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Chad VanGaalen announces new album & tour, shares “Old Heads”

Chad VanGaalen
photo by Marc Rimmer

Chad VanGaalen has announced his sixth album, the followup to 2014’s Shrink Dust. It’s called Light Information and it comes out September 8 via Sub Pop. The first single is “Old Heads,” which is right up the alley of Chad’s best songs, which is to say it’s sorta folky, throws in quirky electronics, and has Chad’s high, soaring vocals leading the way. As he usually does, Chad wrote, played, and produced almost everything on the album himself. The only outside contributions came in the form of Ryan Bourne’s bass part on “Mystery Elementals” and vocals on “Static Shape” from his young daughters Ezzy and Pip. Listen to “Old Heads” below.

Chad also announced a European tour for October and a North American tour for November / December. Some dates on the North American run are with NE-HI and others are with Un Blonde.

The run with Un Blonde includes a Brooklyn show on December 6 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/23) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting today (6/21) at noon. All dates are listed below.

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Chad VanGaalen Light Information

1. Mind Hijacker’s Curse
2. Locked in the Phase
3. Prep Piano and 770
4. Host Body
5. Mystery Elementals
6. Old Heads
7. Golden Oceans
8. Faces Lit
9. Pine and Clover
10. You Fool
11. Broken Bell
12. Static Shape

Chad VanGaalen — 2017 Tour Dates
Oct. 15 – Utrecht, NL – EKKO
Oct. 16 – Rotterdam, NL – Rotown
Oct. 17 – London, UK – Oslo
Oct. 18 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Oct. 20 – Hamburg, DE – Molotow (Sky Bar)
Oct. 21 – Copenhagen, DK – Stengade
Oct. 22 – Berlin, DE – Kantine am Berghain
Oct. 24 – Düdingen, CH – Bad Bonn
Oct. 25 – Lyon, FR – Le Sonic
Oct. 26 – Amiens, FR – La Lune des Pirates
Oct. 27 – Paris, FR – Point Ephemere
Oct. 28 – Nantes, FR – SOY Festival
Oct. 29 – Tourcoing, FR – Le Grand Mix
Oct. 30 – Luxemburg, LU – Rotondes
Oct. 31 – Gent, BE – BIB
Nov. 09 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
Nov. 10 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern *
Nov. 12 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir *
Nov. 14 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel *
Nov. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Satellite Club *
Nov. 16 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar *
Nov. 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar *
Nov. 19 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive *
Nov. 20 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Nov. 30 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Dec. 01 – Detroit, MI – El Club **
Dec. 02 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle **
Dec. 03 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi Fi **
Dec. 05 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe **
Dec. 06 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC **
Dec. 07 – Allston, MA – Great Scott **
Dec. 08 – Montreal QC – Fairmont**

*w/ NE-HI
**w/ Un Blonde

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