Death Vessel will join Mirah on her upcoming North American tour, in support of their recent release,Island Intervals. The
trek begins September 27th in Northampton, MA at Iron Horse Music
Hall and ends on October 12th in Washington, DC at Black Cat. The tour
is preceded by an appearance on July 25th at Newport Folk Festival. Please find a complete list of tour dates below.
Island Intervals is the follow-up to Death Vessel’s label debut (Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us)
and is available worldwide on CD/LP/DL via Sub Pop (right here). The 8-song album
includes the singles “Mercury Dime (watch the embedded video),” “Velvet Antlers,” and “Ilsa Drown,”
which features guest vocals from Jónsi, who also co-wrote the track. Island Intervals was produced by Alex Somers (Julianna Barwick, Sigur Rós) at his studio in Reykjavík, Iceland.
What people are saying about Death Vessel: “His
eerily high voice sounds equally suited to basement-bound laments and
celestial explorations, and Island Intervals finds him splitting the
difference and exploring the tension between those extremes…Especially
as it winds down with a pair of exquisite ballads, Island Intervals can
feel deceptively modest and quiet. But where Death Vessel’s music lacks
grandiosity, it finds grace in abundance.” [“First Listen”] - NPR Music
“What Thibodeau does so beautifully is combine that feel with the homely, plaintive mood of Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago
to create an album of drifting, spacey, folk. It’s the kind of record
that rewards a dark room and headphones, or a long walk through a snowy
town.” [Review, 8/10] - Drowned In Sound
is barely over half an hour, but it’s so rich with mood and detail that
it stretches out and out and out to the horizon and beyond.” [Review,
9/10] - Exclaim
“…An elegant and haunting piece of work.” [“Ilsa Drown”] - Consequence of Sound
pair are a perfect fit. Their high voices glide over the gentle
instrumentation, which picks up steam as the song pushes on.” [“Ilsa
Drown”] - SPIN
is one of the most gorgeous things he’s done and a testament to the
power of great collaborative chemistry.” [“Ilsa Drown”] - Twenty Four Bit
Tour Dates Jul. 25 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
Sep. 27 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall* Sep. 28 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen* Sep. 29 - Montreal, QC - TBA* Sep. 30 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison* Oct. 01 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes* Oct. 02 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme* Oct. 04 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle* Oct. 06 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway* Oct. 07 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s* Oct. 08 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox* Oct. 09 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub* Oct. 10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe* Oct. 11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge*
Oct. 12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat*
* w/ Mirah
Sub Pop’s own Charlie Rose, a very curious woman by the name of Maureen, recently sat down with Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg for a candid one on one that continues her interview series wherein she puts Sub Pop artists on the at times very weird spot (see Maureen’s previous interviews with J Mascis and Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler). If you have about 15 minutes, it’s well worth sitting through all three.
Shearwater are set to embark on a long tour, and many of those dates are with their labelmates Death Vessel (who have a brand new record out now!). Biases aside, that promises to be one of the more memorable lineups of the year–do you a solid and go see them!
Shearwater & Death Vessel North American Tour Dates
Mar. 19 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl* Mar. 20 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle* Mar. 21 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel* Mar. 22 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House* Mar. 25 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall* Mar. 26 - Montreal, QC - Le Divan Orange* Mar. 27 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern* Mar. 28 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme* Mar. 29 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle*
* w/ Jesca Hoop
Shearwater European Tour Dates Apr. 23 - Vienna, AT - Szene Apr. 24 - Dresden, DE - Beatpol Apr. 25 - Berlin, DE - Privatclub Apr. 26 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen Apr. 27 - Hamburg, DE - Indra Apr. 28 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet Apr. 29 - Brussel, BE - Botanique Apr. 30- London, UK - XOYO May 01 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute May 02 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece May 03 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt May 04 - Gent, BE - Democrazy May 06 - Paris, FR - La Flèche d’Or May 07 - Fribourg, CH - Fri-Son May 08 - Milan, IT - Circolo Magnolia May 09 - Zurich, CH - Bogen F
European & U.S. Tour Dates Apr. 20 - Bristol, UK - The Cube** Apr. 21 - Halifax, UK - Square Chapel** Apr. 22 - Brighton, UK - Komedia Studio Bar ** Apr. 23 - London, UK - Cafe Oto ** Apr. 24 - Paris, FR - Le Point FMR ** Apr. 25 - Utrecht, NL - Tivoli (Spiegelbar) ** Apr. 26 - Brussels, BE - Botanique ** Apr. 27 - Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus ** Apr. 28 - Berlin, DE - Roter Salon ** Apr. 29 - Prague, CZ - Pilot Klub ** May 03 - Baden, CH - Royal May 04 - Antwerpen, BE - Trix May 07 - Hertogenbosch, NL - W2 Poppodium’s May 08 - Amsterdam, NL - London Calling @ Tolhuistuinzaal May 10 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen Jun. 07 - Peterborough, NH - The Thing in the Spring Jul. 25 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Fest
** w/ Marissa Nadler
It’s been an awful long time since Death Vessel’s 2008 Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us, so it feels really good to be able to say that the long awaited follow up is FINALLY out today. You can pick it up wherever fine music is sold, or specifically here, at SubPop.com, if you like. There are still a small handful of limited, colored-vinyl Loser Editions of the vinyl LP if you act quick. Watch the brand new, charmingly odd video for the album track, “Mercury Dime” in the embed.
Island Intervals, the long-awaited follow up to Death Vessel’s uniquely wonderful 2008 Sub Pop debut, Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us, comes out on February 25th, 2014, and after almost a full six years later, not a moment too soon. Listen to the ethereal “Mercury Dime” on the embedded player.
Pre-order Island Intervalson LP, and you’ll receive the strictly limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record. Both CD and LP pre-orders from the Sub Pop Mega Mart will receive a free Death Vessel patch (both offers are on a “while supplies last” basis).
Sub Pop’s third annual 20’s Plenty Holiday Sale is quickly approaching its end, and if you haven’t heard about it yet, you’re doing a remarkable job of ignoring us (kudos to you, sometimes I wish I could ignore us), because we’ve been pretty loud about the money that we are desperately trying to save you by convincing you that now’s the time to spend all of it at our online store. So, before your opportunity to magically turn your money into long-playing Sub Pop records at the greatly discounted rate of 20% off goes away for another year, we wanted to tell you about a pretty special fact: not only is EVERYTHINGTHAT WE SELL 20% OFFWHENYOUSPEND $20 OR MORE, but all five of the 2014 Sub Pop records that we currently have available for pre-order are 20% off, too! Future records available at the sale price of today! Now, I’m not sure if you know how stock options work, but this is essentially what’s happening here. Invest like a CEO, pick up brand new records at an appreciable discount from Mogwai, The Notwist, Death Vessel, THUMPERS, and Dum Dum Girls, and shop the rest of our sale here.
After a five-plus year hiatus, it’s pretty wonderful to hear from Joel Thibodeau and his band, Death Vessel, again; it’s been far too long since 2008’s very excellent Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us. Today, with a Pitchfork premiere, the band broke their silence with “Ilsa Drown” (embedded), featuring Jonsi from Sigor Ros, off of their forthcoming Island Intervals, out February 25th on this very record label.