Published Jan 30, 2009If Owen Pallet wasn't already busy enough with Final Fantasy, the Canadian orchestrator is once again taking on a little extra studio work.
Following his efforts with Arcade Fire, the Last Shadow Puppets and most recently, the Pet Shop Boys, Pallett has signed on for the Rumble Strips' yet-untitled sophomore effort, which is nearing completion and also boasts the production talents of UK super-producer Mark Ronson.
According to Pallett, the new album by the UK pop rock act is "the most infectious record I've ever worked on," drawing comparisons between the Rumble Strips' full-length and the La's self-titled 1990 debut.
"I'm excited... I don't get to run orchestral sessions as much as I'd like," he said in a statement. "It's a real treat for me. Working with the band and Ronson has been easy."
Pallett goes on to shed some light on what his strings are giving Rumble Strips, and really, what orchestration gives rock'n'roll in general. "A record made by a rock band sounds like a studio, or a bar. It sounds like fitted jeans and cigarettes," he said. "An orchestra, on the other hand, can put a song in a range of times or places. It can put Scott Walker in Copenhagen, or Sinatra in Vegas, or Aerosmith in space."
No release date has been announced yet for Rumble Strips' second album but the band have lined up several UK tour dates. Here they are:
3/9 Birmingham, UK - The Rainbow
3/10 Manchester, UK - The Roadhouse
3/11 Leeds, UK - The Cockpit
3/13 York, UK - Fibbers
3/14 Glasgow, UK - King TuTs
3/15 Dundee, Scotland, UK - The Doghouse
3/16 Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
3/18 Sheffield, UK - The Plug
3/19 Leicester, UK - The Charlotte
3/20 Cambridge, UK - Junction 2
3/22 Norwich, UK - The Arts Centre
3/23 Southampton, UK - The Joiners
3/24 Brighton, UK - Komedia
3/25 London, UK - Dingwalls
3/27 Derby, UK - The Rockhouse
3/28 Luton, UK - Charlie Browns
4/1 Cardiff, UK - Clwb Ifor Bach
4/2 Exeter, UK - The Cavern
4/4 Chatham, UK - Tap N Tin
4/5 Gloucester, UK - Guildhall
4/6 Bristol, UK - Thekla
The Rumble Strips "Time"