2004 news

january 20, 2004
hey there! just check in to let you know about some stuff we're doing in the new year.

1. we've got shows coming up - (see above) ... in the works are an upcoming west coast jaunt (dubbed the temperate tour) as well as a trip down to austin, tx for the industry's most alarming event, SXSW (pronounced south by southwest). details to come...

2. +/- (pronounced plus minus) will also have a track (entitled "walk in a straight line") on the upcoming teenbeat sampler 2004, which should be out on the first of march. it's one of our favorites - and it features the lovely pipes of margaret mccartney.

3. +/- will be featured on the soundtrack of the upcoming wicker park, a tale of loss and obsession coming to theaters this fall. apparently, this is a remake of a french film entitled l'appartment ... "all i do" will make an appearance in the movie with a special surround sound mix completed specifically for the film.

4. the press keeps filtering in - and if you think you can translate some of our reviews from either japanese or italian - send us a note -> plusminus@plusmin.us

5. +/- would like to thank you for your support in 2003 - and hopefully we'll see you soon in 2004!

february 14, 2004
{a quick sorry to anyone who came to the coral room the other night thinking we were going on at 10:00. i guess there was some bad information on the coral room website - and thanks for sticking around until 12:30 (our actual starting time all said and done)}

in other news, check us out! as you can see above, we're heading out to the west coast and then down to SXSW and now we've just signed on to do a week of show with the amazing death cab for cutie. some shows also include sensation ben kweller as well. need i say more? come on out!
march 03, 2004
hello folks! we just got back from our west coast tour which was among the most fun tours i've ever been on. thanks to everyone who came out to the shows. and a very special thank you to the bands who made the tour possible by loaning us a gaggle of equipment, not to mention a van and a bassist. those bands being whysall lane, trackstar and the aislers set in no particular order...

as you can see we're heading out soon for the next bit of our spring touring - which will include a week with death cab for cutie and (on some shows) ben kweller. needless to say, we're excited.

lastly, we'd like to point you to a couple new items on the site:

1. a lovely video for yo yo yo (please don't fall in love) by orrin anderson. thanks orrin.

2. a few new items of press, two of which were lovingly translated from italian to english by the very nice kaylee hultgren. thanks kaylee.

talk to you soon...

april 08, 2004
we're back from our spring tours and we're exhausted. but the fatigue was well worth the experience of playing with death cab for cutie and ben kweller. some of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. thanks again to them and to everyone who came out to the shows.

other stuff:

1. our video for "she's got your eyes" recently debuted on mtv japan. if you can understand japanese and can figure out a way to request that they play it - please do so. we're really excited about the video being shown! of course, you can check it out right here on the site by clicking listen (i know, i know...)

2. you are here and holding patterns have been released as a double cd on white wabbit records in taiwan. check yourself before you wreck yourself.

3. we'd like to thank andy abero from 33rpm design and sharon dang from pixel clinic for helping us by designing fabulous t-shirts for our tour. they were the snazziest. on american apparel shirts too! if you want one, teenbeat records will be carrying some in the near future.

4. we'd also like to let you know that one of our songs ("megalomaniac" from you are here) will be featured in an upcoming episode of tru calling on fox. crazy but true. or tru rather.

that's all for now, we love you,

may 03, 2004
hey there! just popping in to announce the shows above. we're super excited about these shows which take us to the great lake state (patrick and james' former home) and the schwarzenegger state.

if you're thinking about coiming to grand rapids for the show w/ saturday looks good to me, you should just do it. it's free! and outside...

if you're thinking about coming to the wiltern for the show w/ death cab for cutie, you might want to think about purchasing a ticket now... these death cab fellows are quite the rage these days! (as well as being upstanding citizens) anyway, i talk too much...

hope to see you!


may 25, 2004
back from LA. such a surreal city. we had loads on fun. thanks to everyone who came out to the show.

back to NYC. such a surreal city. we'll be spending the next couple months writing and recording our summer opus. in addition we'll probably play a few select dates here and there.

alternatively, those of you in the new york city area can go see chris' 2 drummer extravaganza - loud est. 2004 or whatever which will be appearing twice this week. two drummers. twice the fun. 3 times the mayhem. here are the details:

  loud est. 2004 or whatever shows:
may 27, 2004 9PM at piano's w/ glass candy and the shattered theatre, aqui
may 28, 2004 9PM at northsix w/ the thermals, the natural history

see you soon,


july 21, 2004
hello there! happy summer!

pretty quiet around here huh? well, that's because we're trying to write new material and we need the silence for total concentration. but still, we do have some things to report.

we're playing a show in NYC in august! so if you live close, or you're planning a trip to 'la grande pomme', you should definitely check it out. details above. we'd love to see you!

oh and the film wicker park has a website. look here. if you click on gallery you can hear the faint murmur of 'all i do' from self-titled long playing debut album. apparently, it's used numerous times as the 'film love theme'.

not only does wicker park have the aforementioned website, there will also be a soundtrack on lakeshore records coming out this fall. other artists on the soundtrack include death cab for cutie, the postal service, snow patrol, broken social scene, the shins, mates of state, mum, and mogwai. sounds rather fine indeed!

take care, see you soon!

ps. by the way, that's a shot of our odometer on the last tour. our van has seen some major mileage...
september 06, 2004
summer is ending. that means that +/- is busy writing and recording our next album. we don't have any details on that, we're still working on it! but we do have a couple things to report in the meantime:

+/- will be releasing an EP entitled as seen on television on & records this fall. this EP will coincide with a japanese tour in november. the EP will collect odds and ends from throughout our short career, plus will include 3 songs never before released on audio compact disc. details at the discography page.

if you happen to live in taiwan, check out our you are here/holding patterns double cd available on white wabbit records. it combines the japanese version of you are here and the us version of holding patterns into one glorious affair. my favorite release so far...

wicker park is out! and 'all i do' is all over it. kinda surreal.

lastly, get out there and vote. please.
october 07, 2004
first order of business -> sub pop records has invited us to share the stage at mercury lounge for cmj next week. seeing as we're not on sub pop, this was a very nice thing for them to do. we would like to thank them for inviiting us onto their lovely show, which by the way, will be totally awesome (if i may use such a word)... we'll be sharing the stage with low, the thermals, the helio sequence, frausdots and sam jayne from love as laughter. get there early! we go on at 8. please come out! we'd love to see you.

so it has finally happened - +/- is going to japan and taiwan on something we like to call the authentic asian food tour. we'll be playing with a couple fantastic japanese bands, bloodthirsty butchers and the band apart as well as another US act, mock orange. the tour will coincide with our new japanese ep, as seen on television, to be released on & records on october 20. thanks to minoru hatakeyama at & records for bringing us over.

last but not least, our video for trapped under ice floes can be found on a new dvd compilation called remote. our video appears along with a bunch of other nice bands and the whole thing is free. check out remote's site for details regarding where you can pick one up.

see ya soon!
november 02, 2004
hey everyone. election day! the final showdown!+/- encourages everyone to get off the couch and vote.

thanks to everyone who wrote to us in response to our electioneering letter - we value your opinions and are happy to be able to discuss them with you, whether or not you agree with us that john kerry is the right man for the job. we feel the discussion is fascinating and it's great to hear from thoughtful people on both sides.

take care everyone,

november 03, 2004
ugh. oh well. at least the pistons won...

anyway, it makes it all the more exciting that we're off to taiwan and japan in support of as seen on television. when we get back, we'll soldier on with the new album, as yet untitled.


december 16, 2004
happy holidays!

we're back from japan, and we had the greatest time ever. no really. ever. we just can't believe how incredible everything was on this trip: the bands, the audiences, the venues, the cities, the countryside, the toilets, the hospitality, and (last but not least) the food left us totally speechless. we don't know what to say. except, of course, thank you to everyone who helped us along the way... especially minoru hatakeyama at & records for getting us there in the first place.

now that we're over the jetlag, we'll be starting to write and record. see you in the new year!