by Bill Pearis

photo by Malia James

One of 2013's more unheralded albums was June Gloom by UK duo Big Deal. With giant, crunchy riffs, male-female vocals, soaring choruses with just a hint of melancholy, it's a terrific album (it was #26 on my end-of-year-list) and worth investigating. If you remember early-'00s band Joy Zipper, their sound is very similar. (Listen to June Gloom via Rdio.) Big Deal are already back with a new record, the four song Sakura EP, which will be out July 15 via Mute. Alice Costelloe and Kacey Underwood really have a way with melody, mood and texture, as can be heard on "Always Boys" which makes its premiere in this post. Stream it below.

The band (whose photo above was taken by Dum Dum Girls bassist / filmmaker Malia James) are on tour in Europe this month and June (hey, come visit this continent soon, ok?) and all dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...


Big Deal - 2014 Tour Dates
May 23 L'international Paris, France
May 24 LE ROMANDIE Lausanne, Switzerland
May 26 Eldorado Zürich, Switzerland
May 27 Rocket Milano, Italy RSVP Share
May 28 Milla Munchen, Germany
May 29 Comet Berlin, Germany
May 30 Prinzenbar Hamburg, Germany
May 31 Way Back When Dortmund, Germany
Jun 01 Werkstatt Cologne, Germany
Jun 09 Supporting PEACE Leamington, United Kingdom
Jun 10 Supporting PEACE Bath, United Kingdom
Jun 11 Supporting PEACE Falmouth, United Kingdom
Jun 12 Supporting PEACE Swansea, United Kingdom
Jun 13 Supporting PEACE Worthing, United Kingdom
Jul 18 Truck Festival Oxford, United Kingdom
Jul 25 Secret Garden Party Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Aug 01 Nozstock Festival Hereford, United Kingdom
Aug 08 Boardmasters Festival Newquay, United Kingdom

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