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"I went to L.A., San Francisco, and with [Miniature Tigers] to do CMJ [Music Marathon]," says Kummerer, who is a New Times employee. "I handed out a bunch of Loveblisters CDs."
Kroehler also pimped The Loveblisters while touring with Fun. Before the Fun tour, Kroehler says, he didn't know Ruess, but they soon became friends.
"We played Montreal and had finished early so we went to this dinky little bar in Montreal where there couldn't have been more than 30 people there and no one under 40 or 50 — kind of rough around the edges," he says. "They were doing karaoke, and it was hilarious because they all had super-thick French accents and they were doing really campy, bad songs.
"We thought it was awesome and decided to camp out there for the night. Nate decided to do 'Edge of Seventeen' by Stevie Nicks. Right before he went on, I snuck up to the guy and snuck in 'Mambo No. 5' by Lou Bega, so when he got up to sing 'Edge of Seventeen,' 'Mambo No. 5' came on the screen. He went with it and he brought down the house. I'm not kidding you, the whole place, all senior citizens were on the dance floor dancing to 'Mambo No. 5.'"
You might expect his time with Ruess, Phoenix indie royalty, would have dulled his desire but, Kroehler says, it just whetted his appetite to find success with the band he fronts. That, more than anything, has him buzzing on The 'Blisters.
"Touring with Fun kind of lit a fire under my ass even more to do more with us. And I don't mean this with any disrespect to Fun because I think Fun is a great band, but that market — college [kids], high school kids — you don't even have to be a good band for them to love you," he says. "I kept thinking all The Loveblisters need is just a couple of good tours like this and we would blow up. Kids would be blown away."