by Bill Pearis

Orca Team at NYC Popfest 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Orca Team

Looking more than a little like Joy Division, black-clad Seattlites Orca Team played Knitting Factory on Friday night (5/18) as part of NYC Popfest and were one of the highlights of the weekend for me. Though his resemblance to Ian Curtis was unmistakable, singer/bassist Leif Anders laid down a serious groove with his instrument (played high Beatles style) and never stopped dancing the whole set. Orca Team were crazy tight and a lot of fun.

If you missed their terrific Popfest set a couple weeks ago, Seattle's Orca Team are spending the bulk of Summer 2012 on the road, hitting most spots in the U.S., including two stops in NYC: Cameo on July 1 and Cake Shop on July 18. In between those two NYC dates, the band will fly to Europe for a few dates surrounding the Indietracks Festival which happends July 6 - 8 in Derbyshire, UK. All upcoming Orca Team tour dates are listed below.

Look for Orca Team's new album, Restraint, to be out June 14 on the fine Happy Birthday to Me label. In the meantime, you can watch video of Orca Team's Popfest performance below as well as their video for "Too Busy to Love Me."


Orca Team - "Take My Hand" live at NYC Popfest 2012

Orca Team - "Too Busy to Love Me"

Orca Team -- 2012 Tour Dates
6/14: Seattle, WA - SPACE Gallery (Record Release!) with Dude York, Detective Agency
6/15: Spokane, WA - Baby Bar
6/16: Missoula, MO - Zoo City Apparel with Shahs
6/17: Hill City, SD - Berry Prairie Winery (6:00pm!)
6/18: Rapid City, SD - Nameless Cave with Mystery Pills
6/19: Fargo, ND - The New Direction (6:00pm!) with B Side Bastards, The Ska Skank Redemption, and The Midwest Coast
6/20: St. Paul, MN - Turf Club with Nice Purse, The Miami Dolphins and Hollow Boys
6/21: Milwaukee, WI - Quarters Rock N Roll Palace with Cray Cray
6/22: Chicago, IL - Saki Records (Afternoon) with Twin Peaks and Cray
6/22: Chicago, IL - The Burlington with Summer Girlfriends (Record
6/23: Detroit, MI - Recycling Center Summer Stage (7pm) with Cray Cray
6/24: Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class with Afternoon Naps and Summerays
6/25: Jamestown, NY - Labyrinth Press with Jaggery
6/26: Buffalo, NY - Filigrees Gallery and Boutique with Myron & The
ID, Odiorne and Great White Plains
6/27: Easthampton, MA - Flywheel Arts with Speak!, Home Body, and Alto
6/28: Portland, ME - Bayside Bowl with Flipsides
6/29: Worcester, MA - Distant Castle
6/30: Cambridge, MA - Lorem Ip Sum Books with Orca Orca and
Girlfriends/Bent Shapes
7/01: Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery
7/03: Brighton, UK - The Green Door Store with Joanna Gruesome
7/04: London, UK - The Brixton Windmill with Joanna Gruesome and The Tuts
7/05: Nottingham, UK - The Chameleon with Joanna Grusome and Sea Lions
7/08: Derbyshire, UK - Indietracks Festival
7/10: Leeds, UK - Wharf Chambers
7/11: Liverpool, UK - Mello Mello
7/12: Bristol, UK - TBA with Joanna Gruesome
7/13: Cardiff, UK - The Undertone with Joanna Gruesome
7/14: London - TBA with Joanna Gruesome & Shrag
7/18: New York City, NY - The Cake Shop with Pretty & Nice
7/19: Atlantic City, NJ - Le Grand Fromage
7/21: Pittsburgh, PA - Assemble Space
7/22: Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
7/23: Bloomington, IN - Rachel's Cafe
7/24: St. Louis, MO - Softball Game (ORCA TEAM VS. The Squids) (7pm)
7/25: Topeka, KS - The Boobie Trap
7/26: Omaha, NE - Farnam House
7/27: Denver, CO - Mouth House
7/27: Denver, CO - Shakey Molars House
7/28: Grand Junction, CO - Tenacious Brothers Pub with Dreamboat
7/30: Caldwell, ID - The Manor
7/31: Portland, OR - Valentine's
8/01: Olympia, WA - The Northern with The Maxines
8/02: Seattle, WA - The Funhouse (Pizza Fest)

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