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Ian Svenonius' Scene Creamers Tour the U.S.

Catherine Lewis and Marc Masters report:
Washington, D.C.'s top driver, Ian Svenonius, is set to show off his new hot rod at our nation's finest auto shows this March and April. Svenonius's latest vehicle, The Scene Creamers, have just released their first spinning platter of 70s-fueled smoke, I Suck on That Emotion, via Drag City. Expect the Creamers to carve grooves into ears and curl spines into curves on a nightly basis.

Svenonius, previously seen behind the wheel of D.C.'s legendary punk-prophets The Nation of Ulysses, equally legendary soul-preachers The Make-Up (who, by the way, are still owed style-royalties from The Hives and The [International] Noise Conspiracy), and the not-legendary-even-a-little Weird War, has brought along ex-Make-Up and Weird War compatriot Michelle Mae, along with ex-Golden guitarist Alex Minoff and drummer Blake Brunner, to form this crazy new band.

The Scene Creamers stomp on some similar aural grass as The Make-Up, but with less James Brown-styled gospelizing and more psychedelic guitar wrangling. As Svenonius told The Stranger last fall, "The Make-Up's form of presentation was getting redundant because it was getting copied too much. It needed changing or stopping, so we stopped!" Hate to say he told you so!

The band's tour officially kicks off February 28th in Charlottesville, VA, and includes two dates with Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks. A sneak preview is available this Saturday, however, when Svenonius and crew open for the legendary Suicide in D.C. Tour dates:

02-22 Washington, DC Black Cat (w/Suicide)
02-28 Charlottesville, VA - Tokyo Rose
03-01 Carrboro, NC - Room 4
03-02 Winston-Salem, NC - PS211
03-03 Atlanta, GA - Echo Lounge
03-04 New Orleans, LA - The Shim Sham Club
03-06 Houston, TX - Mary Jane's
03-07 Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves
03-08 Austin, TX - Emo's
03-15 San Diego, CA - Casbah
03-16 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
03-18 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
03-21 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballrom (w/Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks)
03-22 Seattle, WA Graceland (w/Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks)
03-26 Moorehead, MN - Ralph's Corner
03-27 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
03-29 Chicago, IL - Fireside Bowl
03-30 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
03-31 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
04-03 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
04-05 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
04-06 Philadelphia, PA - Khyber

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.: Drag City:
.: Originally published: 21 February 2003
.: Items mentioned above on 13-Point Program to Destroy America (Nation of Ulysses, 1991); Plays Pretty for Baby (Nation of Ulysses, 1992); Sound Verite (Make-Up, 1997); Weird War (Weird War, 1997); I Suck on That Emotion (Scene Creamers, 2003).