Published Sep 30, 2009If, like us, you can't wait to bust out your Spagett costume and go trick-or-treating, Ontario dance pop heroes Junior Boys have got you covered. The band, in support of their third LP, Begone Dull Care, have announced a fall tour where they plan to celebrate Halloween every night.
Junior Boy Jeremy Greenspan explains that his Halloween obsession has been around for a while in this hefty quote from a press release:
Part of being a young Jewish kid to me was directing all of your excitement that should've been for Christmas towards Halloween. I was obsessed with Halloween as a kid, I waited for it impatiently, lamented it when it was over. All of my childhood obsessions with science fiction, horror stories, weird movies and strange music all seemed to converge at Halloween. I was particularly mesmerized by Halloween specials like Disney's The Skeleton Dance and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and a television show produced in Hamilton called The Hilarious House of Frightenstein. Even my indoctrination into dance music came from older gothy friends of mine who seemed to see a direct continuation from the spooky sounds of throbbing gristle and skinny puppy to early 90s detroit techno. Such was the Hamilton mentality at the time... who knows....
Anyway when it came about that we would be touring around the release of our single called "Bits and Pieces" during October, all sorts of Halloween fantasies started churning up in my mind. So although we couldn't quite afford full on Gwar style theatrics, we are hoping that people come to the shows in a Halloween kinda mindset (and attire), and help us ring in Samhain all month long.
In other words, don't worry about the fact that the real Halloween falls on the band's Brooklyn show. Instead, come dressed up to any show on the tour and be rewarded with prizes for the best costume, including free merch like CDs and T-shirts.
That single, "Bits and Pieces," will be released through Domino and will feature remixes from Modselektor and Prins Thomas. No firm releases date has yet be set, though.
Junior Boys Halloween tour:
10/8 Vancouver, BC - The Venue
10/9 Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
10/10 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
10/11 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10/13 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
10/14 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
10/17 Tucson, AZ - Plush
10/19 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
10/20 Houston, TX - Walter's on Washington
10/21 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
10/22 Tallahassee, FL - The Engine Room
10/23 Tampa, FL - Crowbar
10/24 Miami, FL - The Vagabond
10/26 Orlando, FL - The Social
10/27 St. Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven
10/28 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
10/29 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
10/30 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
10/31 Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
11/2 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
11/3 Buffalo, NY - Big Orbit's Soundlab
11/4 Montreal, QC - TBA
11/5 Ottawa, ON - TBA
11/6 Toronto, ON - TBA
11/7 Waterloo, ON - Starlight
11/8 Hamilton, ON - Rokbar