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|PIXIES ANNOUNCE 2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR|
LOS ANGELES, CA - Tuesday, January 24, 2017 -- Pixies, one of the most influential alt/rock bands of all time, will take their signature aural mix of psychedelia, dissonance, surf-rock and loud-quiet-loud on a five-week tour across North America in 2017, the first of a three-leg trek across the continent. Following stops in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the band's first-ever South African concerts, the North American tour will launch at the Fox Theatre in Pomona, CA on Friday, April 21, and will see the band playing theatres and open-air venues. There will be several special ticket pre-sales prior to the general on-sale which will begin this Friday, January 27 at 10AM local time. Log on towww.pixiesmusic.com for all pre-sale and general onsale purchasing details.
Public Access TV* and Cymbals Eat Guitars** will split the support slot over the course of the tour.
For these 2017 dates, Pixies - Joey Santiago/guitar, Black Francis/guitar & vocals, David Lovering/drums and bassist Paz Lenchantin - will introduce to its North American audiences a brand new stage set designed by their longtime production manager Simon Foster and lighting designer Myles Mangino. The design is simple and sleek and fashioned around special pods that house all of the lighting, positioned behind the band. Fans can expect a set list comprised of the classics and catalogue rarities as well as newer songs from Indie Cindy and the band's latest release, Head Carrier. As is the norm, there will be no firm setlist for Pixies' shows; their sets, while pulled from nearly 90 songs that the band has rehearsed and is prepared to play, will change somewhat from night to night with every number determined just before it's performed.
Pixies kicked off the European leg of their 2016-17 global run last November, playing sold-out shows throughout the UK and wrapping up in Birmingham on December 8. Confirmed dates for the 2017 North American trek are as follows:
21 Fox Theatre, Pomona, CA*
22 Cal Coast Open Air, San Diego, CA*
23 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA*
25 Ace Theatre, Los Angeles, CA*
29 Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX*
30 White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX*
1 Stubbs, Austin, TX*
3 Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA*
5 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN*
6 Madison Theatre, Covington, KY*
7 Express Live Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH*
9 The National, Richmond, VA**
11 Durham PAC, Durham, NC**
12 Shaky Knees Music Festival, Atlanta, GA**
16 Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC**
19 House of Blues, Boston, MA**
20 House of Blues, Boston, MA**
21 Paradise Ballroom, Boston, MA**
23 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA**
24 Webster Hall, New York, NY**
26 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY**
* Public Access TV will support
** Cymbals Eat Guitars will support
MEW ANNOUNCES VISUALS,
NEW ALBUM DUE OUT APRIL 28, 2017
Hear New Track "Carry Me To Safety"
(Listen here: http://found.ee/cmtsyoutube)
LOS ANGELES, CA - Tuesday, January 24, 2017 -- Mew is pleased to unveil news of the band's upcoming (seventh) album Visuals on April 28, 2017 through Play It Again Sam alongside details of a European run of live dates in May.
Unlike previous albums, Visuals arrives fairly quickly on the back of 2015's + - album and came to fruition as front-man Jonas Bjerre explains; "The live shows around that album saw us hit a creative peak, writing tracks on-the-road and the spark was lit. Breaking the normal cycle felt right and we wanted to make an album spontaneously retaining the energy we'd generated on that world tour, rather than wait the normal three or four years."
Recorded and self-produced in Copenhagen,Visuals was completed in under a year and sees Mew at its most concise, each song representing its own little chapter and narrative. The first taste of the album comes in the shape of the mesmerizing intricacies of the album's finale "Carry Me To Safety."
Meanwhile, the slow-build euphoria of album opener, "Nothingness And No Regrets," and expansive 80's-style pop of "The Wake Of Your Life" countered by the discordant stomp of the intriguingly titled "Candy Pieces All Smeared Out" and blissful glide of "In A Better Place," compete across eleven tracks that convey an irrepressible ebullience of a band on its debut album. Many of the newer tracks evolved in light of what was happening globally. "It was pretty dark last year on many levels, so lyrically that definitely came into play, it's an important reminder to treasure the here and now," says Bjerre. Visuals feels like the culmination for one of rock's most ambitious and inventive groups.
Twenty years into its career, Visuals is the distinctive sound of Mew seizing the moment...
Mew will embark on a short run of European shows in May (listed below) with plans for a North American tour in the works.
Visuals will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally through Play It Again Sam and is available to pre-order here: http://found.ee/mewstore
May 201717 Paradiso - Amsterdam, Netherlands
19 Point Ephemere - Paris, France
20 Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
21 Trinity - Bristol, UK
22 O2 Ritz - Manchester, UK
23 Shepherds Bush Empire - London, UK
25 Luxor - Köln, Germany
26 Knust - Hamburg, Germany
27 Immergut Festival - Neutrelitz, Germany
Visuals Track Listing
Nothingness and No Regrets
The Wake Of Your Life
Candy Pieces All Smeared Out
In A Better Place
Ay Ay Ay
Learn Our Crystals
Carry Me To Safety