Published Apr 15, 2009Well, Datarock are once again zipping up the jumpsuits and getting set for a new album. Called RED, the Norwegian electro-poppers' second full-length has been given a September 1 release date courtesy of Nettwerk. And according to the band, the record "is no less than a masterpiece based on the good old principle of artistic theft ('amateurs borrow, professionals steal')."
In an online statement, Datarock explains: "We've dug ourselves into the data about the rock of the late '70s and early '80s: the art, the music, the films, the subversive and popular culture, the new theory, the new technology and all that new equipment. The years between '76 and '83 are in all ways the peak of cultural evolution. The zenith, the rise and the fall."
The group goes on to say Devo's Gerald Cassale ended up "helping out creatively in the process" on the 13-song effort, and that the record has a Talking Heads-inspired track called "True Stories," which "is nothing but a tribute where we list some of Datarock's favourite Talking Heads tunes."
And while the fall may seem like an awfully long ways away, Datarock last week released the lead-off single from RED, "Give It Up" (see vid below), and they have several non-North American tour dates lined up during the next few months to help tide peeps over.
Here are the record's songs, plus those dates:
1. "The Blog"
2. "Give It Up"
3. "True Stories"
6. "Do It Your Way"
7. "In the Red"
8. "Fear of Death"
10. "The Pretender"
11. "Back in the Seventies"
12. "Not Me"
13. "New Days Dawn"
4/23 Linz, Austria - Crossing Europe Film Festival
4/24-25 London, England - Camden Crawl
4/29 Bergen, Norway - Arenum (Bergenfest)
5/2 Bergen, Norway - Ole Bull Scene (Bergenfest)
5/7 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
5/8 Hamburg, Germany - Molotow Club
5/9 Copenhagen, Denmark - Rust
5/14 Brighton, England - Concorde II (The Great Escape Festival)
5/15 Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
5/16 Berlin, Germany - Magnet (Motor Club)
5/18 London, England - Barfly
5/19 Liverpool, England - Club Evol
6/4 Melbourne, Australia - The Hifi
6/5 Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo
6/6 Sydney, Australia - Luna Park (Come Together Festival)
6/12 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
6/13 Los Angeles, CA - The Key Club
8/8 Tokyo, Japan - Summer Sonic Festival
8/9 Osaka, Japan - Summer Sonic Festival