Bambara tell us what they’re listening to ahead of tour for new LP (out this week)
This week Brooklyn trio Bambara release their terrific new album Stray, which hones their swaggering, atmospheric, darkly romantic style even further, even letting a little light creep in via heavenly backup vocals from Drew Citron (Beverly, Public Practice) and Anina Ivry-Block (Palberta). You can listen to the album's opening three songs below.
Bambara will hit the road starting February 19 in Washington, DC and from there will make their way to the West Coast, stopping in Austin for SXSW and wrapping up their North American trek with a hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 21 with The Wants and Shimmer. They'll head to the UK and Europe in May and all dates are listed below.
While prepping for the tour and their album's release, drummer Blaze Bateh took time to tell us about what he's been listening to lately. A few of these fit right into Bambara's gothy, twangy world -- Johnny Cash, Scott Walker, Bohren & Der Club of Gore -- and you can check out Blaze's list, complete with his commentary, below.
Blaze Bateh of Bambara - What I've Been Listening To
"Get Out of My House" - Kate Bush
Kate Bush has always been great at combining beauty and horror in her music. I think this is her at her most terrifying. So visceral.
"Total Falsch" - Bohren & Der Club of Gore
One of my favorite bands. Masters of mood. They just released their first record in 6 years so I’ve been listening to this a lot lately. Great for night walks.
"Land of Dreams" - Aretha Franklin
I actually heard this song the first time as a cover by Anna Domino. I was enthralled by it, then I went back and found the Aretha Franklin original. The moment when all the strings come in gives me chills every time.
"Make It Easy on Yourself" - The Walker Brothers
Burt Bacharach filtered through Scott Walker. Great dreamy arrangements with a true banger of a chorus. Perfect for night-drive-sing-alongs.
"(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" - Johnny Cash
Just about everything I want in a country song.
"Reflections in Suspension" - Steve Roach
This song transports me to some version of heaven where black rivers flow between glowing, celestial land masses in a lonesome void. It’s also great for soothing a hangover.
BAMBARA - 2020 TOUR DATES
FEB 19 WED - UNION STAGE - WASHINGTON DC
FEB 20 THU - BOOT & SADDLE - PHILADELPHIA, PA, UNITED STATES
FEB 21 FRI - SPACE BALLROOM - HAMDEN, CT, UNITED STATES
FEB 22 SAT - GREAT SCOTT - ALLSTON, MA, UNITED STATES
FEB 24 MON - BAR LE RITZ PDB - MONTRÉAL, CANADA
FEB 25 TUE - GARRISON - TORONTO, CANADA
FEB 26 WED - BEACHLAND BALLROOM & TAVERN - CLEVELAND, OH, UNITED STATES
FEB 27 THU - PJ'S LAGER HOUSE - DETROIT, MI, UNITED STATES
FEB 28 FRI - SLEEPING VILLAGE - CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES
FEB 29 SAT - 7TH STREET ENTRY - MINNEAPOLIS, MN, UNITED STATES
MAR 3 TUE - SUNSET TAVERN - SEATTLE, WA, UNITED STATES
MAR 4 WED - FOX CABARET - VANCOUVER, CANADA
MAR 5 THU - DOUG FIR LOUNGE - PORTLAND, OR, UNITED STATES
MAR 6 FRI - CAFE DU NORD - SAN FRANCISCO, CA, UNITED STATES
MAR 7 SAT - THE ECHO - LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES
MAR 9 MON - THE REBEL LOUNGE - PHOENIX, AZ, UNITED STATES
MAR 10 TUE - THE LOWBROW PALACE - EL PASO, TX, UNITED STATES
MAR 11 WED - BARRACUDA - AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES
MAR 12 THU - RUINS - DALLAS, TX, UNITED STATES
MAR 13 FRI - THE HI-TONE CAFE - MEMPHIS, TN, UNITED STATES
MAR 14 SAT - HIGH WATT - NASHVILLE, TN, UNITED STATES
MAR 15 SUN - THE EARL - EAST ATLANTA, GA, UNITED STATES
MAR 17 TUE - CAT’S CRADLE - CARRBORO, NC, UNITED STATES
MAR 21 SAT - MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG - BROOKLYN, NY, UNITED STATES
MAY 4 MON - SNEAKY PETE'S - EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
MAY 5 TUE - SNEAKY PETE'S - EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
MAY 6 WED - STEREO - GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
MAY 7 THU - CLUNY - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM
MAY 8 FRI - BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB - LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
MAY 9 SAT - SOUND HOUSE - DUBLIN, IRELAND
MAY 11 MON - YES - MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
MAY 12 TUE - EXCHANGE - BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
MAY 13 WED - CLWB IFOR BACH - CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM
MAY 15 FRI - THE BULLINGDON - OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
MAY 18 MON - THE PORTLAND ARMS - CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
MAY 19 TUE - HARE & HOUNDS - BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
MAY 20 WED - THE DOME - LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
MAY 21 THU - DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE, BELGIUM
MAY 23 SAT - LONDON CALLING FESTIVAL - AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
MAY 25 MON - BUMANN & SOHN - KÖLN, GERMANY
MAY 26 TUE - HAFENKLANG - HAMBURG, GERMANY
MAY 27 WED - URBAN SPREE - BERLIN, GERMANY
MAY 28 THU - SUNNY RED - MÜNCHEN, GERMANY
MAY 29 FRI - KULTURCLUB SCHON SCHÖN - MAINZ, GERMANY
MAY 30 SAT - MUZIEKCENTRUM TRIX - ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM
JUN 1 MON - ROTONDES - LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG
JUN 3 WED - ESPACE B - PARIS, FRANCE
AUG 9 SUN - FISTRAL BEACH AND WATERGATE BAY - NEWQUAY, UNITED KINGDOM
AUG 11 TUE - HEARTBREAKERS - SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM
AUG 12 WED - CHALK - BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM
AUG 13 THU - BOILEROOM - GUILDFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
AUG 14 FRI - ESQUIRES - BEDFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
AUG 15 SAT - THE COOKIE - CITY CENTRE, UNITED KINGDOM
AUG 17 MON - PICTURE HOUSE SOCIAL - SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
AUG 19 WED - JIMMY'S LIVERPOOL - LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
AUG 20 THU - THE SUGARMILL - STOKE-ON-TRENT, UNITED KINGDOM