During PUSA's month-long U.S. tour, fans--which remarkably range in age from 14-30--can expect a healthy mix of new songs and old hits, including sing-along crowd pleasers "Kitty," "Lump," "Peaches," "Back Porch," and "Naked and Famous," among others. The trio performed new songs off their just-released album THESE ARE THE GOOD TIMES PEOPLE (Fugitive Recordings/EMI), including album opener and first single "Mixed Up S.O.B.," "Deleter," Ladybug," Sharpen Up Those Fangs," Truckstop Butterfly" and "More Bad Times."
In radio news, early adds for "Mixed Up S.O.B." include: WFNX Boston, KTCL Denver, KNDD Seattle, KNRK Portland, KWOD Sacramento, WEDX Albany and Sirius' "Alt Nation." The song has also received plays on KEDJ Phoenix, KITS San Francisco, KXRK Salt Lake City, KROX Austin, WHTQ Asbury Park, KFMA Tucson, KRZQ Reno, KQXR Boise, KVGS Las Vegas and XM Radio's "Ethel." On May 10, PUSA will co-headline the WFNX-Boston Radio show with Death Cab For Cutie at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA.
In other touring news, PUSA will head to Europe on April 10 for shows in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, England and Ireland. They'll be back in the U.S. come May for a month-long trek culminating with a performance on May 25 at the Sasquatch Festival in George, WA at the Gorge with The Cure, Death Cab For Cutie and Ryan Adams among others before heading back to Europe for shows in France, Italy, Germany and Denmark.
Check out what critics have been saying about THESE ARE THE GOOD TIMES PEOPLE:
"Led by Ballew, whose irrepressible spirit could make a corpse dance, the Presidents opened with 'Love Everybody,' the explosive title song of the group's 2004 album. The crowd sang along, and never stopped. The Presidents have shown remarkable staying power, remaining relevant 15 years after their debut in the waning days of Seattle's grunge scene."
-Gene Stout, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER (Live Show Review), March 16, 2008
...the sparse compact formula that led them to success in the mid-90's remains intact, with the main change, a subtle one, in the songwriting. ...punchy songs like album opener 'Mixed Up S.O.B.,' 'More Bad Times,' and the breezy 'Loose Balloon' come across as less novelty-like as a result of songcraft ...In an election year, its good to have these Presidents back."
--Bram Teitleman, BILLBOARD, March 15, 2008
"The current lineup, which includes two of the '90s members, sounds as lively as ever on These Are the Good Times People. The set opens with 'Mixed Up S.O.B.,' whose cheerfulness contrasts its cautionary account of a troubled ex who was found 'in her bed/all dead.' While the brisk tune is typical of their style, the Presidents have expanded their means since the days when singer-basitarist Chris Ballew and the band's guitbassist (currently Andrew McKeag) plucked a mere five strings between them. This album adds horns on three tracks and female backup vocals on one, while dabbling in country, blues and funk. Such variations keep things interesting, but the Presidents' calling remains swift and mildly skewed pop-rock."
--Mark Jenkins, WASHINGTON POST, March 21, 2008
"...as soon as I pressed play I was rocking out with my bad-self like I was nine years old again and hearing 'Peaches' for the first time. The first track, 'Mixed Up S.O.B.', is a throw-your-hands-in-the-air-and-shout song that reminded me of The Presidents' sounds that first hooked people. From that point on, the band only seems to expand on its level of expertise, from swingin' ska and rockabilly rhythms on 'Sharpen Up Those Fangs' and 'Flame is Love', to the folksy blue grass feel of 'Truckstop Butterfly', to the heartfelt lyrics and chorus of 'More Bad Times.' And as this musical journey draws to a conclusion, the band departs on a high note by bringing the funk on their soulful ender-song, 'Deleter' (it might just be my fave)."
--Nick Louie, SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER (CD review), February 20,2008
"The Presidents fully re-formed in 2004, and now they're back on the campaign trail with their strongest, most diverse album in years, These Are the Good Times People. It features a bushel of 'joy pop' tunes that defy gravity, among them 'Ladybug,' 'Sharpen Up Those Fangs,' 'More Bad Times' and 'Truckstop Butterfly.'
--Gene Stout, SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER (Feature story), March 13, 2008
"For people who have been on a strenuous, long-term diet of super serious love songs and political rants, this record is an appreciated, fattening dessert."
--David Styburski, PERFORMING SONGWRITER, March/April issue
"The band that introduced absurdity, clever word play and bright infectious pop hooks."
--Mark Baumgarten, SEATTLE SOUND, March 2008
"These Are the Good Times People is a lightweight rock confection that'll appeal to your footloose and fancy, free bone. The album is full of frivolous lyrics sung in Chris Ballew's nasal vocals and good time bar anthems like 'Mixed Up S.O.B.,' 'Sharpen Up Those Fangs,' and 'French Girl.' If you want something silly to lighten up your somber mood then this record'll be your own person anti-depressant."
--Amy Sciarretto, ARTISTDIRECT.COM, February 26,2008
" [These are the Good Times People] is filled with the barbed rock hooks and idiosyncratic lyrical musings..."
--Jonas Beals, FREE-LANCE STAR (VA), March 20, 2008
[These are the Good Times People] It's a classic PUSA record, equipped with all their pleasantries and ironic guitar riffs on tunes like 'French Girl,' 'Truckstop Butterfly,' and 'Lady Bug.' Leave your troubles at the door, embrace your inner geek, and give it 100 percent during 'Naked and Famous.' 'Cause the only suckers at this hipster-free show crossing their arms and exchanging shifty glances will be security."
--Chris Kornelis, SEATTLE WEEKLY, March 14,2008
Catch PUSA on the road in the following cities this spring:
DATE CITY VENUE
Tue 3/25 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Wed 3/26 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
Thu 3/27 Boston, MA Paradise
Thu 4/10 Eindhoven, NED Effenaar
Fri 4/11 Groningen, NED Oosterpoort KZ
Sat 4/12 Utrecht, NED Tivoli
Mon 4/14 Brussels, Belgium Botanique
Tue 4/15 London, UK Astoria
Wed 4/16 Brighton, UK Concorde 2
Fri 4/18 Bristol, UK Carling Academy
Sat 4/19 Birmingham, UK Carling Academy
Sun 4/20 Manchester, UK Academy
Tue 4/22 Newcastle, UK Carling Academy
Wed 4/23 Glasgow, UK Carling Academy
Fri 4/25 Belfast, UK Spring & Airbrake
Sat 4/26 Dublin, Ireland Tripod
U.S. Tour Dates
Mon 5/5 Milwaukee, WI Eagle's Ballroom
Tue 5/6 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café
Wed 5/7 Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall
Fri 5/9 Chicago, IL Abbey Pub
WFNX "Best Music Poll 2008" w/ Death Cab For Cutie and Bob Mould
Sat 5/10 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
U.S. Tour Dates
Sun 5/11 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
Fri 5/16 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Sat 5/17 Nashville, TN Nashville Riverfront Park
Sun 5/18 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
Tue 5/20 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
Wed 5/21 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
Thu 5/22 Knoxville, TN Sundown in the City
Fri 5/23 Atlanta, GA The Loft
Sasquatch Festival w/ The Cure, Death Cab For Cutie, Ryan Adams
Sun 5/25 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
Thu 5/29 Paris, France Trabendo
Fri 5/30 Winterhur, Switzerland Gaswerk
Sat 5/31 Turin, Italy Spazio
Tue 6/3 Krefeld, Germany Kulturfabrik
Thu 6/5 Hamburg, Germany Logo
Fri 6/6 Skiven, Denmark Skive Beach Party
Sat 6/7 Berlin, Germany Kato