The Flying Circus tour is over, and we feel like champions. Not exactly wealthy champions, but the kind of champions that get to have an awesome life a few weeks at a time, and do what they love. Not quite a job, but definitely better than any vacation.
ANYWAY… we don’t have any shows for a bit. Our next show, though, is a heavy hitter. On October 20th, we’ll be playing at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI, supporting THE SLACKERS and DEAL’S GONE BAD. Now, it’s true that the Flying Circus is basically a punk band and that The Slackers and DGB are both soul-influenced ska/reggae bands. But you should know that the Slackers have been my favorite band for years now, and Deal’s Gone Bad are near the top of my list as well. Hopefully we don’t upset the show too much!
So there’s that. Come see us on one of the most exciting shows I’ve played (yet!)
wsg Deal’s Gone Bad and Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus
@ The Blind Pig (208 N. First St)
Ann Arbor, MI
Doors at 9 PM / 18+
$12 adv. / $14 day of
Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus is doing a little tour to support our new EP. Some details need to be worked out still, but it looks roughly like this. Links will take you to Facebook events, which should have necessary information. All of the TBA shows should be filled in soon! Sorry!
Thursday, August 11 - Detroit, MI @ the Trumbullplex
Friday, August 12 - Grand Rapids, MI @ the Clique
Saturday, August 13 - Chicago, IL @ TBA
Sunday, August 14 - Schererville, IN @ Zak’s Crazy Eights
Monday, August 15 - Cincinnati, OH @ TBA
Tuesaday, August 16 - King of Prussia, PA @ House show!
Wednesday, August 17 - New Brunswick, NJ @ TBA
Thursday, August 18 - Brooklyn, NY @ the Shop
Friday, August 19 - Naugatuck, CT @ Tetonka Fortress
Saturday, August 20 - Lowell, MA @ the Ant Cellar
Sunday, August 21 - Syracuse, NY @ Badlands
I haven’t been keeping up with this blog. How predictable. The important news is that the debut Flying Circus EP, titled JEFFY, will be out on August 4th. That’s one week before we have a CD release show and kick off a week and a half tour with our buddies Stop Drop from Minneapolis. Unfortunately I don’t have a ton of details for the tour yet, but if you live in Grand Rapids, Chicago, Muncie, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Brooklyn, Connecticut, Lowell, or Syracuse… we should be playing close to you. And for the hometown kids, we’ve got an awesome show at the Trumbullplex.
AND you can hear two of the songs from the EP at our Bandcamp page, with another one to come before the release.
We (Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus) have completed the recording of our EP. It will be out very soon. Very soon indeed. In the meantime, we decided to lend our first ever released recording to a free compilation. Stream it below, or click the title for lyrics and a link to download the compilation. Hopefully this gets you excited for the rest of the EP!
So May is Mental Health Month, and today is supposed to be a Mental Health Month blog party. The goal is to educate the public about mental health, decrease stigma about mental illness, and discuss strategies for making lasting lifestyle and behavior changes that promote overall health and wellness.
Back when I was in high school (or maybe earlier. I actually don’t remember exactly) I was diagnosed with depression. I was on medication for years, but I haven’t been on meds for years now. I actually haven’t even seen a therapist or clinical psychologist or anything in about ten years. I haven’t had a professional diagnosis, but based on research I’ve done about mental illness and (admittedly non-impartial) study of my own behaviors and moods, I’m fairly convinced that I fit somewhere on the bipolar spectrum. It’s something that scares me constantly, and that fear has influenced a lot of my more recent music, particularly the songs I’ve written since “Odds” that are yet to be released.
But along with the fear, I recognize that ultimately I am okay. I am OK and I will be okay. The illness I have - whether it’s bipolar or something else - is definitely real and definitely has real effects on my internal processes and my interactions with others, but it won’t ruin my life. Hell, if anything it’s stimulated creativity in me, whether it’s just the songs it’s immediately inspired or, as I suspect, the many more that have been products of it’s effects. I am fully aware that bipolar disorders, depression, and other mental illnesses can be potentially fatal, and I promise now to everybody that if I ever feel like I’m in danger that I will seek professional help, but for now I seem to have a handle on things. I hope that everyone living with mental illness can at least make that same promise.
So there’s that. One in four Americans experiences a mental health disorder every year, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. I am not alone. If you are one of us, you are not alone. Now you can go back a few posts and listen to my song “Things Is Getting Rougher” and understand better that sense of acceptance and optimism.