The Bismarck is a rock band that plays rock music. Playing shows and making records is just part of the deal and they do these things, too. Referring to themselves in the third person is strictly a web site thing though Nate does this from time to time.

The band is comprised of four long-time friends from Grand Forks, North Dakota (well, Jury’s from Bismarck originally, but who’s counting?) who have slowly migrated out to the west coast.

The Bismarck is a big fan of the Midwest work ethic and independent spirit. They book their own shows, engineer and release their own records, silkscreen their own shirts, load their own gear, drive their own van and – grudgingly – write their own promotional spew.

Since 2002, they’ve managed to rack up three EPs, two LPs, four compilation tracks, three trans-Midwest tours and a nice swath of damaged hearing and confused stares. Their latest record – Blood of Patriots – was released in April 2007, a joint venture of Pride of Dakota Records and Beep Repaired Inc.

If you are interested in receiving promotional items from The Bismarck, well, you’d be the first.