Published 27 March 2009 by BWL
volcano!'s latest European tour starts next week and we're very pleased to announce a brand new single and video to accompany it. The single, 'So Many Lemons', will be released digitally through the Leaf shop, as well as iTunes and the usual suspects on April 6. You can hear it at the band's myspace page now:
'So Many Lemons' was recorded in February, with the accompanying video very much in mind. Directed by Peter Galassi and Pat Meegan, the same team that brought us the bizarre video for 'Africa Just Wants To Have Fun', it features the 'nanopus', an adorable nine-limbed beast with three faces jutting out of a single, abnormally large head (in fact the three members of volcano! physically joined together. It has to be seen to be believed, and you can do that right here:'So Many Lemons' heralds a new direction for the band, playing like a cover of Jay-Z’s ‘Big Pimpin’’ as performed by the Jay-Z Orchestra. But instead of flowing rhymes, here’s MC Aaron With singing like a desperate David Byrne while scratching out sunny Sonny Sharrock guitar riffs. Meanwhile Mark Cartwright blasts Kanye West synths on the offbeats and Sam Scranton plays Led Zeppelin/Deerhoof hip-hop drums. After years of avoiding vocal harmonies (because, as vocalist With has stated, “No vocalist is my equal, I will not share the stage”), volcano! have finally found a backing vocalist to complement With's voice in folk musician (and friend), Jenny Gillespie.
Lyrically the track deals with some rather terrifying visions of death that With has occasionally had while treading the streets of volcano!’s hometown Chicago - the newly crowned Murder Capitol of the USA. With mocks his own fears in a dialogue with Death, who surprisingly has a soft side and makes use of vernacular such as “flapdoodle” and “poppycock” throughout the conversation...
Also to be found on the download single is a remix of ‘Slow Jam’ from Paperwork by Lee J. Malcolm of Leeds, UK, band Vessels. An alternative take on the album’s lead single ‘Africa Just Wants To Have Fun’, by fellow Chicagoan Erik Schoster of He Can Jog rounds out the release.
Here are the European tour dates:
Sat 4 Apr 2009: Beurskafee, Brussels, BELGIUM
Sun 5 Apr 2009: The Freebutt, Brighton, UK
Mon 6 Apr 2009: Dulcimer, Manchester, UK
Tue 7 Apr 2009: The Luminaire, London, UK
Wed 8 Apr 2009: La Fleche d'Or, Paris, FRANCE
Thu 9 Apr 2009: Spazio 211, Turin, ITALY
Fri 10 Apr 2009: La Casa 139, Milan, ITALY
Sat 11 Apr 2009: Tabula Rasa, Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Sun 12 Apr 2009: 59:1, Munich, GERMANY
Mon 13 Apr 2009: Chelsea, Vienna, AUSTRIA
Tue 14 Apr 2009: Club Chapeau Rouge, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Wed 15 Apr 2009: Kisielice, Poznan, POLAND
Thu 16 Apr 2009: Astra Stube, Hamburg, GERMANY
Sat 18 Apr 2009: OOTC Festival, Kulturfabrik, Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
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