Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Art Brut Announce US 2009 Tour Dates / "Art Brut VS. Satan" Out Now To Rave Reviews On Downtown Records

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NPR : “Art Brut vs. Satan, Argos goes back to what he knows. When a song titled "The Replacements" appears, it's already the third of four consecutive tracks about rock 'n' roll itself. There are only two cuts about love, and soon enough, one of those ("What a Rush") moves on to the subject of music, too”

“Argos doesn't claim to live clean. Art Brut vs. Satan begins with one called "Alcoholics Unanimous" and ends with one called "Mysterious Bruises," keyed to the wonderful line, "I fought the floor and the floor won." But there are also several songs about being young and poor — or, in the case of the one called "DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake," being 28 and still eating nothing but cereal.”

Pitchfork : “If they can't topple vague, pasty, barely breathing background rock from the charts, at least they can sing gloriously doomed songs about it.”

“Argos proclaims: "I fought the floor and the floor won." Satan always wins. The beautiful people and their sycophants will always outnumber lovable losers. But this is a record I like.”

Alternative Press : (**** 4 Stars ) “British indie outfit regain their charm/snark balance. Art Brut Vs. Satan is compelling for three crucial reasons. First, Black Francis—a guy who knows something about charging guitar rock—produced the sessions. Second: The guitar subterfuge of Jasper Future and Ian Catskilkin (the only good components to 2008’s rather dismal It’s A Bit Complicated), drive home these songs with a renewed enthusiasm. Lastly, frontman Eddie Argos’ sing-speak ruminations are inspired once again, whether he’s reminiscing about his youth (“D.C. Comics And Chocolate Milkshake”) or riffing on his allergy medications as on the loose jam “Mysterious Bruises.” His delivery is open-ended enough to confuse his intention (sincere? snarky?), which was the very reason their debut, Bang! Bang! Rock ’N’ Roll, was so engaging. With luck, “one Zyrtec, two Advil and a drink” will replace “that’s what she said” as 2009’s catchphrase of choice. “ Jason Pettigrew

US 2009 Fall Tour

10/16 - The Middle East (Downstairs) - Cambridge, MA
10/17 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
10/18 - Black Cat - Washington, DC
10/19 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
10/20 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
10/21 - Club Downunder - Tallahassee, FL
10/22 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
10/23 - Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
10/25 - Mohawk - Austin, TX
10/28 - Casbah - San Diego, CA
10/29 - The Glass House - Pomona, CA
10/30 - Café Du Nord - San Francisco, CA
11/2 - Neumos - Seattle, WA
11/3 - The Biltmore - Vancouver, BC
11/5 - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
11/6 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
11/7 - Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS
11/9 - Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN
11/10 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
11/15 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

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