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Drummer Aaron Wade got that "not so fresh" feeling during Dmonstrations' performance at CMJ's New Music Marathon in mid-September. Playing at New York's Lit Lounge, Wade came close to pulling off a shocker reminiscent of the pre--major label Butthole Surfers.

"Aaron dropped his drawers and proceeded to squat in the corner," guitarist Nick Barnett told me in a recent interview. "Luckily, I yelled at him and told him to keep it in, or that would have been the end of our CMJ experience. I guess he had too much candy in his gas tank earlier in the day."

Other than that, Dmonstrations had a great time at the nation's not-quite-as-hip-as-South By Southwest music showcase.

"Meeting up with AIDS Wolf from Montreal was great," said Barnett. "We also happened to run into a bunch of our San Diegan friends who moved out East that we hadn't seen in a while."

Dmonstrations will release a split EP with AIDS Wolf on Strictly Amateur Films and Lovepump United early next year; their debut full-length on Los Angeles's Gold Standard Labs is due in April. In November, the band will trek the West Coast with DMBQ and Green Milk From Planet Orange; in February, they'll head to Japan, guitarist Tetsunori Tawaraya's home away from San Diego.

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