Abilene, Texas native Micah P. Hinson had a slight hiccup between his 2004 debut Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress and his upcoming follow-up Micah P. Hinson and the Opera Circuit, due October 10 on Jade Tree. In a classic case of "it’s all fun and games until somebody gets their back poked out", an over-excited friend punched Hinson in the back, a playful prank which over the next few weeks developed into an unrelenting injury marked by debilitating pain. After toughing out a European tour aided by becoming addicted to Codeine, Soma, Xanax, and Neurontin, Hinson returned to America and immediately underwent back surgery to mend the injury.
During the slow recovery period following the operation is when Hinson recorded Opera Circuit, inviting friends to come to Abilene and help out. Eric Bachmann (of Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers) assembled the string and horn arrangements while Gospel of Progress vet H. Da Massa performed harmonica. The album doesn’t contain any diatribes railing against friends sucker-punching friends in the back, but it wouldn’t be unwarranted if it did.
Micah P. Hinson and the Opera Circuit:
01 Seems Almost Impossible
02 Diggin a Grave
04 It’s Been So Long
05 Drift off to Sleep
06 Letter From Huntsville
07 She Don’t Own Me
08 My Time Wasted
09 Little Boys Dream
10 You’re Only Lonely
11 Don’t Leave Me Now!
With his back on the mend, Hinson is headed out on a short West Coast Tour with anti-Pitchfork crusader David Bazan, starting tonight in Portland, Oregon. Then he heads to Europe for some festival appearances.
Micah P. Hinson and the Two-Week U.S. Tour:
07-19: Portland, OR – Doug Fir *
07-20: Eugene, OR – WOW Hall *
07-21 Chico, CA – Market Café *
07-22 Modesto, CA – Xclamation Festival *
07-23 Pomona, CA – Glass House *
07-24 San Diego, CA – The Casbah *
07-25 Los Angeles, CA – Tangiers *
07-27 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill *
07-29 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern *
08-12 Saint-Malo, France – La Route du Rock
08-19 Powys, Wales – Green Man Festival
10-04 London, England – ULU
* with David Bazan