Fol Chen announce a short European tour in June to celebrate the release of their new album The False Alarms on Asthmatic Kitty. They'll be playing one UK show in London with Eat Your Own Ears at the Shacklewell Arms on 5 June.
They also reveal a new video directed by Chris Wilcha for the new single "I.O.U.", which captures everything you love about roller skating and Fol Chen at the same time!
Fol Chen's The False Alarms features hits from a secret party you haven't been to yet. The Los Angeles band's kaleidoscopic first two albums (Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made; Part II: The New December) offered a taste of everything: minimal electronic grooves and complex layers of organic sound pivoting across genres from rock to soul/funk to dance. The only constant across their extremes of experimentation, through all the asymmetrical rhythms and screwed vocals, was the consistency of their pop instincts. The vehicle for their musical ideas was always a tightly, meticulously synthesized earworm. Their third communication, The False Alarms, takes Fol Chen's subversive strategy one leap forward.
There has always been a dark undercurrent to their music. Like a Philip K. Dick novel, Parts I & II warped the world around us into a cryptic, surreal vision of the future, sometimes to grotesque or even disturbing effect. But The False Alarms is that much more emotionally direct: funkier, funnier, sadder and sexier, sometimes all at once. This time, there's no mistaking the lingering aftereffects of the slow toxin under the crunchy, ear-candy coating.
Full EU Tour Dates:
Fri 31 May 2013 - Germany - Offenbach - Hafen 2
Sat 1 June 2013 - Germany - Berlin
Tue 4 June 2013 - France - Paris - Point Ephemere
(Double bill with Soldout (Belgium))
Wed 5 June 2013 - UK - London - Shacklewell Arms
Fri 7 June 2013 - Belgium - Brussels - Beursschouwburg - Out Loud Festival
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