Some well known artists have taken their side projects and started dropping music and announcing tours.
It’s important to keep track of these goings-on, especially if he artists involved in the new project are ones you love.
Today we will bring to light four new-to-us bands that contain some great musicians.
Website – Instagram – Facebook This band is a collobration between Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Ramona Falls and Menomena. With Matt on vocals its hard to escape that familiar sound of The National. The first single, featured in the video below, is dancy and bouncy and kissed by electronic textures. You should just play the video and see what you think.
The band is hitting the road, here is the list of the initial tour dates for El Vy:
November 02 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge November 04 – Seattle, WA – Neumos November 06 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent November 07 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour November 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer November 11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club November 13 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom November 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg November 15 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair November 16 – Montreal, Québec – Theatre Fairmount November 17 – Toronto, Ontario – Opera House November 19 – Chicago, IL – Metro November 20 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom November 21 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue December 01 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuse December 02 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust December 03 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg December 04 – Cologne, Germany – Kantine December 06 – Berlin, Germany – Astra December 07 – Brussels, Belgium – AB December 08 – Paris, France – Trabendo December 10 – London, England – Electric Ballroom December 12 – Manchester, England – Gorilla December 13 – Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
Website – Facebook – Twitter This group is an amalgamation of Franz Ferdinand and Sparks. The first two songs that have hit are Piss Off and Johnny Delusional, which is featured in the video below. The songs are a perfect cross-pollination of both bands. You get this punchy, toe-tapping sound from the Sparks and this vocal rich textured indie rock sound from Franz Ferdinand. They definitely make a great new band.
This band is also hitting the road, here are FFS’ tour dates:
August 15 – Japan, Tokyo, Hostess Club All-nighter August 20 – Switzerland, Lausanne, For Noise Festival August 21 – Belgium, Hasselt, Pukkelpop August 22 – Netherlands, Biddinghuizen, Lowlands Festival August 24 – Uk, Edinburgh, Edinburgh International Festival – Festival Theatre (sold Out) August 25 – Uk, Manchester, Albert Hall (sold Out) August 26 – Uk, Glasgow, Barrowlands August 28 – France, Paris, Rock En Seine September 2 – Switzerland, Zürich, X-tra – Summer Odyssee September 3 – Italy, Treviso, Home Festival September 8 – Uk, London, The Forum September 10 – Denmark, Copenhagen, Tivoli Koncertsal September 12 – Germany, Berlin, Lollapalooza September 30 – Canada, Toronto, On, Sound Academy October 2 – Usa, Boston, Ma, Orpheum Theatre October 3 – Usa, Philadelphia, Pa, Electric Factory October 5 – Usa, Washington, Dc, Lincoln Theatre October 6 – Usa, New York, Ny, Terminal 5 October 8 – Usa, Chicago, Il, Riviera Theatre October 9 – Usa, Minneapolis, Mn, First Avenue October 11 – Usa, Denver, Co, Ogden Theatre October 13 – Usa, Los Angeles, Ca, Hollywood Palladium October 14 – Usa, Santa Ana, Ca, The Observatory October 15 – Usa, Oakland, Ca, Fox Theater
Website – Facebook – Twitter Mr. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys says he has been playing with this group for a long while. His band mates consist of Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, and Nick Movshon. The Arcs bring a textural classic rock sound. Their first release was boxing themed and was dropped around the time of the famed, and overhyped, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight; great marketing plan. They don’t current have a tour planned, but during an interview for Rolling Stones they said they plan to embark a two month outting where they plan on playing “mid-size theaters” (source).
This is a super fantastic group consisting of Mike Patton of Faith No More, Tunde Adebimpe of Tv On The Radio, and rapper Doseone of Subtle. From what we can gather this has been an on going project that has been going off and on for the last 5 years. The band announced they will release a 10 song LP later this year.
In anticipation of the album drop, they released the lead single “Tough Towns”. Listen to it here.