Laura Veirs // November tour dates

To follow the release of her ninth studio album Warp and Weft this August, Laura Veirs has just announced news of a 9-date UK tour in November. Dates/info below –

Sunday 10 November – NORWICH – Norwich Arts Centre (£15)
Monday 11 November – BRIGHTON – Komedia (£16)
Thursday 14 November – YORK – Fibbers (£15)
Friday 15 November – MANCHESTER – Academy 3 (£16.50)
Saturday 16 November – GLASGOW – ABC2 (£15)
Sunday 17 November – NEWCASTLE – Cluny (£16.50)
Tuesday 19 November – NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms (£15)
Wednesday 20 November – BRISTOL – Thekla (£15)
Thursday 21 November – LONDON – Islington Assembly Hall (£19.50)

Warp and Weft is out August 19th on Bella Union.

Laura Veirs announces new album “Warp and Weft”

One of the most inimitable songwriters of the past decade – Portland, Oregon’s Laura Veirs – returns with her ninth full-length album in August. Beautiful, lush and at times deeply dark, Warp and Weft captures the intensity of motherhood, love and violence. Primarily electric-guitar driven, it is a fever dream of an album and could well be Veirs’ best work to date, building on the uniform praise and commercial success of 2010’s “July Flame”. Below you can check out the album’s opening track, which features Neko Case on backing vocals.

The recording of ‘Warp and Weft’ (a weaving term) was a community effort. Produced in Portland in March 2013 by Veirs’ longtime collaborator Tucker Martine, the album features Jim James, KD Lang, Neko Case, Brian Blade and members of The Decemberists and many more.

Veirs sings not only of mid-winter suns, white blossoming cherry trees and melting ice, but also suicide, gun violence and war. She weaves threads of old folk songs including “Motherless Children” as well as stories of folk-art hero Howard Finster and jazz harpist Alice Coltrane. “I think of this record as a tapestry where disparate elements come together and are stronger and more lovely as a result,” says Veirs.

Veirs was eight months pregnant with her second child during the recording; she says her experience as a mother brought about some of the more beautiful and painful songs. “I’m haunted by the idea that something terrible could happen to my kids but that fear pushes me to embrace the moment. This record is an exploration of extremes – deep, dark suffering and intense, compassionate love.”

Warp and Weft will be released 19th August 2013 on Bella Union.

New PINS single coming 22nd July on Bella Union

Manchester girl-group PINS have announced a new double a-side single, set for issue on Bella Union on 22nd July.

One of the two brand new songs on the 7″ is ‘Stay True’ is streaming now on the band’s Soundcloud, which you can hear above. “For this track, we wanted something a little slower but just as intense as the other song”, say the band. “Gang vocals are an important part of this song”.

The band have been busy demoing and recording songs for their forthcoming debut album – which will also be released on Bella Union – as well as working on the EP artwork and accompanying video for ‘Stay True’. As The Quietus stated last year “PINS are a constant stream of ideas”. The sessions for the album were conducted in a stone room in Liverpool, which lent its distinctive reverb, and recorded directly to tape. This refined, raw, ‘live’ sound is perfectly encapsulated in new single ‘Stay True’ / ‘Get With Me’.

There has been a subtle reshuffle in PINS line up in recent months, as the band explains: “We were sad to see Lara go, but we wanted her to do what made her happy and not hold her back from that. Having Lara with us from the start was integral to us finding our sound and our confidence as musicians, and we’ll love her forever”. Commenting on the new member. . “When we met Sophie we all clicked.  Sophie is a musician by trade and is really focused on being in the band and making it work. We’re all really dedicated and put a lot of time in – did we mention we are a Girl Gang?  Sophie has lots of touring and recording experience, which has been great for us”.

Since the release of their acclaimed ‘LuvU4Lyf’ EP, PINS have toured extensively across the UK and Europe. They’ve also put on their own shows at the notorious SWAYS bunker, in Salford, as well as recruiting some of the brightest lights on the Manchester music scene to release on their own label, Haus Of PINS. Music from the likes of Abjects, September Girls and Female Band is will appear soon on a series of limited edition cassettes released by Haus Of PINS.

Pre-order ‘Stay True’ / ‘Get With Me’ now.

PINS LIVE

May
30 – Nantes, Salle Micro Stereolux
June
6 – London, The Lexington
7 – Brighton, Green Door Store
8 – Brussels, Beursshouwberg
July
19 – Manchester, Scenewipe Curations at Fuel with Abjects and pink teens
20 – Sheffield, Tramlines
August
17 – Manchester, Dungeon NQ
30/31/1 – Dorset, End Of The Road