Published Feb 01, 2011Considering the snowstorms still hitting the East Coast, tUnE-yArDs singer Merril Garbus is probably pretty happy she relocated to Oakland, CA. In fact, it sounds as if the move affected her music quite a bit. Though she reportedly still writes the bulk of her work from her bedroom, the songs that will appear on her just announced new album whokill are apparently stained with the sunny rays of the Bay Area.
A press release for the record explains that whokill is a natural successor to the skewed, indie spirituals off her debut BiRd-BrAiNs, retaining "the honesty of the lonely bedroom confessionals of her early work, but with the addition of the fangs, claws and dented metal of her new surroundings."
Joining her on the album is bassist Nate Brenner, who also co-wrote a few of whokill's tracks. Produced by Garbus herself, the new album apparently aims to capture the spirit of tUnE-yArDs' live show. It is also the first material to be recorded in a proper studio setting.
An interview with Pitchfork reveals Garbus's intent with the new record:
People kept saying, "Oh, I wish your recordings were more like your live show." But the stubborn, contrarian impulse in me wanted to rebel against their desires a little bit. I have no interest in making a live album. But, at the same time, I wanted to record it better than I had been able to record the last album. So I went into a real studio with a real engineer and real microphones.
While a tracklisting has yet to pop up for the album, whokill will be released on 4AD on April 19.
Garbus will then take her show on the road, making Canadian stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Check out the tour dates below.
4/26 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
4/28 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
4/29 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
4/30 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Biltmore Cabaret
5/2 Garden City, ID - Visual Arts Collective
5/3 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
5/4 Denver, CO - Hi Dive
5/6 Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon
5/7 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
5/8 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
5/10 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
5/11 Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
5/12 Toronto, ON - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
5/13 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
5/15 Easthampton, MA - Flywheel Arts Collective
5/16 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
5/17 Milford, CT - Daniel Street
5/19 Washington, DC - The Red Palace
5/20 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
5/21 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/25 West Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour