Figurines And An Horse Premiere Videos on MTV2

With their recent stellar performance at SXSW behind them, Australian duo An Horse are wasting no time in conjuring up interest in their latest single “Dressed Sharply”.  The first single off their highly anticipated new album, Walls, premiered on MTV2 last week.  You can catch it on the MTV.com Buzzworthy site here.   Walls will hit stores on April 26th via Mom+Pop Music and to celebrate its release, An Horse will kick off its tour at New York City’s Knitting Factory and then heading south sharing dates with Alkaline Trio and Manchester Orchestra.

And in other news, the Danish trio Figurines will be releasing their self-titled third album via The Control Group on April 12th.  The band launched its video for “Hanging From Above” on MTV.com Hive.  MTV also featured the band’s track “Free Today” on a recent episode of “Skins”.  In support of their new album, Figurines are hitting the road in the northeastern U.S. for the first time in nearly four years. 

Check out An Horse and Figurines on their latest tour.

An Horse Tour:
3/27/11 – Washington, DC @ DC9
3/29/11 – Hamden, CT @ The Space
3/30/11 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
3/31/11 – Lancaster, PA @ Lizard Lounge
4/1/11 – Pittsburg, PA @ The Smiling Moose Upstairs
4/26/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
4/27/11 – West Chester, PA @ The Note ^
4/28/11 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s ^
4/29/11 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place ^
4/30/11 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Bamboozle/New Meadowlands Complex
5/1/11 – Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre ^
5/2/11 – Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Theater #
5/3/11 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant #
5/4/11 – Chicago, IL @ Metro #
5/6/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom #
5/7/11 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall #
5/8/11 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
5/10/11 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
5/12/11 – Albany, NY @ Valentine’s
5/13/11 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s #
5/14/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA #
5/16/11 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club #
5/17/11 – Toledo, OH @ Mickey Finn’s
5/18/11 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
5/20/11 – Fayetteville, AR @ Rogue
5/21/11 – Norman, OK @ Opolis
5/22/11 – Dallas, TX @ The Loft
5/24/11 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Jr.
5/26/11 – Tempe, AZ @ Sail Inn
5/27/11 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
5/28/11 – Upland, CA @ The Wire
^ w/ Alkaline Trio
# w/ Manchester Orchestraœ
 

Figurines Tour:

6/5/11 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
6/8/11 – New Haven, CT @ Bar Night Club
6/9/11 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (early)
6/10/11 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
6/11/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory

6/12/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live

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Manchester Orchestra And Red Bull Team For Event

@IAmWesley favorite Manchester Orchestra is slowly marching to the release of their new album, Simple Math on May 10th. Last month, the five-piece released the album’s beautiful first single “Simple Math.” And, yesterday, they followed it up with the slightly more upbeat “April Fool.”

Red Bull, who debuted the track on their website, will unveil a unique live performance and interview with the band today at 5pm EST/2pm PST. Tune in to RedBullUSA.com/livesessions for the broadcast and join in conversation by replying to @redbullstudioLA. Include the hashtag #RBstudio.

 

Manchester Orchestra Split the Bill with Cage The Elephant

Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra will see the release of their third album, Simple Math, hit shelves May 10th on Columbia Records/Favorite Gentlemen Recordings. In the mean time, they’ve decided to coax more anticipation out of you by co-headlining a tour with Cage The Elephant.  Sound good?  Check out the dates below, and visit www.TheManchesterOrchestra.com for tickets.

April 29, 2011 — Memphis, TN — Tom Lee Park #
April 30, 2011 — Due West, SC — Erksine College #
May 2, 2011 — Kansas City, MO — The Beaumont Club ##
May 3, 2011 — St. Louis, MO — The Pageant ##
May 4, 2011 — Chicago, IL — Metro ##
May 6, 2011 — Cleveland, OH — Beachland Ballroom ##
May 7, 2011 — Rochester, NY — Water Street Music Hall ##
May 8, 2011 — Baltimore, MD — Rams Head Live*
May 10, 2011 — Boston, MA — House Of Blues *
May 11, 2011 — New York, NY — Terminal 5 *
May 13, 2011 — Providence, RI — Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel ###
May 14, 2011 — Philadelphia, PA — Theatre of the Living Arts ###
May 16, 2011 — Toronto, ON — The Mod Club ###
May 17, 2011 — Detroit, MI — The Fillmore *
May 18, 2011 — Columbus, OH — The LC Pavilion *
May 20, 2011 — Columbia, SC — Jillian’s *
May 23, 2011 — Orlando, FL — House Of Blues *
May 24, 2011 — Tampa, FL — The Ritz *
May 25, 2011 — Atlanta, GA — The Tabernacle *
May 27, 2011 — Houston, TX — Verizon Wireless Theatre **
May 28, 2011 — Austin, TX — Stubbs **
May 29, 2011 — Dallas, TX — The Palladium **
May 31, 2011 — Phoenix, AZ — The Marquee **
June 1, 2011 — San Diego, CA — Soma **
June 2, 2011 — Los Angeles, CA — The Music Box #
June 7, 2011 — Eugene, OR — McDonald Theatre **
June 8, 2011 — Portland, OR — Crystal Ballroom **
June 9, 2011 — Seattle, WA — The Showbox SODO **
June 11, 2011 — Salt Lake City, UT — Club Sound #
June 12, 2011 — Denver, CO — Summit Music Hall#

* with CAGE THE ELEPHANT, O’Brother, and TBA opener(s)
** with CAGE THE ELEPHANT, Sleeper Agent, and TBA opener(s)
# with TBA opener(s)
## with AN HORSE and Harrison Hudson
### with AN HORSE, Harrison Hudson, and O’Brother

Interview: Kevin Devine & Bad Books

Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra teamed up to create indie super group, Bad Books.  We had the opportunity of interviewing  Kevin recently who was ever so nice to answer our questions.

Modern Mystery:  This is one of the most anticipated lineups in a while. Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra. How did Bad Books come about?

Kevin Devine: We’ve known each other for almost four years now, met on tour with Brand New in 2007, and got along really well, enjoyed each others’ stuff, and have been talking about actually making music together ever since.  It was a question of aligning two separate and busy schedules to give it a fair shake, and we were able to do that this January.

Do you find it hard to work on Bad Books and still be able to work on your original projects?

Not yet, not at all.  It kind of worked out perfectly in terms of finding a window where we were both pretty available to devote the necessary focus to at least lift this off the ground.  I wish we’d have been able to do a bit more touring for the record, but our collective schedules just didn’t really allow for it, and with that in mind, I’m glad we got to wedge in as much as we have.

How does playing in Bad Books feel, as far as writing songs and playing live, differ from what you’re used to as a solo artist?

I’ve been playing in bands my whole life, and have a group I play with when I do my own stuff, so it’s not like I went from playing exclusively alone with an acoustic guitar to playing in this big rock context and it required a super big adjustment.  What’s different about playing in Bad Books is the people – people always bring their stamp to things and by nature songs change if you let the personnel change them – and the dynamic – I’m not necessarily “leading” here as much as I am part of a whole, and that’s been really nice and I think strengthens the performance and material, being able to spread that role and responsibility around. 

When it came to writing songs, how did you two collaborate? Did you work on the tracks together or did you come in with music you have already worked on?

We both came in with some structures and ideas, some basic frameworks lyrically and melodically, and then built out around those.  We were both very vocal and involved with each others’ songs, suggesting structural changes, harmony ideas, arrangements, all that stuff.

What is your favorite track on the album and why?

Probably “Holding Down The Laughter” or “Baby Shoes”.  I just think those are the best developed and the most exciting to me, the most progressive.  They make me excited to see what we’ll do next. 

What was the inspiration behind the songs on this record?

I think each song carries its own inspiration; there was no binding governing principle to create some sort of theme or collectivized idea, it’s not like a concept record or anything.  I wouldn’t speak for Andy but I’d say that my songs tend to be about people figuring out the relationship between crisis and hope, people dealing with loss and acceptance, people trying to make sense of how to keep open in a very difficult and at times relentless world.  I think to varying extents all the songs on this record are about those things, too.

What are the future plans for Bad Books? Can we expect to hear more from you?

That’s the plan.  Hopefully we can get in and make another record sometime next year.

Bad Books Release First Video for “You Wouldn’t Have to Ask”


The Kevin Devine – Manchester Orchestra power couple have just released their first video from their self titled debut for “You Wouldn’t Have to Ask.” It’s black and white and reminds us of a New Pornorgraphers video, but its cool to say the least. The band takes a 1960’s looking turn in it which makes for a fun view!