Tommy Stinson's BASH & POP Tour Comes To LA March 7th / SXSW Details Forthcoming

Photo: Vince DeSantiago
BASH & POP'S Anything Could Happen, the long-awaited follow-up to the band’s 1993 debut album, Friday Night Is Killing Me, is out now via Fat Possum Records and has been receiving praise across the board, including in depth interviews withBandcamp,  EsquireRolling Stone and New York Observer, among others. In addition to the new album, the first ever vinyl pressing of Friday Night... is available via Sire/Reprise.
The tour's first leg was a huge success, selling out in every town and resumes this month for a second run of shows beginning in Seattle on February 28th. Tommy is joined on the road by a few of his friends who helped make much of the new BASH & POP record – lead guitarist Steve “The Sleeve” Selvidge (The Hold Steady), Joe “The Kid” Sirois (Mighty Mighty BossTones) on drums and Justin “Carl” Perkins (Screeching Weasel) on bass guitar. The band recently performed on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert  and things got a little out of hand when the band played past their scheduled time, as you can see here.
Both albums are available via BASH & POP’s Pledge Music campaign, which can be visited here. In addition to ordering tickets for shows and picking up the new music, fans can Pledge towards unforgettable experiences with Tommy and the band (Tommy officiates your wedding, “Billiards w/ BASH & POP”, Full Band Kegger in Your Basement) as well as unique memorabilia such as Tommy’s old bass guitars, both smashed AND fully intact!
Stinson has a firm grasp on what he’s after and achieves it with this remarkably loose yet focused sophomore release. Hopefully we won’t have to wait another 25 years for the next one.” American Songwriter
“Anything Could Happen is an album of upbeat songs about feeling down and lucid observations about getting fucked up, split evenly between ragged mid-tempo struts and countrified, come-down laments. …Stinson’s unlikely journey from drunk-punk underdog to arena-rock ringer has shown, anything can indeed happen.” Pitchfork
“…a terrific rock ‘n’ roll record -- a true rarity these days.” Lincoln Journal Star
"The songs really did fit together seamlessly.  “This has been a great show. It’s good to come home.” He could have meant Minneapolis or Bash & Pop as "home," but clearly there was a familiarity to both that made Thursday's show a triumphant one." Minneapolis Star Tribune (live review)
"BASH & POP undeniably rock their return." Minneapolis City Pages (live review)
"Bash & Pop’s bar-soaked brand of power-pop sounds as good in 2017 as it did where Stinson last left it on 1993’s FridayNight Is Killing Me, making for a strong start to the new year for fans of no-frills rock ’n’ roll.” AV Club
“…”Rocks” picks right back up where the first LP left off (a good thing).” Brooklyn Vegan
“On The Rocks,” an old-school rave-up of a guitar-rocker made with considerably more piss and/or vinegar than we could reasonably expect from someone who’s been in the game as long as Stinson.” Stereogum
Tue. February 28th - SEATTLE, WA - Chop Suey
Wed. March 1st - PORTLAND, OR - Doug Fir
Fri. March 3rd - SACRAMENTO, CA - Harlow's
Sat. March 4th - SAN JOSE, CA -  The Ritz
Sun. March 5th - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Swedish American Hall
Tue. March 7th - LOS ANGELES, CA - Troubadour
Thu. March 9th - SAN DIEGO, CA - Casbah
Fri. March 10th - LAS VEGAS, NV  - Neon Reverb
Sat. March 11th - PHOENIX, AZ - Viva PHX
Mon. March 13th  - AUSTIN, TX - SXSW (details forthcoming)
More shows/info forthcoming
And now, many more words about Bash & Pop from former Replacements manager Peter Jesperson:
Anything Could Happen is the 2nd album by BASH & POP, a very welcome and loooong-awaited follow-up to 1992’s Friday Night Is Killing Me. The helmsman of the group is one Thomas Eugene Stinson, better known as Tommy of The Replacements - the seminal band of which he was co-founder, bassist and sparkplug. Now, coming off a fruitful 18-year stretch playing bass with stadium rockers Guns N’ Roses (“It was good for me on so many levels”) and a hugely successful 33-show Replacements reunion romp, Tommy is clearly jazzed to be doing his own thing again.
You may ask, why resurrect the name BASH & POP now? Tommy explains, “The first B&P album was rootsy, very rock n’ roll and as the new stuff started to come together, it felt like that. Also, as I was playing rough mixes of some of these new recordings for friends, many said it reminded them of the B&P record … so it just seemed to make sense.” There’s a distinct camaraderie at work in these performances, a real band feel that harkens back to Tommy’s formative years.
Tommy’s history has been well-documented, but here’s a quick primer: He first picked up a bass in 1978 at the age of twelve, urged by his guitar-playing big brother Bob. Together they formed a band called Dogbreath, which featured, among others, Chris Mars on drums. In 1979, when fledgling musician Paul Westerberg heard the racket they made blaring out of the basement of a house he passed on his way home from work, The Replacements were effectively born. Over the course of eight albums and extensive touring, the band made an indelible impression. The Replacements broke up in 1991 but their influence can still be felt to this day. Since then, Tommy has made lots of music; the aforementioned BASH & POP debut; his more democratic and pop-ish band Perfect made an EP (When Squirrels Play Chicken - 1996) and an album (Once, Twice, Three Times A Maybe - recorded in 1997 but delayed by record company shenanigans until 2004); plus two solo albums -Village Gorilla Head (2004) and One Man Mutiny (2011). In addition, he was an integral part of GnR’s Chinese Democracy(2006) and two albums with his longtime mates, Soul Asylum - The Silver Lining (2006) and Delayed Reaction (2011). The Replacements also reared their heads again with cathartic and unanimously well-received reunion shows in 2013, ‘14 and ‘15. New recordings were made but ultimately scuttled.
Arguably the best thing Tommy has done post-Replacements, Anything Could Happen sports nine rockers and three ballads. Recorded in Hudson, NY and London, the album roars outta the gate with “Not This Time,” a song Tommy says was specifically written to be Track One. “I wanted this thing to come out with, ya know, just - BAM! - rock n’ roll!” The album is full of spontaneity, belying how clearly focused and well-constructed it is. The care taken in the singing is especially impressive. The choruses are hookier than ever. The lyrics strike a balance between true and imagined, wisdom and hilarious wordplay; and some are autobiographical - the album partly chronicles the drawn-out demise of a relationship. Loaded with Tommy’s tried and true Faces-Stones-Mats swagger, “Anything Could Happen” and “Bad News” are about adaptability and optimistically facing the curve balls life can throw. “Breathing Room” couples a catchy tune with a heartbreaking lyric: “You’re the dream I thought that I had / I’m the wish that won’t come true … We’re running out of breathing room / Ain’t that a bitch, being stuck this way.” One striking line in the ballad, “Anytime Soon,” may sum up the shattered yet resilient dichotomy of the record best: “You won’t see me dangling from these rafters anytime soon.”
When asked what makes this project such a leap from his previous efforts Tommy replies, “On the one hand, I might’ve just gotten lucky! (laughs) But on the other hand, I totally approached it in a different way than I have in the past. The last two solo albums were done rather piecemeal. On this one I had all the songs written in advance and, with the band there throughout the sessions to help make the tracks really ‘sing,’ it improved the whole process.”
Speaking of the band, here’s the lowdown: Tommy sings and plays rhythm guitar throughout and handles the bass on eight of the twelve tracks; lead guitar duties are split between Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady) and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars); the drum stool is shared by Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses, The Psychedelic Furs) and Joe Sirois (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Roll The Tanks); Cat Popper (Ryan Adams, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Jack White) - plays bass when Tommy doesn’t; Tony Kieraldo takes care of all keys; Justin Perkins (Screeching Weasel) laid down some acoustic guitar, percussion and backing vocals in addition to mixing and mastering the record. Chip Roberts (The Drinkers, one-400’s) and Davey Lane (You Am I) guest on guitar. Moving forward, Steve, Joe and Justin will fill out the touring band.
When you listen to a Tommy Stinson record, under any moniker, you’re hearing rock n’ roll done by a lifer, someone who has literally spent three-fourths of his time on this earth touring and making music. If you subscribe to the theory that it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery in any field, Tommy Stinson has done that, many times over. And with Anything Could Happen, He doesn’t want to waste your time … no, not this time. - Peter Jesperson