Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on July 14, 2011

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Big Troubles - "Misery" (MP3)

Big Troubles at Webster Hall in May (more by Winnie Cheung)
Big Troubles

Lo-fi indie poppers Big Troubles recently signed to Slumberland, who will release their sophomore LP Romantic Comedy on September 27. With the help of Mitch Easter, who worked on the first two R.E.M. albums and Pavement's Brighten the Corners, the band remarkably cleaned up their sound from their scratchy debut. Mitch's style suits the band well, whose new single "Misery" is the perfect soundtrack to a '90s backyard keg party. Don't let the somber track title fool you either. "Misery" is a lighthearted alt-rocker with frontman Alex Craig repeatedly insisting "I just wanna have some fun." Grab the MP3 above and check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Big Troubles will go on a tour in support of the album this fall with their Slumberland label-mates The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. The tour kicks off with a record release show in NYC on September 22 at Glasslands. Pains aren't on the bill for that show though, but The Ice Choir are. The Ice Choir is led by Kurt Feldman who is a member of Pains and was in the now-gone Depreciation Guild. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.

New Yorkers can catch Pains the month prior, when they play two shows at Terminal 5 with The Kills and A Place to Bury Strangers. Tickets are still on sale for both shows. Pains will not play TakLiberty Fest on September 18 at PNC Banks Arts Center, which is now cancelled.

All tour dates, album art and tracklist below...

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Romantic Comedy

Romantic Comedy Tracklist:
1 She Smiles for Pictures
2 Misery
3 Make It Worse
4 Sad Girls
5 You'll Be Laughing
6 Minor Keys
7 Softer Than Science
8 Time Bomb
9 Engine
10 Never Mine

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Big Troubles -- 2011 Tour Dates
Sep 22 Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY w/ The Ice Choir
Sep 24 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH*
Sep 25 Pygmalion Festival @ The Hi Dive, Urbana, IL*
Sep 26 High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI*
Sep 28 Royal Albert Winnipeg, MB*
Sep 30 Dickens, Calgary, AB*
Oct 01 The Starlite Room , Edmonton, AB*
Oct 03 The Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, BC*
Oct 04 The Crocodile, Seattle, WA*
Oct 05 The Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR*
* - w/ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart -- 2011 Tour Dates
Jul 15 Hultsfred Festival Hultsfred, Sweden
Jul 21 LOW COST FESTIVAL Benidorm, Spain
Jul 22 Santander Music Santander, Spain
Jul 29 Fuji Rock Festival Naeba, Japan
Jul 30 Fuji Rock Festival Naeba, Japan
Jul 31 Osheaga Music and Arts Festival Montreal, QC
Aug 01 Sonic Boom Toronto, ON
Aug 02 The Opera House Toronto, ON
Aug 03 The Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac, MI
Aug 04 The Historic Southgate House Newport, KY
Aug 05 Off Broadway Nightclub St Louis, MO
Aug 06 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
Aug 07 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
Aug 08 Terminal 5 New York, NY
Aug 09 Terminal 5 New York, NY
Aug 12 Oya Festival Oslo, Norway
Aug 13 Flow Festival Helsinki, Finland
Aug 14 DOCKVILLE FESTIVAL Hamburg, Germany
Aug 15 Sudpol Luzern, Switzerland
Aug 16 SUD Basel, Switzerland
Aug 18 Pukkelpop Festival Kiewit, Belgium
Aug 19 Amager Copenhagen, Denmark
Aug 20 ALIVE FESTIVAL Thisted, Denmark
Sep 15 Clash Club Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sep 16 Circo Voador Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Sep 23 Popped Festival Philadelphia, PA
Sep 24 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH*
Sep 25 Pygmalion Festival @ The HiDive Urbana, IL*
Sep 26 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI*
Sep 28 Royal Albert Winnipeg, MB*
Sep 30 Dickens Calgary, AB*
Oct 01 The Starlite Room Edmonton, AB*
Oct 03 The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, BC*
Oct 04 The Crocodile Seattle, WA*
Oct 05 The Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR*
Oct 07 Slim's San Francisco, CA
Oct 08 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Oct 09 Detroit Bar Costa Mesa, CA
Oct 11 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
Oct 13 The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS
Oct 14 University of Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 15 Hi Tone Cafe Memphis, TN
Oct 16 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
Oct 18 Ottobar Baltimore, MD
* - w/ Big Troubles

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Comments (12)

Smashing Pumpkins

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 6:00 PM

nitwit music

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 1:45 AM

huge step up from their first...this song is amazing

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 2:14 AM

this sounds nothing like the smashing pumpkins, but it does sound amazing!

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 7:31 AM

BrooklynVegan, I'd suggest linking to another Big Troubles site like their BandCamp one. I visited the Angelfire one and a trojan virus was detected on my computer.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 8:14 AM

That's a beautiful combination of bands right there for a show. Prediction: Big Troubles steps up and knocks Real Estate off their Ridgewood throne.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 9:45 AM

Wasn't a huge fan of their last LP but the two new songs are great. No way about real estate though - just saw them play new stuff and its got me excited about their new release as well.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 10:13 AM

isnt this just Ducktails? with no Ducktails? just a different frontman.... so there's really 3 Real Estates?

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 10:28 AM

Well no one in big troubles is in Real Estate, but big Troubles does play at Ducktails backing band. If you count them though there is 4 real estates...alex bleeker and the freaks, ducktails, big troubles, and real estate themselves...

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 10:59 AM

Ducktails isnt a band, just one guy from Real Estate, who sometimes plays with big troubles as backing band for live shows

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 12:40 PM

definitely sounds nothing like Smashing Pumpkins...

and I agree, way better than Real Estate

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 3:43 PM

Wasn't a huge fan of their last LP but the two new songs are great.

Posted by remnants | September 6, 2011 5:31 AM

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