Back up in the Windy City, The Rough & Tumble rolled out of their beds at 7:30, brushed their teeth, and had just enough time grab a guitar and a rattle before they were led to the underbelly of the Chicago Transit System. There, in their most disgruntled state they were asked to perform their most disgruntled song.
This is Not Polite, released in September of this year on our latest EP, “For You, Now That You’re Married…and for me, too.”
Thanks to Dan Stewart and to Keith Moechnig and Fair Gift Live for putting us through this.
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So here’s a little tidbit about The Rough & Tumble this summer— we can’t seem to play a single show. Now, granted, we joked at the beginning of the sticky hot weather that we were more of a winter band (seeing as Scott’s suit jackets and my matching sweaters get awfully unbearable in the great southern heat), but we were willing to adjust more than our wardrobe to make it out for a few chances to keep the song-rust at bay before our tour-heavy fall.
But we couldn’t.
Now, occasionally, maybe, kind of, Scott and I geek out in Rough-and-Tumble-ese, a language composed of only song lyrics we had written to describe particular situations. (Don’t be alarmed— this isn’t usually more than a few quips to boost morale. We solemnly promise not to release a “Speak Like R&T” manual… any time soon). And on other occasions, we have written a song that doesn’t quite make sense until future events take place. Pieces come together and there we are, sitting on stage, singing that song— and we look over at each other wide-eyed with realization.
So I can’t help but be worried (in hindsight) that these last few shows have been our own doing. This spring we wrote a song called “Lease Agreement,” that a few of you have had the chance to listen to live. The chorus reads much like a lease— “It was a case of fire; it was a case of water; it was a case of damage by an act of God.” We’ve referenced it on a number of occasions, curious about it’s final outcome. And now, with each of us heading back to our respective childhood homes this week and not a single show played this summer, we seem to have lived out the last of it’s binding contract.
FIRE: Show #1 cancelled due to drought.
WATER: Show #2 cancelled due to rain.
ACT OF GOD: Show #3 cancelled due to a few plagues of poison ivy and my missing voice.
Sure, in the meantime, we’ve also been able to do things like record the “Bear Hope EP” with our friend, Kelsey Rottiers. We’ve recorded our third release to be expected this fall. We’ve even recorded an extra-curricular piece you’ll be receiving (for free!) when we return from our families in a week or so. But what The Rough & Tumble loves most is traveling from city to city to see you all.
So with that song-fulfilled prophesy over, we’re more ready than ever to see as many of you as possible in these last 2012 month. If you’re ready to see us, check out our tour schedule at the link below. Can’t wait.