The reunited Scissorfight, Boston’s Gozu and West Chester, Pennsylvania’s Backwoods Payback have announced a weekender for July with shows in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Backwoods Payback have also announced a new lineup with founding guitarist Mike Cummings and founding bassist Jessica Baker joined by drummer Erik Larson, the former Alabama Thunderpussy guitarist whose pedigree goes back to drumming in Avail and playing guitar and/or singing in acts like Birds of Prey, Axehandle, Hail!Hornet, The Mighty Nimbus and The Might Could, as well as his own solo work. A considerable addition to any lineup, and as you can see, he’s been in many.
We approach half a decade since Backwoods Payback released their sophomore long-player and debut on Small Stone Records, Momantha (review here), which definitely feels like long enough. Hell, it felt like long enough three years ago, but having a record in the can is usually connected to one actually coming out, so I’m going to hope for the best and be excited to hear what Larson brings to working with Cummings and Baker in the band.
Knowing that he and Larson went back a long time, I asked Cummings about bringing his new drummer aboard. His answer follows the dates for that weekender (as well as an Ohio gig in June) and confirmation of the new album’s completion:
Our Richmond VA famliy Erik Larson joined up officially and we just wrapped tracking on our next record. We have some summer show announcements as well.
June 20th Agora Ballroom Cleveland OH w/mushroomhead, cky
July 29th Lucky Thirteen Brooklyn NY w/Scissorfight, Gozu
July 30th Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia PA w/Scissorfight, Gozu
Mike Cummings on bringing Erik Larson into Backwoods Payback:
We do back a ways at this point. We had not talked in a little bit when He wrote me a letter and sent it out. I responded and we became penpals in the truest sense of the term. After another drummer change I was commiserating to him when he said “you do realize I AM a drummer.”
We talked about the reality of making it happen, our plans and ideas and decided to go for it.