New Presidents In 2008


Air President
The Presidents of the United States of America return on March 11, 2008 with their first album in three years, These Are The Good Times People, which was recorded with Northwest legends The Fastbacks’ Kurt Bloch (Robyn Hitchcock, Mudhoney) and mixed by Martin Feveyear (Screaming Trees, Epoxies). The complete track listing is: "Mixed Up S.O.B.", "Ladybug", "Sharpen Up Those Fangs", "More Bad Times", "French Girl", "Truckstop Butterfly", "Ghosts Are Everywhere", "Loose Balloon", "Flame is Love", "So Lo So Hi", "Poor Turtle", "Rot in the Sun", "Warhead", and "Deleter."

Then, beginning March 14th, vocalist-basitar player and principal songwriter Chris Ballew, original drummer Jason Finn and guitbass player Andrew McKeag kick off a world tour at the The Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon that will take them across the U.S. and off to Belgium, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. An early pre-sale on the group’s email list begins Tuesday, December 18, fans can sign up at

Tour Dates
3/14 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
3/15 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
3/17 (Sacramento) Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
3/18 San Francisco, CA - Great American
3/19 Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
3/21 Los Angeles, CA - Roxy
3/22 San Diego, CA - Belly Up
3/24 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
3/25 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
3/26 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
3/27 Boston, MA - Paradise
4/10 Eindhoven, The Netherlands - Effenaar
4/11 Groningen, The Netherlands - Oosterpoort KZ
4/12 Utrecht, The Netherlands - Tivoli
4/14 Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
4/15 London, UK - Astoria
4/16 Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
4/18 Bristol, UK - Carling Academy
4/19 Birmingham, UK - Carling Academy
4/20 Manchester, UK - Academy
4/22 Newcastle, UK - Carling Academy
4/23 Glasgow, UK - Carling Academy
4/24 Belfast, UK - Spring & Airbrake
4/25 Dublin, Ireland - Tripod

[Published on: 12/15/07]

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Jamon Sat 12/15/2007 08:18PM
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my favorite Presidents lyric:

"F**k you kitty...OUTSIDE!"

These guys rock with less than strings each.

All Loving Liberal White Guy starstarstarstar Mon 12/17/2007 08:02AM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

"Peaches come from a can/They were put there by a man/In a factory dowwwwwwwwnnnnnntowwwwnnnnn!!!!"

Man I love that song. Awesome how dude screams it with such intensity.

sleewell starstarstarstar Mon 12/17/2007 09:55AM
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what the heck is a basitar and guitbass?

mrkrinkle6884 Mon 12/24/2007 05:12PM
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Sleewell I had tyo look it up on Wikipedia.... They got the idea from one of the greatest bass innovators of all time, the late Mark Sandman from Morphine....

Ballew and Dederer/McKeag respectively play a basitar and guitbass, which are regular, six-string guitars modified to use two strings (for bass) or three strings (for guitar). The original idea came from Morphine frontman Mark Sandman, with whom Ballew had previously worked.

Guitars modified in this way use heavy-gauge strings for a heavier sound and are normally tuned in Drop D, though the Presidents play half a step lower in C#. For a basitar, the strings are placed in the D and A positions; on a guitbass, the strings are placed in the A, D, and G positions.