Austin percussionist extraordinaire Thor Harris, who is perhaps best known as a member of Swans and Shearwater, but has also collaborated with Ben Frost, Bill Callahan, Hospital Ships and John Congelton, has announced a new project called Thor & Friends.They'll be touring with Amanda & Jack Palmer shows in July, and they've shared their some details about the project.

Thor formed the band in 2015 with  Peggy Ghorbani and Sarah "Goat" Gautier, plus other Austin-based musicians rotating around that core group. The song they've shared is "The Crusades," a soft, pretty, marimba-driven instrumental featuring pedal steel work from Brockett Hamilton. Thor & Friends have recorded their debut album which will be out this fall, but in the meantime listen to "The Crusades," and check out live footage from last year, below.

The NYC Thor & Friends shows with Jack & Amanda Palmer happen at Le Poisson Rouge on July 19 & 20 and tickets go on sale Friday, 5/20.


Thor & Friends -- 2016 Tour Dates

5/24/2016, Austin, TX, Cheer Up Charlies w/ The Dan Ryan and Hospital Ships
5/28/2016, Austin, TX, The Museum of Human Achievement - Thor & Friends will perform Terry Riley's " In C”
6/9/2016, Montreal, QC, Sala Rosa w/Echo Beach
6/10/2016, Ottawa, ON, Bar Robo w/Echo Beach
6/11/2016, Peterborough ON, The Spill w/Echo Beach
6/12/2016, Toronto, ON, Monarch Tavern w/Echo Beach
6/24/2016, Austin, TX, Cheer Up Charlie's w/ Gloves Intl and Stiletto Feels
7/16/2016, Washington, DC, 930 CLUB direct support for Jack & Amanda Palmer
7/18/2016, Lexington, MA, First Parish direct support for Jack & Amanda Palmer
7/19/2016, New York, NY, Le Poisson Rouge direct support for Jack & Amanda Palmer
7/20/2016, New York, NY, Le Poisson Rouge direct support for Jack & Amanda Palmer
7/23/2016, Hudson, NY, Basilica Hudson direct support for Jack & Amanda Palmer