Fresno garage band Le Wolves learned a valuable lesson about booking gigs: Sometimes, you just have to ask.
That's how they approached Daytrotter, the online music site from Rock Island, Ill., that's known for its live sessions with up-and-coming indie bands (the site was Nielsen Online's music blog of the year in 2007).
"As we were booking the tour, we thought, why not just try emailing them for a spot?," says Kevin Figueroa, who plays bass for the band. "So we did, and we received a positive response plus a confirmation date," he says.
The band will record their session March 17 as part of a three-week tour that includes gigs in Chicago, Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas at the SXSW festival. The band kicks off the tour 9 p.m. Saturday at Peeve's Public House.
The kick-off show is another one of those "just ask" gigs. It's one of nearly four dozen shows happening around the world on Saturday as part of the Burger Records' Burger Revolution. "We asked if we could jump on … . They were really stoked to help us push the show," Figueroa says.
Admission is free, but donations would help the band go on the road, he says.
This will be Le Wolves' first official tour, and the first go-around with Figueroa, who has played locally with bands such as Natural Thrills, Fierce Creatures and Tokyo Death March.
Figueroa has been in Le Wolves for a little over a month and already the band has written three new songs — "bangers," he calls them.
This is a heavier, wilder, more gritty Le Wolves, he says.
"We're just trying to grab whatever is out there and play to new people. Trying to go beyond just playing Fresno all the time. We are cutting to the chase and challenging ourselves by playing to new crowds in bigger cities," Figueroa says.
Le Wolves, 9 p.m. Saturday at Peeve's Public House, 1243 Fulton Mall. Admission is free, but donations accepted. Details: (559) 573-5735, lewolves.tumblr.com