Chicago IL 07-08-13 by James Currie
So it had been way too long, and without a doubt, tour was amazing. We debuted new songs, played older ones that had never been played live, and had the pleasure of entering into that ecstatic state once again. Now we will focus on crafting and fine-tuning our body of material in preparation for a new album.
A big thank you goes out to the following people for their contributions and support on our recent tour: Erin Armstrong, Jeremiah Lambert, Mark Byland, Nate Lucas, Jonathan Wright, Christopher Terry, Jeff Morgan, Samantha Allen, Blake Conley, Heidi Goldman, Eric Uecke, Christen Thomas and everyone at the Empty Bottle, and everyone who gave their support at the shows.
We will have new shirts, posters, etc up in an online store very soon. Take care all.
“With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone” Double LP Available Now
Words from Chris:
Bird Dialect is a collective endeavor formed by long-time friends. I am fortunate to be a participant in this endeavor, and to release “With Echoes In The Movement of Stone” on wax is satisfying on so many levels. “Langue Verte”. The Language of the Birds. Bird Dialect… The meanings held within the words and the symbols have always been of the utmost importance to this band. The bonds we have formed over the last decade have shaped us in ways beyond comprehension. To be able to move forward, and to continue to add to the Minsk narrative, is one of the greatest gifts I have been given. The utmost respect and thanks goes out to Tim, Sanford, Aaron, Ryan and Zac for imbuing Minsk with their endless talents.
Minsk cannot neglect to thank all of our contributors present and past: Bruce Lamont, Anthony Couri, Jeff Hyde, Dustin Addis, Joel Madigan, Brian Barth, and Jared Madigan. Thank you all for your efforts and contributions over the years.
Thanks to Erin at Kill Hatsumomo prints we will have these beautiful posters in tow for our upcoming shows. Check out more of Erin’s work @ http://www.killhatsumomoprints.com
Upcoming Minsk tour dates:
July 4. PEORIA, IL @ The Brass Rail
w/ Alma Negra, Ghost Key, Goliath
July 5. LITTLE ROCK, AR @ Downtown Music
w/ The Sound of the Mountain, Mainland Divide, Enchiridion
July 6. NASHVILLE, TN @ Springwater
w/ Generation of Vipers, Hellbender, Brother Ares
July 7. MILWAUKEE, WI @ The Cactus Club
w/ Asatta, Subjugation
July 8. CHICAGO, IL @ The Empty Bottle
w/ Alma Negra
Words from Tim on Minsk’s forward progression:
To the brink and back. Nearly a decade spent pouring everything we had into this thing, and just like that we almost felt it slip away. Almost. It has been a long two years. It never felt like it was finished, the way forward just hadn’t made itself clear yet. I really think it took facing the precipice for us to turn that corner and understand what it meant to us, what it meant to those who’ve connected with us and the music we were a part of through these years. When Chris and I started this band twelve years ago, we never anticipated it growing into what it became, how much of ourselves it would occupy, how it would eventually become more than the sum of its parts. We have always been our own harshest critics, and I think it took time to come to terms with the reality that this thing should continue. The past is a memory. The future is unwritten. The present is all that is. The work is not complete.
The family has expanded, and we’re so thrilled to have Aaron, Ryan, and Zac with us now. Aaron has been a brother for a very long time, and so this addition is more natural than we could have imagined. For me, hearing he and Chris play guitar together has that sense of something that just always should have been. And as Ryan and Zac have individually come into our lives and into Minsk, they have raised us up. Their abilities, and their spirits, take this collective space to new heights.
The Minsk practice space remains in the one and only city of Peoria, Illinois, as it always has. There is something about that city that has always left such an indelible mark on what Minsk is. Recent recordings coming out of rehearsals have been livening my life, and my mind, so much lately. It is an exciting time. Old material, new material, ideas just flowing again… that space being occupied again, that thing present in the ether that always seemed right when Minsk is making noise.
Up in Chicago, Sanford is still making some of the best records you’re going to hear this year. Still helping keep Chicago the musical powerhouse that is always has been. Still and always a member of the Minsk tribe from a distance, though we’re keeping a looser reign around him these days. Time will not allow him to do these shows with us in July, but he will be joining us on stage for at least a song or two in Chicago. When doing work involves giving birth to the kind of ground breaking music that Sanford has a hand in all the time, it’s hard to believe it’s not time well spent.
We are, however, ALL excited about working on a new album together. So, it is with great pleasure that we announce this next step on the path, a milestone marking ten years since the very first show… a celebration of what was, what is, and what shall be. Please join us.