It's been a busy summer for local musicians. The majority seem to have decided the best way to beat the intense heat is simply to get out of the city for a while. Taking this idea a step father, some are leaving the state altogether for cooler, greener pastures, playing shows along the way. Rocks Off was lucky enough to catch up with Young Mammals, the latest local band to head out on tour, before they hit the road after Thursday's show at Mango's. Rocks Off: Since this isn't your first tour, how will this one be different from the last? Young Mammals: This is actually going to be our first tour. We've attempted to book many tours in the past, but this is the first time that we actually made it happen. We're pretty excited. RO: How has your music changed from The Dimes EP to Carrots? YM: We felt like our older material was a lot of the same energy and intensity. With Carrots we wanted to make a group of songs that have way more dynamics and variety than the Dimes EP. RO: Will you be touring with any new material? What is it? YM: We will be touring with some new material. We also hope to work out some other new songs on the road too. The songs are still being made and they're in a constant state of change, so it's sort of hard to describe what the new material is like. RO: How long will you be away from Houston? YM: About 11 days. We leave on the 13th and we'll be returning on the 24th or 25th. RO: What are your plans after the tour is over? YM: The first thing we'll do when we return is start booking another tour for the fall. We'll also continue to work on new material, not sure if it will be for a full-length or EP. Then we'll be playing the Free Press Summer Fest on Saturday, August 8. RO: Is there any place you're particularly looking forward to going on tour? YM: Most of us have never been on the East Coast before, so we're really looking forward to just going to all of these places for the first time. I guess we're looking the most forward to seeing NYC, since we're spending about five days over there. With Fat Tony, Ghormeh Sabzi and Hamamatsu Tom, 9 p.m. tonight at Mango's, 403 Westheimer, 713-522-8903 or www.mangoscafehouston.com.
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