ROBYN HITCHCOCK RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR
"RAYMOND AND THE WIRES"
NEW, SELF-TITLED, ALBUM OUT FRIDAY APRIL 21
ON TOUR NOW ALONGSIDE THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS
" An inventive, erudite musical world."
"These days, Hitchcock remains a fearless solo practitioner, gray-haired but still lithe, a man who seems to defy time as he weaves his relentlessly remarkable narratives."
(New York, NY) Yep Roc recording artist Robyn Hitchcock continues to celebrate the April 21strelease of his self-titled new album on Yep Roc, this time with the unveiling of his new video for the song "Raymond & The Wires. Getting its premiere via Salon over the weekend, the clip pulls together imagery from Hitchcock's present and past as homage to his dad, the science fiction writer and cartoonist Raymond Hitchcock. The song is perhaps the most personal song on ROBYN HITCHCOCK, possibly the most explicitly personal one in his 40-year songbook. An evocative ode to memory and progress, "Raymond & The Wires" sees Hitchcock peering back through the fog of time to examine the still-impactful influences of trains, trams, and trolleys and his late father.
"This video is a collage of years and Hitchcocks, assembled by Jeremy Dylan from archive trolleybus footage; from my family's home movies; and from film he shot of me recently," says Hitchcock. "I'm singing the song on a tram in Melbourne, Australia about a trolleybus ride I took with my late father Raymond in Reading, England in 1964. In these clips Raymond, resplendent in early 1970s porno moustache, is younger than the present-day me is now. My current self is also in there perving over some beautiful vintage trams in San Francisco. There's a glimpse of 13- year-old me stepping out of a boat to greet my sister Fleur, who now in later life is an author and incidentally supplied Jeremy with the old family film. And 39-year-old me peers for a second from a weeping elm tree at Raymond's wake in 1992. His favourite folk band, the Yetties from the West of England, gave us all a free show - what a night! Raymond liked a nice tune. This would probably have embarrassed him, given what a distant English family we were. But his spirit loves acknowledgement, I like to think: and I'm sure he lives through me as fully as any ghost. On ya, dad!"
Hailed by Uncut as "the psych maverick's loudest, liveliest album in decades," ROBYN HITCHCOCKis available now for pre-order, with all digital pre-orders accompanied by instant downloads of the metamorphic first single, "I Want To Tell You About What I Want," album highlight, "Mad Shelley's Letterbox," and new single "Raymond and The Wires." A very special ROBYN HITCHCOCK bundle featuring an exclusive poster and t-shirt is also on offer at the Yep Roc Store.
Hitchcock recently performed at Knoxville, TN's Big Ears Festival and is currently on tour alongside old pals The Psychedelic Furs. He has also confirmed a rare Los Angeles-area full-band show set for West Hollywood's historic Troubadour on May 3rd. A number of other festival appearances are also scheduled, including Sonoma, CA's Huichica Music Festival (June 9th) and Happy Valley, OR's Pickathon 2017 (August 3rd-6th). For frequent updates and ticket availability, please check outrobynhitchcock.com/tour.
ROBYN HITCHCOCK ON TOUR 2017
10 - Findlay, OH - Marathon Center for Performing. Arts #
11 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre #
13 - Kent, OH - Kent Stage #
14 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre #
15 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom #
19 - Richmond, VA - Capital Ale House Music Hall
20 - Blacksburg, VA - The Lyric Theatre
3 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
10 - Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java
11 - Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java
13 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage
14 - Carrboro, NC - The ArtsCenter
25 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East
28 - Memphis, TN - Harbor Town Amphitheater *
8 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
9 - Sonoma, CA - Huichica Music Festival *
10 - Sonoma, CA - Huichica Music Festival *
13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
15 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
17 - Chicago, IL - Maur Hall
18 - Milwaukee, WI - Collectivo Coffee
28 - Louisville, KY - Big Four Lawn @ Waterfront Park
21 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
22 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
23 - Grass Valley, CA - Veterans Memorial Auditorium
25 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
6 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon 2017 *
# w/The Psychedelic Furs
* Festival Performance