunch of news in the latest Newsletter (#9.2) - new releases,
re-issues, the Honey Bear singles club and more. Rather than me repeat
it all on this page, head over
here and read Lance's words in full. Then start saving your money.
Last minute Bay Area show - got an email from Mike at Broken Rekids: J
Church and Songs For Emma (Mike's band) are playing an all-ages show at
the Anarchist Bookfair benefit in Oakland. It's TOMORROW NIGHT - Thurs.
March 29, at the AK Press/Broken Rekids Building, 673 23rd St. & MLK,
doors at 7PM. Five dollars on the door - call 510 208 1700 for more info.
More tour news. Leatherface, Hot Water Music and Small Brown Bike join
the Fat line-up for the New Orleans, Houston and Austin shows. And more
importantly, J Church will play two headlining shows before the big Fat
Wreck trek, in:
Feb 26 - Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 27 - Denver, CO (venue TBA)
Updated from 22 Jan. - tour schedule for the March 2001 Propagandhi /
Avail / J Church / Fabulous Disaster US tour.
& Roll High School
Main Street, Green Bay, WI
West Addison, Chicago, IL
Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH
East Congress Street, Detroit, MI
Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH
Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
Hudson Street, New York, NY
Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
21st Street, Virginia Beach, VA
North Avenue N.E., Atlanta, GA
East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL
Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL
West Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL
Street Theatre **
- 2 shows, at 5PM and 9PM
** - Provisional. The Fat
Wreck website shows these dates for Propagandhi and Avail but there's
no comparative Honest
Don's listing for J Church
According to the latest
Newsletter, there may be up
to four more dates added to the end of the tour, including a potential
headline show in San Francisco.
Six years or so after the last outing, Lance is putting together another
Honey Bear record club. There will be six 7"s in all, featuring songs
"from J Church, Cringer, Cilantro and more [...] Each 7" will
be limited to 100 copies. That means that almost none of the records will
be available in stores". The cost is $45 postpaid (in the US) and
you can either post your money to Lance or
buy online through a Yahoo Pay Direct account - details to follow.
If you haven't already read the latest Newsletter (8.6), here's what
Firstly, a US tour is planned for March in the company of Avail, Propagandhi
and Fabulous Disaster. No dates / venues announced yet, I'll let you know
as soon as I have them.
Secondly, as of 3 January there is a J Church discussion group on eGroups.
Last I looked, there were 10 members - hey, it's early days - and no-one,
including me, has yet had the courage to send the first mail... If you
want to join up, send a blank email to JchurchTalkfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The Honest Dons website says that the Belgian show on 29 November will
be at the Kompas in Sint-Niklaas. The Leni Riefenstahl... 7" is
out next week and will be available on the December section of the European
tour, or you can contact
Loveboat direct. I should also be getting a few of my own copies to
News from Andrea at Loveboat records. The Leni Riefenstahl... 7"
he's putting out should be released at the end of next week (i.e. 15-17
November). He also says that support at the J Church show in Torino (1
Dec.) will be from Frontiera, "which is 2/3 of the legendary Italian punk
band Kina". And on the same subject, Pink Kross will be opening in Glasgow.
This is how the mainland Europe section of the tour now looks.
27 Nov. -
Zwischenfall, Bochum, Germany
28 Nov. - AZ, Aachen, Germany
29 Nov. - Hasselt, Belgium (tba)
30 Nov. - Coupole, Bienne, Switzerland
01 Dec. - El Paso, Torino, Italy
02 Dec. - Rome, Italy (tba)
03 Dec. - CPA, Fierenze, Italy
06 Dec. - Wild At Heart, Berlin, Germany
07 Dec. - Arm, Kassel, Germany
A couple of bits of miscellaneous news. Extra support bands will open
at the UK shows, including: Brighton - Blocko; London - Travis Cut and
Southport; Leeds - Skimmer; Manchester - Inside Right; Derby - Wat Tyler;
Winchester - Southport and Portiswood. And the Loveboat Records site is giving
a tentative release date of mid-November for the Leni Riefenstahl...
7". The track Harvest is a lo-fi cover of the Neil Young song,
"complete with weird hospital-found sounds".
Here's the almost-complete dates for the One Mississippi tour,
part one. There will be more touring in the US and elsewhere next year.
UK support is confirmed as The Urchin, support at the October shows (except
Las Vegas) comes from The Dismemberment Plan - I've seen 'em, they're
great, so get there early. These are all taken from the latest
edition of the J Church newsletter.
Oct. 24 - Balcony Lights, Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 25 - Solar Culture Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Oct. 26 - Che Café, San Diego, CA
Oct. 27 - Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 28 - Jerry's Pizza, Bakersfield, CA
Oct. 29 - Bottom Of The Hill, San Francisco, CA
Oct. 30 - UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA
Nov. 14 - Philadelphia, PA (tba)
Nov. 15 - Brownie's, New York City, NY
Nov. 16 - Middle East Café, Boston, MA
Nov. 20 - The Lift, Brighton, UK
Nov. 21 - Camden Underworld, London, UK
Nov. 22 - The Cockpit, Leeds, UK
Nov. 23 - The Star And Garter, Manchester, UK
Nov. 24 - 13th Note, Glasgow, UK
Nov. 25 - Victoria Inn, Derby, UK
Nov. 26 - Railway Inn, Winchester, UK
Nov. 27 - Zwischenfall, Bochum, Germany
Nov. 28 - Aachen, Germany
Nov. 29 - Wild At Heart, Berlin, Germany
Dec. 01 - Chez Heinz, Hannover, Germany
Dec. 02 - Stuttgart, Germany
Dec. 03 05 Italy (tba)
Got an email from Jeff West to say that he's going to be putting out the
next Cilantro 7" on his label Explain
It To Me, Central Pennsylvania. But as he doesn't yet have the DAT,
no release date is scheduled.
OK, it's not just the Brits now. Here's four dates in Germany for December
- support comes from, I think, Japanese pop-punkers The Urchin.
- Bochum, Zwischenfall
28 November - Aachen, AZ
29 November - Berlin - Wild At Heart
01 December - Hannover, Chez Heinz
news from the latest Mailing List missive, there will be a 7" on
the Italian label Love Boat soon, featuring Leni Riefenstahl's Tinder
Box and non-album tracks Closing Time In An Early Town and
Harvest. See their
website or write to Andrea at Love Boat Records, C.P. 215, 10064 Pinerolo
The second Cilantro 7" is also now fully-planned (don't have a date
or label though). The track list is Sexy Sadie - the title track
and a Beatles cover, Karine, Mission Dolores, Worth Killing
For, Jazz Butcher On A Work Night and Tricky.
And finally, Lance is moving to Austin, Texas for a few years but no,
the band is not splitting up. It'll just make rehearsals a little harder
I don't know the venues yet, but immediately following the UK shows below,
Lance and co. will be playing across the continent. The European tour
ends on 7 December.
At last - some tour dates! Just the UK for now - US and non-UK European
dates are also being planned for this year but I do NOT have any details
yet. Honest! Shows so far announced are:
- Brighton, Free Butt
21 November - London, Camden Underworld
22 November - Leeds, The Cockpit
23 November - Manchester, venue TBA
24 November - Glasgow, 13th Note
25 November - Derby, Victoria Inn
26 November - Winchester, The Railway Inn
See you in
London and hopefully the last two as well.
Honest Dons have given the release date of the new album as 18 July. Mark
Lance is interviewed in the current edition (no. 37) of Punk Planet. It's
a fairly short piece, mostly about his recent illness. If you can't find
a copy of PP, don't worry 'cos the piece will be on here just as soon
as I can type it up.
The new album will be called One Mississippi. It could be that
Lance is an afficianado of British football songs (try singing "One
Mississippi, there's only one Mississippi" to the tune of Guantanamera)
but it's probably a literary reference. Anyway, that aside, the album
will be out soon-ish - possibly May, but that's not definite. Also planned
but not yet detailed - I don't know any more than is written here, honest
- are 3 tours, a short one in the US, one to South America and one to
Europe, following the album's release.
... and another SF show - an All Ages on April 15th at the Bottom of the
Hill club, with "someone on K and someone on DeSoto. I forget who"
(that's Lance's memory, not mine). Supposedly the last Bay Area shows
in a while, at least until the new album is out. More 'proper' tour news
The Anarchist Bookfair takes place in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park
on 15 April and, like last year, J Church are playing a benefit show.
Catch them and Songs For Emma on Tues 11 April at the Cocodrie in the
North Beach area of town.
J Church will be playing a few shows in San Francisco in February. If
you're in the area, head for:
Sunday 6th: Howling Bull toy store - free show, with songs from the new
Thursday 17th: The Bottom Of The Hill, opening for Limp and Nerfherder.
An all-ages show.
Sunday 20th: Cocodrie (not fully confirmed yet, check with the venue nearer
the time). All-ages show with Discount. That's the band Discount, not
money off at the door.
The new album is finished. Almost. Here's the tracklist (not the final
running order), followed by a few extracts from the J Church newsletter,
courtesy of Mr Hahn:
No Jazz, New York Times Book Review, The Track, Where
The Trains Go, Sunshine, Quickstep, Your Mother,
She Says, Never Happy, She's So Mean, Diet Coke,
Imaginary Friends, Anybody, I Reach For Her Hand...,
Cut The Shit, Leni Reifenstahl's Tinder Box, Sadie Mae
Glutz, Jane, Vanessa And I, Gulf Breeze, Florida, The
Doctor, The Devil And I, Rich And Young And Dumb, J
Church Sucks, Reaching For Thoreau, Palm Tree, Closing
Time In An Early Town, Christmas Lights, Stars Are Exploding
"In some ways it's really epic (28 songs, an hour long, piano and
guest vocals not to mention other studio trickery) and really small (16
tracks instead of the usual 24, less practice and more improvisation,
very, very, VERY little sleep) at the same time. A lot of people are going
to think it's very pretentious. A lot of people are going to think that
it's our worst, though most adventurous record. There may be a little
for everyone. But as a result, very few people will like the entire opus
... All I ask is that you try to listen to it all in one sitting. It works
better that way ... I can't think of a time where I felt like all the
work I put into a J Church project really paid off. It's a record that's
really allowed us to go in directions we were only able to dabble in before.
I don't know what the label thinks of that. Hopefully this is
our Zen Arcade and not our Warehouse: Songs And Stories."
Thanks to Niki for pointing out this on the Honest Don's Records site:
"J Church are currently in the studio recording their second full-length
for Honest Don's. The band has two new members. Jeff Bursley - Bass and
Adam Pfahler (ex-Jawbreaker) - Drums. Look for the new album to be released
sometime in February 2000. Look for them on tour in Europe in March."
There are tentative plans for three separate tours next year, to Japan,
the UK and around the US. No further details yet, it's still only a vague
plan as it mostly depends on Adam (drums) who has a) a child and b) a
video store to take care of.
A whole lotta news from the latest J Church newsletter. There's a new
track - from the final sessions with Gardner - on the compilation that
comes with the new edition of Cool Beans zine. It's yet another
ELO cover, this time Sweet Talkin' Woman. Andee drums on it and
Harriet Scott also sings.
Also the live 7" on VML is getting a re-release on a comp. CD together
with similar tracks from the Young Pioneers, Sicko and Naked Aggression.
"The single sold embarrassingly well" says Lance, though "We
are always sort of a wall of noise live. Not very tuneful." A new
Cilantro EP has completed the mixing stage but there's no label to release
it on just yet. Looks for more information on these on the regular pages
just as soon as I get it.
Finally, and most importantly: "We just started work on our fifth
album last week. It's pretty crazy, but we're recording 28 to 30 songs
for this opus. Yeah, whenever I mention it the label sorta freaks out.
I don't know. They'll freak out more when they actually hear it. We're
a week into the recording and we've got three weeks to go. It's now looking
like a February release date. I know, 28 songs is a little silly (even
for us). But it is our first album since '96 and there's been so much
chaos. Give us a little slack..."
There is going to be a new studio album. According to Lance, all the songs
have been demoed and songs in this format may be appearing on a few compilations.
(Oh god, not *more* compilations, says the stressed site-owner!) The working
title of the album is The Horror Of Life but that may change. The
line up of the band - for the album at least - will be Lance, Adam (ex-Jawbreaker/Moons)
and Jeff (of Nothing Cool). It'll almost definitely be recorded with Tim
Green (of The Champs, ex-Young Ginns, Nation Of Ulysses) who's also worked
with The Melvins, Lowercase, Unwound, The Lies and others. Don't expect
to see it in the racks before next year though.
There are a few more compilations doing the rounds but they all feature
old tracks. The Japanese label Snuffy Smiles have put out a J Church compilation
CD called Slanted, with many tracks taken from the My Favourite
Place and Travels In Hyper-Reality EPs plus a few excerpts
from band-related radio broadcasts. The band are also on three new 'various
artists' comps. - Love Songs For The Broken Hearted, Hang 10
and a Vagrant Records 'best of'. See the Compilations pages for more details.
There's a previously unreleased track J Church track to get. It's called
Tightrope and it's on The Return Of The Read Menace, a new
CD from AK Press/Honest Don's. However, I believe it's actually another
ELO cover so it's probably not that new - I'm guessing it dates from 1998.
J Church will be playing an all-ages benefit show in San Francisco on
24 March at the Bottom Of The Hill club with the Tom Brooker Band. It's
a show for the Anarchist Book Conference which is in SF on 27 March at
9 Avenue and Lincoln Way.
It's fairly old news now but in case you hadn't heard, Gardner has left
J Church. The reason? He was tired of touring so much. It's a damn shame,
but it's been done so we'll have to just get used to it. Scott and Adam
have played a couple of shows now with Lance but I still have no idea
how permanent a fixture they are / will be.
The Argentinian split 7" that Lance spoke of last June is
now available. It's with Restos Fosiles.
The Fuelled By Ramen Discount / J Church split is, as far as I
know, still on hold. Discount put out their would-be contribution, 5 Billy
Bragg covers, independently. The J Church songs were to be the ELO covers
that have already surfaced on the Turn To Stone single and Mailorder
Is Fun comp. CD.
J Church are finally getting back on the tour circuit - their first show
in San Francisco for a year is at the Cocodrie on Sunday 22 November.
Other bands include PEE, Disgusteens (Japan), WaterCloset (ex Sprocket
Wheel) (Japan) and Songs for Emma (Tommy from Strawman's band). It's an
all ages *evening* show - I've been told to tell you "don't go to
the afternoon show that day unless you want to see Earth Crisis".
The J Church line up will be Lance, Scott on bass (from Moons) and Adam
(Moons/ex-Jawbreaker) on drums.
case you hadn't noticed, the line-up has changed quite significantly.
Andy will be playing drums for PEE and might be playing "sometimes"
in J Church. And Gardner has left J Church because he was tired of touring
so much. It's a damn shame, but it's been done so we'll have to just get
used to it. I don't yet know whether Scott and Adam are short, medium
or long-term band members.
also the possibility of J Church playing at the CMJ Music Marathon in
New York City, which, if it happens, would be Lance with Andee on drums
and their friend John (from Andee's other bands Tick War and A Minor Forest)
According to CDNow, the third singles compilation, called Altamont
'99, was released on 22 September.
new album on Damaged Goods is called Cat Food and came out on 5
October. I haven't seen a copy yet but all details will be here as soon
as I do.
News from Lance as to future band plans (received at the end of June):
"We have a 7" coming out in Argentina soon. There will be a
new Japanese CD of stuff available in the States and Europe. It's just
for Japan... Au Go Go in Australia is doing our third singles collection
which will also include the out of print extra tracks from the vinyl of
Arbor Vitae. We'll start our fifth album at the end of the year.
I guess we'll only do one tour this year." He also said that the
almost-impossible-to-find Travels In Hyper-Reality 10" EP
is being re-released on CD on Helter Skelter records "soon".
Fuelled By Ramen records are putting out a split covers LP between J Church
and Discount. The J Church side features the ELO songs that were originally
going to be on an FBR 7" while Discount do a number of Billy Bragg
tunes. Don't know the release date yet, though.
Marigold Records have released the Empty Soda Can 7" by Lance's
side-project, Cilantro. It's four-track recordings of 6 J Church songs
that never made it to official releases.