by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Still Flyin' - The Hott Chord is Struck (MP3)
Love Is All @ Market Hotel (more by Ryan Muir)
Love Is All are coming back to the US this summer. The band will be playing Hoboken spot Maxwell's on Tuesday, June 2nd (Tickets are on sale), and then three days later - Friday, June 5th they're at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that go on sale Friday, May 1st at noon.
The NYC-area shows are part of a June tour that also takes Love Is All to the West Coast with San Francisco's Still Flyin' (who are not currently on the NY dates).
Still Flyin' just released their debut record, Never Gonna Touch the Ground, April 21st on the Ernest Jenning Record Co. label. The label reports that that record was "mixed in Melbourne by Haima Marriott with help from Gus Franklin (Architecture in Helsinki) and Isobel Knowles (ex-AiH)." Still Flyin' last visited NYC in early April, playing gigs at Union Hall and the Cake Shop. They also played SXSW this year (more on that below).
Love Is All's last record was 2008's A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night. The band timed this coming tour to coincide with its next release - the Last Choice EP (out June 23 on What's Your Rupture). Frontwoman Josephine writes, "[The EP] features 'Last Choice' from our latest album...as well as five brand new recordings." The band also just put a new covers EP (they did one in 2008 on What's Your Rupture?) on its Myspace.
Check out the video for Still Flyin's "Good Thing It's a Ghost Town Around Here," with album info and art, and a review of SF's SXSW gig, with all tour dates, below...
Still Flyin' - Good Thing It's A Ghost Town Around Here
Crowded as close to the stage as possible, regarding a whirling dervish of dancers, horn players, amateur cowbell enthusiasts, and backup singers, the effect is just as transcendent as [Metallica's] "Sanitarium" was, anthemic malevolence swapped out for outrageously catchy odes to -- well, I'm not clear exactly, but weed and beer are prominently involved.
To this end there is the Guru, who starts the set at the foot of the stage, ensconced in a makeshift pink tent and blasting a smoke machine at his bandmates, until the tent collapses after one song and he settles for stalking the rear of the stage and distributing beers to his bandmates via a fanny-pack device that can hold five brew-dogs at a time at least. Later in the set he goes back to the smoke machine. The one about the ghost town is a highlight. Everyone leaves ridiculously happy. [Village Voice @ SXSW]
Never Gonna Touch the Ground Tracklist:
1) Never Gonna Touch the Ground
2) Following the Itinerary
3) Forever Dudes
4) Good Thing It's a Ghost Town Around Here
5) Act of Jamming
6) The Hott Chord Is Struck
7) No Go-Kart Ideas
8) Haunted Houses
9) Dead Memory Man
10) Ginko Biloba
11) Aerosmith Take Me to the Other Side
Love Is All - 2009 Tour Dates
Apr 30 Rust Copenhagen
May 01 Pop Revo Århus
May 02 Madness Dresden, Sachsen
May 03 Babalu Munich, Bayern
May 04 La Casa Milan
May 05 Init club Rome
May 06 Covo Club Rocker Festival Bologna
May 07 ISC Bern
May 08 Point Ephemere Paris
May 09 Be @ Proud London, London and South East
May 10 The Lexington London
May 11 Paradiso Amsterdam
May 12 The Rotown Rotterdam
May 21 Parken Göteborg
May 23 Debaser Malmö, Skåne län
Jun 02 Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ
Jun 05 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Jun 08 Neumo's, Seattle, WA +
Jun 09 Holocene, Portland, OR +
Jun 11 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA +
Jun 12 Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA +
Jun 13 The Casbah, San Diego, CA +
Jul 10 Hultsfredsfestivalen Hultsfred
+ With Still Flyin'
Still Flyin' - other 2009 Tour Dates
May 08 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp
May 09 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord *
Jul 04 Cergy, France Furia Festival
Jul 18 Nijmegen, Netherlands De Affaire Festival
Jul 25 secret zone, UK Secret Garden Festival
* Album release Jamdown