Tommy Stinson’s Bash & Pop Returns

The post-Replacements band  was only around for a few years in the early ‘90s and released a single album. That’s all going to change come January, with the long-awaited sophomore album due out and a brand new list of tour dates.

Anything Could Happen is set for release Jan. 20 via Fat Possum Records, 23 years after Bash & Pop’s debut, Friday Night Is Killing Me. The band is also releasing the first-ever vinyl pressing of the debut disc on Jan. 24 via Sire/Reprise. Look out for a deluxe CD package this summer.

Frontman Tommy Stinson is joined by a new lineup on the reincarnation of Bash & Pop. The album features Stinson on vocals and rhythm guitar, as well as bass on eight of the 12 tracks; lead guitar from Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady) and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars); drums by Frank Ferrerr (Guns N’ Roses, The Psychedelic Furs) and Joe Sirois (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Roll The Tanks); bass by Cat Popper (Ryan Adams, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Jack White); and Tony Kieraldo on keys. Chips Roberts (The Drinkers, one-400’s) and Davey Lane (You Am I) guest on guitar. Justin Perkins (Screeching Weasel) mixed and mastered the record, in addition to contributing acoustic guitar, percussion and backing vocals.

Stinson is joined on tour by Steve “The Sleeve” Selvidge on guitar, Joe “The Kid” Sirois on drums, and Justin “Carl” Perkins on bass.

Photo: Ben Perlstein

In November Stinson unveiled the video for the track “On The Rocks,” featuring clips from Bash & Pop’s time in the studio in early 2015 and a look at the band’s “boisterous” live show.

Brooklyn Vegan notes that. “‘Rocks’ picks right up where the first LP left off (a good thing).”

Stereogum describes the song as “an old-school rave-up of a guitar-rocker made with considerably more piss and/or vinegar than we could reasonably expect from someone who’s been in the game as long as Stinson.”

And what a game Stinson has played so far, from his time playing bass with The Replacements (and its reunion in 2012) to his 18-year stint with Guns N Roses.

The musician explains why he decided to revive Bash & Pop after all these years.

“The first B&P album was rootsy, very rock ’n’ roll and as the new stuff started to come together, it felt like that. Also, as I was playing rough mixes of some of these new recordings for friends, many said it reminded them of the B&P record … so it just seemed to make sense.”

The tour begins in Stinson’s hometown of Minneapolis, followed by a post-show party with the band. With more dates to come, here’s the schedule so far:

Jan. 12 – Minneapolis, Minn., 7th Street Entry
Jan. 13 – Milwaukee, Wis., Cactus Club
Jan. 14 – Chicago, Ill., Cobra Lounge
Jan. 15 – Columbus, Ohio, Big Room Bar
Jan. 16 – Cleveland, Ohio, Now That’s Class
Jan. 17 – Philadelphia, Pa., Johnny Brenda’s
Jan. 18 – New York, N.Y., The Mercury Lounge
Jan. 20 – Asbury Park, N.J., The Saint
Jan. 21 – Allston, Mass., Great Scott
The Minneapolis show is on sale now via Pledge Music. Tickets for all other gigs go on sale Dec. 2, priced at $15 advance.

Visit Bash & Pop’s Facebook page for more information.