BACKYARD TIRE FIRE- for the Grateful Web

Backyard Tire Fire have just released a video for "How In The Hell Did We Get Back Here?" off their acclaimed new album, The Places We Lived, on Hyena Records. Filmed in their hometown of Bloomington, Illinois, the footage captures the Midwestern, blue collar spirit that shapes the band's music. 

Director Filipe Bessa explains: "What always struck us about Backyard Tire Fire is the idea of the musicians and the music coming from a working-class background and really embracing what that means by approaching their music as their craft. Upholding an artist as a craftsman is very important to us, because art shouldn't be looked at as something we do solely to 'express ourselves,' but rather as a craft, worked within and around its own contexts and environments. The local musician has a lot more in common with the local mechanic than we tend to imagine. Ideally they both represent what makes up the American landscape as we know it. The joy and the sadness of work are present in both, and that's a powerful correlation."

Click to watch "How In The Hell Did You Get Back Here?"

Backyard Tire Fire will remain on the road throughout 2008. Upcoming tour dates are:

October 24 / The Double Door / Chicago, IL

October 25 / Bloomington Cent. for the Perf. Arts / Bloomington, IL (w/ Los Lobos)

October 27 / The Orange Peel / Asheville, NC (w/ Squirrel Nut Zippers)

October 28 / The Music Farm / Charleston SC (w/ Squirrel Nut Zippers)

October 29 / Variety Playhouse / Atlanta, GA (w/ Squirrel Nut Zippers)

October 30 / Bijou Theatre / Knoxville, TN (w/ Squirrel Nut Zippers)

November 5 / Blueberry Hill / St. Louis, MO (w/ Grace Potter and the Nocturnals)

November 6 / Redstone Room / Davenport, IA (w/ Grace Potter and the Nocturnals)

November 7 / Crosstown Station / Kansas City, MO (w/ Grace Potter and the Nocturnals)

November 13 / Newport Music Hall / Columbus, OH (w/ The Clarks)

November 14 / Club Cafe / Pittsburgh, PA 

November 15 / Grog Shop / Cleveland, OH (w/ The Clarks)

December 3 / Mercy Lounge / Nashville, TN (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

December 4 / Vogue / Indianapolis, IN (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

December 5 / Southgate House / Newport, KY (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

December 6 / Majestic Theatre / Detroit, MI (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

December 7 / The Intersection / Grand Rapids, MI (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

December 10 / Otto's / Dekalb, IL (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

December 11 / People's / Des Moines, IA (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

December 12 / Cain's Ballroom / Tulsa, OK (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

December 13 / The Village / Little Rock, AR (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

December 27 / House of Blues / Chicago, IL (w/ Rusted Root)

December 28 / House of Blues / Chicago, IL (w/ Rusted Root)

December 29 / Eagles Ballroom / Milwaukee, WI (w/ Rusted Root)

December 30 / St. Andrews Hall / Detroit, MI (w/ Rusted Root)

December 31 / House of Blues / Cleveland, OH (w/ Rusted Root)

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