#STLSOTD: Thursday, July 31st – Bo and the Locomotive’s “Give Me Something”
July 31, 2014
#STLSOTD is an I Went to a Show.com Monday-Friday feature that introduces followers to St. Louis music by spotlighting one track by one artist or band from IWTAS’ Bandcamp Directory of St. Louis Music. As always, we welcome your suggestions. If we pick the song you share with us on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments section of this post, we’ll make sure to give you a shout out.
From good bedroom pop project to great, proper rock band, Bo Bulawsky and his bandmates are on their way. Since the 2011 release of their debut full-length, Bo and the Locomotive has racked up positive press from the likes of Paste Magazine and Daytrotter in addition to much love from the usual STL suspects.
A purposeful group of dudes, BatL took measures to make sure that this new, 2-years-in-the-making record, It’s All Downhill From Here, was designed and produced in a way that aptly represents how the band approaches their craft. Local whiz David Beeman produced It’s All Downhill… in his Cherokee street Native Sound studio. And Daniel Murphy, of Secretly Canadian notoriety, worked up the album art (pictured above).
Now, to get the record on the shelves and in our hands, the guys are employing a technique increasingly popular with independents – crowd funding – though they aren’t using a standard online appeal site like Kickstarter or PledgeMusic. Instead, BatL booked a hopping new St. Louis venue (The Luminary) for a listening party/set of artist talks on August 14th.
Twenty-five bucks gets you in and pre-orders the vinyl or CD version of It’s All Downhill… (forty earns you a limited edition vinyl and props in the liner notes). At the Luminary event, the band, Beeman, and Murphy will discuss their roles in the making of the album, and attending patrons will be the first to hear it. As Bulawsky told the RFT, it’s a way to get Bo and the Locomotive fans together and acknowledge their contributions to the band’s success, live and in-person.
SO, for today’s #STLSOTD, we’re featuring a throwback (it’s Thursday, after all) BatL vintage jam. Dig on concert set favorite “Give Me Something”, and on 8/14, throw a little something the guys’ way if you’re able:
Bo and the Locomotive is Bo Bulawsky, Steven Colbert, Andrew Arato, Jordan Howe, and James Kane.