According to nomadic Indiepopper Brett Newski, winter sucks. But instead of hibernating through the next couple months, Newski will be making his way around the west coast for a celebratory Winter Sucks Tour, starting February 15th in Billings, MT. Newski’s latest release, Land Air Sea Garage, was recorded at a surf camp in the Sri Lankan jungle (where it wasn’t uncommon for him to glance out the window of his hut and spot a komodo dragon foraging for its next meal) and at the equally exotic locale of Madison, Wisconsin. The record was produced by Brett Newski and his tour manager/compatriot The Danimal except “Mind At Large” which was produced by Victor Delorenzo of Violent Femmes.
Underneath the 3-minute songs, 4-note melodies and odd ball lyrics lie eyes that have seen things – from asking “Would you like fries with that” to touring tirelessly across Europe in a car called (unironically) “Chuck Ragan the Car”. Living on four continents in five years has equipped Brett with a wisdom of the DIY lifestyle that is unprecedented. He has even unloaded his anecdotes and advice about touring around the world onto a YouTube series called “Crusty Adventures”. The (often hilarious) series documents the dark underbelly of touring, including tales of blackmail in Germany, flaming brake rotors in Norway, train robbery in South Africa, and soberingly, the terrorism in Brussels during the wake of the Paris attacks.
Brett will be the first to tell you that the lifestyle does take its toll, but it’s all contributed to the creative process of writing Land Air Sea Garage. “If you’re sleeping alone in a crappy motel in the middle of Vietnam, you’ll likely feel extensive joy/freedom or hectic loneliness. Hopefully a song will come…”
Roadwork Presents: Winter Sucks Tour 2017 2.15 – Billings, MT – House Show 2.17 – Seattle, WA – Central Saloon 2.18 – Portland, OR – Waypost 2.21 – Pamona, CA – The Glass House 2.23 – Santa Barbara – House Show 3.3 – Denver, CO – Walnut Room