Neko Case never did end up playing bongos with the band, nonetheless, Southeast Engine had a true hoot at Pickathon 2012. Along with Neko, favorite performances included Cass McCombs, Phosphorescent, Robert Ellis, Thee Oh Sees, Doug Paisley, Blitzen Trapper, and more.
Out on the road, on August 10th, we got to celebrate the birthday of SEE keyboardist Billy Matheny. We tried to buy him some Finnish pastries in Minneapolis, but he would hear none of it. He’s a true gentleman. In addition, bassist Jesse Remnant won a whale steak and sulphured pineapple for getting Alaska and Hawaii in the “Collect All 50″ license plate game.
Great praise continues to roll in for Southeast Engine, including a phenomenal piece by Andrew Gilstrap of PopMatters called “Fear and Hope in the Great Depression,” as well as a beautiful acoustic video of “Ruthie” (off SEE’s Canary). The video was filmed live at Pickathon by the kindhearted badasses of KEXP in Seattle. The PopMatters article addresses the themes of both Canary (2011) and its companion EP Canaanville(2012). Pretty good for a digital-only EP. Fun!
To boot, the band had some wonderful new photos taken by the wildly talented Alison Vagnini while they were touring through Denver, CO en route to Pickathon. The first is up there for all to see.
Below is a smattering of press on the “Canaanville” EP. You can purchase it here via Misra Records. As always, thanks so much for your support!