Published Apr 26, 2010Orchestral Torontonian pop group Ohbijou have been on an upward trajectory ever since they released their debut album, 2006's Swift Feet for Troubling Times. Last spring, the band announced that they had signed with Last Gang Records, and soon released their follow-up album Beacons. Luckily for fans, the ball is still rolling, as Ohbijou have announced tour dates in Japan, Taiwan and Canada, as well as revealed their third studio album on the horizon.
First, the tour dates. The start of May will see the band embark on a small Asian tour where they will play Taiwan and Tokyo. After they get over their jet lag, they will play a special benefit for Alli's Journey, a charity dedicated to ending cancer in young adults, at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music on June 9. Then, they will spend the rest of their summer playing some Canadian festival dates, including the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Gimli, MB's Islendingadagurinn, the Regina Folk Festival, and the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival.
As far as Beacons' follow-up goes, Ohbijou say that they have begun penning tracks for the new full-length. In a statement, here's what the band had to say about their work so far on the new record:
We just recently returned from our getaway to the beautiful, inspiring, Dyer's Bay in the Northern Bruce Peninsula. We rented a quaint and quiet cabin, well out of ear-shot from any neighbours, and moved ourselves in for the span of 10 days.
The 1890s-built log room became our haven to write, arrange, experiment, demo and play. While wrapped up in the loveliness of this space, out flew a flock of new songs and arrangements that we're pretty excited about!
So far there is no release date for the new as-yet-untitled album.
5/1 Sendai, Taiwan - Arabaki Rock Fest. 10
5/3 Tokyo, Japan - O-Nest
5/4 Tokyo, Japan - Shinkiba Studio Coast
5/5 Tapei, Taiwan - The Wall
6/9 Toronto, ON - Koerner Hall (Royal Conservatory of Music)
7/23-25 Calgary, AB - Calgary Folk Fest
8/1 Gimli, MB - Islendingadagruinn
8/6-8 Regina, SK - Regina Folk Fest
8/13-15 Salmon Arm, BC - The Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival