Bishop Allen Grrr…

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    You couldn’t tell based on the band’s performance at last week’s Tomorrow Never Knows, but Jonathon Rice and Christian Rudder, the two core members of New York’s Bishop Allen, are angry about something. Or at least that’s the sense one gets based on the title of the band’s forthcoming new studio album.

    Then again, a quick read through of the band’s press announcement relating to said album, and it doesn’t really appear Bishop Allen have much to be gloomy about. Due out March 10th via Dead Oceans, Grr… will mark the band’s third full-length studio endeavor – though considering the EP project, you could definitely consider this #4 – and first since 2007’s The Broken String. Described as “succinct composition,” the album features 13 tracks, all of which are intended to “cohere seamlessly,” while also showcasing the unique songwriting talents of Rice. Musically, Grr… appears to offer Bishop Allen’s usual mix of richness and diveristy; guitars, pianos, marimbas, and ukuleles are among the instruments used throughout the album’s 13 tracks.

    In support of the release, the group will embark on a North American tour beginning in mid-March, which will be highlighted by an appearance at South by Southwest. A European trek is expected to follow in April.


    Grrr… Tracklist:
    01. Dimmer
    02. The Lion & the Teacup
    03. South China Moon
    04. Dirt on Your New Shoes
    05. Oklahoma
    06. The Ancient Commonsense of Things
    07. True or False
    08. Rooftop Brawl
    09. Shanghaied
    10. Don’t Hide Away
    11. Cue the Elephants
    12. The Magpie
    13. Tiger, Tiger

    Bishop Allen 2009 Tour Dates:
    03/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
    03/13 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
    03/14 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
    03/15 – Asheville, NC @ The Rocket Club
    03/16 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe
    03/17 – Little Rock, AR @ Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack
    03/23 – W. Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
    03/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Shop
    03/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
    03/28 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
    03/29 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Salon
    03/31 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
    04/02 – Northampton, MA @ Iron House
    04/03 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
    04/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    04/05 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom