As Tall As Lions: Album/Tour


"Dreamy, ambient indie rock built upon layers of subtle grooves and unique instrumentation." - Alternative Press

"All swirling guitars and dreamy harmonies, they have a serious Brit-rock/shoegaze sensibility reminiscent of Doves. We expect big things." – Stereogum

As Tall As Lions
As Tall As Lions are back with You Can't Take It With You, the highly anticipated follow up to 2006's self-titled full-length. As Tall As Lions already has a solid fanbase in place and has been supported by writers at Alternative Press, Stereogum, Death & Taxes and Spin among many others. The NY-based band has shared the stage with Superdrag, Circa Survive and Sparta where crowds arrived early on each evening due to the band's buzz. The third full-length album by New York's As Tall as Lions, You Can't Take It With You, is a thoughtful, textured tour de force of soundscapes, vocal harmonies, melodies and insightful lyrics about the modern world. The songs' subject matter faces head-on the politics of God, love, war, and the human condition while examining everyday struggles such as anxiety, isolation, and money. With You Can't Take It With You, the band; vocalist-guitarist Dan Nigro, guitarist Saen Fitzgerald, bassist Julio Tavarez and drummer Cliff Sarcona, has made its smartest and most impressive album to date.

The band decided to head out to California in January to begin tracking with Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, U2, Daniel Lanois). While they got some gold out of those sessions ("Sleepyhead" and "We's Been Waitin"), ultimately, the pairing proved dysfunctional and ended abruptly. They found themselves desperately needing to find someone new on short notice in Los Angeles. "We almost broke up numerous times," said Fitzgerald. "The band was very unstable for a while, because we took such an ass-backwards approach to it." Eventually, after consulting with several producers, they met Noah Shain. After recording one track with him, they were impressed with his passion for the songs and they never left his studio.

When the group finished the album, they felt a greater sense of accomplishment than on any previous recording. It was the most arduous journey As Tall as Lions has made together, but they all agree, it was worth it. "There was a black cloud over this album the entire time," Fitzgerald says. "But looking back on it now that the work is done, I can say, 'You know what? We went through all that shit, and I'm so glad we did because it gave the album grit and tension and character. It shaped it into something special.' We're all extremely proud of it."

With the release of You Can't Take It With You this summer and tour plans with Dredg and Rx Bandits, 2009 is sure to be busy and rewarding year for As Tall As Lions.

You Can't Take It With You track listing:
1. Circles
2. Sixes & Sevens
3. You Can't Take It With You
4. Go Easy
5. Duermete
6. In Case of Rapture
7. We's Been Waitin'
8. Is This Tomorrow?
9. Sleepyhead
10. The Narrows
11. Lost My Mind

As Tall As Lions Summer Tour Dates:
06/26/09 Fri Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
06/30/09 Tue Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
08/01/09 Sat Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
08/02/09 Sun Foufounes Electriques Montreal, QC
08/04/09 Tue The Opera House Toronto, ON
08/05/09 Wed St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI
08/06/09 Thu The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
08/07/09 Fri Pop's Sauget, IL
08/08/09 Sat Peoples Court Des Moines, IA
08/09/09 Sun Station 4 St. Paul, MN
08/12/09 Wed Murray Theater Salt Lake City, UT
08/14/09 Fri Neumos Seattle, WA
08/15/09 Sat Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
08/26/09 Wed The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
08/29/09 Sat Velvet Jones Santa Barbara, CA
08/30/09 Sun El Rey Theater Los Angeles, CA
08/31/09 Mon El Rey Theater Los Angeles, CA

[Published on: 6/16/09]

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