Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett Announce Collaborative Album, Tour

Courtney Barnett
Danny Clinch

Courtney Barnett

One of the most exciting indie rock news items this year was the hint of some forthcoming Kurt Vile/Courtney Barnett collaboration. Today the Philadelphia and Melbourne musicians, both masters of guitar-driven stoner rock of a sort, have announced an entire album together along with a tour to support it this fall. We don’t get to know anything else about the album yet beyond its tantalizing existence, but we do know Vile and Barnett will be performing together backed by an “amazing all-star band” called the Sea Lice.

The band comprises Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Rob Laakso (The Violators, The Swirlies, Mice Parade), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), and Katie Harkin (Sky Larkin, touring member of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts) — so, yeah, that certainly qualifies as amazing. 

On Facebook, Barnett writes:

somewhere along the dusty road I became friends with this constant hitmaker Kurt Vile. I’ve been a huge fan of his songwriting since I first heard his album Smoke Ring For My Halo n now we’ve razzled up a special show for you..me n Kurt together on stage plus our amazing all-star band that we have called The Sea Lice. I wish we could take the tour all around the world, but due to both our intercontinental schedules, this is all we can muster for now. Album coming soon, we’ll talk about that another day. CB XO

Vile shared his admiration for Barnett in a press release:

I just love her voice in general… great lyrics of course… I love all her music but the song that really hit me was “Depreston”—I know it’s popular but her voice is so good in that song and it’s so pretty and sincere… i’m a sucker for that kinda song: instant classic.

It started out as, maybe we’ll do a split 7″ together but then I figured let’s make it a 12″ so it doesn’t get lost in the world, shoot for 5 songs. It wasn’t until i had another KV tour booked for the following summer in Oz that we thought we should record as much as we can, just see what happens, no major goal to make it a full length, but it came together that way ‘cause the vibe was so strong with everyone.”

Check out the tour dates below:

Oct. 11 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues 
Oct. 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Oct. 15 –Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 18 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
Oct. 20 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Oct. 21 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Oct. 22 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Oct. 25 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Oct. 26 – Chicago, IL @ Rockefeller Chapel
Oct. 27 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Oct. 28 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Oct. 30 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct. 31 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Nov. 1 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Nov. 3 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
Nov. 4 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Nov. 9 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Nov. 10 – Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 11 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater

This article originally appeared on Stereogum.


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