Posted in music | tour dates on May 31, 2007

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Memphis @ Joe's Pub - May 30, 2007 (CRED)
Memphis @ Joe's Pub

While Bright Eyes and The National were doing their thing, Torquil from Stars' other band Memphis played Joe's Pub in NYC last night (May 30, 2007). Uberdrivel reports...

We managed to snag front-row seats, a first in what was my fourth trip to Joe's. After an ear-popping soundcheck and a brief introduction from someone from Upper North Side, seven member strong Memphis - the duo of Torquil Campbell and Chris DuMont, along with five supporting musicians - took the stage. Things began airily with "I Dreamed We Fell Apart," which highlighted Torq's smooth delivery and soaring vocalization. Things picked up with the great single "I'll Do Whatever You Want," or as Torq called it, "a big old pop song." The full band erupted, as the drummer, who was later revealed to be Bucky Wheaton, formerly of Land of Talk, switched from brushes to sticks. The only complaint I have is that the dense instrumentation buried Torq's vocals, but the energy compensated. [Uberdrivel]
Let's focus on the Land of Talk part there for a second - I don't even think the other two members of Land of Talk knew that Bucky - who recently quit Land of Talk because he didn't want to "be a rock drummer for the rest of his life", and "didn't like the touring" - would tour down from Montreal to rock out with Memphis in NYC. Oh well - maybe the pay was good, and I guess it wasn't actually much of a "tour".

ANNOUNCEMENT: Land of Talk (with their new drummer Eric) will be back in NYC this July - not just to open for Grizzly Bear and The Decemberists on July 16th, but also to play the free Citysol show I'm helping throw two days earlier at 23rd St & The East River (July 14). If you've been following along, then you know that Land of Talk's Montreal friends and European touring partners, The Besnard Lakes, are also on that bill. More exciting announcements to come - SAVE THE DATE.

BrooklynVegan and Solar One present Citysol 2007 (all free)
July 12 - opening night w/ one band TBA
July 13 - Citysol @ South Street Seaport w/ Menomena & band TBA
July 14 - Citysol @ 23rd & East River w/ The Besnard Lakes, Land of Talk & MORE TBA + a green marketplace
July 15 - Panels, games & workshops (environment stuff)
They have one more show in NYC TONIGHT (May 31) @ Union Hall in Brooklyn.

Land of Talk are currently on tour with the also-awesome Rosebuds. Exact dates below...

Land of Talk

Land of Talk - 2007 Tour Dates
May 31 - Little Brothers Columbus, Ohio *
Jun 1 - Subterranean Chicago, Illinois *
Jun 2 - The Stones Throw Eau Claire, Wisconsin *
Jun 3 - 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, Minnesota *
Jun 4 - Jackpot Saloon Lawrence, Kansas *
Jun 5 - Larimer Lounge Denver, Colorado *
Jun 8 - Neumos Seattle, Washington *
Jun 9 - Media Club Vancouver, British Columbia *
Jun 10 - Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon *
Jun 12 - Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California *
Jun 13 - Cellar Door Visalia, California *
Jun 15 - Glass House Pomona, California *
Jun 16 - Spaceland Los Angeles, California *
Jun 17 - Plush Tuscon, Arizona *
Jun 19 - The Cavern Dallas, Texas *
Jun 20 - The Parish Austin *
Jun 21 - Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, Louisiana *
Jun 22 - The Bottle Tree Birmingham, Alabama *
Jun 23 - The Earl Atlanta, Georgia *
Jun 28 - The Metro London
Jun 29 - Trafalgar Square London
Jul 14 - Citysol, NYC w/ The Besnard Lakes & TBA
Jul 16 - Central Park Summerstage w/Decemberists/Grizzly Bear NYC, New York

* w/ The Rosebuds



Comments (11)

Memphis is also supporting Apostle of Hustle on June 18th at the Mercury Lounge.

Posted by Qbertplaya | May 31, 2007 2:02 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2007 2:07 PM

Any idea who the "5 supporting musicians" are other than the ex-Land of Talk drummer?

Posted by liz | May 31, 2007 3:10 PM

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Posted by egg | May 31, 2007 4:08 PM

yay! besnard lakes!

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2007 5:05 PM

Memphis is also opening for Apostle of Hustle on June 16th at Southpaw. Tickets still available.

Posted by bumpershine | May 31, 2007 7:24 PM

Hey, thanks for linking to me, BV!

As far as the other musicians, Torq introduced them pretty quickly. Unfortunately I don't remember any of the other names, but it was Chris DuMont on guitar, another guitarist/Mac-operator, a bassist, violinist, trumpet player, and Bucky and Torq. I do recall Torq saying that many of them were playing the songs for the first time in a live setting (and the rest had "no excuses"). Hope that helps a bit.

Posted by Roland | June 1, 2007 1:40 PM

hey, no prob! Also - I went to the Union Hall show, and he said there at least that it was Buckey's 2nd show with the band.

Posted by brooklynvegan | June 1, 2007 2:03 PM

ooh i can't wait to see Land of Talk at Citysol.

Posted by head panda | June 5, 2007 11:22 AM

frankpollis is opening

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2007 9:07 PM

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