Kristin Hersh, celebrated singer/songwriter and frontwoman of seminal 4AD band Throwing Muses and power trio 50FOOTWAVE, will be releasing her new solo album ‘Possible Dust Clouds’ on October 5 via Fire Records. Following the first single ‘LAX’, announced a few weeks ago, she now presents a rough mix of another song to feature on the album – ‘Breathe In’, a turbulent cracker with an assertive swagger.
These two tracks are the first new material from Kristin Hersh since 2016, when she released her double album / book combo ‘Wyatt at the Coyote Palace’ (released on vinyl in 2017). On ‘Breathe In’, Hersh is joined by Fred Abong (Throwing Muses, Belly) on bass and Kristin’s son, Wyatt True, on drums. On ‘LAX’, she is accompanied by Chris Brady (Pond) on vocals and Rob Ahlers (50FOOTWAVE) on drums.
Hersh is also gearing up for her United Kingdom tour with a string of 11 shows and a repertoire comprising material spanning her career, her poignant true stories bringing the listener into what the BBC calls Hersh’s “dark and dizzy world”.
Following news of her sold-out June 21 show at Robert Smith’s Meltdown, the UK’s longest-running artist-curated music festival, additional shows in London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Halifax, Cambridge, Ramsgate, Brighton, and Bristol were announced.
Kristin Hersh is most recognised as the frontperson for the influential art-punk band Throwing Muses and power trio 50FOOTWAVE. Throwing Muses first gained traction in the early ‘80s, playing with similarly singular artists, such as The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. They continue to release groundbreaking music, most recently with 2013’s double CD masterpiece ‘Purgatory/Paradise’. Kristin’s solo career spun off in 1994 with the release of ‘Hips and Makers’, a widely acclaimed album that included ‘Your Ghost’, a duet with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. Since then, Kristin has released a steady stream of distinctly individual solo albums, including 2010’s ‘Crooked’, released as her first in the inventive book/CD format for which she is now known.
Support for Kristin on these dates will be friend and former Throwing Muses and Belly bass player Fred Abong, who will be touring his new solo acoustic EP, alternately described as “ragged Replacements” and “Elliott Smith with balls”. Hersh and Abong warmly recall their time together in Throwing Muses. Fred was part of the band at the time that ‘The Real Ramona’ was recorded. This tour is a celebration of this long-standing friendship, as well as an expression of their appreciation of each other’s solo efforts.
2016’s ‘Wyatt at the Coyote Palace’, on which Kristin played all of the instruments, received rave reviews; an explosive defined by blistering guitars, powerful drumming and her signature visceral vocal technique.
In 2004, Kristin formed 50FOOTWAVE, releasing a series of frighteningly intense mini-albums, the latest being the ‘Bath White’ EP was described as “a series of loud explosions, of velvet like dreams all intermingled at the same time”. Kristin’s writing career has flourished with the highly acclaimed ‘Paradoxical Undressing’ (released as ‘Rat Girl’ in the USA) and the award winning ‘Don’t Suck, Don’t Die’, a personal account of her long friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt.
Hersh’s UK tour kicks off on June 17 in Bristol at the Redgrave Theatre and wraps up in Britain’s south-east on July 1 at the Ramsgate Music Hall. Tour and ticket info for all shows can be found at www.kristinhersh.com/ appearances.
June 14 Tel Aviv – Zappa Club
June 17 Bristol – Redgrave Theatre
June 18 London, Cecil Sharp House
June 21 London, Meltdown Festival SOLD OUT
June 24 Glasgow, Mackintosh Church
June 25 Halifax, Square Chapel
June 26 Newcastle, Cluny 2 SOLD OUT
June 27 Newcastle, Cluny 2
June 28 Cambridge, Storey’s Field Centre
June 29 Ramsgate, Ramsgate Music Hall SOLD OUT
June 30 Brighton, Duke of York’s Cinema
July 1 Ramsgate – Ramsgate Music Hall
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