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PJ Harvey & John Parrish announce “whirlwind” of U.S. tour

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    Call it what you want – they’re calling it a “whirlwind visit” – but come March 21st, the stellar music duo of PJ Harvey and John Parrish will hit the U.S. for three-date stint in support of their forthcoming studio album, A Woman a Man Walked By.

    The stint, which consists of an appearance at this year’s South by Southwest, along with stops in both Los Angeles and New York, will feature the duo, backed by a three-piece band, performing selections from both next month’s release (March 30th)  and its 1996 collaboration, Dance Hall at Louse Point.

    Of course, as mentioned, both these U.S. tour dates and the ones in Europe that follow will be used to support the 10-track endeavor. Speaking of which, Harvey and Parrish recently sat down with The Quietus to offer some insight behind the project:

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    Why did you decide it was time to make another joint record?

    Polly: We’d talked about it and we knew we would for many years. I think in the back of our minds we were always going to continue this writing journey together. John is usually producing my work or playing on my work. We’re always in touch with each because we’re good friends and constantly talking about each others’ work anyway so it seemed pretty natural that we would do another album together. And then I think it was in 2005, I was just finishing writing the songs that would become ‘White Chalk’ and I just felt this huge urge – that the time was right – to work with John again. [puts on luvvie voice] I was at that stage in my creative cycle where I really, really needed that inspiration of working with him closely again. And also I needed to dive into a musical landscape that wasn’t natural to me. I wanted to be thrown into something that was going to force me to have to come up with new ideas. And I knew from the past and working with John’s music does that because it’s something I could never produce myself and so in terms of singing and lyric writing I go into areas that I would never go into left to my own devices.

    A Woman a Man Walked By Tracklist:
    01. Black Hearted Love
    02. Sixteen, Fifteen, Fourteen
    03. Leaving California
    04. The Chair
    05. April
    06. A Woman a Man Walked By / The Crow Knows Where All the Little Children Go
    07. The Soldier
    08. Pig Will Not
    09. Passionless, Pointless
    10. Cracks in the Canvas

    PJ Harvey & John Parrish 2009 Tour Dates:
    03/21 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
    03/23 – Los Angeles, LA @ El Rey Theatre
    03/26 – New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
    04/15 – Brighton, UK @ Corn Exchange
    04/16 – Oxford, UK @ Brookes University
    04/18 – Bristol, UK @ Anson Rooms
    04/20 – London, UK @ Shepherds Bush Empire
    04/21 – London, UK @ Shepherds Bush Empire
    04/22 – Birmingham, UK @ Town Hall
    04/24 – Manchester, UK @ Ritz
    04/26 – Edinburgh, UK @ Queens Hall
    05/02 – Porto, PR @ Casa Da Musica
    05/04 – Milan, IT @ Auditorium
    05/06 – Stuttgart, DE @ Theaterhaus
    05/07 – Berlin, DE @ Passionskirche
    05/09 – Stockholm, SE @ Nalen
    05/10 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
    05/11 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
    05/13 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
    05/14 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
    05/17 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
    05/18 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
    07/24-26 – Dorset, UK @ Camp Bestival *

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    * = PJ Harvey only

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