Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Polaris, the House Band from ‘The Adventures of Pete & Pete’, Announce Vinyl Reissue & Tour

Polaris, the ‘Adventures of Pete & Pete’ band, announce vinyl reissue & tour

Hey smiling strange, “The Band That Lives Inside Your TV” are back! Polaris, the house band from Nickelodeon's beloved '90s series The Adventures of Pete & Pete that features Mark Mulcahy, David McCaffre, and Scott Boutier, will be touring this year for only the second time ever with spring dates in Boston, Philadelphia, NYC, and more, and summer dates in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago and more! It’s to support a new deluxe vinyl reissue of Music from the Adventures of Pete & Pete that will include a CD of original demos dating between 1992-95, liner notes from Pete & Pete co-creator Will McRobb, and a complete album lyric sheet. That will be out later this year via Mulcahy’s Mezzotint label.

Polaris are Mark Mulcahy (Muggy), David McCaffrey (Jersey), and Scott Boutier (Harris). The three were longtime bandmates in underground favorite Miracle Legion, who’ve also reunited in recent years. Post-Polaris, Mulcahy went on to start an eclectic solo career, becoming one of the most celebrated and revered songwriters making records today. McCaffrey and Boutier played bass and drums together in several acts including Frank Black and the Catholics.

The “21st Century Tour” will find Muggy, Jersey and Harris venturing out to 14 US cities between May and August. They’ll bring a mix of Polaris and Miracle Legion songs, plus some surprises to the sets. These shows will be the first since the band’s highly successful “Waiting for October Tour” in 2014-15, a jaunt across the country that found a generation of now grown-up Nickelodeon fans singing along to every word. The joyful reunion tour culminated in the beautifully recorded and packaged Live at Lincoln Hall double album.

In addition to touring, Polaris’ hit vinyl record, Music from the Adventures of Pete & Pete, will be receiving a special reissue to mark the occasion. The release will be a deluxe vinyl package, including a CD of original demos dating between 1992-95, liner notes from Pete & Pete co-creator Will McRobb, and a complete album lyric sheet. It’s the ultimate edition of a record that Consequence of Sound called “a collection of songs that perfectly capture the confusion, whimsy, and wonder of adolescence.”

The “21st Century Tour” begins on May 14th in Pawtucket, RI, at The Met and wraps up on August 8th in Maquoketa, IA, at Codfish Hollow. See below for the full itinerary, and keep an eye out for additional dates and news from Mezzotint.com as more information becomes available. The NYC show happens May 30 at Mercury Lounge and tickets go on sale Friday, January 17 at noon with a Citi cardmember presale starting Tuesday, January 14 at 10 AM. All dates are listed, along with a stream of Music from the Adventures of Pete & Pete, below.

2020 Polaris Tour Dates

May 14 – The Met – Pawtucket, RI
May 15 – Gateway City Arts – Holyoke, MA
May 16 – Spaceland Ballroom – Hamden, CT
May 29 – The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
May 30 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
June 4 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA
July 7 – The Crocodile Seattle, WA
July 8 – Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
July 10 – The Chapel – San Fran, CA
July 11 – The Hi Hat – Los Angeles, CA
July 12 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
Aug 6 – 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN
Aug 7 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Aug 8 – Codfish Hollow – Maquoketa, IA

Music from the Adventures of Pete & Pete by Polaris track listing:

1. Hey Sandy (02:34)
2. She is Staggering (03:07)
3. Waiting for October (03:53)
4. As Usual (05:22)
5. Everywhere (03:37)
6. Ivy Boy (03:52)
7. Summerbaby (03:23)
8. Coronado II (04:19)
9. Ashamed of the Story I Told (04:30)
10. Saturnine (03:13)
11. Recently (02:41)
12. The Monster's Loose (03:29)

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Originally published: Monday, January 13, 2020.

Original source: BrooklynVegan; Additional sources: Glide Magazine, Consequence of Sound.
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