Since the summer of 1995, Kurt Liebert and his various bands of bicycle have pedaled over 8,500 miles, played hundreds of gigs, released four independently produced CD's, been chased by cougars up in Canada, and camped in every Yogi Bear campground from Seattle to Baltimore. This is how it all happened.
On bicycle's first tour, the New York City based band cycled across the Continental USA, from NYC to Seattle with the guitarist's mother hauling the equipment in a camper. Along the way they played gigs anywhere they could find them, landed a story in The New York Times Magazine, and recorded an EP at Prince's Paisley Park studios.
The second tour took the band down the East Coast with the drummer's brother carrying the equipment in his TransAm.
When the familial driving pool dried up the band went to an alternative transportation. For the third tour they cycled from New York City to Portland, ME dragging thier equipment in trailers attached to their bikes and gained sponsorships along the way from Raleigh USA Bicycles, the Pignose Amplifier Corporation, B.O.B. Trailers and a grant from The John Anson Kittredge Foundation.
Their forth tour followed the same route but this time bicycle played a gig at the Boston to New York AIDS Ride 2, which was attended by 4000 bikers and was broadcast around the world on CNN Headline News.
Three weeks before bicycle's fifth tour from Tijuana to Vancouver, BC, the 3-piece lost their guitar player. Without blinking the remaining two members whipped up an act as a duo, shortened the tour schedule, and cycled up the West Coast into Canada looking for members and places to sleep.
Their efforts yielded a story in People Magazine, and artist in residency grant from the Alden B. Dow Creativity Center, a publishing deal from Famous Music, and two new members.
At this point the band decided to move to Seattle and form a band that could perform the music they'd made at the Creativity Center. Almost a year later bicycle returned to the Creativity Center with a five-piece band that relied heavily on loops and samples supplied via a DAT machine.
The band toured from Midland, MI to New York City, making stops along the way to perform at local venues.
At the end of the tour the band again broke up. Forrest decided he'd had enough of the rock'n'roll lifestyle and moved back to Virginia to re-direct his efforts. Kurt moved to Seattle and started writing songs for the Fat Dog Mendoza cartoon show, and working temp jobs.
The album was released and Capricorn moved the Seattle band to Atlanta to break them. They toured around the south for 5 months, lived in a Ramada Inn, ate a store bought Thanksgiving dinner.
In February 2000 the band packed up and headed out to Colorado for a month and a half of shows and skiing. Life is good.