Welcome to the family Ruby

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We’re very excited to welcome Ruby Sparks to the RED DONS family. If you live in the mid-west, come see Ruby’s debut shows as a Red Don this June (dates below).

Also, be sure to check out Ruby’s band THE STOPS. They’ll be touring Europe in October. http://thestops.bandcamp.com/

RED DONS TOUR DATES:
6/18 – DETROIT @ Lager House Detroit w/ Hysterese, Devious Ones
6/19 – HAMILTON @ TBA (early show)
6/19 – TORONTO @ Bridge Show
6/20 – OTTAWA @ Ottawa Explosion
6/21 – MONTREAL @ Casa del Popolo w/ Destruction Unit
6/23 – COLUMBUS @ Ace of Cups w/ Nervosas
6/24 – BLOOMINGTON @ Madison Square Garden w/ Nervosas
6/25 – CHICAGO @ Burlington w/ Nervosas, Daylight Robbery

Mid-West Tour Dates

Photo by Mateus Mondini

RED DONS are playing mid-west dates in June with some really great bands. If you can, come out to one of the shows.

6/18 – DETROIT @ Lager House Detroit w/ Hysterese, Devious Ones
6/19 – HAMILTON @ TBA (early show)
6/19 – TORONTO @ Bridge Show
6/20 – OTTAWA @ Ottawa Explosion
6/21 – MONTREAL @ Casa del Popolo w/ Destruction Unit
6/23 – COLUMBUS @ Ace of Cups w/ Nervosas
6/24 – BLOOMINGTON @ Madison Square Garden w/ Nervosas
6/25 – CHICAGO @ Burlington w/ Nervosas, Daylight Robbery

photo by Mateus Mondini

New Release: Notes on the Underground

We are excited to announce our latest release Notes on the Underground. Grave Mistake is officially releasing this three song EP in August but we will have a limited tour press available at our shows in July. Taken by Surprise will release “Notes…” in Europe later this year. Below is a song from the B side of the record, entitled Dead Ender.

East Coast Tour

We are happy to announce the dates of our upcoming east coast tour. Below is a full list of dates and venues. July 24th – 27th, we are joining NIGHT BIRDS in support of their new album BORN TO DIE IN SUBURBIA.

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7/17 Brooklyn @ Death By Audio
7/18 Philadelphia @ Golden Tea House
7/19 Washington D.C. @ Casa Fiesta
7/20 Richmond @ Strange Matter
7/21 Raleigh @ Slims (Free Show)
7/22 Richmond (Revisions) @ Vinyl Conflict
7/23 Baltimore @ Golden West Café
7/24 New Brunswick @ The Alamo
7/25 Manhattan @ The Cake Shop
7/26 Long Island @ No Fun Club
7/27 Boston @ The Middle East (all ages)
7/27 Boston @ O’Briens ( 21+ )

Back from the USSR!!! Red Dons return to England

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March 27th @ The Shacklewell Arms, London
March 28th @ Wharf Chambers, Leeds
March 29th @ The Castle Hotel, Manchester

Out Now: Ausländer / Mauvaise Foi

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We released a new record today. Copies are available through Dirtnap Records. We will also have copies with us on our west coast tour next month. Here is how some folks describe the release.

[POST-PUNK POP] Red Dons’ moddish post-punk has never lacked for melody, but the Dons’ new Dirtnap Records 7-inch might be the Portland quartet’s most comely pop product yet. A-side “Auslander” comes within spitting distance of the five-minute mark without ever threatening to overstay its welcome, which is a rare feat. The anthem flies by in classic Adverts fashion, with punk fury mellowed by a helping of melancholic world-weariness; it’s one of those expansive love songs in which romance escapes the trite ties of pair-bonding and attaches itself to existential equations. Which is to say you don’t need to be in love to love “Auslander.” You need only be alive. – Willamette Week

“Red Dons at their most straightforward, melodic, and powerful. The A side in particular might be their best song yet. 2 new tracks, written in 2010-2011 between Chicago, Brazil, London, Portland, and Hamburg, recorded in Sweden in a cold war era bomb shelter during a 2011 European tour by Lars Ekman (Hanna Hirsch, Förmögenhet). Look for a west coast tour with The Estranged in September 2012. All copies come with download coupon. FIRST 200 ARE ON BLUE VINYL AND ARE AVAILABLE ONLY FROM GREEN NOISE RECORDS! Also available on black vinyl.” -Dirtnap Records

West Coast Tour

Red Dons & The Estranged will be touring the West Coast together at the end of the summer. Here are the dates. We will be filling in the details as they are confirmed. Make sure to check back periodically as dates and times are subject to change. We hope to see you at one of the shows.

8/29 – Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge w/ Criminal Code, Kohosh
8/30 – Victoria, BC @ Logan’s Pub w/ Specter, No Problem
8/31 – Vancouver, BC @ Iron Road Studios w/ Spectres, No Problem
9/1 – Portland, OR @ Black Water w/ Spectres, Autistic Youth
9/2 – Oakland, CA @ 1234 go! Records w/ Neon Piss
9/3 – Goleta, CA @ Hard to Find w/ NO///se
9/4 – Long Beach @ Prospector w/ LA Drugz
9/5 – Pamona, CA @ Vince Lombardi High School
9/6 – Los Angeles @ Blue Star w/ LA Drugz, Maniac
9/7 – San Diego @ Shakedown
9/8 – San Francisco, CA @ Thrillhouse w/ Synthetic ID
9/9 – Portland, OR @ The Know w/ Bellicose Minds

Erlangen Interview

This is an interview we did last April after our show in Erlangen, Germany. The interview was first broadcast on DiY OR DiE. DiY OR DiE is a monthly live radio show on the only non-commercial independent radio station in Bavaria, Radio Z. Thanks to Andi and Jess for setting up the show and conducting the interview.

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Barcelona

Here is a video from our April 22nd show at La Fabriketa in Barcelona.

Many Thanks Europe


Wurlitzer Ball Room, Madrid – Photo by Lorena Watt

Without sounding too cliché, we’d really like to thank everyone who came to our shows this Spring. We’d also like to extend our deepest gratitude to those of you who helped set up our shows, press our records, make posters, screen shirts, put us up for the night, and/or everything else that made the tour possible. It was an amazing time. We played with a lot of great bands and met a ton of cool people. Everyone’s hard work was definitely appreciated and we hope to return to Europe soon. If anyone has photos or video of our shows, please send us links to observerspdx@hotmail.com. Thanks Again!