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, Esquire, Rolling 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 in January was a huge success, selling out in every town, and resumed for a run of West Coast shows that began last month in Seattle. These dates also include the Neon Reverb and Viva PHX festivals, as well as SXSW (info forthcoming) 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
BASH & POP LIVE SHOWS:
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