Summer Show Lineup

So summer is halfway over...  ugh.  That said, we still have a lot of great shows coming up!  Be sure to follow us on Bandcamp or just check back here often to see where we will be next.  
 

Also...

We have a new CD out now!  It's a compilation of our greatest work plus there are 5 all new tracks on it.  We hope you dig it and share it with friends.  We realized that we have so many songs going unnoticed that we want to share with fans.  We also wanted to make it easy.  One CD with all the music we are proudest of.  Available everywhere NOW!

Completely Wasted

Words and music by The Conniption Fits

Here’s a story I’ve been meaning to tell to you

It’s kind of long and it’s boring

And sections of it don’t have any truth

But if you listen, intently, there’s message I need to share

Hopefully you get it, hopefully you care

 

Once I was ok with a casual affair

But before long, without love, it became all too clear

That to carry on was to ruin it all

And to bury it all was to burn it down

So I covered it all with gas, and I laid the burning match

 

Yeah, when you’re alone again

And lift to your lips a halfway empty glass

I can be a friend with benefits and cash

 

There’s a war inside, and it’s trying to guide

My choices, but I don’t listen to the voices

There’s a horse to ride, I could let her fly….I could make it

It just sucks that I’m completely wasted

 

Hey, I’m calling you, it’s late a night

I probably shouldn’t be calling, but I’ve had to much to think

Would it be a major imposition for you

To cancel your plans and waste another day with me

Won’t you just think about it please

 

Still, you are hard to beat

Like driving too fast you never cease to thrill

Yeah, when you’re alone again

And lift to your lips a halfway empty glass

I can be a friend with benefits and cash

Masquerade

Yes, we are hosting a Masquerade ball! I think the idea originally occurred to us about 4 years ago.  Why has it taken so long to actually do it?  Fear.  What if people don't show up?  What if they don't have costumes?  This is expensive to pull off, what if we lose a lot of money?  All valid reasons, but as they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained.  

Our Masquerade Ball will be held at The Fireside Inn & Suites on February 25th, 2017.  


We have been working closely with The fireside to get the decoration, atmosphere and general ambiance just right.  That said, we are still a rock / party band so this will be a rock / party Masquerade musically speaking.  Everything else we will try to do as close to "right" as we can.  

We realize dressing up for this is not "cost free".  We would hand out makes if we could afford it, but so far we have not found masks that are affordable to buy in bulk.  I'm going to have a great halloween costume for next year by doing this now, at least that's how I'm going to justify it.

So please dress up and get in the sprit of this event.  As far as we know a masquerade has never been attempted in the Upper Valley, let's make it a success and show everybody that fun events like this for no reason CAN work here, not just in big cities.  

Decorations & appetizers included, please come in costume, or at least with a mask for a reduced entry fee!

Details are still pending, but there will be a costume contest - prizes for best mask & best dressed.
Gothic, colonial styles encouraged.
Make your own mask, or buy one, just get in the spirit!
$20 advance, $30 the door.
Special hors d'oeuvres
cash bar

As far as we know this is the first time anything like this has been attempeted in the UV, lets make it great!

Some ideas here: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/masquerade-outfit/

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UPDATE:  Well it happened and it was...  AMAZING!

Thank you so much for your spirit and costumes, masks, everything was so, so great!

 

 

2017 - shows, shows and more shows!

The schedule for 2017 is filling up!  People often ask if we play weddings...  Absolutely we will play at your wedding!  We would love to be there!  We try to schedule them well in advance, so let us know as soon as you can. 

We are pleased to be returning to our regular haunts in 2017, like ALL of the Salt hill Pubs, The Woodstock Brewery & Station, Murphy's Taproom, The Portsmouth Gaslight, The Wagon Wheel, The Dusty Bottle, and of course The Wharf Pub on Martha's Vineyard to name just a few.  The brand new Taverne On The Square has signed on for a string of shows, so has the Campton Mt. Ski Area as well as Attitash Mountian and Cannon Mountain Ski Areas.

Some Special shows we currently have lined up include February 25th at the Fireside Inn, West Lebanon.  We will be attempting to pull of a full-on Masquerade Ball complete with make, costumes, the whole bit.  A lot of this will rely on YOU, so don't be shy, get into the sprit of it!  Nothing like this has been attempted in the upper Valley, lets do it!

April 1st marks the 5th (?!) Annual Pig and Poke Party at Cannon Mountian.  This is a "somewhat" private event, so it's good to know someone who knows someone if you know what I mean.  It's a racer of a party and one we look forward to every year.

July 1st we play our annual "Independence Day" show at River Meadow Campground in Haverhill NH complete with fireworks!  This show is put on by our major sponsor TWB Automotive in Lebanon - for all your automotive needs call TBW Automotive 603-448-6787 (they really are the best).

July 15th we perform for Trucks Gone Wild again in Lebanon Maine.  A crazy event that is certainly "out of the norm" for us.

August 24th we perform on the mall in Lebanon New Hampshire for the "Lebanon Dance Fest".  Every year this gets bigger and bigger.  The show is immediately followed by fireworks.  Put on by the fine people at the Lebanon Parks & Recreation Department.

September 8th we have been invited to perform for the Hampton Seafood Festival at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.  When they asked if we were interested, we said, "Seafood is involved?  Well, yeah, sign us up!"

And filially, New Years Eve has been confirmed, we will be returning to the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon for another all-inclusive evening and a great night!  

"Misinformed Informant"

This is one of those songs that came in an instant.  We recorded this over a couple of weeks and bam, the song was born.  This also marks the first song that drummer Scott Kinnison played on.  A downtempo emotional tune, we worked really hard to make sure everything felt "right".  We really like this song and hope you do as well!
 

Your misleading friend,

had a well loaded tongue

bending your ear

with the story she wrung

 

November damp air 

seeps through your coat again

 

You get bits of the truth

blended with fiction

she’s a rather well rehearsed

politician

 

a glass splinter in you mind without an end

 

Here comes another one

Speeding lies and having fun

Oh Misinformed Informant unload your gun

 

Waste breath to make my case

It's written all over your face

Oh Misinformed Informant unload your gun

 

'Cause I will never misinform you

 

Disproportionate size

the voice of the spies ,

take a knife and cut

every extravagant lie 

 

packed up the car

ready to make the drive

 

Got driving gas, 

and spending cash, 

a sleeping bag 

and a dime of weed

 

A head on the dash,  

makes it hard to leave

 

Why don’t they just say

Why don’t they just say what they mean

We could get out of dodge

We could leave it all behind

 

We could up and go

leave the world just wondering where we went

We are aging fast

It’s time we did one just last thing for us

 

 

 

"Until We Fall Apart"

Our new single is finally out!  "Until We Fall Apart" is the first of two songs we began working on back in May.  Really we could finish these songs a lot faster if we didn't have 8 million shows to play, but what fun would that be?  

This song evolved around a guitar riff that we used as a pedal point.  I thought it would be cool if we did a song where the bass root note moved around the guitar riff in an interesting way.  As usual, we started with the drums and a rough sketch of the song.  We performed it live and then started cutting parts and re-arranging them.  The guitars bass and vocals were all added in layers after that.  In fact, the final bass tracks were the last thing we added after everything else was in place.  I am particularly pleased with the keyboard sounds I somehow managed to dial in.  If you listen closely, there are synths throughout the song adding depth, but not getting in the way - a trick that is harder to pull off than you may think!  I love the bridge synth passages.  My fist real attempt at tweaking an arpeggiator instead of just playing the notes.  I think it adds good counterpoint to the guitar.  

A lot of thought went into the arrangement and recording of this one and we are happy with the result.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

The second song of these two songs we recorded in May is done and we will release it in the coming month.

Trucks Gone Wild

Had a great time at the "Trucks Gone Wild" event in Lebanon Maine over the weekend.  It felt like we were not he set of a Mad Max taping.  We got there early to enjoy a few of the events, like the mud bog and head to head racing.  The enthusiasm the participants have for the event is really contagious.  It's a different world and a whole lot of fun.  If there is and event like this near you, be sure to go check it out!

Top 40 Radio

"I Need You (Ay-o)" continues to impact top 40 radio nationwide!  Thanks to WFIZ-FM in Ithaca, NY and KFLW-FM in St. Robert, MO for adding "I Need You (Ay-O)" to their rotations.  Now more stations are jumping on "I Need You (Ay-O)" including KCHE 92.1 FM in Cherokee, Iowa and KQCR-FM in Hampton Iowa!  

Just added at 97.9/105.5 Kiss-Fm in Utica NY!

Shout out to 97-7 KKCK-FM in Sioux Falls South Dakota of adding "I Need You (Ay-O)" to their rotation! Awesome!

Merch now available on our website!

Still like a good old fashioned CD?  Now you can get them directly from us on our website.  Or maybe you have been hankering for some of our incredible and unique hot sauce, now in two flavors, sissy and legit! Stickers and brand new t-shirts will also be available in the coming months.  We've kept the costs to a bare minimum and are offering free shipping to the U.S.  $3 for the rest of the world.  As always, we appreciate the support; when you buy from us, you help us keep going.  Jump to the "Merch" section of you website and check it out.  All orders are 100% secure and we never give your information away.  Cheers!