Published Feb 02, 2010Post-rock eccentrics Trans Am have circled April 20 on their calendars as the big release date for their latest album, Thing, on Thrill Jockey Records.
The album - available as a mini-LP-style gatefold CD, as well as a vinyl version with a download coupon - is the ninth from the unpredictable trio and follows the recent release of their double-live LP, What Day Is It Tonight?
In a press release, the band deliver their typically deadpan and possibly sarcastic responses to queries about the new album's style: "It's the same. Trans Am have been here before. We've been a few songs away from winning and just couldn't do it eight times. It's unbelievable to have an opportunity, after 15 years, to be here, again. But there's nothing different about this album."
Meanwhile, Trans Am are getting back on the road for a spring North American tour, which includes Canadian dates in Toronto and Montreal. After that, the band are over to Europe for a second round of stops.
1. "Please Wait"
2. "Black Matter"
3. "Naked Singularity"
5. "Bad Vibes"
6. "Heaven's Gate"
7. "The Silent Star"
9. "Apparent Horizon"
10. "Interstellar Drift"
11. "Maximum Yield"
12. "Space Dock"
4/15 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *
4/16 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's *
4/17 New York, NY - Santos Partyhouse *
4/18 Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel *
4/19 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs *
4/20 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa *
4/21 Toronto, ON - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern *
4/22 Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom *
4/23 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
4/24 Cincinnati, OH - Northside Tavern *
5/4 Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang*
5/5 Berlin, Germany - Volksbuhne*
5/6 Antwerp, Belgium - Scheld'apen ^
5/7 Metz, France - Les Trinitaires ^
5/8 Brussels, Belgium - Les Nuits du Botaniques Festival
5/9 Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 ^
5/10 Utrecht, Netherlands - DB's ^
5/11 London, UK - Corsica Studios ^
5/14 Lille, France - L'Aeronef ^
5/18 Paris, France - La Maroquinerie ^
5/21 Brest, France - Sonore Festival
5/23 Kortrijk, Belgium - Sixen Festival ^^
5/24 Colmar, France - Le Grillen ^^
5/25 Zurich, Switzerland - Exil ^^
526 Geneva, Switzerland - Le Kab ^^
* with Nice Nice
^ with Lazer Crystal
^^ with the Psychic Paramount