Putting the keys in the glove box. There's still petrol in the tank. Try to start her once and a while.
Hi all, Shawn here.
After a decade of using the name the Beauvilles for various projects I have offcially put the band on Hiatus. This is not saying that we will never get back together or play the music, but at present, after deaths, and so many lineup changes, and getting robbed, and well ... a lot of things have happened.
When I first started this band, I never imagined that I would get to headline SXSW, or CMJ or get signed or be on every Apple device in ever store in America, or anything else really, it was a garage band. It sounded nothing like it sounds now, and we had no idea what we were doing. Hell, I don't think the music back then was that good.
Regardless over the course of a few years, I am proud of all the things that happened. By being on the road forever, we helped change routing for touring acts in the southeast. We helped establish live music at certain clubs. We helped an agent get his start, which now has had a ripple effect on dozens of other bands touring the entire country, most of which we can call our friends.
We opened up, or had brilliant acts open up for us, many of which are now darlings of the independent music movement; the Black Angels, the Warlocks, Deertick, Alejandro Escovedo, the Drive By Truckers, Reptar, Okkervil River, David Dondero, the Porcupine Tree, Bright Light Social Hour, the Electric Six, the Diamond Nights, Exene Cervenka, Castanets, Dead Confederate, the Whigs, Centro-Matic, King Khan ... and on and on and on.
In the end, last September beat me up bad. 24 shows in 25 days, and then the recording studio. And when I got home ... well I didn't care. It's a horrible irony as someone who wrote the songs to not care about yourself or your songs. And that was a sign to take time away. And I am sincerely sorry for those that continue to believe in the band and the music, if I am letting you down. I have never been in any other music situation where so many people for so many years have claimed to have seen the best band in their lives. Thank you to all of you.
So, now what ?
Max Norton is playing in the Diviners, a band that I helped get going years ago, with one of the greatest songwriters I have ever met; Will Quinlan. Max is also backing up Florida based singer songwriter Rebekah Pulley at certain larger shows.
Max and I are also working on a new musical endeavor called the Laurel Canyon. It's ... well ... really heavy.
Jason is currently doing a radio show on Rhino Radio, under the name Jay Haven. More info as it comes.
I recently backed up Thomas Wynn and the Believers on lead guitar at several festival dates, and I felt great about it (thanks to those who came out during SXSW), I also recorded lead guitar on Geri-X 's new album, Work is the Wolf, she's a great songwriter and performer check her out. Also in September - October, I am touring nationally with the beach-rock band the Florida Kilos. The FLKILOS are a new group featuring Katherine Kelly from S.O.H. and Pryscila Lauren, who happened to be the girl in the firing squad video for the Beauvilles song SNOW.
Other alumni updates:
Original bassist Cory Karish is still touring in various Rockabilly bands, on upright bass. We talk here and there about Triumph Motorcycles.
Chris Tolan moved back from NYC and out to California. Currently he lives in a commune in San Franciso. We no longer try to kill eachother whenever we hang out.
Long time bassist Randy M. is currently in NYC working on IOS development and playing club dates.
Touring bassist alumni John Barker is in love with Megan, and moving back from Brookyn to Florida. Last I checked he still has his Scooter, and is still breaking out great dance moves.
Founding member and longtime drummer Craig Holmes is presumably still in eastern Massachuchets, hunting ghosts.
Marc the Swede still is evading deportation to Sweden, and is currenly in Hawaii. Not sure if he is drumming or not, but the photos he posts online make it look like paradise.
Multiple band alumni Jesse Martin traded in his drums to start a family and took a union job as a welder, and has two curly haired baby boys.
Finally, I want to say thank you to Nick for your support. I said it to you when you were alive. But I know I never was able to explain it properly. I believe you when you said that the last album kept you alive. It kept me alive too. Thank you, and I hope you are with your father.