Underworld Takes 'Days' On Tour

Pioneering U.K. electronica duo Underworld has lined up a short North American tour in support of its new V2 studio album, "A Hundred Days Off."

Pioneering U.K. electronica duo Underworld has lined up a short North American tour in support of its new V2 studio album, "A Hundred Days Off," due Sept. 24. Beforehand, the group will play four European festival dates, beginning tonight (Aug. 23) in Hasselt, Belgium. A three-week European tour will follow the North American run.

"A Hundred Days Off," the group's first set since the departure of DJ Darren Emerson, finds Underworld walking its usual tightrope between thumping dance tracks ("Two Months Off," "Dinosaur Adventure 3D") and darker, vocal-driven fare (opener "Mo Move," the uncharacteristically down-tempo "Sola Sistim"). A number of instrumentals are featured, including the heavily percussive "Twist" and the plaintive "Ess Gee," which clocks in at just over two minutes.

"A big difference with this record was the amount of music I was getting played by [group member] Karl [Hyde] and [collaborator] Steve [Hall] particularly," group member Rick Smith says in a statement. "And unlike any other album before, this was very different. There was this incredible diversity of material which was fantastic most of the time -- world music, beautiful recordings of indigenous tribes playing God knows what, and it was really great."

"A Hundred Days Off" is the follow-up to 1998's "Beaucoup Fish," which debuted at No. 93 on The Billboard 200 and featured the Dance Music/Club Play hits "Jumbo" (No. 18) and "Push Upstairs" (No. 38). In 2000, Underworld unveiled the live album/video "Everything Everything," which was drawn from performances in California, Japan, and the U.K.

Here are Underworld's tour dates:

Aug. 23: Hasselt, Belgium (Pukkelpop Festival)
Aug. 24: Liverpool, England (Old Liverpool Airfield)
Aug. 25: Dronten, Holland (Lowlands Festival)
Aug. 31: Dublin (Punchestown Race Course)
Oct. 14: Chicago (Riviera Theatre)
Oct. 15: Pontiac, Mich. (Clutch Cargo)
Oct. 16: Toronto (Kool Haus)
Oct. 18: New York (Hammerstein Ballroom)
Oct. 20: San Francisco (Warfield)
Oct. 21: Los Angeles (Wiltern Theatre)
Oct. 31: Cardiff, England (Cardiff University)
Nov. 1-2: London (Brixton Academy)
Nov. 8: Amsterdam (Heineken Music Hall)
Nov. 9: Ghent, Belgium (Flanders Expo)
Nov. 11: Bristol, England (Bristol Academy)
Nov. 12: Sheffield, England (Octagon Centre)
Nov. 14: Glasgow (Barrowlands)
Nov. 15: Manchester, England (Apollo Manchester)
Nov. 19: Paris (Le Bataclan)