It’s with a very heavy heart that I have to announce the following:
1) The Toh Kay album “The Hand That Thieves” has been canceled for the foreseeable future. More details will come to light in the coming days.
2) Due to Victory Records refusal to send us copies of our own new album, there will be another delay in our ability to deliver preorders on time. We hoped to find a compromise with them, up until the bitter end; unfortunately, it just wasn’t possible.
We ask you to once more be patient: we’re working around the clock to find a solution to our gigantic nightmare of a problem. We will be able to fulfill all orders soon, and we maintain that the only way to buy the album without all of the money going to Victory Records (which ironically funds their legal efforts against us) is via the RISC Store.
Thank you for your support during our dark and trying times. We stood up against the largest, meanest, most despised bully in the schoolyard and now we have to face the consequences. Hopefully you’ll stand with us and we can get through this in one piece.
There will be much more information available in the next few days. Thanks.
Please be so kind as to watch the new music video from my forthcoming album, here: http://youtu.be/Oy-bEXUA6u0
The song is called “With Any Sort Of Certainty”, and the album is called “The Hand That Thieves”
You can download the song for free on the BandPage tab on my facebook page as well. (www.facebook.com/tohkay)
Thank you very much, and feel free to whistle along.
Hey look! I just found something beautiful
The first full song off of “The Hands That Thieve” is now available to stream on our BandPage tab on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/SManifesto/app_178091127385)
It is called “The Three Of Us” - Enjoy.
REVIVAL TOUR! Starting tomorrow at the Black Cat in Washington DC - Toh Kay will be joining Chuck Ragan’s Revival Tour for about two weeks of shows on the East Coast and Canada. Take a moment to check outwww.therevivaltourtix.com for tickets and packages you can pick up while getting your ticket. Enjoy!
So, somehow, we’ve made it to 2013.
The band you know as Streetlight Manifesto started as a humble recording project in a New Jersey basement 10 years ago. While we were working on our first record, we never could have imagined that the music we were putting together would start a chain reaction in our lives that would result in our traveling the world for a decade, playing in countries we only read about, taking on the lives of full-time touring musicians for, essentially, our entire 20’s. When we finished that first album, we had hoped to put on a local show to celebrate its completion. That show turned into a tour, that tour turned into a few tours and those few tours eventually turned into a lifestyle. For 10 years now, Streetlight has been one of the biggest parts of our lives.
Today, it’s time to announce to our fans and friends that we’re turning the last page of this particular chapter of our lives. We’ve solidified plans to tour our well-traveled asses off for one last year, until the end of 2013, at which time we will be not necessarily be moving on from the band, but changing our approach to what we do with the majority of our time. More specifically, we will no longer be touring year round, nor will we be touring much at all anymore. We have decided to step away from the table before we get sick of our favorite meal; we’ve seen enough bands over the years grow old playing the same songs for decades, going through the motions, slowly fading, and more depressingly, continuing on for all the wrong reasons. We’re moving on to preserve what we created, to be able to look back on it proudly, before we find ourselves looking around and realizing that we’ve become what we swore we’d never be. In the last few years, we’ve all hit the 30 year mark, and we’re ready to try some new things; some of us are ready to do a little bit of the ol’ settling down, some of us are excited to pursue different musical avenues, and some of us just want to live a slightly less hectic lifestyle. We’re doing this now for all of these reasons, not to mention 10 years is nice, neat chunk of time to devote oneself to something before moving on. Doing this next year, at 11 years wouldn’t be nearly as dramatic, nor as poetic.
As for our actual plans for the future, this is what we have in mind: No more long tours and no more year round traveling. BUT! Streetlight is not actually breaking up, and we have no plans to ever do so, really. As of now, we still plan to play festivals, both in the US and overseas, occasional one-off shows here and there and even sporadic short-run tours. Hell, we may even do an extended tour a few years from now, who can say? One thing is certain, though: we will still make music together. We’ve recently submitted an album (The Hands That Thieve) to the record label we’ve been under contract with since the beginning, and with that, we are now free of a very contentious, very unhappy relationship (you may have heard, ha!) that has caused us much frustration and anguish over the years. We have no plans to ever sign with another label and we will happily continue to release records, on our own and on our own terms. Who knows, maybe now that we won’t be touring all the time, we can squeeze out records a bit faster than our usual snail’s pace.
SO! Today we announce The End Of The Beginning Tour, a multiple leg outing that will last until the end of the year, sort of like our last hurrah before we settle into Streetlight’s new mode. We’re doing two short runs in Europe (one in the UK including the Slam Dunk Festival shows and one on the mainland including Groezrock and Monster Bash), playing at this year’s Skate and Surf Fest, squeezing in a few college shows, then we’re heading across the USA in June for the first of two domestic tours. The first one is the shorter, smaller city leg, to be followed by a massive 6 week major city tour in the fall/winter, after which we will be bidding you all a semi-farewell. We will be announcing more legs and more shows as the year progresses. To be honest, we will likely never play the majority of the places we’re playing this year again, so come out for one or two last hurrahs with us. We’ll be playing the classics, new songs, acoustic and alternate versions of songs, you name it. We can pretty much guarantee we will do our utmost to make these last shows be some of the greatest of our 10 year existence. We are proud of what we’ve done, and more importantly HOW we’ve done it, and we plan on holding ourselves to that high standard throughout this year and onward.
So, enough rambling; we need to cut this short before the waterworks start. In closing: We are done being a full-time touring band, but not done as a band. Also, this can never be said too many times: we can’t stress or repeat enough how grateful we are to all of you for enabling us to live this life for a decade; to travel the world, to see and experience all that we had access to because of Streetlight has been the gift of a lifetime. Thank you, thank you, thank you. See you at the shows!
It happened. We were given a release date when a hand reached up from the depths of hell with a piece of paper, upon which was scribbled “APRIL 30th” Now upon reading that you must keep a few things in mind:
Even though the album is now set for release, through Victory Records, if you enjoy the music and the band the best way to support us is to purchase the album from The Risc Store (www.riscstore.com) or from us directly at shows. Unfortunately, this is the only way we can insure the band actually makes money from our own music. The Risc Store works directly with Streetlight Manifesto to keep costs down and work with you to make sure you’re happy. The Risc Store also has exclusive designs for all Streetlight Manifesto and Toh Kay merchandise.
A lot of work has gone into creating this record and now a lot more work has gone into releasing it. For those of you who have already pre-ordered the record, thank you for your support and your patience. We are releasing another sample to further assure you that the album you’ve pre-ordered exists. We will be releasing more samples and announcements in the coming days and weeks. Keep your eyes and ears firmly pressed against your computer, phone, or both.
I wish I could convey how lucky we are to have such loyal and supportive fans in a way that felt genuine - but I can’t so how about this :::nods head - raises glass:::
- Streetlight Manifesto
Here is the newest audio sample:
Revival Tour Date Added
I spoke too soon.
A new Revival date has been added:
Syracuse, NY! Check shows page for details
After enough behind-the-scenes melodrama to keep a soap opera scripted for a few years, we finally got confirmation that we will be announcing the release date of our long delayed record “The Hands That Thieve” this Friday.
We are all beyond excited that we can finally see the end of the tunnel, and you’ll all be able to hear the hard work that has gone into this record.
Once again, we profusely apologize for the wait, and are eager to hit the road in the near future to support the new tunes.
If you haven’t already pre-ordered the album, you still have the opportunity to do so up until the actual release date. All pre-orders made through the RISC Store, will come with a free gift from us, a live EP CD, recorded during the last US tour.
Toh Kay (Singer of Streetlight Manifesto) will be joining the Revival Tour this Spring for a week of shows in the Northeast. He will be joining Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Rocky Votolato, and more. For dates and ticket links go to the new Toh Kay site -www.tohkay.com
For more info or to buy tickets go to www.therevivaltourtix.com