Vancouver supergroup The New Pornographers have announced plans for a new album and subsequent North American tour, to the delight of power-pop fans the continent over. The fab seven, whose members include chief songwriter/guitarist/pop maestro Carl Newman and the iron-lunged Neko Case, managed to curtail their other musical pursuits long enough to record the much-anticipated follow-up to 2003's Electric Version this past winter in Van City.
The new disc, entitled Twin Cinema, will be released by Matador Records in the US and Mint Records here in Canada on August 23, with September finding the band hitting the road with vigour.
After a couple of one-off dates in Santa Ana, CA and New York City in late August/early September, the North American jaunt will begin in earnest on September 22 in Victoria, BC and will have the band cruising the highways of North America well into October.
The tour, which includes four Canadian stops, will find New Pornographer Dan Bejar performing double duty every night, with his regular band Destroyer opening all shows. The Immaculate Machine will also be along for the entire tour.
The New Pornographers burst onto the scene at the turn of the century with their infectious debut album Mass Romantic, which contained the instant CanRock classics "Letter From An Occupant" as well as the title track, and which earned the band a spot on gazillions of year-end best of lists.
According to the band's website, the new album will have a slightly different vibe than the two that came before. "While Twin Cinema is no less catchy (and the arrangements no less intricate) than your fave moments from Mass Romantic and Electric Version", sez their bio, "there's a sense of economy and cutting wit which stand in slight contrast to the party-out-of-bounds vibe of those records."
Sounds good to me. Here are the New Pornographers' upcoming Canadian dates:
September 22, Victoria, BC - Sugar
September 23, Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
October 9, Toronto, ON - The Docks
October 10, Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
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