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GREENLAND IS MELTING asks "Where Were We" on Sept 27... Premiere New Song and Announce Tour Dates

posted Aug 26, 2011, 8:53 AM by Vu Nguyen

Bringing Bluegrass/Punk On Tour This Summer

Gainesville, FL folk/bluegrass trio GREENLAND IS MELTING is excited to announce the release of the band’s sophomore full-length album WHERE WERE WE on September 27th via Paper + Plastick Records. In anticipation of the new foot-stomping record, Greenland Is Melting released the first single “Always” via today, which fans can check out here: Packing their suitcases (and unpacking them to use as a bass drum on stage), Greenland Is Melting heats up the highways this summer on two-week trek that kicks off tonight in Chattanooga, TN and wraps in Tallahassee, FL on September 10, and includes sets at Awesome Fest 5 in San Diego and an appearance at The Fest this October. See all tour dates below.

Hailing from the southern punk Mecca that has spawned scene staple bands Less Than Jake, Hot Water Music, and Against Me!, indie labels No Idea Records and Paper + Plastick Records, as well as annual punk festival The Fest, Gainesville has helped shape the band’s blend of bluegrass, folk and punk. “We are heavily influenced by the city we come from,” says banjo player/vocalist Karl Seltzer. “We all are huge fans of the punk scene and love a lot of the music that is coming out of it. I think we take little bits of influence from it here and there between our songwriting and the energy we try to give off at a live show as well.” Songs such as the hoedown inducing album opener “For What It’s Worth" (which features Jon Gaunt of Chuck Ragan’s band on fiddle), and “Second Favorite Bed” stress the band’s ability to blend roots music with the energy of punk, while the honest “I Swear” showcases the band’s ability to write a catchy traditional bluegrass song, swearing to be “a better brother, son or a friend” while on the road.

Recorded between tours from February until June 2011 in Gainesville at Medusa Productions, Where Were We was mixed and mastered by Stephen Egerton (of Descendent and ALL). To help get new fans caught up to speed, Greenland Is Melting is offering it’s debut Our Hearts are Gold, Our Grass is Green and the EP Folk Songs from Florida: Volume 1 for FREE download at, while the band’s split 7-inch with Jon Gaunt and the vinyl version of Our Hearts Are Gold… is available from the Paper + Plastick Records webstore:

Greenland Is Melting is Karl Seltzer (banjo, vocals), Shaun Pereira (guitar, vocals), and Will Dueease (standup bass, suitcase bass drum). Rooted in the punk world, the band has shared the stage with like-minded folk/punk artists such as Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry, Larry And His Flask, Coffee Project, Frank Turner, Jason Kutchma, and Austin Lucas, to name a few.

Greenland Is Melting tour dates

Aug 25 - Chattanooga, TN @ JJ's Bohemia
Aug 26 - Nashville, TN @ Dino's
Aug 27 - St. Louis, MO @ 2720 Cherokee
Aug 28 - Oklahoma City, OK @ HiLo Club
Aug 30 - Albuquerque, NM @ Burt's Tiki Bar
Aug 31- Flagstaff, AZ @ TBA
Sep 1 - Ponoma, CA @ VLHS Warehouse
Sep 2 - San Diego, CA @ Awesome Fest 5

Sep 3 - San Diego, CA @ Awesome Fest 5
Sep 4 - Mesa, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
Sep 5 - Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy's Youth Collective
Sep 7 - Midland TX @ The Pinebox
Sep 8 - Austin, TX @ Hole in the Wall
Sep 9 - Baton Rouge, LA @ North Gate Tavern
Sep 10 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Shark Tank
Oct 28-30 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest