Posted in music | tour dates on December 10, 2008

Primal Scream

"A HALF-EMPTY venue and a middle-aged audience appeared to suggest that Primal Scream were not as relevant as they'd like to think they are.

Opening the night with the dirge, electro distortion of Kill All Hippies, the band rapidly ploughed through the hits. The set-list featured songs from throughout their vast back catalogue, including Jailbird, Swastika Eyes, Rocks and a smattering of material from recent album Beautiful Future.

Frontman Bobby Gillespie looked as youthful as ever, but didn't really have any real conviction despite his attempts to come over all rock and roll by turning his back on the audience for one track.

Musically, the Scream sounded tight as a band with new member Barrie Cadogan standing out on lead guitar and gelling well with ex-Stone Roses bassist Mani." [a November 25th UK review]

Primal Scream released their ninth studio album, Beautiful Future, on July 21, 2008. It was produced by "Björn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John) and Paul Epworth (who has produced Bloc Party)." The album features special guest appearances from Lovefoxxx (CSS), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Lykke Li (also a friend of Bjorn), Victoria Bergsman (The Concretes, "Young Folks"), Maria Andersson (Sahara Hotnights), Linda Thompson, and many others.

On March 28th, 2009, Primal Scream will play Webster Hall in NYC. Tickets go on sale Thursday. All dates below...

Primal Scream - 2008/09 Tour Dates
Tue 12/09 - Newcastle, UK Carling Academy Newcastle
Thu 12/11 - Liverpool, UK Carling Academy Liverpool
Fri 12/12 - Manchester, UK Apollo Manchester
Sat 12/13 - Glasgow, UK S.E.C.C.
Wed 01/28 - Tokyo, JPN Zepp Tokyo
Thu 01/29 - Tokyo, JPN Zepp Tokyo
Wed 02/04 - Sydney, AUS The Forum
Thu 02/05 - Brisbane, AUS The Tivoli
Sat 02/07 - Wisemans Ferry, AUS Del Rio Riverside Resort
Sun 02/08 - Melbourne, AUS Billboard The Venue
Tue 02/10 - Adelaide, AUS HQ
Wed 02/11 - Fremantle, AUS Metropolis Concert Club Fremantle
Sat 03/28 - New York, NY Webster Hall

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Comments (32)

oh fuck they need to come to boston

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 1:53 AM

i've never listened to this band...what's the best album to start with?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 2:52 AM

>i've never listened to this band...what's the best album to start with?

please tell me that you're joking. please?

regardless, screamadelica.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 2:58 AM

will shields be with them? Or did he stop touring with them? I remember I was tempted to go last time they were in NY in case he was playing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 6:44 AM

i'm gonna get my rocks off

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 6:45 AM

xterminator is pretty much their 'classic' album of the new sound so to speak.

very excited about this...surprised the london show was 1/2 full...i thought they were still massively popular.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 7:33 AM

London show? Did you even click the link? It was in li'l old Southampton. A long way from London. I'm still surprised it was half-full though.

Posted by touristique | December 10, 2008 7:54 AM

I'd say start with the XTRMNTR album. That one is by far the best album in relation to their current sound. One of the most amazingly brutal albums I've ever heard. I can't wait for this show.

Posted by David McCaffredy | December 10, 2008 8:16 AM

"will shields be with them? "

no, I don't think he's playing with them now

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 8:50 AM

what does middle age have to do with NOT being relevant???

F off.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 9:07 AM

I read some weird post about them playing NYC soon and was sceptical, really happy that it is actually happening

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 9:18 AM

actually, the new record is pretty good too.

Posted by j | December 10, 2008 9:28 AM

I saw them once for the XTRMNTR and they rocked our faces off. Seriously, they are an amazing live band.

Posted by fanface | December 10, 2008 10:33 AM

agreed, i saw them off that tour and they were loud as fuck.

the guy who said "please tell me that you're joking. please?" to the kid who wants to know about primal scream, that's pretty jerky. you weren't born knowing about every band ever, and you don't know about every abnd ever now. be supportive

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 10:36 AM

there all time 2 best cds are Screamadelica and XTRMNTR (which was the one Kevin Shields produced and played on). Kevin Shields only toured with them during the XTRMNTR tours, and it was great here in NYC.. show was @ hammerstein. awesome. saw primal again a few years later @ irving and it was just ok.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 10:43 AM

true that, anon 10:36,

even though Screamadelica is widely hailed as their masterpiece Xtrmntr is definitely more representative of the sound they've been moving towards for their last bunch of records. Both great. Evil Heat is great too, pretty much Xtrmntr Part 2.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 10:49 AM

Xtmntr. Totally.

MBV Arkestra!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 11:05 AM

I caught the Screamadelica tour way back at the Ritz on 54th St. (IIRC...) It was a great show, but my recollection is a bit hazy. Must have been the drugs - both onstage and in the crowd.

Posted by drewo | December 10, 2008 11:06 AM

they played irving plaza a few years back for two nights... seriously amazing live band going from exile ear stones to krautrock/industrial stuff... one of the best shows ive ever seen

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 11:23 AM

Best band ever and tight as fuck live.
Good to see them back after so long.
Kevin Shields played their sold out London show last week but isnt touring. After a poor "Riot city Blues" the new Cd is decent.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 11:38 AM

Xtrmntr
Screamadelica
Vanishing Point
Evil heat
Beautiful Future
.......In that order
Best british band in last 18 years......easily

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 11:42 AM

I love Vanishing Point.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 11:59 AM

Very exciting, but how great would it have been to see a Primal Scream/JAMC tour?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 12:23 PM

^never going to happen, but it would be awesome...who would open???...

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 2:28 PM

"never going to happen, but it would be awesome...who would open???..."

the twilight sad.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 3:45 PM

I'm surprised there are so many Primal Scream fans on here. I've never met any one in NYC who even likes them.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 4:56 PM

Yeah, this is one "middle-ager" that's proud to love the Scream! I was able to see them in Detroit on the 'Scremadelica' tour, which was freaking epic! The last time I saw them was at Coachella 2003, and even though the crowd was not nearly big enough, they slayed--it was a great mix from their different eras. I distinctly remember them doing an amazing version of "Autobahn 66" as the sun was setting. Beautiful...

Posted by DJ Name | December 10, 2008 5:15 PM

Xtrmntr not only has kevin shields, but the song "shoot speed kill light" is the first dfa production (albeit before they were called dfa). right? i think i'm right.

vanishing point is very good too. xtrmntr, vanishing pt., and screamadelica are the excellent ones.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 5:16 PM

>the guy who said "please tell me that you're joking. please?" to the kid who wants to know about primal scream, that's pretty jerky. you weren't born knowing about every band ever, and you don't know about every abnd ever now. be supportive

i was being supportive, that's why i told him screamadelica.

now you, on the other-hand, can suck it :)

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 10:35 PM

got my tickets..gonna be amazing!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2008 12:38 PM

i've waited years to see them
i hope, for my sake, that nyc doesn't care about primal scream enough to sell out the show instantly. my budget wont allow for me to purchase tickets for a few days, at least >_<

Posted by alexis | December 11, 2008 5:50 PM

I'd have to say that "Give Out But Don't Give Up". It's produced by the king George Clinton.

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2008 5:45 PM

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