Wallpaper Takes T Rex On The Road

posted July 24, 2008

Wallpaper Takes T Rex On The Road

Oakland's hype-snatching, pop-damaged electro duo Wallpaper announces a month of dates amidst growing praise for the T Rex EP. Projections, props, neon shades, new songs, and fresh live remixes of New Jack favorites have been confirmed for both coasts and the Midwest.

When last we checked in with Wallpaper, the future couldn't have looked brighter. Eenie Meenie picked up the independently crafted T Rex EP for wide release, the blogosphere flipped for the titular single's gonzo video, mastermind/lead Lothario Ricky Reed started his own hotline (510.493.7835) to appease the ravenous fans of "Txt Me Yr Love," and Wallpaper'd broken not only into the West Coast's hottest dance parties (alongside folks like Dan Deacon and LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney), but into the Coachella parking lot as well, earning cult status for their guerilla tailgate show. But on the eve of T Rex's release, things went awry.

As revealed in a series of video blogs--whose humor is a mash-up of Ali G nescience with Adult Swim irreverence--Ricky had wrong-headedly promised to "quit out the industry" if his EP was outsold by Grand Theft Auto IV, released the same day. T Rex's debut sales were surprisingly shy of GTA's 3.6 million mark, and only days after a Wallpaper world tour was announced, it was canceled--Ricky Reed had gone missing. Subsequent video missives and hotline updates offered vague clues (first he appeared to be in the Amazon; days later in outer space), but little sense could be made of his bizarre musings and haggard state. Back home, Wallpaper drummer Arjun Singh invited Ricky's greenhorn cousin to temp as singer, then began holding auditions.

Fortunately, others rallied, and amongst a small but significant hail of college radio adds, messages from concerned fans, and wheat-pasted posters featuring Ricky's famous mug on a milk carton, hope blossomed. Though the details of his return are yet unknown, Ricky Reed is indeed back, and Wallpaper's original lineup has been confirmed for a month of dates. In the immortal words once coined by Wallpaper's funk-addled frontman: The show must go on.

8/07 Portland OR The Rotture w/ Strength
8/08 San Francisco CA The Independent Owl Magazine 3yr Ann. Party w/ Amplive
8/09 Sacramento CA The Townhouse w/ Shaun Slaughter
8/10 Las Vegas NV Beatles Lounge w/ Afghan Raiders
8/13 Los Angeles CA Boardners Club Moscow
8/14 Los Angeles CA La Cita Dance Right
8/16 San Diego CA The Beauty Bar Danger Danger 10pm
8/16 Los Angeles CA TBA Blow Up 2yr Ann. Party LA 1-2am
8/21 Morgantown WV WVU university TBA
8/23 D.C. WA The Black Cat Bliss 8yr Ann. party
8/26 N.Y.C. NY Happy Endings Six Six Sick
8/27 Philadelphia PA The Barbary Cresendolls
8/29 N.Y.C. NY Club Annex Ruff Club