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12 Rods announce reissue and reunion show at First Avenue

Photo via 12 Rod's Facebook page

The eccentric and revered post-rock band 12 Rods—described by the Current’s David Campbell as “a music nerd’s dream and an A&R man’s nightmare”—have announced that they will reunite to play a show at First Avenue on January 16 to celebrate the reissue of their final album, Lost Time, on January 20, 2015.

The show and album will be the first activity from 12 Rods in a decade. The band’s 12-year run began in 1992 when frontman Ryan Olcott was still in high school, and a quick succession of beloved albums in the mid to late-’90s earned the respect of Twin Cities music fans and critics. Gay?, their 1996 breakout EP, was awarded a perfect score of 10.0 by fledgling review site Pitchfork. The band would eventually be signed by buzzing imprint v2 and had the chance to work with Todd Rundgren on 2000’s Separation Anxieties, but the album was poorly received, the label’s interest in the band quickly faded, and the band struggled to soldier on.

Interest in 12 Rods has been renewed recently thanks to Justin Vernon’s Chigliak Records, which has signed on to reissue the band’s late-career masterpiece Lost Time. And now, 10 years after playing their final show at First Avenue on August 14, 2004, 12 Rods are reuniting for a big album-release concert.

The announcement came today on their Facebook page:

OK, here’s the deal.

The official release of “Lost Time” on Chigliak will be on Jan 20, 2015. It will have been nearly 12 years since the self-release in late 2002.

We will be doing a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis on Friday, Jan 16, 2015 to celebrate the release.

The show will feature nearly every member of 12 Rods: Ryan Olcott, Ev, Christopher McGuire, Matthew Foust, Tal Tahir, Bill Shaw, Dave King, Jake Hanson and George Marich.

Venue and ticket information will be available at www.first-avenue.com.

Set your calendars, dust off your earplugs and get ready to revisit the ‘Rods.

When asked about his favorite 12 Rods songs and why he chose to reissue Lost Time in particular, Justin Vernon had this to say last year: “All my picks would come from the last two records. So insanely good. I went and sold 95% of my CDs and probably kept 100 or 150 of my most important records to me, and these two are list toppers. 12 Rods came into my ears way too late. I was a senior or whatever in college. I had this notion that Ryan was on some pop s*** that no one had ever done before. Chordal structure, movement, was so fresh. I could go on and on and on. Long live this band.”

Read more about 12 Rods and listen to some of their music in David Campbell’s detailed career retrospective, which we published in March of last year.