LOOK: Gloom Balloon review + LIVE: Upcoming Max Ames Artists shows

March 18, 2015


Gloom Balloon‘s new cassette dropped this week on St. Patrick’s Day, you can order it here. You want to make sure you get your hands on it! Dmshows.com had this to say about the collection:

“‘A Notice from Otis': this upbeat track, along with ‘The Science of Love’ and ‘She Was The One That Got Away’, are the only tracks out there that even come close to capturing the manic, positive energy from Gloom Balloon’s live shows.”

Click here to read the full review!



Maximum Ames’ very own Brooks Strause as well as Dylan Sires and Neighbors, Extravision, Dana T, and Curt Oren, will be touring the next couple of weeks together on The Iowa All Stars Tour.

There are two known truths in this world:
1. Iowa is great
2. Making music with friends every night in places you love is one of the best things humanity has to offer

The tour is going to be a celebration of all things Iowa, a state full of amazing people, places, and most of all, music. Check out the tour dates below, they’ll almost certainly be coming to you!

3/27 – Iowa City @ Trumpet Blossom Cafe
3/28 – Cedar Falls @ Octopus College Hill
3/29 – Ames @ DG’s Tap House
3/30 – Creston @ Tommy Boynton’s house
3/31- Fairfield @ The Arbor Bar
4/1 Columbia, MO @ DVD.Home
4/2 Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
4/3 Des Moines @ Vaudeville Mews
4/4 Dubuque @ Eronel
4/5 Rock Island, IL @ Rozz-Tox QC

Also don’t forget if you pre-order Brook’s Dead Animals album you can get in any show on the tour for free! Click here to order!



Des Moines is taking over SXSW this year and Christopher the Conquered will be taking part of it! His sets are at:

3/19 – Austin, TX The Rattle Inn, 4pm
3/20 – Austin, TX DSM Embassy, 2pm

Gloom Balloon unfortunately will not be performing, due to a family emergency. Make sure if you are in the area make sure you check out all the great Des Moines artists! For more info about the Des Moines acts click here!



It’s that time of the year again, Mission Creek Music Festival is coming up! Two Max Ames artists are on this years line up! Mumford’s as well as Gloom Balloon will be playing at 9pm on April 1st at The Yacht Club. MR NASTI will be performing on Friday April 3rd 9pm at Gabe’s. Click here for the full line up!



Twins and Christopher the Conquered have a show March 27th in Waterloo! Useful Jenkins will also be joining them at The Wedge at 9pm! Make sure you go and support all the great Iowa bands out on the road!

-Max Ames

LIVE: Gloom Balloon + PRE-ORDER: Gloom Balloon and Brooks Strause

March 10, 2015


Come get your Gloom on with us as we celebrate our first ever cassette release, The Songs that Couldn’t Swim (A Collection of Demos)! Gloom Balloon will have a release party in Ames and Des Moines. The release party at the Iowa Music Store will have a special guest, the one and only Nate Logsdon. Des Moines show will feature one of Iowa’s most beloved songwriters, Derek Lambert. These shows are ones that you do not want to miss!



You have until this Sunday (3/15) to pre-order your copy of Gloom Balloon’s cassette. Every cassette will come with their own koozie and “Gloom” button! Click here to pre-order!



Don’t forget when you order Brooks Strause’s Dead Animals that you can get into any show on his upcoming tour for free! This is a deal that you do not want to miss out! All orders are shipped immediately! Click here to order! You can also find more information about the tour here!


PRE-ORDER: Gloom Balloon

February 24, 2015

On March 17th, 2015 (St. Patrick’s Day), Maximum Ames Records will release it’s first ever cassette! The release will be a limited edition cassette titled Songs that Couldn’t Swim (A Collection of Demos) from Gloom Balloon’s Patrick Tape Fleming. The cassette comes with a download card packaged in it! You’ll use this to access your digital version.

The pre-order exclusives include:

Enjoy their music video for “Prettiest Song” and watch Patrick’s head get blown off at 1:07. Also click here to pre-order their cassette.