Quirky band has ‘giant’ plans

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Fan favorite, sweet-sounding band They Might Be Giants (TMBG), heralded in 2015 with a plethora of announcements and plans for its listeners.  The band, composed of John Flansburgh and John Linnell, is known for its bizarre lyrics and inventive rock ‘n’ roll.  The music that propelled them through the ’80s and ’90s (and the creation of favorite albums “Flood” and “They Might Be Giants”), ultimately led the group to switch music scenes in 2004, when they delved into children’s music with the album “Here Comes the ABCs”. Most know them for creating the theme songs for television shows “Malcolm in the Middle” and “The Daily Show”. In total, the band has recieved two platinum albums, two gold albums and two Grammy Awards.

The band announced a tour for spring 2015 through major US cities, including St. Louis in May, at the Pageant. Along with the new tour, the group revived their unique “dial –a- song” service; a 24/7 toll-free phone number (844- 387-6962)  that one can call to hear a new song by the band each week.  TMBG will release two new albums this year, and another album in 2016 to fulfill its goal of 52 songs in 52 weeks.

Promoting their new song, “Erase”, anyone can go to to the website www.DialASong.com to enter TMBG’s first ever video contest. The instructions for the contest, as listed on the site, are to “express yourself in your favorite medium”.  This artistic expression could range anywhere from a live-action music video to a clay animation.  All of the entries will  be judged by Black Francis of the band The Pixies. The winning video will be posted on the website, and the winner will receive a $1000 cash prize.

The Brooklyn-based band can be found on its “dial-a- song” website, or on its YouTube channel. The “dial-a-song” service also streams online through the website, for those who prefer  a less-quirky way to access music, instead of by the phone.