Posted in music | tour dates on January 21, 2009

TSOL

Swedish rock force The Soundtrack of Our Lives will release new studio album Communion on March 3rd, 2009.

Nearly four years since their last studio effort, power pop-psychedelicists The Soundtrack of Our Lives land the rock n' roll mother ship once again with the release of their 2 disc, 24-track opus Communion in early '09.

Caftan-sporting eccentric lead singer Ebbot Lundberg, guitarists Ian Person and Mattias Bärjed, bassist Kalle Gustafsson, keyboardist Martin Hederos and drummer Fredrik Sandsten experienced divine inspiration in the studio, completing basic tracks in a mere two weeks. "This was the easiest, most natural thing we've ever recorded," Lundberg notes, adding, "It really felt like the album created itself, like we had a dream of what the album was supposed to be and then the album became that."

After it became evident the band was taking a new musical direction, the members decided to abandon plans for a follow up to their last album Origin Vol. 1 and instead focus on a large scale mood piece based on the concepts of day and night-a song for each hour.

The new album is being put out by Yep Roc and, not long after its release, the band will visit the US to play a bunch of shows including Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 11th, and Bowery Ballroom the next day. Tickets for the NYC shows are on sale Friday.

To quote Avi Roig, "TSOOL would have to be one of the finest, balls-out rock'n'roll acts I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. They haven't played the US in ages, so I wouldn't miss 'em." All dates below...

The Soundtrack of our Lives - 2009 Tour Dates
Jan 26 - Cirkus Stockholm
Jan 29 - Nocks Skellefteå
Jan 30 - Gamla teatern Östersund
Jan 31 - Stadshuset Sundsvall
Feb 4 - Katalin Uppsala
Feb 5 - Sigurdsgatan Västerås
Feb 6 - Nöjesfabriken Karlstad
Feb 7 - Mejeriet Lund
Feb 8 - Vega Köpenhamn
Feb 13 - KB Malmö
Feb 14 - Trädgårn Göteborg
Feb 20 - Folkets Park Huskvarna
Feb 21 - Valhall Skövde
Feb 25 - Mejeriet Sogndal
Feb 26 - Rökeriet Bergen
Feb 27 - Folken Stavanger
Feb 28 - Rockefeller Oslo
Mar 09 - Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
Mar 11 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Mar 12 - Bowery Ballroom, Nw York, NY
Mar 13 - Double Door, Chicago, IL
Mar 15 - The Independent, San Francisco, CA
Mar 16 - Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA
SXSW???
Mar 27 - Tivoli Helsingborg
Mar 28 - Umeå open Umeå
Apr 3 - B&B Halmstad
Apr 4 - Gisleparken Gislaved

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Comments (44)

Kaftan Rock!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 11:38 AM

This band is amazing both on their albums and live. Can't miss on tour!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 11:45 AM

They opened for Oasis on their 2002 US tour. Amazing!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 11:57 AM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 11:58 AM

Best band from Sweden. They make The Hives look like Tina Turner.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 12:04 PM

They put on an awesome rock show! Thanks for posting about this! I will definatley be at the Bowery!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 12:04 PM

wow...havent listened to them in years.

i saw them at knitting factory...liam was in the crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 12:07 PM

and I jizzed in my pants........

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 12:09 PM

Kind of forgot about these guys over the years...they are really good

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 12:10 PM

'Behind The Music' was one of the top 5 albums of 2002 along with 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot', 'Turn On The Bright Lights', 'A Rush of Blood To The Head' and 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots'.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 12:13 PM

"They make The Hives look like Tina Turner"

is this a bad thing?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 12:20 PM

TSOOL always rock it live, every member has a Masters in Rock Moves. And their songs, for the most part, back it up. (You couldn't call what they do original, but they do it really well.) The new album is about 25% filler, as you might expect from a 24-track double LP, but that's still 18 good ones, including a great cover of Nick Drake's "Fly."

Their last NYC show, April 2006 at Mercury Lounge, was nearly three hours long...and awesome.

Posted by bill p | January 21, 2009 12:21 PM

Don't forget to mention 'Heathen Chemistry' from 2002. Songs like Songbird, Little By Little, The Hindu Times and Stop Crying Your Heart out are classic singles.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 12:21 PM

Who books a tour playing New York one night and Chicago the next? That's like a 13 hour drive. Then to San Fran two days later..

Guess they are flying instead of driving?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 12:21 PM

TSOL > TSOOL

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 12:28 PM

The Mercury Lounge show was really awesome! Two sets 1 unplugged 1 rock! Think the show ended at 230am! They played some many rarites at that show my head was spinning!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 12:37 PM

TSOOL is so amazing live! I love these guys. You can download their Communion release on eMusic now:

http://www.emusic.com/album/The-Soundtrack-of-Our-Lives-Communion-MP3-Download/11342699.html

Posted by theOCMD | January 21, 2009 12:40 PM

very excited to hear they are back again. their last album was not as good, but their live shows are amazing

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 12:52 PM

This band rules.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 1:01 PM

TSOOL<Tina Turner

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 1:30 PM

Ike Turner > Tina Turner

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 1:33 PM

Best rock band on the planet at this moment.

Communion is for sale on iTunes already and it is the best fucking album of the year.

My knees are trembling

Posted by Noel Gallagher | January 21, 2009 1:48 PM

The Flood is an amazing track off of Behind The Music. Best album of '02.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 1:51 PM

Wow. Really impressed to see all the love for TSOOL on here.
Great band and great albums. I really thought BV degenerated to losers who worship junk like Matt & Kim and MGMT (just to mention a few of the shitty 'M' bands). Maybe there is hope for all of us yet.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 1:59 PM

There are dozens of us! Dozens!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 2:08 PM

Big time! We are all partners in crime!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 2:18 PM

Last time (I think?) TSOOL played Bowery Ballroom, I was there (as was Joe Strummer!) and captured it for Popmatters:
http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/soundtrack-of-our-lives-021103/

Posted by Dfactor | January 21, 2009 2:30 PM

Was this the show where Steve VanZant introduced them on stage?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 2:35 PM

the non-blond guitarist does the best high kicks going. he must have his own stretching program.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 2:52 PM

Yeah I saw Little Steven introduce them at that Bowery show. Did anyone else see them at that amazing Castle Clinton gig like 4 years ago? Magical

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 2:57 PM

Yeah that was a fun setting! I probably have seen them now 7 or 8 times! Can't wait for number 9!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 3:06 PM

The sound in Nöjesfabriken is awful.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 3:32 PM

I think I'd rather look at Tina than these dudes.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 3:33 PM

Union Carbide Productions' In the Air Tonight. Nuff said

Posted by pjx | January 21, 2009 5:30 PM

Two bands I can't wait to see this year are TSOOL and Doves. Watch out New York, Sweden and Manchester are coming to Rok N Rol !

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 6:29 PM

red shirt guy plaintively to mirror self: i'd hit

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 9:33 PM

I was at that castle clinton show!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 10:16 PM

Yeah TSOOL was great at castle clinton and so was that show at irving. Severely underrated band. I'm definately getting tix to both these nyc shows.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 10:35 PM

YES! YES! one of the best live bands around!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 8:24 AM

ugh, children, Tina was hot fucking gold back in the 60's/70's. hottest R&B act ever. recognize.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbE8P3U-BRY

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 9:19 AM

TSOOL were pretty hot themselves last week:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUUxx1RUw6M

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 12:35 PM

I hadnever heard or Sean them before Castle clinton show.
It was one of the most amazing shows i have ever seen.
Ebbot is a Rock Viking

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 7:37 AM

This new tsool album is great

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 12:17 PM

Are they playing SXSW this year?

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2009 12:57 AM

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