In perhaps one of the silliest, WTF moves ever, Montreals Snailhouse were apparently dropped from opening two Beach House shows in France, because the Beach House camp purportedly didnt want two bands with house in their name on the same bill.
The long-standing project of Wooden Stars/Bell Orchestre member Michael Feuerstack, Snailhouse have been working steadily as a band in recent years and are touring behind a new EP called Monumental Moments. Or at least, theyre trying to.
Speaking to Exclaim!, Snailhouses Kyle Cunjak said the band got word of the show cancellations from the Beach House camp last week, forcing Snailhouse off the bill at shows in Rennes and Clermont-Ferrand, France, on November 5 and 6, respectively.
Even though there was a contract and we said wed change the name to Mike Feuerstack they still said no, Cunjak said, adding that the debacle left Snailhouse scrambling for make-up dates.
I really hope it was the management and not the band, but really, what a fucking dumb move to pull on an independent touring band, Cunjak said.
So take heed Crowded House, House of Pain and Bauhaus if you reunite, or even you Hugh Laurie, should you ever end up touring behind some musical production of your dramedy House: some houses may not be big enough for both you and Beach House.
UPDATE: Beach House have issued the following statement regarding the Snailhouse show cancellations:
We would never kick anyone off of a show because of their name being vaguely similar to ours. That would be incredibly silly. What Snailhouse seems to have construed as a major dick-move move by us must be the result of some translation mix up between the French promoter and our Flemish booking agent regarding the redundancy of the word "house". Our understanding is that they were never actually booked or contracted. All of this seems to have been born of confusion over a small miscommunication. The whole thing would be comical except that we fear that the folks in Snailhouse were offended and, as anyone who knows us would know, that bums us out.
10/22 Hamburg, Germany - AstraStube
10/23 Oldenburg, Germany - Polyester Klub
10/24 Kiel, Germany - Prinz Willy
10/25 Göttingen, Germany - Pools Club
10/27 Braunschweig, Germany - Nexus
10/28 Berlin, Germany - Schokoladen
10/30 Magdeburg, Germany - Blauer Bock/URBANPIRATEN
10/31 Munich, Germany - Import/Export
11/1 Graz, Austria - Scherbe
11/3 Vienna, Austria- Fledermaus (Vienna Songwriting Association)
11/4 Passau, Germany - Unterhaus
11/6 Paris, France - La Fleche D'Or
11/8 Amsterdam, the Netherlands - Dwaze Zaken
11/9 Dusseldorf, Germany - Brause
11/10 Bonn, Germany- Kult 41
11/11 Arnhem, the Netherlands - House show
11/12 Ameland, the Netherlands - Island Creative Quarantaine (house show)
11/13 Zutphen, the Netherlands - La Bicyclette
11/18 Montreal, QC - Cabaret Du Mile-End