Melt-Banana Return with 'Fetch,' Announce North American Tour

BY Gregory AdamsPublished Aug 22, 2013

The long wait for a new Melt-Banana LP is almost over, as the Japanese noise-punk greats have finally announced their studio follow-up to 2007's Bambi's Dilemma. Titled Fetch, it arrives October 1 via A-ZAP.

A press release notes that the demo sessions for the record were completed back in the spring of 2011, but work on the LP was postponed following the devastating Fukushima earthquake. Since then, the band have been pared down to vocalist Yako and guitarist Agata, and their current work is apparently "juiced with electronics and post-rock production." Some wild touchstones referenced for the LP include Kate Bush, Walter White and post-punkers Wire, if the latter were "playing metal run through Wasp synthesizers and auto-tune."

Backed by a PC full of beats and god knows what else, the spazzy outfit make their return to North America this fall. The "2 do what 2 fetch" tour kicks off at Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret on October 16 and will see them playing one more Canadian date in Toronto. You can see the tour schedule down below. It will be the first time the band have crossed the continent since 2011.

Tour dates:

10/16 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret

10/17 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey

10/18 Portland, OR - Dante's

10/19 Boise, ID - Nuerolux

10/20 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge

10/21 Denver, CO - Laimer Lounge

10/23 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club

10/24 Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club

10/25 Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme

10/26 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
10/27 Chicago, IL - Double Door

10/28 Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom

10/29 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace

10/31 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

11/01 Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus

11/02 Providence, RI - AS220

11/03 Boston, MA - The Sinclair

11/04 Washington, DC - Black Cat - Backstage

11/05 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506

11/06 Atlanta, GA - 529

11/08 Dallas, TX - Club Dada

11/09 Austin, TX - FFF Fest

11/11 Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
11/12 Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit

11/13 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour

11/14 San Diego, CA - The Casbah

11/15 Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse
11/16 Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro Opera House

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