Har Mar Superstar (aka Sean Tillmann) has announced details of a UK tour beginning in November. The shows celebrate Tillmann's new album, Bye Bye 17, which is out now to widespread acclaim on Cult Records.
Of asking him to join the label, Cult Records founder Julian Casablancas notes, "First time I saw Sean was at the Mercury Lounge years back, and I was blown away by his voice, his confidence and his showmanship. When he recently played me his new record I felt it was something we could help make truly great. He's the man with the golden voice, and we're excited to try and turn people on to that fact...like the dude himself, the record's just tough, sad, hilarious and rad."
Written in New York City, the 10-song album was recorded at co-producer Jim Eno's (Spoon) Austin studio with a full live band. Focusing this time more on his voice, Tillmann says, "I was listening to a lot of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke at the time, and I've always been obsessed with those guys. 'Restless Leg,' 'We Don't Sleep,' 'Prisoner' and 'Rhythm Bruises' came out of people playing together. But the rest were just like me in a room, gettin' weird, by myself." See reverse for full track-listing.
Tillmann named his flamboyant alter-ego after the Har Mar mall in suburban St. Paul, MN where he spent his youth watching movies and writing songs about passers-by in the food court. Tillman explains, "Har Mar Superstar used to be a different person. It used to be my excuse to get away with the more fantastic things in life.it was easier to get onstage as this other guy and be outrageous and have it be glorified. I guess the confidence I got from being Har Mar Superstar translated into my real life so now we're one and the same."
HAR MAR SUPERSTAR TOUR DATES LISTED BELOW:
November 12 Norwich, U.K. Waterfront
November 13 Nottingham, U.K. Bodega
November 14 Birmingham, U.K. Hare & Hounds
November 15 Manchester, U.K. Sound Control
November 16 Leeds, U.K. Brudenell Social Club
November 17 Hull, U.K. The Welly
November 18 Glasgow, U.K. King Tut's
November 19 Carlisle, U.K. The Brickyard
November 20 Bristol, U.K. The Fleece
November 21 Milton Keynes, U.K. The Craufurd Arms
November 22 Bedford, U.K. Esquires
November 25 Portsmouth, U.K. Wedgewood Rooms