The Rakes want to change the way they write an album, take break to figure out how

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    It turns out you’ll have an extra reason to check out The Rakes when the London quartet hit the road this month to support their latest effort, Klang. The upcoming dates, which include stops in both the U.S. and U.K., will be band’s final performances for sometime, as the foursome has announced plans for a hiatus.

    In a recent interview with BBC 6, The Rakes revealed they will be taking lengthy break after their upcoming global trek in an attempt to “overhaul their writing style” for the followup to Klang.

    “I think now is the time for us to take a break and think about what we want to do next,” said singer Alan Donohoe.


    “(Guitarist) Matthew (Swinnerton) and I are going to start a different style of writing,” Donohoe continued. “It won’t be how The Rakes have always written music which usually involves coming in with a couple of ideas and bashing it out in a rehearsal room in east London. We will try and make something which for us, is a little bit out there.”

    Donohe went on to point to Danger Mouse’s iconic The Grey Album as a basis for his inspiration. “I’m not a massive hip hop fan and we’re not going to make a hip hop record but I started studying that album and breaking it down into what, for me, makes it a very dynamic and novel sounding LP,” he explained.

    The band gave no timetable for how long this hiatus might last or when we should be expecting what is already being billed as a “completely novel and refreshing” new studio album. However, what we do know is there will be plenty of opportunities to check out in the coming weeks before they say goodbye.


    The Rakes 2009 Tour Dates:
    09/12 – Molina De Segura, ES @ B-Side Festival
    09/18 – Porto, PT @ Casa De Musica
    09/19 – Belgrade, RS @ Jelen Live Fest
    09/20 – Zagreb, HR @ Mars Festival
    09/26 – Corunna, ES @ 981 Festival
    10/03 – Hannover, DE @ Faust
    10/04 – Darmstadt, DE @ Centralstation
    10/06 – Treviso, IT @ New Age Club
    10/07 – Rome, IT @ Circolo Degli Artisti
    10/08 – Florence, IT @ Viper
    10/09 – Bologne, IT @ Covo Club
    10/10 – Kaiserslautern, DE @ Kammgarn
    10/11 – Cologne, DE @ E-Werk
    10/13 – Dresden, DE @ Beatpol
    10/14 – Erlangen, DE @ E-Werk
    10/16 – Utrecht, NL @ Faust
    10/26 – Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
    10/27 – Bristol, UK @ Academy
    10/28 – Birmingham, UK @ Academy
    10/29 – London, UK @ The Forum
    10/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
    11/01 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
    11/03 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Urban Lounge
    11/04 – Denver, CO @ The Bluebird
    11/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
    11/07 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door
    11/09 – Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
    11/11 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
    11/12 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom

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