David Bazan, Vic Chesnutt, Mark Eitzel and Will Johnson will be touring together as the Undertow Orchestra. This is a very special collaborative tour with David Bazan (Pedro The Lion, Headphones), Vic Chesnutt, Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), and Will Johnson (Centro-matic) all sharing the stage, rotating between each songwriter's material, while serving as backing band on various instruments for each other's tunes. Scott Danbom (Centro-matic) will join the Orchestra on piano and violin.
02.08 | Wed - Athens GA - 40 Watt Club
02.09 | Thu - Carrboro NC - Carrboro Arts Ctr
02.10 | Fri - Arlington VA - Iota Club & Cafe
02.11 | Sat - Arlington VA - Iota Club & Cafe
02.12 | Sun - Philadelphia PA - World Cafe Live
02.13 | Mon - New York NY - Bowery Ballroom
02.14 | Tue - Boston MA - MOFA, Remis Aud
02.16 | Thu - Grand Rapids MI - Calvin College, Fine Arts Center
02.17 | Fri - Chicago IL - Park West
02.18 | Sat - Madison WI - Orpheum Stage Door
02.19 | Sun - Minneapolis MN - First Avenue
02.20 | Mon - Ames IA - Maintenance Shop
02.21 | Tue - Lawrence KS - Granada Theatre
02.23 | Thu - Austin TX - The Parish
02.24 | Fri - Denton TX - Hailey's
02.25 | Sat - Houston TX - Walter's on Washington
02.27 | Mon - Memphis TN - Hi-Tone
02.28 | Tue - Nashville TN - Belcourt Theatre
03.01 | Wed - Atlanta GA - Variety Playhouse
Dave Bazan fronts the enigmatic rock band Pedro the Lion and the electronic-based Headphones. His emotionally charged narratives, eye for telling detail, and mournful voice have more in common with J.D. Salinger's "Nine Stories" or Flannery O'Connor's "Wise Blood" than with the usual lyrical slant of popular music. Bazan is a gifted storyteller, weaving parables of spiritual conflict, suburban ennui, and personal surrender into magnetic, well-crafted songs. Pedro The Lion's most recent album, Achilles Heel (Jade Tree) topped the college radio charts. Headphones' self-titled debut (Suicide Squeeze) was released in May.
Prolific, profound, and ever full of potty-mouthed piss-and-vinegar - Vic Chesnutt is Prometheus in a wheelchair with a battered guitar – a freak-folk trailblazer, spilling his heart and soul and spleen into the microphone, with a sly drawl, dripping humid, Southern gothic imagery in calamitous, sometimes comic songs worthy of a Greek tragedy. Vic's most recent album, Ghetto Bells (New West) was released to rave reviews and has won him legions of new fans.
As both a solo artist and the frontman for enduring cult favorites American Music Club, Mark Eitzel established himself among the truly powerful forces in contemporary music; a hauntingly evocative singer, he earned even greater notoriety for his brilliance as a composer, combining the energy of punk, the pastoral beauty of folk, and the melodrama of lounge music to build one of the most impressive and darkly poetic bodies of songs in the modern pop canon. American Music Club's highly-acclaimed comeback album, Love Songs for Patriots, was released last year (Merge) and Eitzel's new solo album, Candy Ass (Cooking Vinyl) was just released before the holidays.
That Will Johnson is a powerful and prolific songwriter is not up for debate. Over the past ten years, Will has proven himself a veritable magnet for critical and peer affection; the words "cult following" tend to hover near any description of either his folk-pop juggernaut, Centro-matic, or its gray-skied cousin, South San Gabriel. Johnson is the author of a staggering 11 full-length albums between those two bands and his solo recordings. Each release is a unique statement, holding its own within a catalogue easily placed alongside those of Uncle Tupelo, Drive By-Truckers, Neil Young or the Replacements. Centro-matic's new album, Ft. Recovery (Misra) will be released in March.