Philadelphia rockers Cold Fronts will bring their insanely busy 2013 PARTYANDPIZZA Tour to the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center this Sunday. The tour — which started in Brooklyn and works its way to Austin and back to Dallastown, Pa. for an end-of-tour party — has the band playing 25 shows in 25 days.
Cold Fronts, compared to the likes of The Strokes and Thin Lizzy, was formed in 2011 by guitarist/vocalist Craig Almquist and drummer Al Smith. Almquist and Smith are the only permanent members, but guitarists Chris Baglivo and Kyle Morgan will join Cold Fronts on tour.
The band has been on the road for the past year and Smith, a Harrisburg-native, is especially excited to bring the tour to the area.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the staff at Stage on Herr because they are fantastic people and it’s a really fun venue,” Smith said. “Hopefully I can take our guitarist out to Neato Burrito before the gig.”
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After the Harrisburg show, Cold Fronts will be making their way back down to the world-famous South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas where they will play the Sonicbids Day Party at Maggie Mae’s on March 15.
“Last year we camped out in a tent in a random parking lot and went out during the daytime to perform around Austin,” Smith said. “SXSW is totally crazy. Andrew WK crashed our stage before we were supposed to play as the backing band for the Gay Blades.”
Last year’s SXSW also gained Cold Fronts one prominent fan — music industry legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Seymour Stein.
“Seymour Stein, one of the legends of the music industry walked by our show and picked up one of our EPs,” Smith said. “He has been very supportive. We’ve been meeting with his company, Sire Records, to discuss potentially releasing some new songs this year.”
Smith said that Cold Fronts should be releasing new material very soon and once that is out, they will likely embark on another two month tour — and ultimately, they’d like to take their music around the globe.
“We would mostly like to play in South America and Europe,” Smith said. “We have a snail mail list where we send out postcards to our fans and right now we only have a few people overseas so it would be fun to increase our reach in different countries so I can send them postcards!”
With fans like Stein and a growing number of catchy, energetic rockers like “Get Right Back” and “Know it All,” it’s only a matter of time before Smith and Almquist are sending their postcards to fans around the world.
And if you are heading out to the show, Smith has a request: Bring snacks for the band.
“Hopefully my grandpa ‘BubbaLew’ Williams is in attendance and brings some of his famous chocolate chip cookies,” Smith added. “We are on a pretty tight budget til we get to Austin, so we encourage anyone coming to the show to bring snacks!”
The 21-and-over show starts at 7:00 p.m. and tickets will be available for $5 at the door. Brooklyn quartet Double King and Lancaster-natives the Districts will serve as opening acts.