Here We Go Magic, the New York-based band who recently announced the upcoming release of their exceptional new album, the Nigel Godrich-produced 'A Different Ship', on Secretly Canadian on May 7th, have just confirmed a trio of UK headline dates to accompany the release.
As well as already-announced festival dates at London's Field Day, Newcastle's Evolution Festival and, in the US, at Sasquatch and Bonnaroo, Here We Go Magic will headline shows in London, Brighton and Manchester. The headline dates are as follows:
Friday MAY 4th BRIGHTON, Green Door Store
Saturday MAY 5th LONDON, The Sebright Arms
Sunday MAY 6th MANCHESTER, Deaf Institute
More About 'A Different Ship'...
The seeds for 'A Different Ship' were planted at Glastonbury's Park Stage in June 2010. Here We Go Magic had been on the road since spring, wowing audiences at Bonnaroo, Coachella and elsewhere with their uncanny live chemistry, turning album tracks into intricately groovy sonic explorations. Live shows had been their sweet spot since their earliest rehearsals together, when singer/songwriter Luke Temple, bassist Jennifer Turner, guitarist Michael Bloch and drummer Peter Hale and then-keyboardist Kristina Lieberson bonded over a shared belief in musical spontaneity and improvisation.
Glastonbury, though, had started out rough for the band. Onstage before noon and in scorching sun, they struggled at the start of their set to feel connected to the crowd. "We were playing horribly hungover and groggy, in front of hungover and groggy people," says Bloch. "The crowd wasn't giving us much to work with, except for these two guys standing in front," Temple continues. "One of them was dancing around like a maniac and I was like, 'I'm just gonna play for those two guys. Then I realized, 'That's fucking Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich!'"
Godrich, for his part, says, "I am a big fan of this band. They work VERY hard. They are very talented individually and collectively. I was turned on to them by Thom Yorke while we were sharing a tipi at Glastonbury and was awoken by their opening set at the park stage. He dragged me along to see them, bleary eyed and hung over. They gave an amazing performance for breakfast."
The band met Yorke and Godrich briefly after their set, and over the next few weeks, Godrich popped up at their shows in London and Paris, eventually proposing to Here We Go Magic that he might lend a hand with their next recording. In particular, the producer said he thought he could help them better communicate their live sound on tape, something he calls "very powerful and unusual."
And this he did. 'A Different Ship' is Here We Go Magic's most remarkable and captivating album yet, with an emotional and musical arc that is alternately calming and anxiety-inducing, and often both at once. 'I Believe In Action' and 'Make Up Your Mind' sound like they're being beamed in from outer space, while more earthbound tracks such as 'Miracle of Mary', 'Over The Ocean' and 'Alone But Moving' amble in a somnolent haze, with Temple's cool timbre cutting through the fog.
Despite an incubation period of nearly a year and a writing process that spanned two continents, the nine songs on 'A Different Ship' carry a consistent thematic concern - what the band describes as an "unresolved tension between valuing being alone and valuing being connected." Says Temple, "The music is beautiful, but feels like it's brittle and about to crack. It's always suspended in between major and minor, happy and sad, trying to find that middle ambiguous place. A lot of the endings of these songs just kind of stop, like things are left suspended, floating in space. That's a real characteristic of us as a band -- moving forward, even when we're sort of unsure, and knowing we'll find happy accidents along the way."
'A Different Ship' track list:
Intro // Hard To Be Close // Make Up Your Mind // Alone But Moving // Believe In Action // Over The Ocean // Made To Be Old // How Do I Know // Miracle Of Mary // A Different Ship