6 W. 6th Street
Saint Paul, MN, 55102
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
The Trashcan Sinatras were formed in 1987 in the coastal town of Irvine, Scotland, by John Douglas, Paul Livingston, David Hughes, Stephen Douglas and Francis Reader. Quickly signed to esteemed British indie label Go!Discs, the group used its label advance to set up their own recording studio, Shabby Road, in nearby Kilmarnock, where they settled in to create three critically- acclaimed albums.
The first of these, Cake, was released in the summer of 1990. Produced by John Leckie, it featured debut single "Obscurity Knocks" and its follow-up “Only Tongue Can Tell”, both of which became alternative radio hits in the USA, and introduced the group to what has become a loving and loyal fan base around the world. Their beloved second album, I've Seen Everything, produced by Gentle Giant’s Ray Shulman, came along in 1993, preceded by the lauded single “Hayfever.” The group’s next album, 1996’s self-produced A Happy Pocket, featured four singles, including the band’s much-loved cover of "To Sir, With Love".
After leaving Go! Discs in 1998, the group kept a low profile for a few years, playing sporadic shows and releasing the odd single, until the release of their fourth album, Weightlifting, in the autumn of 2004. Extensive touring in support of that album followed, with shows in the UK, Europe, USA, Japan and Australia. In winter 2007/2008, they teamed up with producer Andy Chase to record a fifth studio album, In the Music, at Stratosphere Sound in Manhattan and on Martha's Vineyard. The group celebrated the album’s release in 2009 with concerts and promotional appearances over the next two years in the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom. It was during the In the Music tours that the band began playing “house parties” for fans, which have since become a staple of their touring schedule.
In early 2015, funded via a pre-order campaign with PledgeMusic , the group set up camp with producer Mike Mogis
(Bright Eyes, Justin Townes Earle, First Aid Kit, Rilo Kiley) at his ARC Studios in Omaha, Nebraska to record their sixth LP. Released in April 2016, the album, Wild Pendulum, received a warm welcome from music critics and fans. The A.V. Club said “Wild Pendulum is lovingly crafted, with layers in all the right places,” while Allmusic exclaimed the album is “quite likely the best sophisticated guitar pop album anyone is likely to hear in 2016.” The band returned to the road for the first time in five years, supporting the release with concerts in the United States, Scotland, England, Ireland and Japan.
Paul, John and Francis hit the road as a three-piece unit in September 2017 to play a 6-week acoustic tour of North America, playing nearly all the 100+ songs they’ve written together over the last 30 years. The tour included sold-out shows in New York City and Los Angeles, amongst others, and was capped off with a second sell-out in Los Angeles, where the group once again teamed up with PledgeMusic, filming the show for an upcoming live CD/DVD, All Night In America (expected in spring 2018).
The Trashcan Sinatras will be touring again in 2018, in both their acoustic and full-band configurations. The band recently announced a late spring/early summer acoustic “One Night, Two Albums” tour in North America, where they will play Cake and I’ve Seen Everything in their entirety. This will be followed by a full-band supporting slot with Del Amitri on their July UK tour, as well as their own headline shows in the UK and elsewhere.
Official Studio Album Discography: 1990 - Cake
1993 - I've Seen Everything
1996 - A Happy Pocket
2004 - Weightlifting 2009 - In the Music 2016 – Wild Pendulum