Published Sep 27, 2010For their eighth album Penny Sparkle, innovative art-pop trio Blonde Redhead continued to tinkle with their sound, adding more electronics and toning down on the guitar work. As we said in our review, "Blonde Redhead choose these progressions like carefully calculated chess moves." It turns out the Penny Sparkle move was multi-faceted, as they have revealed plans for different versions of the same songs.
Speaking with Spinner, Blonde Redhead guitarist/vocalist Kazu Makino said the Penny Sparkle recording sessions resulted in a wealth of material. "We ended up having many different versions," she said. "We're going to have a couple more albums of the same songs, I think... A lot of the versions that we didn't choose are the one's that sound 'more like us... They're good but we ended up choosing ones that were out of our comfort zone. The whole thing was pretty uncomfortable- in a good way. We have something here, even if we fail miserably."
The new versions of Penny Sparkle don't have a release date as of yet, but Makino said the songs could factor into their set on their upcoming tour. "I get some satisfaction out of some of these [other] versions," she said. "Some of them I really loved and I didn't want them to stay with me. I want people to hear them."
Blonde Redhead's North American tour kicks off on October 15 and includes Canadian stops in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. All dates are available below.
9/29 London, England - Shepherd's Bush Empire
10/15 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory *
10/16 Montreal, QC - Metropolis *
10/17 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre *
10/18 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
10/20 Newport, KY - Southgate House *
10/22 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre *
10/23 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom *
10/24 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
10/25 St Louis, MO - The Pageant *
10/27 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge *
10/29 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10/30 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
10/31 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
11/1 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club*
11/3 New York, NY - Webster Hall*
11/14 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
11/15 Pomona, CA - Glass House
11/16 Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
11/19 San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
11/20 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
11/21 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
11/26 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
11/29 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
11/30 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
12/1 Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
* with Pantha Du Prince