The Gay Blades are recording a unique song for each city on their upcoming tour (dates in the replies). The first 5 songs have been compiled in Songs For Cities, Vol. 1 which you can download exclusively here. This volume includes Pittsburgh, Columbus, St. Louis, Kansas City and Colorado Springs. Full track info and song descriptions are also in the replies.
"I'll Leave My Heart in Pittsburgh "- PIttsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks - 11/29
"Run For Your Life, Buckeye!" - Columbus, OH - The Basement - 11/30
"The Gateway To Your Heart "- St. Louis, MO - Cicero's - 12/1
"KC, I Need You Now..." - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room - 12/2
"Hallelujah, Colorado!" - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep - 12/4
Below please find a brief explanation for the inspiration behind each song:
"I'll Leave My Heart in Pittsburgh"
Pittsburgh is a town I've always felt comfortable touring through. Growing up pretty poor gives you a quality that you can't shake off, and sometimes I feel totally out of place. Pittsburgh never made me feel anything but ready to drink and play a great show.
"Run For Your Life, Buckeye!"
I wrote this song for townies everywhere. There's nothing worse than ignorant drunk college kids ruining your town and hitting on your girlfriend - I should know, I was one of those kids. That being said, this song is about handing out ass beatings to those in need. Its all about charity!
"The Gateway To Your Heart"
I was tour managing a Finnish band called Rubik this summer and when we were in St. Louis, they informed me that a Finnish architect was responsible for the beautiful landmark. So I figured that arch, "America's Gateway", would be the central figure in this story. The other being a schizophrenic homeless dude on a bicycle staring at it, waiting for a lost love to materialize. Seemed like a good idea...
"KC, I Need You Now..."
I feel like Kansas City has so many great old rock n' roll tunes written about it, so I wanted mine to be a really cool slinky rock song, a la' Keith Richards. So...here you go...
I really just needed a song to surround the words "Hallelujah, Colorado". I love the way they sound together. Go ahead say it...
St. Louis, MO
The Riot Room
Kansas City, MO
Colorado Springs, CO
Bottom Of The Hill
San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA
The Rogue Bar
Emo's Alternative Lounging (Indoor)