Ben Andress, frontman of Tillsonburg, Ontario based three-piece The Smile Case (and owner of Blacktop Records) has embarked a short solo tour which will see him play shows in Michigan, Pennslyvania, and New York state before hopping back over the border back to Canada for a gig in Niagara Falls. Andress lived in the Niagara area for a number of years, playing and booking shows in Welland, Ontario. I spoke with him recently about his time there in the local Niagara arts paper The Sound. In our discussion Ben revealed that his band is planning to record their follow up to 2014's full-length Angel Beach soon. The full three-piece, including bassist Shane McElhone and drummer Jackson Cronmiller, will name the new record Murder Weather and plan to work with producer Kyle Winkworth in the studio.

Feb 14Erie, PABasement Transmissions
Feb 15Tonawanda, NYStamps
Feb 16Niagara Falls, ONThe Geekery Pub
Mar 3Tillsonburg, ONThe Copper Mug
Mar 17Simcoe, ONThe Kilnyard
May 19Norfolk, ONThe Roosevelt Dance Hall


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