by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Love Inks - Blackeye (MP3)
Austin trio Love Inks are gearing up for their big tour of the U.S., including stops at Glasslands (June 2) and Cake Shop (June 3). The Glasslands show is with Rewards, Slowdance, and Celestial Shore. All Love Inks tour dates are below.
Love Inks' debut album, E.S.P., is out next week. It's a pretty little understated thing. Short, simple songs songs driven by an spare drum machine beats, with Sherry LeBlanc's warm, inviting voice right there up front. I've seen comparisons to Young Marble Giants but Love Inks are nowhere as minimal as that. The album is, however, a lovely Sunday Morning kind of album.
It's a sound that seems much more suited to intimate venues like the ones they're playing on this tour than the than the more free-range circumstances I caught at SXSW this year. For a taste of the album, you can download "Blackeye" at the top of this post and watch the video for "Leather Glove" below.
Love Inks - Leather Glove
Love Inks - 2011 Tour Dates
WED 5/18 - Tempe, AZ @ Saill In
THU 5/19 - San Diego, CA @ Tin Can Alehouse
FRI 5/20 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
SAT 5/21 - San Francisco, CA @ Hemlcok
WED 5/25 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
THU 5/26 - Santa Fe / Albuquerque, NM @ TBD
FRI 5/27 - Denver, CO @ TBD
SAT 5/28 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
MON 5/30 - Chicago, IL @ Beauty Bar
TUE 5/31 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
WED 6/1 - Montreal, QC - Cagibi
THU 6/2 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
FRI 6/3 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop
SAT 6/4 - Newark, DE @ Mojo Main
MON 6/6 - Boston, MA @ O'Briens
WED 6/8 - Washington, DC @ Red Palace