by Andrew Sacher


German psychedelic rockers Okta Logue just put out their new record, Tales of Transit City via The End Records in the US (and Sony/Columbia worldwide). The record owes much of its influence to the sounds of the late ’60s and early-mid ’70s, with hints of Pink Floyd’s proggy psych atmospheres and the bluesy jamming of the Dead. And somebody was listening to the harmonies of John, Paul, George and Ringo when they wrote “Mr. Busdriver.” Tales of Transit City isn’t only a retro thing though. Though Okta Logue love the sounds of yesteryear, they do them in a way that suggests they’re fans of some modern bands like The Walkmen and The Helio Sequence too. Check out two videos from the album and a Spotify stream of the whole thing, below.

Okta Logue are kicking off a North American tour in NYC tonight (10/2) at Mercury Lounge with NYC chamber pop collective Friend Roulette, who sound like they’ve heard a few Sufjan records in their time (stream their I’m Sorry You Hit Your Head LP below). Tickets for tonight’s show are still available.

After making their way around the US and Canada, Okta Logue return to NYC for CMJ, where they’ll play the previously discussed Long Winters show at Bowery Ballroom (10/18), which also includes Eleanor Friedberger, Reuben and the Dark, Kan Wakan, and Promised Land Sound (sold out).

Friend Roulette have some CMJ shows scheduled too, including one at Paper Box (10/15) with Beliefs and Heliotropes (tix). All dates for both bands are listed, along with the videos/streams, below…

Okta Logue – “Transit” Official Video

Okta Logue – “Let Go” Official Video

Okta Logue – Tales of Transit City

Friend Roulette – I’m Sorry You Hit Your Head

Okta Logue — 2013 Tour Dates (Euro date format)
02.10.2013 USA – New York/ Mercury Lounge w/ Friend Roulette
04.10.2013 USA – Philadelphia / Ortlieb´s
08.10.2013 USA – Seattle / Barboza
10.10.2013 USA – San Francisco / Rickshaw Stop
11.10.2013 USA – Los Angeles/ Culture Collide
14.10.2013 USA – Chicago / Schubas
15.10.2013 CA – Toronto / Horseshoe Tavern
18.10.2013 USA – New York / Bowery Ballroom w/ Long Winters, Eleanor Friedberger
25.10.2013 Osnabrück / Bastard Club
26.10.2013 Neumarkt i. d. Oberpfalz /Cooper’s
04.11.2013 München / Muffathalle supporting TOCOTRONIC
06.11.2013 Leipzig / Werk 2
07.11.2013 Frankfurt / Zoom
08.11.2013 München / Atomic Café
09.11.2013 Stuttgart / POPNOTPOP Clubfestival
04.12.2013 Köln / Luxor
05.12.2013 Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
06.12.2013 Fulda / Kreuz
07.12.2013 Siegen / Vortex
09.12.2013 A-Wien / Chelsea
11.12.2013 Nürnberg / MUZ
12.12.2013 Freiburg / White Rabbit
13.12.2013 Augsburg / Kantine
14.12.2013 Weinheim / Café Central
18.12.2013 Berlin / Privat Club

Friend Roulette — 2013 Tour Dates
10/2 Mercury Lounge New York, NY w/ Okta Logue
10/15 Paper Box Brooklyn, NY w/ Beliefs, Spirit Vine, Is/Is, Invisible Days, The Skins, Heliotropes
10/18 Spike Hill Brooklyn, NY w/ Bobby Jealousy, The Great American, Canyon Band, Cobalt Cranes, Noise FM (free)