mr. Gnome
mr. Gnome "Boy does this Ohio duo make a lot of noise. Such is the overwhelming nature of the twosome's aggressive-yet-beautiful sound." – Paste Magazine

The oddly named Cleveland duo mr. Gnome has announced new U.S. tour dates in September and October in support of its impressive genre-bending debut full-length, Deliver This Creature. See complete dates below. Fitting with its loftily heavy-beautiful music, the band has released an equally stunning and surreal music video for the song "Night of The Crickets." Watch it at You Tube (LINK) or MySpace (LINK). The band describes the video, directed by drummer Sam Meister as, a salvia induced ride through the afterlife.

Like all enduring artists, guitarist/vocalist Nicole Barille and drummer Sam Meister have crafted a sound so unique and powerful that it seems to mystify critics and audiences alike -- just take a look at all of the writers deferring to mystical terms to describe the band's transcendent sound below.

The music of mr. Gnome has been described as utilizing elements of AltRock, Metal, Post Punk, and Prog, but lands in a realm of their own making, crafting a compelling sonic-psychedelic mélange of indie rock. Since its conception in 2005, the Cleveland duo has released two EPs, receiving wide-ranging and honorable comparisons to Cat Power, PJ Harvey, Tool, Portishead, Pelican, Death From Above 1979, Bjork and Blonde Redhead. Above all else, mr. Gnome's compositions work -- and in very unusual and clearly soon-to-be-influential ways, where truly adequate descriptions aren't yet available.

While comparisons vary, one thing is certain - the duo's unique sound explores unpredictable shades of violence and intensity, while meshing the sludgy, reverberating monsoon of hardcore with the feminine. Its debut full-length CD, Deliver This Creature, hit stores in May 2008 on El Marko Records. Hot on the heels of that release the band took to the road to truly deliver the creature -- as it has nearly incessantly over the past three years -- city to city across the US, earning considerable praise throughout.

The phenomenally unique and powerful pair catapulted to the #1 most blogged about band on the Elbo.ws blog aggregator immediately after release of the first MP3 from the album "Pirates" (MP3). Print press also resolutely responded to the album, including coverage in SPIN, RollingStone.com, Paste, Venus, Big Takeover, many more.

Guitarist/vocalist Nicole Barille and drummer Sam Meister began experimenting a few years ago with a sound based on minimalist instrumentation and the rigid dichotomy of soft vs. loud and masculine vs. feminine. Within a year, the two released their first EP, Echoes On The Ground, and were touring the regional circuit. Their second EP, self-titled (Mr. Gnome), was released in November of 2006 and the two, having hooked up with Lost Barrio Artists, a booking agency based out of Tucson, AZ now found themselves touring nationally. After completing their first two national tours, Barille and Meister found it hard to go back to the daily grind and felt an immediate urgency to continue traveling the countryside.

With the road calling, Barille and Meister ditched their belongings in a storage space and temporarily parted ways with the Midwest. mr. Gnome, an officially homeless band, began touring the United States, living out of a van and sleeping on random couches for the second part of 2007. With a handful of new material in their set list, the two used practice spots along the way to complete the writing of their new creation and by the force of their journey, discovered both Larry Crane's Jackpot Studios (Elliott Smith, Cat Power, The Shins, The Decemberists) in Portland, Oregon and Craig Schumacher's Wavelab Studios (Calexico, DeVotchka, Neko Case, Animal Collective) in Tucson, Arizona where they recorded their first full-length album with engineers Kendra Lynn, and Chris Schultz. mr. Gnome headed back to Cleveland to put the finishing touches on their album at Ante Up Audio (Bone Thugs N' Harmony, Tori Amos, Guided By Voices) working with Michael Seifert. The album was then mixed at Butch Vig's Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin by Beau Sorenson (Death Cab For Cutie).

With four national tours under their belt within the last year and countless regional dates, mr. Gnome, with the support of El Marko Records, will continue to tour the countryside in spring of 2008, behind its first full-length release.