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Big Thief announce new album, lead single, intimate London gig

Today, Big Thief announced their new album, Two Hands, due on 11th October, and debuted its lead single, “Not.” The quartet has also confirmed worldwide tour dates that will extend to the Spring of 2020 including details of a special intimate London show.

Big Thief had only just finished work on their 3rd album, U.F.O.F. – “the celestial twin” – days before in a cabin studio in the woods of Washington State. Now it was time to birth U.F.O.F.’s sister album – “the earth twin” – Two Hands. 30 miles west of El Paso, surrounded by 3,000 acres of pecan orchards and only a stone’s throw from the Mexican border, Big Thief (a.k.a. Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek, Max Oleartchik, and James Krivchenia) set up their instruments as close together as possible to capture their most important collection of songs yet. Where U.F.O.F.layered mysterious sounds and effects for levitation, Two Hands is an album that promises to “ground itself on dried-out, cracked desert dirt.”

“Two Hands has the songs that I’m the most proud of; I can imagine myself singing them when I’m old,” says Adrianne. “Musically and lyrically, you can’t break it down much further than this. It’s already bare-bones.” Lyrically this can be felt in the poetic blur of the internal and external. These are political songs without political language. They explore the collective wounds of our Earth. Abstractions of the personal hint at war, environmental destruction, and the traumas that fuel it. Across the album, there are genuine attempts to point the listener towards the very real dangers that face our planet. When Adrianne sings “Please wake up,” she’s talking directly to the audience.

Next week, on Monday 19th August, Big Thief will play a very special intimate show for fans at Bush Hall, London. To ensure fans are able to attend, the only way to get access to buy tickets is by signing up via No Purchase Necessary or pre-ordering Two Hands on any format via 4AD. Sign up or pre-order before Noon UK on Thursday 15th August to receive a unique code, with tickets on-sale from 10AM UK on Friday 16th. All details and links HERE.

Big Thief tour dates:

14th-17th – La Route Du Rock Festival, Saint-Malo, France
15th – 18th – Green Man Festival, Wales, UK
16th – Pukkelpop Festival, Hasselt, Belgium
19th – Bush Hall, London, UK

9th – Brooklyn Steel, New York NY, US
10th – Webster Hall, New York NY, US
11th – Webster Hall, New York NY, US
12th – Higher Ground, South Burlington VT, US
13th – Wilbur Theatre, Boston MA, US
15th – La Tulipe, Montreal QC, Canada
16th – Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON, Canada
17th – Majestic Theatre, Detroit, MI, US
18th – Metro, Chicago IL, US
19th – The Sylvee, Madison, WI, US
21st – First Avenue, Minneapolis MN, US
24th – Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR, US
25th – Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC, Canada
26th – Moore Theatre, Seattle WA, US
28th – The Fillmore, San Francisco CA, US
30th – The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA, US

1st – Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ, US
2nd – Sister, Albuquerque NM, US
4th – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre, Austin TX, US
5th – Trees, Dallas TX, US
7th – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA, US
8th – Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, NC, US
9th – Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA, US
10th – 9:30 Club, Washington DC, US
11th – The Athenaeum Theatre, Columbus , OH, US

17th – LAV, Lisbon, Portugal
18th – Hard Club, Porto, Portugal
19th – Joy Eslava, Madrid, Spain
20th – La 2 de Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
22th – Locomotiv, Bologna, Italy
23th – Magnolia, Milan, Italy
24th – Epicerie Moderne, Lyon, France
25th – Cabaret Sauvage, Paris, France
27th – Eventim Apollo, London, UK
29th – Rock City, Nottingham, UK

1st – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
2nd – Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, UK
5th – Ballroom, Brussels, Belgium
6th – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherland
7th – Luxor, Cologne, Germany
8th – Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany
9th – Astra, Berlin, Germany
11th – Vega Main Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
12th – Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden
13th – Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
14th – Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway
15th – Voxhal, Aarhus, Denmark

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