Following a successful summer run of high-profile shows overseas including headlining the mainstage at Benicassim in Spain after Muse
and the Glade Festival in Reading, U.K., UNKLE
has announced it will come to North America this October for a short run of tour dates. Spearheaded by frontman James Lavelle, UNKLE for the first time ever will make its appearance as a live band. Utilizing guitars, bass, drums and synths set against a backdrop of intricate lights and AV screens for a one-of-a-kind audiovisual experience, UNKLE will perform material from their new album War Stories
, as well as selections from the two previous UNKLE releases Psyence Fiction
and Never, Never, Land
. Check out live footage from the aforementioned Benicassim show here
The UNKLE tour on this continent will encapsulate six special engagements kicking off October 18 at Webster Hall in New York City coinciding with the CMJ Music Marathon conference. Stops at Lee's Palace in Toronto, Metro in Chicago, Echoplex in Los Angeles and Mezzanine in San Francisco follow. The trek will round out on October 28 in Las Vegas with UNKLE's only U.S. festival show this year at the Vegoose Festival. Tickets for all the tour dates, except for Vegoose which are available now, go on sale this Friday, August 10. For information on where to purchase log on to www.unkle.com.
Released July 24 via James Lavelle's newly formed Surrender All label, War Stories was co-produced by UNKLE and Queens Of The Stone Age
producer Chris Goss
and marries UNKLE's trademark sound with traditional rock influences to stunning effect. Special guest vocalists and players include Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), 3D (Massive Attack
), The Duke Spirit, Autolux
, Gavin Clark of new U.K. group Clayhill, Psychonauts' Pablo Clements, Nada Surf
's Matthew Caws and Eagles of Death Metal
's David Catching. Ian Astbury of The Cult
lends his voice to the album's current single "Burn My Shadow." The video for the song--starring actor Goran Visnjic
--has been added to MTV and FUSE.
-Watch the video for 'Burn My Shadow'
UNKLE's North American tour dates are as follows:
Thu 10/18 - Webster Hall, New York, NY
Fri 10/19 - Lee's Palace, Toronto, ONT
Sat 10/20 - Metro, Chicago, IL
Fri 10/26 - Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA
Sat 10/27 - Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA
Sun 10/28 - Vegoose Festival, Las Vegas, NV