Spiritualized, BRMC Plan North American Tour
U.K. rock act Spiritualized has drafted like-minded U.S. colleagues Black Rebel Motorcycle Club for a month-long North American tour, set to begin April 1 in Vancouver and wrap May 2 in Lawrence, Kan.U.K. rock act Spiritualized has drafted like-minded U.S. colleagues Black Rebel Motorcycle Club for a month-long North American tour, set to begin April 1 in Vancouver and wrap May 2 in Lawrence, Kan. For Spiritualized, it's the group's second North American trek in support of last year's "Let It Come Down" (Arista), which debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Heatseekers tally and the U.K. album chart.
On its recent European tour, the group's notoriously perfectionist leader Jason Pierce dismissed his horn section in an attempt to return Spiritualized's live sound to its more guitar-based origins. That sound has been in short supply of late, particularly on "Let It Come Down," which featured a 100-piece orchestra and a gospel choir.
"Over a year was spent in prep," Pierce told Billboard last year. "I wrote the orchestrations first, [starting] with the French horns and oboes. I sang the melodies into a Dictaphone and played them note by note on a piano. It was an extremely slow process. I did it this way because I wanted to go outside myself."
Los Angeles' Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has lately been the subject of high praise in the U.K. media for its self-titled Virgin debut, which leans heavily on the psychedelic rock of U.K. acts such as the Jesus And Mary Chain and the Verve. At the tail end of the Spiritualized tour, BRMC will make a previously announced April 27 appearance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.
Here are Spiritualized/BRMC's tour dates:
April 1: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
April 2: Seattle (Showbox)
April 3: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Ballroom)
April 5: San Francisco (Warfield)
April 6: San Diego (Cane's)
April 7: Los Angeles (Mayan Theatre)
April 10: Salt Lake City (Xscape)
April 11: Denver (Gothic Theater)
April 13: Dallas (Gypsy Tea Room)
April 14: Austin, Texas (La Zona Rosa)
April 15: Houston (Numbers)
April 17: New Orleans (House Of Blues)
April 18: Atlanta (Earthlink Live)
April 19: Carrboro, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
April 20: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
April 21: Philadelphia (Trocadero)
April 23: Boston (Avalon Ballroom)
April 24: New York (Beacon Theatre)
April 26: Toronto (Opera House)
April 27: Detroit (St. Andrews Hall)
April 29: Chicago (Vic Theatre)
April 30: Milwaukee (Rave)
May 1: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
May 2: Lawrence, Kan. (Liberty Hall)