Patrick Tape Fleming of Gloom Balloon takes a swing at our Side Sessions music series, performing in the outfield of Principal Park in Des Moines. Michael Zamora and Rodney White/The Register
Batter up! The latest edition of Juice Side Sessions comes just in time for the not-too-be-argued and hands-down best time of the year in the sporting world: October baseball.
In celebration of the Chicago Cubs dominating the National League central division this season — marking the team's second consecutive playoff appearance — the latest Side Sessions comes straight from the home of Iowa's own Cubbies: The outfield at Principal Park.
The artist, one-half of Des Moines-based thoughtful alternative act Gloom Balloon, performed the track "Don't Fall In Love," which Gloom Balloon plans to release as a single this fall or winter. Patrick Tape Fleming — found in the video sporting an all-star baseball outfit ... including eye black — said the single will not appear on the incoming Gloom Balloon record, which is due out in 2017.
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Those who listen closely may hear a familiar phrase or two in the track, Fleming said every line references a book, song or film. There's even a line about baseball tucked into one of the track's verses.
Like what you hear? Catch a full Gloom Balloon performance Oct. 16 at the Des Moines Social Club as part of the second annual FEMIfest. The latest Gloom Balloon music can be streamed at gloomballoon.bandcamp.com.
Juice Side Sessions, a bimonthly series, captures live takes of performances in all Iowa settings. Performances could take place on a rooftop, on the back of a bike taxi or — hint, hint — in an infamously haunted Iowa building.