AUGUST "TAX APOLOGY" TOUR

WE’RE GOING ON TOUR Letter from josh explaining the tour below:

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Hey folks, you may have noticed that SEACATS have been less active for the last bit. I am embarassed to say this, but most of the reason for that is because of some legal trouble that I (Josh) have gotten into. Early in 2018 I got caught up with the wrong people and was encouraged to take part in a tax fraud scheme that made me quite a bit of money (upwards of $2k!) but as I always say with these types of things “what goes up, must come down”. The IRS found me out earlier this year, and when they did, they came down HARD.

They heavily penalized me financially, and severely crippled my ability to make music and work as a band. It has been technically illegal for us to be performing music under the name SEACATS as of 2019. And so far, for all of 2019 all of our royalty payments have been going straight into the hands of the american citizens as the beginning of our “repayment plan” (that is the term being used by the IRS agents who are working with us to get our name cleared). Another strange (and I think slightly cruel) part of the punishments has been working to create a new “theme song” for the IRS office. They have forced me to work grueling hours on top of my regular job composing a new theme for them (that theme song will be posted soon).

Needless to say, with all of this stress and difficulty going on, I have been feeling very disconnected from performing, and I have been really itching to get out on the road again. So with all of that said, I have some exciting news. Through working with our IRS agents, we have come up with a solution that really unique, exciting, and (most importantly) legal.

Starting later this month we will be going on the “Tax Apology” tour! Now I want to say upfront, the main focus of this tour will be making apologies and trying to make right the wrongs for the heinous tax fraud that I committed in early 2018. We really want to win back the trust of the american citizens that we cheated out of tax dollars. It is not the ideal way for us to being back out on the road, I would prefer we go out and play “wrecked” and all those other tunes that we love to play, but I am thankful to have been offered this opportunity to at least get out there and see you all. Due to the legal trouble, this may be the last (only) time we hit the road for a long while. Expect a fun (but apologetic) show, from the same crew you’ve always loved. We will have more promo material and info for the shows coming soon! Hope to see you there

-josh

Shows! Dec + Jan

Playing shows again! here they are:

Dec. 13th @ Woodland Theater in Seattle w/ Salt Lick, Apples w/ Moya, Indigo Kidd, and Lightweight Champs

Dec. 15th @ Turn! Turn! Turn! in Portland w/ Silver Medal, Mo Troper, + Indigo Kidd

Jan 5th @ Crocodile in Seattle for Big Ass Boombox fest w/ a million bands

Jan 11th @ Victory Lounge for Seattle Freeze Fest w/ a lot of cool bands

So excited for all of these for different reasons. Playing primarily new material at all of them. Great friends at the December shows, playing the main stage at the croc for the first time for boombox fest, and working with our pals in DMM for the jan 11th show. they are all going to be cool! here’s flyers:

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and before we go, because I doubt I will post again before christmas, you will not want to misss what has been called the absolute best xmas song of all time:

Update 10/29 + MEME WEEK

This month was filled with Talktin activity and also a special SEACATS halloween cover set. most importantly meme week has started and we will be posting memes on all of our social media for the rest of the week

THE TALKTIN RECORD IS OUT

So proud of this record, and really appreciate any of y’all who have given it a chance

MEME WEEK

the memes are taking over SEACATS social media for the next week. Stay tuned to our FB, twitter, and insta for memes jaw falls off

Talktin and Easy "All in our Family of Trees" out this month!

Hello out there folks. Longtime SEACATS followers may know that we have another band called Talktin and Easy and that we have been working on a full-length record for quite awhile. Well this month of October 2018, the thing is finally coming out!

We just released “Garden Our Glow” and you can listen to it now. The full record comes out digitally on October 19th, followed by a release show at Chop Suey Seattle on October 20th. Details for that show here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1905128862866554/

We’re putting a big focus on Talktin this month, and will be posting a lotta stuff about it. Hope that’s okay. If you like SEACATS I believe you will like Talktin, it’s like all the same people and there is a lotta love put into it.

Check out the talktin site here: http://talktinandeasy.com

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There is a bit of “SEACATS proper” news as well. We are doing a collaboration with Funhouse Presents for this cool show:

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FB event for that show is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2141718669424268/

thanks for checking in!

-Josh

SEACATS seattle shows next two mondays

People really seem to be having a hard time remembering this so I will post about these shows AGAIN.  GET IT TOGETHER PEOPLE. I shouldn't have to be posting this stuff, our social media strategy is to draw people in, not share our stuff ourselves. So when I have to make a post like this it takes away really important time that I surely would've been using to write the next "wrecked". your loss, if this is what you prefer

So first up:

You may wanna "put it in your calendar" ugh COME ON

You may wanna "put it in your calendar" ugh COME ON

Okay and then next up on July 16th, through some miracle we got put on the gig with "everybody's darlings" Surf Curse. WOW! make sure to make this gig. We will be bringing the living room to the big stage for this one. we are hoping the "curseheads" will be fans

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Update 5/1/18

What is up y'all. Spent some time in the studio last month, chipping away at new music. We have lotsa new stuff, it just goes slow because we all work jobs and have other bands and stuff. But we put up a new video, a submission to the NPR tiny desk contest, with a new song in it:

This song feels indicative of the direction of my new stuff. Lyrically a focus on honesty and storytelling, and a much more collaborative musical process. Anyways other than that we have a video for "My Shoes" coming in the next month or two, and also a couple shows coming up next week:

May 10th @ WWU Bellingham w/ Wigs

https://www.facebook.com/events/429119950891548/

May 11th in Corvallis for sinking city pop fest!

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https://www.facebook.com/events/179744999313416/

Talk to you more soon, thanks for always hanging out and checking back

-Josh

Update 3/8/2018

Unfortunately the main thing that brings me to you today is a sad cause. We were not allowed to play the Upstream Music Festival this year in Seattle, and as a result, we were forced to place the upstream people on blast. It is all detailed in the video below.

Other than that, I do have  bit of good news. We have two Seattle area shows coming up in the next couple months. Info below:

March 25th in Seattle @ Black Lodge w/ The Co Founder, Kevin Nichols, and Talktin and Easy

April 16th in Seattle @ Barboza w/ Scarves + Nick Merz (Darto)

Hope to see you at these local shows, and we can lift each others spirits together :)

Update 1/17/18

Happy 2018. Wow, you can really tell I am a professional webmaster because we released a song a couple months ago and I didn't remember to post it on the website til now. Anyways.... better late than never right? We released this sweet new tune, "My Shoes" as part of our cassette-only compilation release "The Box Forever".

We got a little bit of good press about the single, from City Arts:

http://www.cityartsmagazine.com/december-2017s-cant-miss-songs-from-the-pnw/

We also made this neat trailer to announce "the box forever" too in case you missed it

We had an amazing time on tour w/ Mo Troper + the Assumptions, really warmed our hearts to get out in the world and play music again. Mo wrote a sweet tour blog while we were out, that has some very sweet mentions of us in this part: https://logger.believermag.com/post/a-luxury-pursuit-2

Also! Special Explosion (finally) put out the record that we all put years of work and heart into! You can give it a listen here: 

Finally, we have a few upcoming NW shows: 

Jan. 25th @ Kremwerk Seattle for DMM's Comp release!

https://www.facebook.com/events/269292826934166/

Feb. 16th @ Failhouse in Portland w/ Alien Boy, wrinkle, + babehoven

https://www.facebook.com/events/158379428123140/

Feb. 17th @ Cascadia Brewing Company w/ Creature Hole

https://www.facebook.com/events/2240135592879858/

Thanks for tuning in, working on a new record still, should be good, stay tuned

-Josh

The Big 2: WESTERN US Tour IN NOVEMBER w/ Mo Troper!

THE BIG 2

THE BIG 2

TOUR! The people demanded it, and boy is it happening! The only two rock bands left have finally decided to put aside differences and come together to create the kind of tour that only comes once in a lifetime. I wish that there were other bands, but unfortunately (hopefully not to get too offensive here) due to the current political climate (trump), this truly is the state of things. I suggested that to acknowledge this, we name the tour "The Only Two", but Mo suggested we put a more positive spin on it, more of a "big 2" kind of thing. And honestly I kind of like it. So the tour is "The Big 2" and it is the first tour that SEACATS has done since 2013, so needless to say please make it out if you can. Expect lotsa tour updates, new merch, new songs, new vids and all that good stuff coming from us soon. MORE INFO

-josh

Dizzy Spells, Vol. 2

The kind folks at Dizzy Spells Productions featured us on their new comp, check it out below and discover some other bands you might like. Specifically we love Heatwarmer!!! follow dizzy spells at https://www.facebook.com/dizzyspellsproductions/

VANFEST 2017

Vanfest is always one of the best days of the year, and this year we threw a carnival in celebration. Big big thank you to Daniel Johnson @ Photo.206 for taking these beautiful photos and documenting the day. And also to Van Wolfe, as usual, for putting on a great fest. 

PS we got the website back up, and will be posting some updates about upcoming activities soon!

Top 3 Games of 2016/Top 3 Games of NOT 2016

For me, like most years before it, 2016 was the year of the backlog. Every year I intend to play every new unique indie release that hits steam and to keep an eye on which triple A titles are worth sinking my time and money into. Instead I just keep playing games from my ever growing log of titles that I need to get to. This year, I made sure to waste less of my free time doing nothing and spent more of it on my favorite hobby. In an effort to bring to some attention to the games of old that I played this year. while having a list that is relevant at all, here is a list (in no particular order) of my top three favorite games released in 2016 as well as the three best games that I played that did NOT release in 2016.

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SEACATS XMAS STREAM - NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

We played a show on FB live a week or so ago and now it's on youtube to be enjoyed forever! Thank you for paying attention to the things we do for another year it does not go unappreciated. Doing this stuff is the light of my life and I get joy and purpose from it. I hope that you and yours have a very special very fun holiday w/ hot chocolate, we'll be spending the first week of 2017 in the studio w/ Justin so y'all will probably get some content that week. talk to ya then

-Josh