Though the break-up of I Can Lick Any Sonfoabitch in the House happened a month ago today (November 18, 2006), and many of you have heard via rumors or the band's email blast that was prematurely sent out, I wanted to send out an official statement of the band's demise, complete with an explanation from front man Mike Damron (aka Michael Dean Damron).
On the night of November 18, 2006, following a show at Outlaw's in Portland, Oregon, Mike Damron left the stage during the middle of I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House's set, frustrated by poor sound and P.A. failure at the club.
After returning home, he called guitarist Jon Burbank to explain.
During his explanation, he told Burbank that the Outlaw's show was an eye opener and that the P.A. failure, coupled with the light crowd of only approximately sixty paid attendees, made him realize that he was not having fun in I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House and that he wanted to focus on more varied music, something he felt SOB was incapable of.
Burbank, pleading with Damron and trying to reason with him, soon ended the call, hoping Damron would sleep it off.
The following night, In Music We Trust, I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House's label, head Alex Steininger received a message from SOB¹s manager after landing in Portland, returning home from a business trip to New York.
The message simply stated, "Alex, call me, this is Howard, something big happened with SOB last night".
Steininger quickly called Howard Libes at Candide Entertainment, the manager for SOB, and was briefed on Saturday, November 18th, the previous night's incident.
He was also informed that Damron was not answering his phone.
Trying his luck at it, Steininger called Damron and left a message. The following night Damron called Steininger and expressed his feelings and viewpoint.
It was then confirmed by Steininger that Damron was ending his run with I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House, thus putting the band to rest.
Management and the band were notified and proceedings started to take place to sell off the band's touring van and liquidate their bank account.
"We had a great run with I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House. We toured this country many times over for nearly six years. But, after six years and four records, I felt it was starting to run its course, and I wanted to do more things musically that this band was incapable of," comments Damron on his decision to break up the band. "I want to write more rock songs, yeah, but I also want to write country songs, more folk-y songs, and other stuff, stuff the band wasn't willing to do. They wanted to make all the songs rock songs and a lot of the newer stuff I was writing wasn't going in that direction. And I didn't feel like trying to force it upon the song. If the song was a rock song, I was all for it. But if it wasn't, it needed to not be a rock song".
Prior to the band's demise, Damron and band - guitarist Jon Burbank, bassist Mole Harris, drummer Flapjack Texas, and harpist David Lipkind finished tracking what would be their forth studio full-length, "Bad Days Ahead".
"Bad Days Ahead" will be digitally released by In Music We Trust in April 2006. Guitarist Jon Burbank is currently in the studio mixing the record.
Bassist Mole Harris has given up recording and touring, stating that the band breaking up has killed his musical drive.
Jon Burbank and Flapjack Texas continue to play in Portland rock outfit The Runaway Boys.
David Lipkind will continue to be an in-demand harpist, playing with many bands around the NW.
Mike Damron will continue on with his solo project, Michael Dean Damron. He has recently formed a band, featuring former Wipers¹ drummer Sam Henry behind the kit, and an as-of-yet confirmed bassist. The trio will play out under the name Michael Dean Damron and The Loyal Bastards.
Michael Dean Damron and The Loyal Bastards are currently working on an upcoming full-length; Damron is busy writing many songs to choose from for the as-of-yet untitled record, which will be recorded in February and come out in summer ¹07. Four songs from "Bad Days Ahead" will be on the record as well.
Look for Michael Dean Damron and The Loyal Bastards to tour in March down to SxSW and back and another tour in summer, following the release of their full-length.
Hey everyone. Well, it´s time for the news that we hoped we would never have to deliver. After 5 plus years of touring, recording, and throwing our middle fingers at the powers that be, I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House is no more. Mike D has decided to focus on his family and his solo work, and we of course won´t continue without our brother. We can´t thank all of you who have supported us enough; for taking care of us on the road, letting us sleep on your floors and eat your food, sharing the stage with us, or just being the loyal fans that you have been. It is our great hope that we were able to bring to you even a fraction of the love and happiness that you brought to our lives.
We will all move on to other things, and we hope that you will a part of that as well. In addition to Mike´s solo career, Jon and Flap will continue with The Runaway Boys, and Dave with Spigot and all his other projects. Jon will also continue to record, so if your band is interested in recording please contact Jon through our Myspace page.
Our website will stay up indefinitely, and we will continue to sell our records. We have some unreleased material that may still see the light of day, so keep an eye out for that on iTunes or through In Music We Trust.
We have a great van for sale, a 15 passenger 1997 Dodge Ram, great condition, converted with a storage area and a bed, so it´s of course fantastic for a touring band. Please contact us through our Myspace page for more information.
This Saturday, November 25th, some of us will be gathering at the Laurelthirst at 9PM to hoist a few in salute to Sonofabitch, and we would love it if any of you would join us to celebrate. We had a great run, and we are sending it out with a bang.
You can stay in touch with Mike D and his solo career through his Myspace page.
Now comes the most important part. In the years we have been together, we have crossed paths with many fantastic bands, many of which you can find on our links page. But we would like to take this opportunity to mention four in particular. They are the very best that this country has to offer, and if you are a fan of ours, we hope you will fill the void we are leaving behind with these four incredible bands. They are Two Cow Garage, Red Cloud West, Drag The River, and Portland´s own Hillstomp. They are the greatest of bands and the best of friends. We will love you guys always.
With Love and Thanks,
Mole, Jon, Dave, and Flap