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Mazarine Records


U.S. Publicity:

Jeffrey Smith
Crash Avenue
jeffrey [at] crash-avenue [dot com]


European Publicity:

Peter Holmstedt
peter.holmstedt [at] telia [dot com]
+46 (0)33.26.0210



Dare likes to play any place where people want to hear him—living rooms, stadiums, art galleries, derelict strip malls, glitzy music venues filled with trend-setting starlets, fire-gutted churches with free enchiladas. Write STS Booking, and together we will find a way:

Bright Elephant [at] gmail [dot com]


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October 2011 Newsletter: Please Release Me


Escape artists,

You have no idea how happy we are to announce that we have an official release date for the new record, Thugs and China Dolls.  On Tuesday, January 17, 2012, we will release Thugs and China Dolls to the world.  Should you see it fly by on or around this date, we ask that you consider feeding it.

And that’s not all.  We have so much good news that we’re buried up to our necks in it.

The Big Nifty

  • We have album art:

Album Art: Thugs and China Dolls

  • We have shiny new publicity photos (click on photo to see
    full set), thanks to the extraordinarily talented and entertaining team
    of Chia Chong (photographer) and Kyle Millsap (stylist)

Dare Dukes

(c) 2011 Chia Chong
Stylist: Kyle Millsap

  • We have a music video in the works, slated for release in early December.
  • We’re planning a tour in support of the record in late January and early February.  Yell at us if you want us to come to your town and play for you (and sleep on your couch and eat your
    scrambled eggs).
  • We’re planning to release a two-song digital single in late November called “Ghosts of Christmas.”  We’re recording it with Suny Lyons (Pacific UV, Hope for Agoldensummer, Phosphorescent) of Popheart Productions, Athens–the same talented fellow who co-produced Thugs and China Dolls. It’s got some of my favorite people and instruments, including JoJo Glidewell of the Modern Skirts and Patrick Morales of The Viking Progress.  We’re especially happy to be teaming up with fledgling crafty label Furious Hooves for this release.  They’ll be creating and releasing one-of-a-kind limited-edition CDs and t-shirts.  And there may be some other goodness embedded therein, regarding a certain band called mumbledust, but that all depends on the swiftness and dexterity of their muse.


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