How's it going? Yeah, yeah, we know: It's been quiet. A little too quiet, right? Fear not: There is Trouble With Sweeney news. Some of you may have already read or heard about it, but to clarify and clue everybody in: TTWS is officially on hiatus. But not like The Police are on hiatus � more like how, uh, The Sopranos is on hiatus. But not even that bad. Seriously. Basically, the deal is this: After a long run of non-stop craziness, the group is leaning back and doing the rockaway while Jojo whips up his solo album, the tunes for which are all mostly written and arranged.
What the hell is the deal with this, you ask? Oh man, get a load: Basically, dude has gone R&B � or at least as close to R&B as a Fishtown boy can get. Utilizing a lineup of electric piano, drums and Jojo on electric bass (again with the Sting! Holy shit, this is not looking good.), the whole thing is Jojo trying to channel Roberta Flack and Laura Nyro by way of U2.
So as that is gearing up, there are gigs. Tons of them. New songs, new faces. Depending on what night you go out and in what city, you'll see Ray Ketchum (Elk City), Brian Christinzio (BC Camplight, Bill Ricchini), Mike Glaser and man, apples never fall far from the tree around here, TTWS's own Charlie Hall.
So come out. Philly people, check out the new jawn at the World Cafe Live/215 Festival show this Friday, and at the Rock 'n' Roll Carnival this Sunday at the Rotunda. CMJers get two chances to see Jojo: one all by his lonesome (at Southpaw), and one with dudes (Alphabet Lounge). The new songs are fantastic and man, that lost weekend is turning into a lost winter. Let's go: Fly into the mystery.
JOEY SWEENEY & THE FOREVERTAKERS: WORLD TOUR 2004
Fri Oct 8 | World Cafe Live/215 Festival
w/ The Pearly Gates and Painted Bride Quarterly, Philadelphia, PA
Sun Oct 10 | Rock N Roll Carnival
w/ The Capitol Years, Cordalene and This Radiant Boy (Jojo@7:30, right before Cap. Yrs.)
Wed Oct 13 | CMJ/Southpaw, Brooklyn: L Magazine show w/ Matthew Caws of Nada Surf and Bitter, Bitter Weeks (solo)
Sat Oct 16 | CMJ/Alphabet Lounge, Lower East Side: Burnt Toast Vinyl night w/ Saxon Shore
Thu Oct 21 | TT The Bears, Boston MA w/ BC Camplight and The Color Bars
Fri Oct 22 | Piano's, NYC w/ BC Camplight and The Color Bars
Sat Oct 23 | Pontiac Grille, Philadelphia, PA w/ BC Camplight and The Color Bars
Sun Oct 24 | Jammin' Java, Washington DC w/ BC Camplight and The Color Bars
Tues Oct 26 | Club Caf�, Pittsburgh, PA w/ BC Camplight and The Color Bars
Wed Oct 27 | Northside Tavern, Cincinatti, OH w/ BC Camplight and The Color Bars
Thu Oct 28 | Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH w/ BC Camplight and The Color Bars
Fri Oct 29 | Schuba's, Chicago IL w/ BC Camplight and The Color Bars and The Hang Ups
Sat Oct 30 | Seventh Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN w/ BC Camplight and The Color Bars and The Hang Ups