After playing some showcase performances, including three at this year’s South By Southwest Music & Media Conference, the all-star group Tinted Windows is facing the harsh reality of some “real” tour dates — which is proving to be a challenge.
“From the point of view of doing a bunch of touring, we don’t have a huge list of extra songs,” says frontman Taylor Hanson, who formed Tinted Windows with Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, former Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle guitarist James Iha and Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos. The group’s self-titled debut album comes out April 21.
Hanson says Tinted Windows have “two and a half” original songs beyond the 11 on its album, so the upcoming shows will likely be filled out by covers.
“In Austin we played the Buzzocks’ tune (‘I Don’t Mind’),” Hanson notes. “We’ve talked about playing tunes by groups like the Raspberries or some cool early Elvis Costello…things that make sense and (that) we were inspired by, a little bit.”
Tinted Windows visit “The Late Show with David Letterman” on April 21 and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” two nights later. An April 20 gig at the Mercury Lounge in New York kicks off a six-show run that concludes May 3 at the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, N.J. Hanson anticipates more shows as well, most likely in “short strings of dates throughout the year,” though they’ll have to be fit in amidst Cheap Trick’s busy itinerary, which includes a summer run with Def Leppard and Poison, and the Hanson band’s plans to tour this summer.
As for other future plans, Hanson says it’s “definitely likely” Tinted Windows will record another album, though he says no plans are firm yet.
“We’re trying not to take it too seriously from the point of view of, ‘Oh yeah, we have to project when we’re going to record another album,’ ” he explains. “We’re really just trying to enjoy where we’re at and see how it goes and how people react and see if we can continue to enjoy doing it. It’s really fun for everybody, but we’re not making any commitments officially. I definitely think there will be another record, though.”