We’re thrilled to let you know that we will be playing some concerts this autumn in both the UK and North America in support of our new album We Come From the Same Place, which is being released by Fortuna Pop and Slumberland on October 6.
10 October – Brooklyn, NY Glasslands Gallery TICKETS
11 October – Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle TICKETS
12 October – Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel TICKETS
13 October – Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 TICKETS
14 October – Atlanta, GA 529 Club TICKETS
15 October – Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder
16 October – New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa TICKETS
17 October – Houston, TX Rudyard’s TICKETS
18 October – Austin, TX The Mohawk – Inside TICKETS
19 October – Dallas, TX Club Dada TICKETS
21 October – Phoenix, AZ Last Exit TICKETS
22 October – San Diego, CA Soda Bar TICKETS
23 October – Los Angeles, CA The Echo TICKETS
24 October – San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop TICKETS
25 October – Sacramento, CA Witch Room
27 October – Portland, OR Bunk Bar TICKETS
28 October – Vancouver, BC Electric Owl TICKETS
29 October – Seattle, WA The Vera Project TICKETS
1 November – Minneapolis, MN Icehouse TICKETS
2 November – Chicago, IL Schuba’s TICKETS
3 November – Detroit, MI Lager House
4 November – Toronto, ON The Drake Hotel TICKETS
5 November – Winooski, VT The Monkey House
6 November – Cambridge, MA Middle East (Upstairs) TICKETS
UK dates with Making Marks
On our UK tour we will have the wonderful Making Marks supporting us. You can listen to their music here.
18 November – Sticky Mike’s, Brighton TICKETS
19 November – The Maze, Nottingham TICKETS
20 November – Deaf Institute, Manchester TICKETS
21 November – Unity Hall, Wakefield TICKETS
22 November – Henderson Halls, Edinburgh TICKETS
23 November – Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle TICKETS
24 November – Scala, London TICKETS
Hope to see you at some of these shows.
We’re delighted to let you know that we are headlining the Indietracks festival this year, alongside Gruff Rhys, frontman of one of Mike and Paul’s favourite ever bands Super Furry Animals. The festival happens at the Midland Railway Centre on the weekend of 25-27 July. This will be our only festival event this summer, in preparation for our new album coming out in the autumn.
Tickets can be bought in advance from here: http://www.indietracks.co.uk/tickets/
Hope to see some of you there,
I remember very clearly the night the night that I first met Camila. My band, the Darlings, were playing a show at the Brixton Windmill. We had only played a show or two before this one, and I remember so clearly how the nerves meant I couldn’t look up once during the show. How I couldn’t remember the chords to songs I had written, how I couldn’t hear myself, and how I was too afraid to talk to anyone afterwards.
Camila and Thorsten came up to me after the show, and said how much they loved my song Emily. It was the first song I’d written, and even then I think I felt embarrassed by it. They said they had started a little label and they wanted to release it on a handmade 3-inch CD-R. Their enthusiasm was evident, but I wasn’t sure what it meant to have a record label release a song.
It didn’t take too long to see that Camila and Thor were the good guys, and that what they wanted to do was beautiful. We excitedly put together 120 photographs that Nik had taken over the previous year, each CD was to have a different photo on the sleeve. We called it the Photo EP because we had no idea what else to call it.
With family and friends buying our little record, it didn’t take too long for it to sell out, and we felt very proud. It was my first experience of making a record.
Over the years Camila has released some very beautiful records, with love, care and devotion. She’s been an enthusiastic audience member too. No matter how still the crowd, Camila can be found down the front, dancing. It was always such a treat to see her at a show.
It’s nice to call time on things when it feels right. I’m sad WeePOP is closing, but very proud to have been a part of something that was beautiful. I am so thankful to Camila for giving me the first chance to see my songs on a sleeve, and I’ll always hope to see her dancing at shows.
As a band, we have been fortunate enough to tour with some wonderful people, in both strange and beautiful places. I have a collection of these memories stored for moments when I need them. On the whole touring, like any kind of travelling, is a joyful experience full of both the mundane and the magical, then the mundane becomes magical once you’re home and back in the 9-5. It’s made for sentimental romantics like us.
Last year we toured twice with the Wave Pictures, one of my favourite bands before I met them, and with familiarity and closeness my admiration for them has only grown. We had 5 weeks in America in Spring, just after our album Europe and their album Long Black Cars had been released, and another 2 weeks in Spain in the Autumn. The first tour they opened for us, the second tour we opened for them, and we’d often end the shows playing together. They have a way of making you feel like you’ve known them since you were children. If I see the boys in Allo Darlin’ as my brothers, I see the Wave Pictures as our cousins. The ones who have a pool that you swam in every afternoon after school, who get a little too drunk at your wedding and end up sliding across the dance floor on their bellies.
When we were in America, Dave was writing a lot in his notebook during the long drives. He turned those words into songs, and those songs now make up their new double album City Forgiveness, which was released yesterday. Paul plays a lot of guitar and piano on the album, and I am having fun trying to work out which is Paul imitating Dave or the real Dave. I can tell when Paul sounds like Paul though. I think Bill and Mike both contributed to the album too, although I’m not quite sure what ended up on the final version.
It is an ambitious and thrilling and emotional record, and I am proud to have even the tiniest association with it. You can buy the record from Moshi Moshi and you definitely should.
Howdy! We are looking forward to playing a couple of UK shows at the end of October, before we get back in the studio to record some more songs for our new album.
We’ll be playing:
28 Oct – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
29 Oct – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
30 Oct – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
31 Oct – Islington Assembly Hall, London
We will also be recording another radio session for BBC 6 Music with Marc Riley in Manchester the night of our show there, so make sure you tune in!
Tickets for the shows are listed on our shows page, with the exception of Ramsgate. Once we have those ticket details we will post them.
Hopefully see you at one of the shows,
Hello! Sorry for neglecting these posts in recent times. We’ve actually been in the studio during the summer, recording another album at Soup Studios. We’re working in bits and pieces, as is our way. We stop and think about things, then try something different, then keep working, then stop and think about things a little again. It’s going incredibly well. At the moment we are thinking of calling this album We Come from the Same Place. It seems to encapsulate everything that’s been going on around these parts for the last 8 months or so. Anyway! It will be a long time until it comes out, as seems to be the way. But we have learned to be patient with these things.
Tomorrow we are heading to the End of the Road festival. We think that we might be playing to our biggest audience ever, which is exciting/terrifying. We are working out the setlist this afternoon, and doing some last minute rehearsal. We can’t wait, really.
On Tuesday Elizabeth recorded four songs with Darren Hayman at his home, and she has posted the songs up on bandcamp. The EP is called Optimism, and features songs written on piano and guitar, and was recorded completely live. You can listen and download the EP here.
We have also got some new shows coming up in the UK in October. We will be stopping in Leeds, Manchester and London. The details are all over on our shows page. We are doing another Marc Riley session around that time too.
Enjoy the rest of your summer.