by Bill Pearis
Portland's Wampire are back with their second album, Bazaar, which will be out October 7 via Polyvinyl. Originally a duo of Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps, Wampire are now officially a five-piece and the new album was recorded direct-to-tape at Brooklyn's The Museum, with Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Jacob Portrait behind the boards. (Pre-orders are available now.) The band are still mining late-'70s / early-'80s soft rock (I have a feeling these guys own a couple Gerry Rafferty LPs), and the saxophone makes an appearance on the new album's first single, "Wizard Staff," which you can stream (via Stereogum) below.
Wampire will be opening for Temples on the West Coast leg of their current tour. All dates, plus the new track stream, below...
Wampire - 2014 Tour Dates
Aug 23 Ponderosa Festival Rock Creek, Canada
Sep 19 Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, Canada ^
Sep 20 Neptune Theatre - Seattle, WA ^
Sep 21 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR ^
Sep 23 The Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA ^
Sep 24 The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA ^
Sep 25 The Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA ^
Sep 26 The Glasshouse - Pomona, CA ^
Sep 27 Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA ^
Sep 29 The Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ ^
Oct 01 FOX THEATRE - Boulder, CO ^