To kick off the first weekend of The 2012 Vans Warped Tour, Ballyhoo! has agreed to give away one of their songs from their latest B-Side album “Medium Rare”. The album has a ton of hidden Ballyhoo! gems including this week’s MP3 Leak with the song “Thank You For The Good Times”…
As is the case with most MP3 Leaks, we love to hear the artists perspective on the song, along with the background on the track to fully understand and grasp the meaning of the song. Here’s what Howi Spangler of Ballyhoo! had to say in regards to the song “Thank You For The Good Times”. Enjoy the background while you listen to the new song…
“Thanks for the Good Times” is a jam that we originally released on the first pressing of “Cheers!” in 2008. It’s the deeper side of my writing. Mostly about holding strong in tough situations and doing what you want in your heart, regardless of outside influence. It was cut from the Surfdog re-release, so we felt like fans of the music should hear it.
When The Pier asked for a bit more information in regards to Their B-Side Medium Rare release, Howi told us:
“We finally saw an opportunity with our Kickstarter campaign. We had to come up with some good incentives for people to pledge and help us out. We immediately thought that creating an exclusive album for our backers would be a great idea. We have a lot of material lying around that we’ve never used for anything. Some of the songs are rare and had limited pressings on old compilations from The Pier and Sense Boardwear. We thought it would be great to get those out there again.
Other tracks are b-side material from our older albums. Fans will also get to hear the first recordings of some songs from rehearsals. Those were fun to listen to again. On “Radio”, you’ll just hear me mumbling melodies over the music and “Cali Girl” is really, really slow. There’s also a dub track I did while on the road last year. I like to make beats to pass the time.
Over the last couple weeks, we combed through whatever live stuff we had on our hard drives. We’ve recorded a lot of shows over the last 8 years or so… Some just weren’t properly mixed and were a mess. We found some good ones though.”
- Howi Spangler, Ballyhoo!
A rock band with punk energy and pop, reggae grooves, Baltimore’s BALLYHOO! are a fun, fan-loving powerhouse. These road dogs have tirelessly toured coast-to-coast taking their music to the people. They’re currently promoting their latest album Daydreams that was nominated for Album of the Year for the 2011 Pier Awards and their first release under Pepper’s Law Records! They were listed on MTV’s Top 100 Bands to Watch and even featured 2 downloadable songs on the popular video game ROCK BAND.
The band has performed with a myriad of national touring acts; 311, Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, The Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, Pepper and more. The group can now add playing the entire 2012 Vans Warped Tour to their highlight reel. After confirming Ballyhoo! for this week’s leak, Howi Told The Pier:
“We just locked in a big show at home with Weezer in September and we’re pumped on it! It’ll be a nice homecoming after the Vans Warped Tour.”
The band’s latest single “Last Night” is currently in rotation at various alternative radio stations including WHFS Baltimore, WRFF Philadelphia, KUKQ Phoenix, Star 101.9 Honolulu, & SiriusXM/Faction, as well as various specialty shows around the country. You can view the music video for “Last Night” below.
Yesod Williams, owner of the band’s label LAW Records says of his newest addition, “Having BALLYHOO! join the LAW family is a perfect fit. They are an incredibly talented band with a really catchy style”
Get their latest album DAYDREAMS on iTunes by clicking HERE
Ballyhoo! Vans Warped Tour Dates:
June 16 @ Utah State Fairpark. Salt Lake City, UT
June 17 @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver, CO
June 20 @ Luxor Hotel Parking Lot. Las Vegas, NV
June 21 @ Orange County Great Park. Irvine, CA
June 22 @ Pamona Fairplex. Pomona, CA
June 23 @ AT&T Park Lot A. San Francisco, CA
June 24 @ Ventura County Fair. Ventura, CA
June 27 @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre. Chula Vista, CA
June 28 @ Camelback Ranch. Glendale, AZ
June 29 @ NMSU Practice Field. Las Cruces, NM
June 30 @ AT&T Center. San Antonio, TX
July 1 @ Reliant Center Parking Lot. Houston, TX
July 3 @ Gexa Energy Pavilion. Dallas, TX
July 5 @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Maryland Heights, MO
July 6 @ The Palace of Auburn Hills. Auburn Hills, MI
July 7 @ first Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. Tinley Park, IL
July 8 @ Canterbury Park. Shakopee, MN
July 9 @ Sandstone Amphitheatre. Bonner Springs, KS
July 10 @ Klipsch Music Center. Noblesville, IN
July 11 @ Blossom Music Center. Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 12 @ First Niagara Pavilion. Burgettstown, PA
July 13 @ PNC Bank Arts Center. Holmdel, NJ
July 14 @ Parterre Ile Notre Dame at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Montreal, QC
July 15 @ The Flats at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Toronto, ON
July 17 @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Darien Center, NY
July 18 @ Toyota Pavilion. Scranton, PA
July 19 @ Comcast Center. Mansfield, MA
July 20 @ Susquehanna Bank Center. Camden, NJ
July 21 @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Uniondale, NY
July 22 @ the Comcast Theatre. Hartford, CT
July 24 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion. Columbia, MD
July 25 @ Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach, VA
July 26 @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood. Atlanta, GA
July 27 @Central Florida Fairgrounds. Orlando, FL
July 28 @ Cruzan Amphitheatre. West Palm Beach, FL
July 29 @ Vinoy Park. St. Petersburg, FL
July 30 @ Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Charlotte, NC
July 31 @ Riverbend Music Center. Cincinnati, OH
August 1 @ Marcus Amphitheatre. Milwaukee, WI
August 4 @ King Country’s Marymoor Park. Redmond, WA
August 5 @ Rose Quarter Riverfront
Enjoy the FREE track on the Home Page!
Article By: Mike Patti
Photo By: Kit Chalberg
Here is the new Official Music Video to Ballyhoo!‘s “Last Night” single. The song is off their latest album Daydreams and is the 2nd music video from that album, accompanying “Say I’m Wrong” that was nominated by The Pier as 2011?s Music Video of the Year. Enjoy the video and special thanks to the Ballyhoo Hooligans as you can see ThePier sticker sitting firmly on Howi’s guitar in the video! CHEERS!
Here is the official music video to the new Ballyhoo! single, “Say I’m Wrong”. The song will be featured on their new album Daydreams that will be released on Sept 6th, 2011 via Law Records. You can read The Pier’s Official Album Review for Daydreams, by clicking HERE