Peace Out

Roger Clyne and company postpone album release; Cousins of the Wize get some Love

In July, Bash & Pop reported that a release was imminent for Sonoran Hope and Madness, the second studio effort from Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. Now comes word that the disc -- originally slated for an early October street date -- will be shelved until after the new year.

"It'll be out in February at the very latest," says Clyne via cell phone from Iowa, where the band is in the midst of a three-week tour. "It won't be any later than that."

The group has now penciled in February 12 as the day the record will hit stores, and put a hold on the Mesa Amphitheatre for a February 16 release party.

DJs LTJ Bukem (top) and Mark Farina perform at Tempe's Club Freedom this week.
DJs LTJ Bukem (top) and Mark Farina perform at Tempe's Club Freedom this week.
Cover warriors: Front man Milos Sucrose (center) of the Zsa Zsas gets an eyeful of metal monkey Sebastian Bach.
Cover warriors: Front man Milos Sucrose (center) of the Zsa Zsas gets an eyeful of metal monkey Sebastian Bach.

The reasons for the postponement are varied, according to Clyne, but essentially boil down to not having enough lead time to prepare the band's distribution and marketing outlets.

"The business machinations of the music world were a little bit more difficult to overcome than we estimated," he explains.

The delay will allow the band some extra time to put the finishing touches on the album. "We've just got a little bit of tweaking to do. It's recorded and mixed already," offers Clyne. "We've got the sequencing, mastering and artwork left -- and even that is mostly finished."

While the group will hold off on mounting any major national tours, the Peacemakers will make a couple of regional treks through the West and Southwest during the fall, as well as playing a handful of local gigs through the holiday season.

In the meantime, the band will be returning to Arizona next week to headline the inaugural La Fiesta de los Chubascos at the Sonoita County Fairgrounds on September 15. The event is being spearheaded by Clyne and is dubbed "a celebration of rain and music in the honky-tonk heartland of Arizona."

"It's going to be music, food, free booths for local artisans and people offering information on political or civic issues -- basically a celebration of all things Arizona," says Clyne.

In addition to the Peacemakers, Tucson country singer Andy Hersey and Patagonia roots combo Lazy Horse are scheduled to perform, with possible additions to the bill pending. Tickets are available online at the Peacemakers official Web site (

The rest of the Peacemakers have been putting their downtime to good use. Guitarist Steve Larson has already begun laying down tracks for his solo album, tipped to be a heavy, Southern-rock-meets-cock-rock affair.

Meanwhile, bassist Danny White has been working on songs with fellow bandmate/guitarist Scott Johnson for a possible commercial release. Both projects are being completed at White's Formula One studio.

For his part, Clyne says he'll use the time to "start writing new songs and just enjoy the break 'cause we're going to be on the road and away from home a lot after the record comes out."

Kissin' Cousins: With Tempe funksters Yoko Love on an indefinite hiatus, bassist Josh Prior and drummer Mike Hill have announced that they will officially join another long-running Valley combo, Cousins of the Wize.

Prior replaces former Cousins bassist Steve Faulkner, who left to join yet another local outfit, Chandler hip-hoppers Trik Turner. Trik Turner recently inked a deal with RCA, and is preparing its major-label debut.

The newly revamped Cousins are in the process of mixing the follow-up to 1998's A Brief Moment in Time's Pocket. The as-yet-untitled disc is tentatively slated to feature some 17 songs, mixing live band tracks with a variety of programmed beats and electronic touches, courtesy of frequent collaborator and now permanent Cousin Jamal Graves of Catch Wreck fame. The group is hoping to have the new album ready for release by December.

Cousins of the Wize will debut its new lineup with a series of Southern California shows next month. Of note: The band's live set will incorporate some material from front man Pie Gomez's recent solo effort We Attended Different Schools. Gomez has been somewhat inactive since release of the disc, instead spending time completing work on a degree at ASU. Cousins of the Wize will resume performing locally starting in late October.

Spin City: It's a double dose of DJ action this week at Tempe's Club Freedom, as world-class turntablists LTJ Bukem and Mark Farina take the stage on back-to-back nights.

Bukem, the famed U.K. drum and bass master, is touring in support of his latest effort, Progression Sessions USA. The disc was recorded live in Boston during Bukem's U.S. tour this past spring; Bukem last visited Arizona in September 2000, also performing at Freedom.

Bukem, whose recording output has been especially prolific of late -- he's released multiple volumes of his Progression Session and Logical Progression series since the late '90s -- will be performing this Thursday, September 6, along with Nookie, and MC Conrad.

The Bay Area-based Farina -- originally hailing from the same fertile Chicago soil that yielded fellow house legends Derrick Carter and Cajmere -- will be bringing his distinctive down-tempo beats to the club on Friday, September 7. Local DJ Jas is also set to perform.

This past spring Farina released the third installment of his Mushroom Jazz series (on his longtime San Fran imprint, Om Records), as well as lending his name and talents to an edition of Mixer magazine's United DJs of America compilation.

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