[live] Preoccupations announce EU tour dates for 2023

Beloved Canadian post-punk outfit Preoccupations announced a European/UK tour for early next year. It will include three shows in Italy, as per the below:

February 28 – Circolo Magnolia, Milan
March 1 – Covo Club, Bologna
March 2 – Arci Tom, Mantova

Find all the information about tickets here and buy the band’s great latest album Arrangements, if you haven’t already. It was released last month and is available on Bandcamp.

Stream it below.

[song] Personal Trainer – Former Puppy

On November 4 Personal Trainer from Amsterdam will release their debut LP Big Love Blanket and now they are sharing the latest song from it, “Former Puppy” (and a video). It is another outstanding number in a string of singles — “The Lazer”, “Rug Busters”, “Milk”, and “Key of Ego”.

The band will also embark on the UK/EU tour soon, which will include dates in England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, plus even more shows in early 2023. Find more details on that here.

Listen below. Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.

[video] Fontaines D.C. – The Couple Across The Way

Earlier this year Dublin band Fontaines D.C. released their excellent third LP Skinty Fia (via Partisan Records), which they once again recorded with producer Dan Carey. Now they are sharing a dreamy new video for the album’s standout, a melancholic accordion tune “The Couple Across The Way”. It was conceptualized by frontman Grian Chatten and directed by Polocho.

Fontaines D.C. live in Parma’21

Grian says about the song/video: “I was living in a tiny little flat in North London with my girlfriend and there was this Hitchcock-esque view of an elderly couple across from us. They had these blazing arguments that sent pigeons flying around, and after each one the man in the couple would come out onto this little balcony he had and just breathe for about 10 minutes. I couldn’t help but imagine it as a reflection of myself and my girlfriend in years to come, and ourselves as a reflection of a younger, happier version of them”.

Fontaines D.C. are also touring non-stop this year. The band have just begun a series of live dates in the USA, before heading onto their highly anticipated UK dates in November, after which they would also be performing in Australia, New Zealand and Japan early next year (find more information about the shows/tickets on their website).

Watch the video below and buy Skinty Fia here.

[video] I LIKE TRAINS – The Spectacle

Moody, direct and catchy, I LIKE TRAINS are always the ones to impress and give an acute look at our modern history. Now they are back with a new standalone single “The Spectacle”, which was recorded, mixed, mastered and released by the group in almost exactly one month.

A postscript to KOMPROMAT is presented together with another great music video, directed by Michael Connolly.

Next month the group would also depart on their long-awaited tour, which would see them performing in the Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, France and Belgium (there are the UK shows planned in Autumn/Winter as well). Please find all the EU dates below and more information/tickets here.

Oct 21 – De Reunie, Geleen, NL
Oct 22 – Baroeg, Rotterdam, NL
Oct 23 – Artheater, Köln, DE
Oct 24 – Naumanns, Leipzig, DE
Oct 25 – Urban Spree, Berlin, DE
Oct 26 – Underdogs, Praha, CZ
Oct 27 – Hansa 39, München, DE
Oct 28 – Aérogare, Metz, FR
Oct 29 – FGO-Barbara, Paris, FR
Oct 30 – Botanique, Brussels, BE

Watch a video for “The Spectacle” below and get the song here.

[live] Motherhood announce EU / UK Autumn tour dates

Next week Canadian avant-rock trio Motherhood will embark on a European/UK tour in support of their excellent latest record Winded (released earlier this Summer via Forward Music Group).

It will start in Salzburg on September 7 and will finish in Hamburg on September 22. Find all the dates on the list below and more information about tickets here.

Sept 7 – Salzburg, AT: NarrenCastl
Sept 8 – Vienna, AT: Waves Vienna
Sept 9 – Ljubljana, SI: Prulček
Sept 10 – Kamanje, HR: Festival DOK
Sept 11 – Karlovac, HR: Mala Scena
Sept 14 – Brussels, BE: Nanobrasserie de l’Ermitage
Sept 16 – Brighton, UK: Green Door Store (with Ducks Ltd)
Sept 18 – Ramsgate, UK: Ramsgate Music Hall
Sept 19 – London, UK: The Victoria (with Kiwi Jr)
Sept 22 – Hamburg, DE: Reeperbahn

Along with the tour announcement, Motherhood shared a new live video for the album’s standout “Ripped Sheet”, which was shot by Chris Giles at the 2022 Sweltering Songs festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Watch it below.