Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves will be embarking on their first ever US tour today. The band will be joined in the van and on stage with good buddy Mike Hale.
Chris Wollard (Hot Water Music/ The Draft/ Black Top Cadence/ Rumbleseat) actually began working on the songs that would comprise the first Ship Thieves LP prior to the demise of Hot Water Music. Writing and recording songs over the span of several years during breaks between Hot Water tours, Wollard started piecing the puzzle of the Ship Thieves together with the help of good friend and producer/songwriter Ben Lovett. The late night recording sessions grew into orchestrated ensembles, including players Addison Burns (Quit, The Enablers) , Derron Nuhfer (Gunmoll, Cutman, Less Than Jake), Ben Lovett (Heavens), Bill Clower (Radon) and George Rebelo (Hot Water Music, The Draft, Blacktop Cadence, Against Me!).
Now with their critically acclaimed album recently released on No Idea Records, Wollard has made the Ship Thieves a functional band consisting of Ben Lovett, Addison Burns, and Chad Darby (Averkiou), with Jeffery Haineault (Ninja Gun) replacing George Rebelo on drums.
This December Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves will be headed overseas to Europe with Drag The River. Drag the River will be performing the tour as a two-piece, consisting of Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price. This tour will be Drag’s first time in Europe as well. The tour is still being booked and more dates will soon be announced.
Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves/ Mike Hale Tour Dates:
11/6 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
11/9 – Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Landshark Cafe
11/10 – Charleston, South Carolina @ Tin Roof
11/11 – Charlotte, North Carolina @ The Milestone
11/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Khyber
11/13 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
11/14 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Regal Beagle
11/16 – Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Artspace
11/17 – Richmond, VA @ Mojo’s
Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves/ Drag the River European Tour Dates:
· 12/03 – Saarbrücken, Germany @ Garage
· 12/04 – Schweinfurt, Germany @ Alter Stattbahnhof
· 12/05 – Vienna, Austria @ Szene with Muff Potter
· 12/06 – Munich, Germany @ Backstage with Muff Potter
· 12/08 – Düsseldorf, Germany @ Zakk with Muff Potter
· 12/09 – Winterthur, Germany @ Gaswerk
· 12/10 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Exzess
· 12/11 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
· 12/13 – Peterborough, UK @ Club Revolution
· 12/14 – London, UK @ Islington Bar Academy
· 12/15 – Bristol, UK @ The Croft
· 12/16 – Leeds, UK @ Burdenell Social Club
· 12/17 – Brighton, UK @ The Lectern
· 12/18 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Winston
· 12/19 – Hannover, Germany @ Mephisto
· 12/20 – Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
· 12/21 – Berlin, Germany @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
Visit the band’s MySpace here.