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BAND OF SKULLS’ BY DEFAULT OUT TODAY ON BMG
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR CONFIRMED
Photo credit: Andy Cotterill
By Default, the latest album from U.K. trio Band of Skulls, is out today via BMG. The new music is receiving early critical acclaim both stateside and abroad:
“Band of Skulls rip and roar, the song a wily mix of clashing guitars, vocals that both rocket high and dip low, and a fierce chorus that is the sonic equivalent of being stared down by some imposing authority. Think a savage hybrid of Modest Mouse
and Jack White.”—Consequence of Sound
“…each song packs a punch…they've always had a certain swagger in their music but here you can really feel an authority and confidence…”—The Independent
“I hear a new attitude behind it…shows them sharpening their sound.”—KCRW
“A crisp return.”—Clash
To celebrate the release, Band of Skulls has confirmed North American dates this fall. The tour will kick off September 6 at Boston’s Royale and will make stops at Chicago’s Metro, San Francisco’s The Fillmore, Los Angeles’ Wiltern and New York City’s Terminal 5 among many others.
In addition, New York area fans will have a chance to catch Band of Skulls ahead of the fall tour at a very special acoustic performance and signing on Sunday, June 19 at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Fans will receive two wristbands to the show by purchasing By Default at Rough Trade starting at 11a.m. today:http://www.roughtrade.com/events/2016/6/2289.
Produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, Patti Smith) and recorded at Rockfield Studios, By Default finds the band—Emma Richardson (bass, vocals), Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals) and Matt Hayward (drums)—following up on their acclaimed 2014 release, Himalayan, by making a conscious decision to take a step back from their relentless world-wide touring schedule, having never spent more than a month off the road in the last two years.
“We went back to square one,” says Hayward. In the church—between visits from the vicar, bringing tea and biscuits on his trolley—they found the new songs in hours of woodshedding on ratty old practice amps. “It’s definitely a new era,” says Marsden. “The first three records were like a trilogy, a piece of work in of themselves. We wanted to do those things, and we did them all. We took a breath, took a look at what we’d done, and started from scratch again.”
Listen to the lead single “Bodies” here: https://BoS.lnk.to/BodiesVideo.
BAND OF SKULLS LIVE
September 6—Boston, MA—Royale
September 7—Montreal, QC—Corona Theatre
September 8—Toronto, ON—The Opera House
September 9—Columbus, OH—Skully’s Music Diner
September 10—Chicago, IL—Metro
September 11—Minneapolis, MN—Fine Line Music Café
September 13—Denver, CO—Gothic Theatre
September 14—Salt Lake City, UT—Urban Lounge
September 15-18—Victoria, BC—Rifflandia
September 16—Vancouver, BC—The Vogue Theatre
September 18—Seattle, WA—The Showbox
September 19—Portland, OR—Revolution Hall
September 21—San Francisco, CA—Fillmore
September 23—Los Angeles, CA—Wiltern
September 23-25—Las Vegas, NV—Life is Beautiful
September 24—Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up
September 26—Tucson, AZ—Rialto Theatre
September 28—Austin, TX—Antone’s
September 29—Dallas, TX—Trees
September 30—Memphis, TN—Minglewood Hall
October 1—Nashville, TN—Exit/In
October 2—Atlanta, GA—Terminal West
October 3—Durham, NC—Motorco Music Hall
October 4—Washington DC—Black Cat
October 6—New York, NY—Terminal 5
October 7—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer
Pre-Order By Default Now:
Amazon CD: http://smarturl.it/ByDefaultCD
Amazon Vinyl: http://smarturl.it/ByDefaultLP
NOTHING SHARES "A.C.D." VIDEO VIA THE INDEPENDENT
ADDS BROOKLYN SHOW WITH JANE'S ADDICTION AND DINOSAUR JR. TO UPCOMING TOUR DATES
TIRED OF TOMORROW OUT NOW VIA RELAPSE RECORDS
Credit: Ben Rayner
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"Their most direct form to date"
- DIY Mag
"Capable of leaving heads spinning and hearts reeling"
- The Line of Best Fit
"A beautiful blur of distortion, frenetic drumming and voices submerged in windswept static"
Philadelphia alt rock/shoegaze phenoms NOTHING have premiered a new animated music video for the track "A.C.D. (Abscessive Compulsive Disorder)" via The Independent. The video is a dark homage to Dire Straits' classic "Money For Nothing" clip. Nothing guitarist/vocalist Domenic Palermo elaborates:
"I've been obsessing over some dark web computer animated stuff lately. Much of this is your run of the mill, awful footage that makes you remember how frail our human bodies are, but some are these odd, home-made computer animations doing strange things that give you an uneasy feeling, but also one of pure evil and chaos. I wanted to recreate that mixed with a violent/sad version of Dire Straits, ""Money For Nothing" video."
WATCH: "A.C.D." -
NOTHING recently released their critically acclaimed new album Tired of Tomorrow via Relapse Records. The album charted on the following Billboard charts: #39 Top Current Albums, #128 Billboard Top 200, #1 Heatseekers Chart, #2 Vinyl Chart, #7 Hard Music Chart, #15 Rock Chart, #8 Independent Chart.
NOTHING have also shared the entire studio documentary about the making of Tired Of Tomorrow. Watch the full clip HERE.
This summer, NOTHING are set to embark on The "Tired of Tourism" tour, which will see the band hitting cities across North America with Relapse labelmates WRONG, California's Culture Abuse and select dates with Citizen. The trek also includes festival appearances at Lollapalooza, Governor's Ball, Spillover, Shaky Knees, Levitation, Forecastle, and more including the recently announced Coney Island show with Jane's Addiction and Dinosaur Jr. Scroll down to view a full list of dates.
05/13 - London, UK @ Rough Trade East **
05/13 - London, UK @ Moth Club^
05/15 - Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees **
06/04 - New York, NY @ Governor's Ball **
06/05 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair ^
06/07 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's ^
06/08 - Detroit, MI @ El Club ^
06/09 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class ^
06/10 - Chicago, IL @ Sub T ^
06/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock ^
06/12 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown ^
06/14 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater ^
06/15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^
06/16 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux ^
06/17 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern ^
06/18 - Vancouver, BC @ Levitation Festival **
06/19 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios ^
06/21 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's ^
06/22 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar ^
06/23 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo ^
06/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca ^
06/25 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar ^
06/27 - McAllen, TX @ Yerba Cultura ^
06/28 - Austin, TX @ Sidewinder ^
06/29 - Dallas, TX @ RBC
07/01 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
07/02 - Tampa, FL @ Local 662 ^
07/03 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth ^
07/05 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Motorco *
07/06 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
07/07 - Washington D.C. @ Rock and Roll Hotel *
07/08 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
07/09 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
07/10 - Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel*
07/15 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Amphitheater at Coney Island#
07/16 - Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/30 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/02 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
08/03 - London, ON @ Rumrunners
08/04 - Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
08/05 - Montreal, QC @ Sala Rosa
08/06 - Rochester, NY @ Bugjar
08/07 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
^ with Wrong and Culture Abuse
* with Culture Abuse and Citizen
# = with Jane's Addiction and Dinosaur Jr.