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by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Disappears - Superstition (MP3)
one of them is no longer in the band...
Chicago's awesome Disappears will release their second album, Guider, on January 17 via Kranky. If you heard their debut, Lux, from this year you know what to expect: pummeling, droney, motorik punk, in the sonic wheelhouse where the Stooges run headfirst into Spacemen 3 at a Neu! concert. You can download Guider's lead track, "Superstition," above. You can also watch video of the band performing the actual session that became the album track at the bottom of this post.
The band will be in NYC later that same week for two shows: Wednesday, January 19 at Union Pool and Thursday, January 20 at Cake Shop. I recommend you clear your schedule one of those nights to see them. Their performance at Union Pool back in June pretty much knocked me on my ass. Their records are great, but don't quite convey the intensity of these guys live. Disappears lock into a groove, step on the gas and pile drive it into you. I shot some video of that show that you can watch at the bottom of this post.
Now some bad news/good news. Drummer and founding member Graeme Gibson has left the band: "Totally amicable split - he's moving to a new town and has some awesome opportunities ahead, we couldn't be happier for him" reads a note from the band on their website. Filling in for him for the time being is Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley who should do all right on the kit, especially given his previous guest drumming duties for Hallogallo.
After the NYC dates, Disappears have a few Midwest shows before heading off to Europe in February. All 2011 tour dates, plus some video, is after the jump.
Disappears at Union Pool June 19, 2010
Disappears - "Superstition"
Disappears - 2011 Tour Dates
01.19.11 BROOKLYN NY UNION POOL
01.20.11 NEW YORK NY CAKE SHOP
01.28.11 MILWAUKEE WI CACTUS CLUB
02.03.11 DETROIT MI LAGER HOUSE
02.04.11 CHICAGO IL EMPTY BOTTLE GUDIER RECORD RELEASE
02.08.11 LEIPSIG UT CONNIEWITZ GERMANY
02.09.11 BRUSSELS MAGASIN 4 BELGIUM
02.10.11 LILLE AERONEF FRANCE
02.11.11 BADEN ONE OF A MILLION FESTIVAL (AT NORDPORTAL) SWITZERLAND
02.12.11 VEVEY ROCKING CHAIR SWITZERLAND
02.13.11 GRENOBLE LE CIEL FRANCE
02.14.11 LYON SONIC BOAT FRANCE
02.15.11 BORDEAUX ST EX FRANCE
02.16.11 NANTES POLE ETUDIANT FRANCE
02.17.11 PARIS POINT EPHEMERE FRANCE
02.18.11 ST. MALMO LA ROUTE DU ROCK FESTIVAL FRANCE
02.19.11METZ LES TRINITAIRES FRANCE
02.20.11UTRECHT EKKO NETHERLANDS
02.21.11 BERLIN LEVEE (X BANG BANG) GERMANY
02.22.11 HAMBURG FUNDBUREAU GERMANY