by Bill Pearis
An exciting double bill for indiepop fans in coming this spring: UK groups Allo Darlin' and The Wave Pictures are going on a US tour which kicks off at Mercury Lounge on April 24. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale this Friday (1/6) at noon. The tour which winds across North America and back through May (currently ending at Cafe Nine in New Haven, CT). All dates are at the bottom of this post.
Both Allo Darlin and The Wave Pictures will have new albums out in time for these shows. Allo Darlin's second LP, Europe, will be out on April 17 via Slumberland Records (or via Fortuna POP! if you're in Europe), as will the album's first single, "Capricornia" which is premiering in this post. Listen to the stream at the bottom of this post. Look for the single on March 6.
Says singer-songwriter Elizabeth Morris about "Capricornia":
Capricornia is the area in Queensland that I'm from. It has imaginary state lines, roughly around the Tropic of Capricorn, which runs directly through my hometown. There's a nice 70s monument that marks the spot where the line passes, out on a lonely dirt road where all the kids learn how to drive. My family have lived in this area for over 6 generations but none of my generation remain. It's a beautiful place.As to the rest of Europe:
Musically, when we first discussed the album with our producer, I suggested that the feel of Europe should be somewhere between "A New England" by Kirsty Macoll and "Cattle and Cane" by The Go-Betweens. I think this song is the closest to that.
I wanted to make beautiful songs and end up with a beautiful album, not necessarily an album of three minute pop songs... I suppose the songs have an awareness of a darker place but end up coming out the other side. We wanted to make the best album we possibly could and I think we've ended up with that.Scroll further down this post for a teaser video for the album, which includes new song "Tallulah." You can also stream Allo Darlin's 2011 single "Darren" which is a tribute to onetime Hefner frontman Darren Hayman.
As for The Wave Pictures, their new album, Long Black Cars, will be out via Moshi Moshi in March. The band's last album, A Beer in the Breakers, came out last May.
In other news, Allo Darlin' have posted a letter on their website regarding the tragic death of Esme Barrera, including a link to the benefit show in Brooklyn and another to donate to Esme's funeral fund.
Click below for the stream of "Capricornia," plus that Allo Darlin' album teaser, "Capricornia" cover art and the "Darren" single stream, as well a couple recent live Wave Pictures videos (including the new album's title track), and all dates...
Allo Darlin' - Tallulah (new album teaser)
The Wave Pictures - Stay Here And Take Care Of The Chickens
The Wave Pictures - Long Black Cars
Allo Darlin' at MHOW in June (more by Jessica Amaya)
Allo Darlin' & The Wave Pictures - 2012 US Tour Dates
04/24 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
04/25 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
04/26 Washington, DC Black Cat Backstage
04/27 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
04/28 Atlanta, GA 529
04/30 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
05/01 Austin, TX Mohawk
05/03 Santa Fe, NM VFW
05/04 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
05/05 Los Angeles, CA Echo
05/06 San Diego, CA Casbah
05/08 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
05/10 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
05/11 Seattle, WA Vera Project
05/14 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
05/15 Chicago, IL Schubas
05/16 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
05/18 New Haven, CT Cafe Nine
Allo Darlin - more 2012 Tour Dates
5th January Fortuna Pop! Winter Sprinter at The Lexington, London
20th February Captain's Rest, Glasgow
21st February Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh
22nd February Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle
23rd February The Deaf Institute, Manchester
24th February Shakespeare's, Sheffield
25th February London Popfest at the 100 Club, London
26th February Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
27th February The Musician, Leicester
28th February The Fleece, Bristol
29th February Buffalo Bar, Cardiff
1st March The Cellar, Oxford
2nd March Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
3rd March The Haunt, Brighton
The Wave Pictures -- more 2012 Tour Dates
6th January London (UK) @ The Lexington (Winter Sprinter)
7th January Santander (SPA) @ Sala Perada. Palacio Festivales