Everyone’s favorite British sardonic rock band teams up with everyone’s favorite Brooklyn-based bar band to create a night of rockin’ debauchery throughout the US
After a slew of US dates this September, Art Brut barely have time to rest and will set out across America with The Hold Steady on NME’s “Rock ‘N’ Roll Riot Tour 2007”.
Oct 21st-- Lupo’s at the Strand -- Providence RI
Oct 22nd -- The Roxy -- Boston MA
Oct 23rd -- Electric Factory -- Philadelphia PA
Oct 24rd -- Disco Rodeo -- Raleigh NC
Oct 25 -- 40 Watt -- Athens GA
Oct 26 -- Bijou Theatre -- Knoxville TN
Oct 27 -- Newport Music Hall -- Columbus OH
Oct 29 -- Crofoot Ballroom -- Pontiac MI
Oct 30 — Metro -- Chicago IL
Oct 31 — Metro -- Chicago IL
Nov 4 -- HUB Ballroom -- Seattle WA
Nov 5 -- Crystal Ballroom -- Portland OR
Nov 6 -- Warfield Theater -- San Francisco CA
Nov 7 -- The Wiltern -- Los Angeles CA
Nov 8 -- Canes Bar & Grill -- San Diego CA
Nov 9 -- Marquee Theatre -- Tempe AZ
Nov 11 -- Fox Theatre -- Boulder CO
Nov 12 -- Ogden Theatre -- Denver CO
Nov 13 -- The Granada Theatre -- Lawrence KS
Nov 14 -- Palladium Ballroom -- Dallas TX
Nov 15 -- La Zona Rosa -- Austin TX
Nov 17 -- The Bottletree Annex -- Birmingham AL
Nov 18 -- Variety Playhouse -- Atlanta GA
Nov 19 -- Toad’s Place Richmond -- Richmond VA
Nov 20 -- 9:30 Club -- Washington DC
Nov 21 -- Terminal Five --New York NY
Spin Magazine “Complicated shows a real grasp of musical history.”
Rolling Stone “It all adds up to something lovably unpretentious – and pretty unique.”
Entertainment Weekly “Idiosyncratic yet entertaining guitar-based pop.”
Los Angeles Times “ As good as much of the new British rock can be, it is experiencing acreeping seriousness these days. "It's a Bit Complicated" is a welcome corrective.”
It makes sense that Art Brut share its name with the mid-20th century art movement characterized by a breaking of traditional cultural boundaries. Much like that Art Brut—outsiderish, rebellious, punk before punk— this Art Brut, too, is deliciously libertine.
Art Brut was willed into being in 2003 by its sardonic frontman Eddie Argos. Argos seemed to think that everyone should be in a band—why not? Jonathan Richman-obsessed and more of a talker than a singer, Argos fronted The Art Goblins in his native Bournemouth, before packing up for London and convincing guitarists Jasper Future and Ian Catskilkin, bassist Frederica Feedback and drummer Mikey B to record a demo. The band recorded Brutlegs in 2004, and it included early versions of “Modern Art,” “Formed a Band,” and “Moving to LA.” “Emily Kane” was released in early 2005, about, yes, Argos’ actual high school love. It didn’t win her back (she’s got a boyfriend, natch), but it did turn Art Brut into a buzz band in their native UK.
A few months later the band released Bang Bang Rock and Roll. Touring commenced. They played with Oasis, and performed at Coachella. Then came the cover of Rolling Stone in Germany. There seemed a good chance that Argos might get his long-held wish of playing on Top of the Pops (it never happened).
While they haven’t yet written the song that “makes Israel and Palestine get along,” as promised in “Formed a Band,” Art Brut have succeeded in garnering a dedicated legion of fans and copycats. It’s all part of Argos’ master plan—Art Brut “franchise” bands. He swears there’s “at least 30 or 40 around” and it’s cutthroat competition to be the best. In a recently held battle of the franchises Art Brut 7 won (they’re Argos’ favorite). Art Brut 4 is rather sour about that.
Having just finished the band’s second full-length, It’s a Bit Complicated, Argos and crew are set to head back on the road this spring and summer, playing dates across the U.S. and Europe with Maximo Park in tow. Argos claims the new record is poppier than the first—could that be possible? Either way, with tracks titled “Pump Up the Volume” and “I Will Survive,” expect it to be tongue-in-cheek and rancorously funny.
And yes, it might just lead to peace in the Middle East.
The Hold Steady:
Blender "Band of the Year"
Newsweek "This Brooklyn-based, Minneapolis-bred garage-rock quintet has earned a near-religious
Rob Sheffield for RollingStone.com "Damn you, Hold Steady! How can any band be this good? Boys and Girls in Americais the third straight chain-smoker from everybody’s favorite Brooklyn bar band."
NME "Sounding akin to Art Brut playing Bruce Springsteen songs, this lot's show at The Annex was, start to finish, thrilling. Not only does their bassist look like a fascist Super Mario, but in singer Craig Finn, they possess the kind of wry lyrical genius that makes Morrissey look like a total spak."
New York Magazine “Boys and Girls in America, a tutorial on the visceral pleasures of rock."
Since the October ’06 release of Boys and Girls in America, The Hold Steady have proven their road-worthiness with almost 300 shows played throughout the U.S., U.K., and Europe. RollingStone.com recently included The Hold Steady in their list of “Top 20 Live Bands Right Now”. Plus, the band's mind-blowing performances at Festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, as well as their sold-out club tours, shows that fans just can’t get enough of them.
Currently, the band is in the UK, where they opened for The Rolling Stones in Dublin and will headline the Carling stages at both the Leeds and Reading Festivals. The Hold Steady’s European tour finds them performing in Croatia for the first time.