by J.D. Reager
In what should become a regular installment here on the Sing All Kinds blog, we've decided to periodically check back in with artists we've previously featured in the paper for a new feature called - you guessed it - "Catching Up With ____________."
When we last spoke to Modern Convenience frontman and mastermind Mike Bibbs a little over a year ago, he was riding high on the strength of some very positive international press exposure and gearing up to release a new recording. This week Bibbs caught us up on what he's been up to since.
Flyer: So, what have you been up to lately?
Bibbs: Well, I've got a new record on the way that I recorded back in August. I'm really happy with the way it came out, and it should hopefully be available soon. I've also been working on demos for some new songs that I am plan on recording in a few weeks - no time to relax!
Have you been on the road a lot?
After September of last year, I took a couple of months break from touring just to gather myself a bit and recharge my batteries. Now I'm looking forward to hitting the road again in about a week and a half.
Where will you be headed?
I have what should be some really fun string of shows coming up through Texas that end in New Orleans opening up for Ty Segall. Then comes South By Southwest, a west coast tour in the summer, and then hopefully Europe. I'm still working out the kinks to that, so we'll see.
Are you working on any other band projects besides Modern Convenience?
My girlfriend, Maggie (Exner, current Modern Convenience drummer) and I have a band we've been doing called the Mistakes. It's more of a psychedelic experience. But because of my schedule we've only had a few demos and played one show, which was a lot of fun.
What are your long-term plans/goals?
Keep recording, get my label (O.K. Stars Records) up and going on a consistent basis, and keep touring and playing. Pretty much all my plans for the future include music. That's what I do, and hopefully will do until the day I die.
Modern Convenience and Darwin Deez
Monday, February 7, 9 p.m.
The Hi-Tone Cafe