Chicago’s premier (and probably only) nine-piece “busy music” outfit The Island of Misfit Toys released their second full-length LP I Made You Something on Broken World Media this past August to acclaim from Stereogum, Mind Equals Blown, Funeral Sounds and others. In support of that release, the band has announced today a tour featuring themselves alongside Ratboys (Topshelf Records), with a few dates including Woozy (Exploding In Sound) slated for next January.
The band will have copies of I Made You Something on tour. Otherwise, copies are available from Broken World Media here.
A Fresh Squeezed Tour featuring The Island of Misfit Toys and Ratboys:
1/3 Louisville, KY @ The New Vintage
1/4 Bowling Green, KY @ Nightmare House
1/5 Nashville, TN @ Charlie Bob’s *
1/6 Little Rock, AR @ Gaines Street House *
1/7 Lafayette, LA @ The Wild Salmon *
1/8 New Orleans, LA @ Sisters in Christ *
1/9 Birmingham, AL @ Desert Island Supply Company *
1/10 Tallahassee, FL @ The Shark Tank *
1/11 Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
1/12 Sarasota, FL @ Coffee Loft
1/13 Orlando, FL @ The Space Station
1/14 Savannah, GA @ QuoLab
1/15 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
1/16 Chattanooga, TN @ House Show
1/17 Somerset, KY @ Ferguson School
1/18 Bloomington, IN @ Brick House
* with Woozy
Born out of a sudden and intense burst of light in 2010, The Island of Misfit Toys is Chicago’s best- and worst-kept musical secret. A musical tour-de-force, the band flirts sonically between dozens of genres, spanning rock to folk, indie to slam poetry, mellow acoustics to harmonized hymnals, and beyond. I Made You Something, the second Island of Misfit Toys full-length, is a sprawling, ambitious record bridging the space between life, friendship, and the afterlife. Produced and recorded by Alex Burns (Tristen, Torres, The Please & Thank Yous), the album, 4+ years in the making, finally received a release through Broken World Media in August 2015.
Equally comfortable playing in both basements and headlining slots, the band has performed hundreds of shows with bands like The Dear Hunter, Manchester Orchestra, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, along with a number of festivals such as Pygmalion Festival, Do Division, and Chicago Green Fest on top of several multi-week US tours. Like a grinning basketball coach hollering at his team to give 110%, The Island of Misfit Toys defy restraint and convention. The band intertwines the unique traits of its diverse members and influences into a single, unified, and remarkable whole, and leaves behind one of the Midwest’s most powerful and exciting musical experiences.