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MIDDLE KIDS ANNOUNCE DEBUT LP 'LOST FRIENDS'; SHARE FIRST TRACK 'MISTAKE'; ANNOUNCE US DATES

Middle Kids | 02/01/18

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photo credit: Maclay Heriot

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Australian trio Middle Kids announce their eagerly-awaited debut album, Lost Friends, out May 4, 2018 on Domino.

On Lost Friends, Hannah Joy, Harry Day and Tim Fitz bring back their knack for haunting hooks, lyrical poignancy and irresistible indie rock appeal that critics praised in their self-titled first EP, released in March 2016. This radiant collection of new songs conjures melodic nostalgia for some of songwriting's very best, rich in heartfelt build and beautiful simplicity. Take new song "Mistake" as evidence – the first single from the album, released today. Watch the video below:

Middle Kids made a powerful debut last year with the release of their internationally acclaimed self-titled EP, featuring hit singles “Edge of Town” and “Your Love." The band dazzled at several SXSW showcases, sold-out Baby’s All Right in New York City, performed sessions for KCRW, KEXP and Sirius XMU and made their television debut on Conan. In addition to their headlining successes, Middle Kids supported legendary acts like Ryan Adams and The War On Drugs. They’ll kick off an extensive U.S. tour this June, including festival plays at Governors Ball in New York City and Firefly Music Festival in Dover. The full run is detailed below, with all tickets going on sale this Friday, February 2nd.

The new album, Lost Friends, is the kind of album that sucker-punches you in the gut, revealing its nuances only after repeated listens. The songs’ edges are jagged, the production clean, stray imperfections imbue warmth and a human touch. Middle Kids craft classic hooks and riffs that tangle up in your brain like taffy and choruses that linger long after the song has faded. And they’ve bonded over a greater sense of what their music should accomplish.

“In a time where a lot of division is growing, we want to be part of the conversation that unites people around certain ideals that are universal, like hope and love,” says Hannah Joy. “That’s so much a thread throughout this album: Even though things are tough, it’s worth believing in something good and in the idea that we can heal. And in some ways, I wanted the music to be beautiful and a respite from what’s going on.”

Lost Friends Tracklisting:

01. Bought It 
02. Mistake
03. Edge of Town
04. Maryland 
05. On My Knees
06. Don't Be Hiding
07. Hole
08. Please
09. Lost Friends
10. Never Start
11. Tell Me Something
12. So Long Farewell I'm Gone

Lost Friends Pre-order:

Lost Friends is available to pre-order now on limited pressing purple vinyl housed in gatefold jacket, gatefold CD w/ 6-page booklet, and digital download, via iTunes and Domino Mart.

Pre order: Dom Mart / iTunes

Middle Kids 2018 North American Tour Dates:

06/01 – Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
06/03 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball
06/05 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
06/08 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom - Pike Room
06/09 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
06/11 – Kansas City, MO @ recordBar
06/12 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
06/13 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
06/15 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
06/16 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
06/18 – Raleigh, NC @ The Pour House Music Hall
06/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Purgatory
06/21 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)
06/22 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s Nightclub
06/23 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
06/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
06/27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
06/29 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
06/30 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

 

HOOKWORMS SHARE NEW TRACK ‘STATIC RESISTANCE’

Hookworms | 02/01/18

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To kick off 2018, Hookworms, have today shared the new video for 'Static Resistance' the latest track from their forthcoming album, Microshift, due for release on February 2nd 2018. Watch the video, directed by Ciaran Lyons below.

On ‘Static Resistance’, the band have said:

Static Resistance is the oldest track on the album, we wrote and recorded the first version of it early 2015, not very long after The Hum had been released. It's one of only two pre-flood songs on the record. It’s a song about the wax and wane of depression and an eternal want to escape the life you’ve built.”

Microshift Tracklisting:

01. Negative Space
02. Static Resistance
03. Ullswater 
04. The Soft Season 
05. Opener 
06. Each Time We Pass 
07. Boxing Day 
08. Reunion 
09. Shortcomings 

Microshift Pre-order:

Microshift will be available on deluxe limited edition LP (including orange colour vinyl, exclusive alternate artwork sleeve, and printed PVC outer sleeve plus bonus hand numbered screen print limited to 500), deluxe LP, standard LP, CD and download.

Pre order: Dom Mart / iTunes / Bandcamp

Hookworms 2017/2018 Tour Dates:

11/23 – Hebden Bridge, UK @ Trades Club
12/03 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
02/23 – Liverpool, UK @ Invisible Wind Factory
02/24 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns
03/04 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
03/09 – Manchester, UK @ The White Hotel
03/10 – Manchester, UK @ The White Hotel
03/18 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
03/24 – London, UK @ Electric Brixton
03/25 – Sheffield, UK @ Picture House Social

 

AUSTRA SHARE "FUTURE POLITICS" B-SIDE "CHANGE THE PARADIGM"

Austra | 12/18/17

Image: Austra Change The Paradigm

photo credit: Kate Young

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In January of this year, Austra released Future Politics, the critically lauded fourth album from the Canadian synth-pop group. Before the year is out, Austra have one more track to share, ‘Change The Paradigm’, a Future Politics B-side.

Singer Katie Stelmanis on ‘Change The Paradigm’:

“I wish "Change the Paradigm" had made it onto the record because it directly embodies what I wanted to express on "Future Politics" - that the most powerful tool we possess for creating a better world is our own imagination. "Future Politics" was written in a much different climate than what we have today. It's been difficult to stay positive, but for me the possibility of what lies ahead is not only a weapon of potential, but a source of comfort and faith. We have to believe in the future and our own power to invent it now more than ever!”

To wrap up the year, Austra are playing one final show in their hometown Toronto at the Velvet Underground this Thursday, December 14th. Tickets are on sale and available for purchase here.

To revisit Future Politics, listen via DSPs here.

 

SORRY ANNOUNCE DEBUT SINGLE 'WISHED' ON DOMINO; 7" COMING LATER THIS YEAR

12/04/17

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photo credit: Dan Kendall

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Sorry are a new London band centred around Asha Lorenz and Louis O'Bryen, two 19 year-old childhood best friends. Along with Lincoln Barrett (drums) and Campbell Baum (bass) Sorry have been making a name for themselves on London's underground circuit since 2015.

Although starting life with a conventional rock band set up, Sorry’s tastes are wide-ranging and reflect their age and omnivorous YouTube-era musical upbringing where rock, hip hop, noise, electronic soundscapes, grime and folk all sit side-by-side and without confusion. Accordingly, all these influences and more form the band's unique nascent musical universe - a bold, ambitious and at times irreverent canvas onto which the symbiotic intensity of Lorenz’s and O'Bryen's emotional and hyper-melodic songwriting is projected.

‘Wished’ is their debut studio recording and follows the recent self-release of Home Demo(ns) Vol. 1, an eclectic, homespun 13 track audio/visual mixtape. Recorded by Sean Oakley (Rick Rubin, Frank Ocean) and mixed by Andrew Savours (My Bloody Valentine), it is an enticing first document of the band's effortlessly emotive songwriting and command of atmosphere which will be familiar to anyone who has seen their visceral live shows so far, as well as a glimpse at in-studio production possibilities to be explored in their future work.     

Wished’ will also be accompanied by a B-side, ‘Lies’ - set to arrive later this month.
Both tracks will be packaged together on Sorry’s very first 7” vinyl release on Domino.

Pre-order Wished/Lies now.

 

PATRICK WATSON UNVEILS 'BROKEN', A BRAND NEW SINGLE PREMIERED VIA NPR

Patrick Watson | 11/17/17

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photo credit: Pedro Pires

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Patrick Watson is proud to share "Broken", a brand new single and video, premiering today via NPR. The track was recorded at Studio PM in Montreal last month.

"This is a song I just felt like sharing before the next record. Dedicated to the storms we went through.” - Patrick Watson

Of the video, recently shot in Montreal, director Pedro Pires says: “It was a real pleasure to work with Patrick to create this video. We started with simple intuitive ideas such as characters fleeing or running away in fast moving vehicles. I then proposed to use reflections and flares to fragment the light to reveal a more impressionist moody state of mind of these various “broken” characters."

Patrick has been busy with various projects since the 2015 release of his critically acclaimed fifth album, Love Songs for Robots. He performed after U2’s Bono at the Canada Day concert last July in Ottawa, was part of the cast as a performer for the circus show Rêveurs définitifs, played the Montreal Symphonique outdoor concert on the Mount-Royal to celebrate the city’s 375th anniversary, embarked on the Canadian C3 boat for a 2 week run to raise awareness on diversity, inclusion, reconciliation, youth engagement and the environment, played special concerts with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and finally, performed last week at the Bell Center for Tower of Songs, a tribute concert to Leonard Cohen in Montreal with Sting, Lana Del Rey, Elvis Costello, Adam Cohen, Coeur de Pirate and more. Patrick and his band are currently recording their next album, set to be released sometime in 2018.

Watson composes, performs and records his albums with his full band of almost a decade, which includes Joe Grass (guitars), Robbie Kuster (drums/percussion) and Mishka Stein (bass). The recipient of Canada’s elite Polaris Music Prize in 2007, Watson and his band have performed to over 100,000 people at the 2009 Montreal Jazz Festival as well as with full orchestras in Amsterdam and Montreal. Raised and still living in Montreal, Watson himself has composed 15 scores for both film and television, including a trailer for “The Walking Dead” and Wim Wenders’ 3D film “Everything Will Be Fine”, where he performed the songs “Cynical World” (an original for the film) and “Lighthouse.”

 

HOOKWORMS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM MICROSHIFT, OUT FEBRUARY 2ND 2018

Hookworms | 11/16/17

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photo credit: Hollie Fernando

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Domino is very proud to present Microshift, the third album from Hookworms, due for release on February 2nd 2018. With the announcement of Microshift, the band share new track, Negative Space.

Microshift is the Leeds band's first new work in over 3 years and marks a seismic shift in their sound, dynamic, songwriting and production, whilst still bearing all the ferocious energy, intricate musicianship and bruised but beautiful song-craft of the previous releases which have quietly made them one of the UK's most revered young bands. 

This is the band's third studio album technically but arguably the first in which the studio has been central to its creation. Pearl Mystic and second LP, The Hum were heavily informed by the band's live sound, Microshift on the other hand came to life in the studio, formed out of loops, modular synthesizer sequences, drum machines, homemade samples etc. which were jammed around and layered until the songs began to emerge. The band have also opened their writing to include collaborations with artists such as Richard Formby (on Opener), Christopher Duffin (on Boxing Day) and Alice Merida Richards (on Each Time We Pass).

Radiant, immersive and teeming with light, but still heavy and forceful - the music on Microshift acts as a very deliberate counter to some of the difficult topics the album's lyrics address. Death, disease, heartbreak, body image and even natural disaster are all present here but the overall effect these songs achieve is euphoric catharsis.

The album was written and recorded in full following a complete rebuild of the band’s Suburban Home Studio after the River Aire floods in Leeds in the winter of 2015 which devastated the studio. The band had an incredible response to a GoFundMe campaign and the subsequent help of volunteers over several months to rebuild the studio from nothing is a huge part of the band’s continued existence. Striving through the toughness, it is perhaps no surprise that the record is one of both defiance and darkness. “All of our records are to an extent about mental health,” comments MJ. “Largely this is an album about loss but also about maturing, accepting your flaws and the transience of intimacy”. 

Hookworms are MJ, MB, JW, JN & EO.

Microshift Tracklisting:

01. Negative Space
02. Static Resistance
03. Ullswater
04. The Soft Season
05. Opener
06. Each Time We Pass
07. Boxing Day
08. Reunion
09. Shortcomings 

Microshift Pre-order:

Microshift will be available on deluxe limited edition LP (including orange colour vinyl, exclusive alternate artwork sleeve, and printed PVC outer sleeve plus bonus hand numbered screen print limited to 500), deluxe LP, standard LP, CD and download.

Pre order: Dom Mart / iTunes / Bandcamp

Hookworms 2017/2018 Tour Dates:

11/23 – Hebden Bridge, UK @ Trades Club
12/03 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
02/23 – Liverpool, UK @ Invisible Wind Factory
02/24 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns
03/04 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
03/09 – Manchester, UK @ The White Hotel
03/10 – Manchester, UK @ The White Hotel
03/18 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
03/24 – London, UK @ Electric Brixton
03/25 – Sheffield, UK @ Picture House Social

 

PORCHES ANNOUNCE US TOUR; 'THE HOUSE' OUT JANUARY 19TH 2018

Porches | 11/15/17

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photo credit: Jason Nocito

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Today, Porches announces a US Winter 2018 headline tour, in support of the forthcoming new album The House. All dates will be on sale this Friday, November 17th. Dates below. The House, the third full length in Porches’ discography, arrives January 19th on Domino. The 14-song affair features contributions from (Sandy) Alex G, Dev Hynes, Okay Kaya, Maya Laner (True Blue), Bryndon Cook (Starchild & The New Romantic), Cameron Wisch (Cende), and Aaron Maine’s own father Peter Maine.

Says Maine, on the album:

“I don't think I was necessarily working through anything during the process of writing, if anything maybe avoiding that, but the album has become something different to me in hindsight: a way to look back at a time in my life and see my guts at play. To try and understand what was going through my head as I slid these songs out is an interesting experience, sometimes exciting, sometimes embarrassing, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes still totally confusing. I am happy to have these 14 songs in one place to look back on and stumble through and hopefully learn something from, and I am excited to share them with you.”

Previously released singles “Country” and “Find Me” have been enthusiastically received by fans, and the videos have landed on lists from Pitchfork (Best Music Videos of October - “Country”); and Vulture (Best Music Videos of 2017 So Far - “Find Me” & “Country”).

Porches 2018 Tour Dates:

03/15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
02/17 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
02/18 - Montreal, QC @ Theatre Plaza 
02/19 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
02/20 - Detroit, MI @ El Club 
02/21 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
02/23 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
02/24 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
02/26 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
02/28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03/02 - Portland OR @ Analog Theater
03/03 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
03/05 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
03/06 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
03/09 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
03/17 - Dallas, TX @ Not So Fun Weekend (Club Dada)
03/19 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade - Purgatory Room
03/20 - Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
03/21 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
03/22 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat 
03/23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

The House Tracklisting:

01. Leave The House
02. Find Me
03. Understanding
04. Now The Water
05. Country
06. By My Side
07. Åkeren
08. Anymore
09. Wobble
10. Goodbye
11. Swimmer
12. W Longing
13. Ono
14. Anything U Wan

The House Pre-order:

The House is available to pre-order now on limited edition pale yellow translucent vinyl with 11” x 22” fold-out poster, CD, cassette, and digital download.

Pre-order: Domino Mart | Bandcamp | iTunes

 

PORCHES ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'THE HOUSE'; SHARE VIDEO FOR 'FIND ME'

Porches | 10/24/17

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photo credit: Jason Nocito

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The House, the third full-length album from New York musician Porches, will arrive on January 19, 2018. The 14-song affair features contributions from (Sandy) Alex G, Dev Hynes, Okay Kaya, Maya Laner (True Blue), Bryndon Cook (Starchild & The New Romantic), Cameron Wisch (Cende), and Aaron Maine’s own father Peter Maine.

Today, The House offers the new single Find Me, an icy track with lyrics touching on anxiety, escape and isolation. Watch the video, co-directed by Maine and Nick Harwood now.

Fans were offered a glimpse into The House recently, with the release of Country – a melancholic, tender ballad showcasing Maine’s confident songwriting. The accompanying video, shot in upstate New York and co-directed again by Maine & Harwood,

The House was written and recorded over an 18-month stretch, immediately following the completion of Porches’ breakthrough record Pool. Taking a diary-like approach, Aaron documents a period of time through the 14 gorgeous songs on this record.

Says Aaron Maine, on The House:

“The House is a diary. The House began immediately with a sense of urgency. A different kind of urgency than I had experienced previously when writing songs. I wasn't sure exactly what this meant while it was happening, but it felt necessary to embrace it.

The songwriting became an exercise in documenting my immediate experiences, which writing has always been for me to a certain extent, but something particular was compelling me to try to portray these moments in a more linear way. Writing this record was a form of meditation, an escape, a routine - selfish at times, as it became an excuse to avoid my immediate surroundings.

Half the time, I still won't understand what was going on in my head when I listen to a song I wrote - even months later - but things seemed to be changing fast, and writing these kind of vignettes was soothing to me, a way to kind of slow down time. I don't think I was necessarily working through anything during the process of writing, if anything maybe avoiding that, but the album has become something different to me in hindsight: a way to look back at a time in my life and see my guts at play. To try and understand what was going through my head as I slid these songs out is an interesting experience, sometimes exciting, sometimes embarrassing, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes still totally confusing. I am happy to have these 14 songs in one place to look back on and stumble through and hopefully learn something from, and I am excited to share them with you.”

The House Tracklisting:

01. Leave The House
02. Find Me
03. Understanding
04. Now The Water
05. Country
06. By My Side
07. Åkeren
08. Anymore
09. Wobble
10. Goodbye
11. Swimmer
12. W Longing
13. Ono
14. Anything U Wan

The House Pre-order:

The House is available to pre-order now on limited edition pale yellow translucent vinyl with 11” x 22” fold-out poster, CD, cassette, and digital download.

Pre-order: Domino Mart | BandcampiTunes

 

PORCHES SHARE NEW MUSIC, WATCH THE VIDEO FOR 'COUNTRY' NOW

Porches | 10/19/17

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Porches a.k.a. Aaron Maine returns with new song Country. The song features backing vocals by Dev Hynes and Bryndon Cook.

The accompanying video was co-directed by Maine and Nick Harwood (producer on Blood Orange’s Augustine and Sandra’s Smile), and was shot in and around Maine’s childhood stomping grounds in upstate New York. 

Maine wrote this note to accompany the music:

i am happy to share this new song with you
it's the last song i wrote for my new album
in the context of the record it acts as a departure as well as an arrival
here is a poem i wrote about what the song means:

mini reckoning
Like flopping onto bed after first kiss high school
I left her apartment and made sure to keep the sleep on me all the way home
Rolled down the window across the bridge
And filled up my lungs
She told me about this saying about breaking the water to get somewhere
and i imagined what it would be like to swim together
I felt soft and dumb like a country song

Maine has spent the past year working on the follow-up to his 2016 breakthrough record, and Domino debut, Pool. The new song shared today, “Country”, displays the trademark vulnerability of Porches, but shows a maturity and growth – and is a stunning taste of what’s to come from the artist.

 

PROTOMARTYR SHARE 'DON'T GO TO ANACITA', PREVIEW NEW ALBUM IN DETROIT AND NEW YORK JUKEBOXES

09/26/17

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photo credit: Doug Coombe

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This Friday, Protomartyr release their fourth album, Relatives In Descent. Prior to its release, the band have shared the third single off Relatives, and perhaps one of their most straight-forward and anthemic songs to date. Don't Go To Anacita takes place in a fictional town of singer Joe Casey's invention, a sort of everytown created to catch Casey's ire.

Late last week, CDs of Relatives In Descent were surreptitiously slipped into the jukeboxes of several dive bars in Detroit and New York. People hoping to get a "pre-release stream" of the album are encouraged to head to The Levee and Old Stanley's in Brooklyn, Bumbo's in Hamtramck, or Bronx Bar in Detroit, and load their laundry quarters into those music-streaming machines. Below, you can see what this might look like at The Levee.

Also, last Friday marked the band's sold out Detroit record release show, which developed into something of a mini-festival. Onboard the Detroit Princess riverboat, the band were joined by friends METZ, Preoccupations, ADULT., Tyvek, and Matthew Dear, 1500 fans, local DJs and food purveyors, charities, and screenings of films like Captain Ron and Waterworld.

Finally, after a festival performance in the Los Angeles area, the band will embark on a lengthy tour of the US, UK, and EU.

Relatives In Descent Tracklisting:

01. A Private Understanding
02. Here Is The Thing
03. My Children
04. Caitriona
05. The Chuckler
06. Windsor Hum
07. Don’t Go To Anacita
08. Up The Tower
09. Night-Blooming Cereus
10. Male Plague
11. Corpses In Regalia
12. Half Sister

Relatives In Descent Pre-order:

Relatives In Descent is available to pre-order now on limited edition purple/white starburst vinyl, CD, and digital download.

Pre-order: Domino Mart | Digital

Protomartyr 2017 Tour Dates:

09/30 - Long Beach, CA @ Music Tastes Good
10/08 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10/09 - Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
10/12 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
10/13 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
10/14 - Eugene, OR @ Hi Fi Music Hall
10/15 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
10/17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
10/19 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger &
10/20 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda, TX &
10/21 - Dallas, TX @ Dada &
10/22 - Houston, TX @ Secret Group &
10/24 - Atlanta, GA @ the Earl &
10/25 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre &
10/26 - Washington, DC @ Rock n Roll Hotel &
10/27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle &
10/28 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg &
11/02 - Prague, CZ @ Futurum %
11/03 - Wroclaw, PL @ Klub Firlej %
11/04 - Warsaw, PL @ Klub Hydrozagadka %
11/06 - Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu %
11/07 - Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen %
11/09 - Groningen, NL @ Vera
11/10 - Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who?
11/11 - Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown
11/12 - Brighton, UK @ The Haunt #
11/14 - London, UK @ Dome Tufnell Park #
11/15 - Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute #
11/16 - Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny #
11/17 - Glasgow, UK @ CCA #
11/18 - Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s #
11/19 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club #
11/21 - Brussels, BE @ Rotonde
11/22 - Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
11/23 - Nantes, FR @ Pole Etudiant
11/24 - Angouleme, FR @ La Nef
11/25 - Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie

* with Melkbelly
& with Flasher
% with Metz
# with Sauna Youth

 
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