If you haven't wandered over to HIBtB's website yet this week, go ahead and do that. Their three-song digital EP Volume IV: Through Adversity to the Stars--you know, the one with "Harvest"--is now available for free download, and all the Bomb wants in return is a valid email address. Oh, and you have to be at least 13 years old to peep the jams. Singer Jon Burr does mention scopin' dude-buns in a song, and that's not the type of sexually cavalier, dandy promiscuity I want my hypothetical 12-year-old daughter listening to.
And good news for Jeff Lynne fans (i.e. hopefully everyone): How I Became the Bomb will be teaming up with KinderCastle to play Electric Light Orchestra's 1977 magnum opus, Out of the Blue, on June 26 at Mercy Lounge. Now, I know that if you're going to form a 16-piece ensemble and perform an ELO record in its entirety, it pretty much has to be Out of the Blue. And believe me, I have no complaints. We all want to hear "Turn to Stone," "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Sweet Talkin' Woman" live. But maybe, just maybe, someone could cover On the Third Day at some point? I will pay KinderCastle--or anyone in town with a comparable string section--good money to wake me up with renditions of "Showdown" and "Bluebird Is Dead" on my birthday. Just putting it out there. Tickets to How I Bombed the KinderCastle Out of the Blue are on sale right here.