HWGM are currently touring the US with indie-pop outfit Hospitality before heading back to Europe over summer. The full run of shows include stops at T In The Park, La Route du Rock, Oya, Reading and Leeds Festival. The list of European dates are below
Album background info:
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 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.
07/07/12 - Kinross, UK - T in The Park
07/08/12 - Ireland, Oxegen Festival
07/05/12 - LiÃ?ge, BE - Les Ardentes Festival
07/10/12 - Paris, FR - La Route du Rock, Le Tabendo
07/13/12 - Bilbao, ES - BBK Live Festival
07/14/12 - Oeiras, PT - Optimus Live
08/09/12 - Oslo, NO - Oya
08/10/12 - Gothenburg, SE - Way Out West Festival
08/13/12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
08/15/12 - Berlin, DE - Roter Salon
08/24/12 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08/25/12 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
10/30/12 - London, UK - Dingwalls - headline show