Update: in case you missed the live broadcast, here is the entire 3 hour interview/acoustic performance from the Crash & Burn Show. Thanks again to Josh, Woody and Maria for having us.
Joe Castro and John Paul Travis will appearing on the Crash and Burn Radio Show on Wednesday July 2nd at 7:30 PM (EST). They’ll be talking about the state of the band as well as performing a few acoustic songs. Click here to listen live.
We’re very excited to announce a couple of upcoming shows at the Oddity Bar in Wilmington, De.
First up, Saturday May 17th, Joe Castro will continue his “have guitar, will travel” tour with another solo acoustic performance as part of Tric Town’s 12 Anniversary Show. Feral Ponies, Old Baltimore Speedway, A Reckless Daring and George Murphy (from the Tin Can Ramblers) will also be performing. Doors are at 8pm, Joe hits the stage first at 8:30 pm so get there early.
And on Friday, June 6th, The Lift Up will be returning to the live stage to perfom a special show with our old friends from Baltimore, Lushfarm, as well as No Devil Lived On and Black Rainbow Bear. Long time friend of the band, Mike Accursi will be filling in on bass for the show. Doors are at 8pm. Definitely don’t miss this one. Brought to you by Our Velocity Productions.
The Oddity Bar is located at 500 Greenhill Ave, Wilmington, De.
Showing no signs of slowing down, Joe Castro will be opening the Holly Golightly / The Pretty Greens / Honey Radar show at The Fire in Philadelphia on Tuesday April 15th. The show starts at 8pm so get your taxes finished and come celebrate with a night of great music. 412 W. Girard Ave, Phila, PA.
And as the search for a new bass player continues, so does work on songs for the next album. More to come.
As the band continues it’s search for a new bass player, Joe Castro will be performing a couple of special acoustic sets over the next few months.
First up: Our Velocity Productions presents “An Evening of Drunken Plans and Acoustic Jams” w/ Joe Castro, Watermedown, Jeremey Bursich, Billy and I, Lower the Standard and much more. . Sunday March 16 at Mojo Main in Newark. This show is all ages and starts at 5pm Click here for more information.
And on Friday April 4, Joe Castro will be performing at Fearless Lyme Fighters’ fundraiser/art event at Chelsea Tavern in Wilmington, De. Also performing live are Phil Young (The Knobs/The Cocks), Kalai King, Kenny Vanella and Mario Padovani. This event is part of the Art Loop and featuries work by local artist and Chronic Late-Stage Neurological Lyme Fighter, Sarah Davenport, who has been left disabled by the disease. All art sales will go to help Sarah and her husband Kevin with medical expenses. All ages (21+ to drink with a Craft Beer tasting). Click here for more information.
As you could have probably guessed from our last post, The Lift Up is currently looking for a bass player. From Joe Castro:
“We’re looking for a bass guitarist who’s open minded, easy to work with, sense of humor, thick skinned, etc. etc. My goal is to change things up a bit with the next batch of songs, and hopefully broaden our sound a bit. As a sign-post, I would say I love the bass playing of Andy Rourke, Mani, Dee Dee Ramone, Paul Simonon, Mike Watt, Geezer Bulter, Donald “Duck” Dunn (to name a few) . An appreciation for the songwriting of Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Joe Strummer, The Ramones, Morrissey, 50s rock-n-roll, 60′s garage, 70′s punk, 80′s new wave are all obvious pluses. Well read, educated, artist-types a plus. Ability to sing backup vocals or write music also valuable.
Currently, we’re based out of the Philadelphia suburbs/north Wilmington, DE area.
And on that note, we’re also looking for some multi-instrumentalists. Maybe someone to add piano or keyboards, second guitar, percussion, whatever. If you like what you’ve heard from us so far, then hit us up at theliftupHQ@gmail.com.
Honestly, I really despise writing these things. It’s impossible not to sound like a complete corndog.“
“Friends, The Lift Up will playing Mojo Main Friday Jan 24 and it is with a heavy heart that I announce it will be our last show with Mr. Larry Zappaterrini on bass., who has accepted a job with Disney and will be moving to Florida with his family this February. Besides being one of my closest and dearest friends, Larry and I have been playing in the same band together for over 18 years (Nero, Swingline, The Situation, The Lift Up) so this is definitely the end of an era. Please come out Friday, January 24 to see him off and wish him well.” – Joe Castro
Without Dreams, We Are Only Sleeping (4/5)
“The tracks are soulful, honest accounts of the constant pressures of the modern life with a lingering nostalgia of yester years. It is vividly reminiscent of the period in our lives when we were in relentless conflict between running away and staying right where we are.
The nine songs are intensely written and paired evocatively with some 90s pop acoustics. With clear influences from The Smiths, Leonard Cohen and The Jam, among others.
Apart from the pounding percussions and Castro’s raw, robust vocals, the record is cleverly precise and short, with a running time of 32 minutes.”
Friday December 20th, the band will be returning to the World Cafe Live at the Queen to perform a very special 5 song set at Tric Town’s In Memory of Joe Strummer: A Benefit for Strummerville. This benefit features 7 great bands all playing songs by Joe Strummer/The Clash/The Mescaleros, with proceeds from the night going to Strummerville, a great non-profit organization that helps struggling musicians around the globe (see the video below for more information).
From Joe Castro: “Joe Strummer has been a massive influence on my life, my global perspective and my music since I first heard London Calling as a teen – so we’re incredibly excited and honored to pay tribute to him by performing these songs (and I hope we do them justice). And in true Strummer fashion, we’ll be mixing things up a bit for this one, dropping our standard garage heavy sound in favor of some of the more dance/groove songs of The Clash’s latter work. And we’re excited to have my old friend Chris McNulty (frontman for The Big Black Night), helping out on keyboards, second guitar, melodica, backing vocals and anything else we can throw at him. Should be a good time.”
Here’s a sneak peel at the set list:
This Is Radio Clash
The Call Up
Doors are at 7pm – The Lift Up go on first at 8:00 pm sharp (8-8:20pm set time). Don’t miss this one. Advance tickets available here.