Austra | 05/29/13

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We're happy to share the new single 'Painful Like' from Austra's soon-to-be released album Olympia out June 18 (June 17 rest of the world).

Influenced by early Chicago house music when dance music was performed with a live band, "Painful Like" too was performed live in the studio free of any programming or loops. While the lyrics may deal with the disillusionment of growing up gay in a small town and finding solace in the arms of a lover, it's bubbly and buoyant and reflects that Olympia is fundamentally a dance record.

Principal songwriter/vocalist Katie Stelmanis says that was the band's aim all along. “We are really into dense harmonies and big beautiful melodies, but I also love techno and dance music. I wanted to bring those elements together.” Founding Detroit techno producer Kevin Saunderson recently remixed lead single “Home “ and it will appear on a forthcoming “Home” remixes 12" backed with a remix from Ital.

Olympia is available to pre-order now via the Domino Mart on CD, limited edition double colored vinyl, standard double vinyl. All pre-orders through Domino will receive an instant mp3 download of the Home single and the six track Austra + Gina X ‘Mayan Drums’ 12” collaboration released earlier this year for Record Store Day.

Austra have sold out release week shows in New York, London, Paris, and Berlin have announced new headlining shows in those cities including September 22 at Webster Hall in New York.

Austra photo by Norman Wong.


06-02 Dublin, IE - Forbidden Fruit
06-06 Zurich, CH - Plaza
06-07 Luzerne, CH - Sudpol
06-08 Yverdon-les Bains, SE - L'Amalgame
06-10 Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet
06-11 Gent, BE - DOKBox
06-12 Paris, FR - Nouveau Casino (SOLD OUT)
06-14 Berlin, DE - Lido (SOLD OUT)
06-17 London, UK - Hoxton Bar Grill (SOLD OUT)
06-20 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg ^ (SOLD OUT)
06-23 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
06-26 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
07-18 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Valkhof Festival
07-19 Ferropolis, DE - Melt Festival
07-21 Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
07-25 Madrid, ES - Nasti Club
07-26 Barcelos, PT - Milhoes De Festa Festival
07-30 Milan, Italy - Magnolia
07-31 Padova, Italy - Radar Festival
08-01 Feldkirch, AT - PoolBar Festival
08-02 Salzburg, AT - Stuck! Festival
08-03 Katowice, PL - OFF Festival
08-04 Katowice, PL - OFF Festival (DJ)
08-07 Luxembourg - EXIT 07
08-09 Gothenburg, SE - Way Out West Festival
08-10 Helsinki, FI - Flow Festival
08-14 St Malo, FR - La Route Du Rock Festival
08-17 Biddinghuizen, NL - Lowlands Festival
08-30 Detroit, MI - Crofoot Ballroom *
08-31 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
09-01 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock *
09-04 Seattle, WA - Neumos *
09-05 Portland, OR - MusicFest NW
09-10 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *
09-12 Dallas, TX - Trees *
09-13 Austin, TX - Mohawk *
09-14 Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds *
09-15 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
09-17 Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
09-18 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle *
09-19 Washington, DC - Black Cat *
09-20 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
09-22 New York, NY - Webster Hall *
09-24 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
11-25 London, UK - Koko

^ w/ Mozart's Sister
* w/ DIANA

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