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Bass Magazine: Abby Travis and Sumo Princess Debut New Single “Click Bait” (WATCH) “Click Bait” is the first single and video for Sumo Princess’ upcoming album “When an Electric Storm”

 

Sumo Princess, Abby Travis (The Go-Go’s, KMFDM, EODM, Masters of Reality, Beck, Cher, Elastica) and Gene Trautmann (QOTSA, EODM, Mark Lanegan band, The Miracle Workers) will release their first full length album, “When an Electric Storm”, May 8, 2019 on ruinedvibes.com. The band will support the The Meat Puppets on the East Coast with West Coast headlining shows to follow.

Sumo Princess is the brainchild of bassist/vocalist Abby Travis who plays heavily fuzzed and effected bass while singing in her 3 octave range. Equally influenced by stoner rock, post punk, and deconstructionism; the band has been compared to Royal Blood meets the B52s and Motorhead meets Nina Hagen.

The single is available now for download:

“Kali Ma” single on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/click-bait/1459713941?i=1459713951

Presale of When an Electric Storm: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/when-an-electric-storm/1459713941

Presale limited edition vinyl release: https://www.ruinedvibes.com/product/sumo-princess-when-an-electric-storm

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Meat Puppets’ original lineup announce first tour in 20+ years – Sumo Princess Opening On East Coast Dates

Meat Puppets‘ original lineup (Curt Kirkwood, Cris Kirkwood, and the newly-welcomed-back drummer Derrick Bostrom) recently announced their first album together since 1995, Dusty Notes, and they promised they’d be touring in 2019 too. Now those dates — their first together in over 20 years — have been announced.

The tour begins on the West Coast (with Neil Hamburger joining them for two shows), and then it makes its way East for shows with Sumo Princess (aka Abby Travis [who’s worked with The Go-Go’s, The Bangles, Eagles of Death Metal, and more] and Gene Trautmann [who’s worked with Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, and more]) and Stephen Maglio.

The East Coast shows include Manhattan’s Mercury Lounge on May 8, Brooklyn’s Brooklyn Bowl on May 9, Asbury Park’s Asbury Lanes on May 11, and Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall on May 18, as well as stops in Woodstock, Philly, Hamden, Boston, and more. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday, January 18. Tickets for Merc, BK Bowl, and White Eagle Hall will be available here; tickets for Asbury Lanes will be available here. All dates are listed below.

Meat Puppets have also shared a second single from the new album, “Nine Pins.” This one really shows off the band’s long-held love of bluegrass, with that trademark Meat Puppets psychedelic punk twist. Check it out below. Dusty Notes comes out in March via Megaforce, and the vinyl LP will be available in three versions:

• An early “bootleg” black vinyl in a white jacket, limited and numbered to 300 units (March 1)

Zia Records exclusive swamp / olive splatter, and the standard vinyl is swamp / olive (March 8)

• ‘Standard’ swamp / olive vinyl (March 8) available for preorder here.

 

Meat Puppets / Sumo Princess — 2019 Tour Dates

May 9 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl
May 10 Philadelphia, PA
May 11 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lanes
May 13 Woodstock, NY Colony
May 14 Hamden, CT Space Ballroom
May 15 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
May 16 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
May 17 Portsmouth, NH 3S Artspace
May 18 Jersey City, NJ White Eagle Music Hall

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UDiscoverMusic: Best Female Bassists: An Essential Top 25 Countdown

UDiscoverMusic: Best Female Bassists: An Essential Top 25 Countdown

10: Abby Travis

The Ultimate Versatility Award goes to the Los Angeles wunderkind Abby Travis, who we chanced upon in 2011 at an obscure prog-rock reunion show, featuring the Anglo-German band Nektar and the freaky Euro/krautrock band Brainticket. The latter got a new lease of life courtesy of a young, goth-looking singer-bassist who gave them a stage presence they never had before. Despite being a good 30 years younger than the rest of the group, Travis was fully on the band’s acid-drenched wavelength. A year later she replaced Kathy Valentine in Go-Go’s. She’s also toured with Butthole Surfers and Cher (now there’s a sentence you don’t get to write every day) and can apparently play anything with anybody.

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BP Recommends: SUMO PRINCESS SINGLES

Abby Travis has built a long and successful career using her precision playing and massive tone to back powerhouses like the Go-Go’s, Cher, the Bengals, and Beck. Her new project, a drums–bass duo with Gene Trautman, now showcases her talents in the biggest and boldest way possible. On these four tracks, Travis dishes seriously filthy frequencies and interesting lines that use both her vast pedalboard and her eccentric playing, making us want much more from this exciting duo. —JON D’AURIA

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Bass Player: Abby Travis and Sumo Princess To Release New Singles, Announce Shows

Bass and drums duo Sumo Princess has been described as a cross between Royal Blood, Devo , Television and Black Sabbath and Elettrodomestico has been described as a satanic electro-pop version of The Mommas and Poppas.

Los Angeles based art-core duo Sumo Princess, feat vocalist/bassist Abby Travis (Go-Go’s, Masters of Reality, Eagles of Death Metal, Cher, Beck, Farflung,) and drummer Gene Trautmann (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Mark Lanegan Tour, Miracle Workers) to tour in April with Jane (Go-Gos) Wiedlin’s Elettrodomestico.

After working together in The Go-Go’s for the past 7 years. Wiedlin and Travis thought it would be fun to have their respective bands join forces for this run. Bass and drums duo Sumo Princess has been described as a cross between Royal Blood, Devo , Television and Black Sabbath and Elettrodomestico has been described as a satanic electro-pop version of The Mommas and Poppas.

In conjunction with the tour Sumo Princess is releasing two 7” limited edition vinyl picture disc singles. The band collaborated with 9 different artists to create 9 different numbered editions of these singles. Star Spangled Banner/ Tinsel Man will be released in 4 editions featuring the art of Brian Grillo, Jacobine Van Der Meer, Jim Herrington and Pat Arnao. You Will Break/ Sumo Princess will be available in five editions featuring the artwork of Rocky Schenck, Darcy Yates, Snakesweaters, Tommy Greñas, and Joe Travis.

Tour Dates:

4/5 Pappy & Harriets, Pioneetown CA

4/6 Alex’s Bar, Longbeach, CA

4/7 The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

4/12 The Chapel, San Francisco, CA

4/13 The Hideaway, Sacramento, CA

4/14 The Ivy Room, Albany, CA

To stream and download the singles click here: https://sumoprincess.bandcamp.com/(also available on iTunes, google play and amazon.) Collectable vinyl releases available 4/3 at www.sumoprincessband.com

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Billboard: Barbra Streisand, Miley Cyrus & More Address Women’s March in Downtown L.A.

Women’s Marches took place all across the country on Saturday (Jan. 21), bringing out record crowds in the name of equality. Washington, D.C., garnered the main spotlight but the March in Los Angeles may have been just as significant in terms of garnering attention through star power and sheer numbers.

In addition to what the organizers estimate was a turn out of more than 750,000 people, the event attracted a powerhouse lineup of speakers and performers. Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Natalie Portman, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Laverne Cox, Lily Tomlin, Kerry Washington, Jamie Lee Curtis, and many more spoke of the need to protect women’s rights in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Additionally, an array of music artists made their statements through song including Rufus Wainwright, Regina Spektor, Jackson Browne, Jenifer Lewis, Brandy, and an all-star band featuring Juliette Lewis, U2’s the Edge, The Go-Go’s Abby Travis, and Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk, who did a stirring take on “Pride (In the Name of Love).” Helen Reddy also did an a cappella version of “I Am Woman.”

The march started at Pershing Square in downtown L.A. around 9 a.m., then proceeded to slowly move throughout the surrounding streets to City Hall, eventually making its way to Broadway and 6th St., where performers and speakers were gathered. Marchers (many of them in bright pink knit hats referencing Trump’s now infamous words about women’s body parts to Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush) carried countless banners and signs with catchy, clever and often provocative slogans. The massive, colorful crowds were a vibrant site, but the sounds echoing through the city were also rousing. The crowds, filled not just with women, but men and children as well, brought drums, horns, tambourines, bullhorns and their voices, shouting chants like, “We need a leader, not a tweeter!” and “This is what democracy looks like.”

The sentiments of frustration and the need to fight President Trump’s policies were more thoroughly articulated by Streisand, who was the first to speak on the Broadway stage. After Wainwright offered a powerful version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” he introduced the iconic singer and actress.

“Trump’s cabinet choices can’t wait to reverse the progress of our last eight years,” she said. “They are determined to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides health care to the women who need it most and that’s why we’re here today!”

Though Women’s March organizers had stated that it wasn’t specifically an anti-Trump march, the speakers made it pretty clear that speaking out against our new president was in fact the point.

“We must not legitimize him,” Fonda said fervently. “We know what he is up to… taking away our rights and our freedoms and our programs that protect us.”

Cyrus, who was there with a group from her Happy Hippie Foundation, all dressed in bright yellow and black logo get-ups, took a positive approach. “We don’t want to talk about change, we want to be the change,” she said. “And to know that I’m not alone in this dream brings me such hope, and hope is a crucial component in creating the world that we want to live in.”

Before her performance with the Edge, Juliette Lewis and Wilk, and bassist Travis spoke exclusively to Billboard about her participation in the event.

“I’m terribly concerned with the flagrant, unconstitutional conflicts of interest, the possibility that treason has occurred and that fact that Trump is obviously completely insane,” she said. “I’m not OK with normalizing racism, misogyny, homophobia or xenophobia. None of this is OK and it’s all completely surreal.”

While speakers Saturday were equally critical of Trump’s psyche and intent on stage, unity remained the central message, with music and art punctuating  and highlighting this. Broadway and Black-ish star Jennifer Lewis and pop singer Brandy brought a climactic, goose-bumps-worthy moment singing her fitting viral hit “In These Streets” — which she just remixed referencing Trump’s plans to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico (“Fifty million of us will march down south and we will tear down that wall… Fifty million of us will pick up the phone and answer that call.”)

Debbie Allen presented two dazzling dance performances highlighting the beauty of women, while Thelma Houston got the crowd itself dancing to her disco hit “Don’t Leave Me This way,” which she dedicated to former President Barack Obama.

 

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