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Friday, August 10, 2007


You may have just read the PITCHFORK exclusive on the SHOUT OUT LOUDS North American Tour in October, but what it didn't mention was that we here at TANKFARM FUTURE SOUNDS are supporting the bands. It's an honor, and a long time coming for a band we've loved since February 2004. Some of you old time subscribers will remember them from when we had them on Future Sounds 10 - here's the original write up:

5. SHOUT OUT LOUDS – Please Please Please
Stockholm’s SHOUT OUT LOUDS grabbed me the instant I heard them. At first I was thinking it was a rip of MATERIAL ISSUE’s ‘Valerie Loves Me’, but after spinning the whole disc I realized that these guys are a touch of everything. Now if Parasol can just get the word out about this band we’ll never hear the end of them. Another band that has an enormous outlook ahead!
SHOUT OUT LOUDS – Howl Howl Gaff Gaff – Bud Fox Recordings.

So fast forward from Bud Fox in Sweden, to Capitol Records, and now to their amazing new release on Merge Records, called 'Out Ill Wills', and it's enough to bring a tear to your eye. They've always managed to keep something quirky and clever to their lyrics and music, borrowing from THE CURE at times but having this SHINS type of warmth to them. They keep growing and maturing right before our eyes. We couldn't be more excited about getting behind them on their return. They also represent a growing trend within the industry for bands that were once a part of the big machine, the major label, and found it somewhere that didn't tap their essence, deciding instead to plug them into the formula and see what sticks. It's absolute justice that they've rebounded perfectly into Merge, one of the premier big indies that release after release, seem to have the magic potion. That secret sauce is what you and I might call 'taste', and responsible spending. So everyone's been enjoying the first single, "Tonight I Have To Leave It" for some time, but wait until you get your hands on the full length, scheduled for a September 11th release date, where tracks like "South America" and "Hard Rain" fill out this excellent album.

What's more is that the tour has two other 'future stars' on it in JOHNOSSI and NICO VEGA. JOHNOSSI are also from Stockholm, Sweden, and this two-piece is on V2 in Europe and will be releasing their US debut - self-titled - on Control Group on October 9th. These guys are electric live - you really need to head on over to Youtube and do a search on them. Here's one video anyway to save you some time: http://youtube.com/watch?v=kAc-nnuteHQ
Check out the live footage though, compelling!

Los Angeles based NICO VEGA have recently signed with Myspace Records, and will kick each night off with high energy, flips and the shortest shorts you've ever seen. Since being handed the song, "Gravity", I've been driving around town being 'that guy' in traffic, pumping his fists, pounding on the dash, and making you wonder, "what the hell is that guy listening to that is that good?" Frontwoman Aja Volkman is a sheer presence to be dealt with and felt. Again, we're just happy to be a part of giving these young and very talented artists an extra push.

SHOUT OUT LOUDS North American Tour Dates:

10-06 Los Angeles, CA - LA Weekly Detour Festival *#
10-09 San Francisco, CA - Independent *#
10-10 Eugene, OR - TBA *#
10-11 Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan *#
10-12 Vancouver, British Columbia - Richard's on Richards *#
10-13 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *#
10-15 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *#
10-16 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre *#
10-17 Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Lounge *#
10-18 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Café *#
10-19 Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium *#
10-20 Columbus, OH - The Basement *#
10-22 Toronto, Ontario - Mod Club *#
10-23 Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret *#
10-24 Boston, MA - Paradise *#
10-25 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *#
10-26 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10-27 Hoboken, NY - Maxwell's *#
10-28 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *#
10-29 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *#
10-30 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *#
10-31 Atlanta, GA - The Loft *#
11-02 Austin, TX - The Parish *#
11-03 Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre *#

Keep an eye out here for more dates......Bolded dates are part of the TankFarm Future Sounds Presents..Tour

* with Johnossi
# with Nico Vega


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