American Wrestlers (LP on Fat Possum out now — upcoming tour dates, song streams)
by Andrew Sacher
American Wrestlers is the project of Gary McClure, who released his self-titled album on Fat Possum earlier this year. It's probably safe to call it "bedroom pop" being that Gary recorded the whole thing himself with a drum machine, and came out with a scrappy lo-fi version of what a mid-2000s indie pop album sounds like. He's gotten more than one Phoenix comparison, and sometimes it actually sounds too much like Phoenix, but the best moments show a lot of promise. The biggest standout is probably opening track "There's No One Crying Over Me Either," where Gary's boyish vocals give off that same instantly-nostalgic quality as his labelmate Youth Lagoon's equally introverted The Year of Hibernation. Listen to that song and three others, below.
American Wrestlers was in NYC for Northside Festival, and he's heading out on tour again this month into next. This tour includes a return to NYC on September 29 at Shea Stadium with Zula, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control and Painted Zeros. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed below...
American Wrestlers - "There's No Crying Over Me Either"
American Wrestlers - "Holy"
American Wrestlers - "I Can Do No Wrong"
American Wrestlers - "Kelly"
American Wrestlers -- 2015 Tour Dates
Sep 12, 2015 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH^
Sep 13, 2015 Loufest St Louis, MO
Sep 15, 2015 The Bishop Bloomington, IN^
Sep 16, 2015 The Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac, MI^
Sep 17, 2015 Ignition Music Goshen, IN^
Sep 19, 2015 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, IA^
Sep 25, 2015 Midpoint Music Festival Cincinnati, OH
Sep 26, 2015 Pygmalion Music Festival Urbana, IL
Sep 28, 2015 DC9 Washington, DC
Sep 29, 2015 Shea Stadium Brooklyn, NY
Sep 30, 2015 BAR New Haven, CT
Oct 1, 2015 The Garrison Toronto, Canada*
Oct 2, 2015 UFO Factory Detroit, MI*
Oct 3, 2015 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL*
Oct 4, 2015 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN
^ - supporting Hippo Campus
* - supporting Gardens & Villa