Andrew Schwab, the stoic and sometimes enigmatic frontman for Project 86, Doesn’t care what his favorite artists are doing at all hours of the day. Nevertheless, his band has now embraced the social networking tools of Twitter and YouTube.

“We have always believed in the fact that if you make music that is compelling enough, people will come to you on their own. Good music should market itself. But the more the marketplace is cluttered, the shorter people’s attention spans get, the more you have to ‘fight’ for people’s ears. So, you have to do more and more just to keep people’s attention. People want to feel like they are a part of what you do now – not just passive enjoyers of music. I have never related to that mentality as a music fan… I have always liked the ‘distance’ between the artist and the listener – it leaves room for the imagination. But that mystique is gone (now).”

After experimenting with different textures a bit with its previous two efforts, Rival Factions and …And the Rest Will Follow, Project 86 faced the challenge of making its seventh record stand out on its own both within and outside of the context of its 11-year catalog. Schwab sounds confident that listeners will describe Picket Fence Cartel as being darker and heavier than its last two albums.

“Each time we enter the studio it is a new chapter. We have new goals, and take with us wisdom gained from previous efforts. As experience mounts with time (along with trial and error), you learn more and more about your identity as a band, and how to more effectively navigate each other’s strengths and weaknesses in the process. As a band, we have really honed our ability to complement one another – the three of us realize what makes us Project 86 is Steve, Randy, and Andrew writing the music, together.” […cont’d…]

SCREAM THE PRAYER TOUR DATES:
(feat. P86, HTD, Chariot, SGiant, OS, Agraceful, CC, GS, For Today, A Plea…)
Jul 10 2009 5:30P Soma San Diego, California
Jul 11 2009 2:30P Club Retro Orangevale, California
Jul 12 2009 2:30P New Oasis Reno, Nevada
Jul 13 2009 3:00P The Great Salt Air Salt Lake City, Utah
Jul 14 2009 3:30P Cervantes Denver, Colorado
Jul 16 2009 10:00A Sonshine Festival Willmar, Minnesota
Jul 17 2009 2:30P The Pearl Room Mokena, Illinois
Jul 18 2009 3:00P Rockettown Nashville, Tennessee
Jul 19 2009 2:00P Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, North Carolina
Jul 20 2009 3:00P The 7 Venue Douglasville, Georgia
Jul 21 2009 3:00P Murray Hill Theatre Jacksonville, Florida
Jul 23 2009 3:00P Java Jazz Houston, Texas
Jul 24 2009 4:00P White Rabbit San Antonio, Texas
Jul 25 2009 3:00P The Max Dallas, Texas
Jul 26 2009 3:00P The Village Little Rock, Arkansas
Jul 28 2009 3:00P The Attic Dayton, Ohio
Jul 29 2009 3:00P The Opera House Toronto, Ontario
Jul 30 2009 2:00P La Tulipe Montreal, Ontario
Jul 31 2009 6:00P The Blender Theatre at Gramercy NY, NY
Aug 1 2009 12:00P Soul Fest 2009 Gilford, New Hampshire
Aug 2 2009 3:00P Sonar Baltimore, Maryland