Bloodshot Records and the Bottle Rockets announced a release date for a new live album from the band this afternoon. Titled Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with the Bottle Rockets (BS 187 CD), the album will see the laser light of day on August 16, 2011.
Recorded live at the now defunct Lucas School House in St. Louis, the Bottle Rockets take 13 songs from their now substantial catalog, unplug the electric guitars and pull out their acoustic guitars (and let's not be naive here, plug those in too) to re-cast some of their songs in new light. The set includes some songs from early albums now long out of print.
The Riverfront Timesreported the venue closed in late 2008, so this live set was recorded in 2007 or 2008. From the language on the Chicago based independent record label's website it seems that Bloodshot is planning a CD release, but something may happen where a vinyl release of the album is possible as well. The Bottle Rockets' last full length LP, Lean Forward(Bloodshot, 2009), saw both a vinyl and CD release. We're keeping our fingers crossed!
Here's what the press release from the band said:
"Although it may not be obvious, most Bottle Rockets songs are written on acoustic guitar. Contrary to being identified as a loud rock band, we enjoy the opportunities to perform without amplifiers and electricity. Songwriting is distinctly showcased under those stripped down conditions and requires the songs to sink or swim on their own. And on such occasions, we are always amused by the tangle of cords, plugs, and wires that are still involved with supposedly 'unplugged' music.
Choosing the right venue is important to the success of any show, and the Lucas School House in St. Louis was our correct choice for two sold out shows. Located on the edge of the historic Soulard neighborhood, the venue was formerly a one-room school built in 1898. The small, second floor gymnasium had been renovated into a concert hall with a beautiful wooden interior, stained glass, plush leather seating and state-of-the-art sound system. Serving as an ideal listening room during its short life, any performance in that space was an intimate music experience.
Recordings from those shows provide the material for this live album and the songs selected here include a mix of favorites, rarities, reinventions, and performances in-the-moment. Although the Lucas School House has since closed, this album preserves the essence of those two special nights."