18-DATE U.S. TOUR KICKS OFF SEPTEMBER 20
JAMES have released 10 studio albums, sold more than 12 million albums worldwide, and have had twenty U.K. Top 40 singles. The U.K.-based band are best known in the U.S. for their Brian Eno-produced 1993 album Laid, which resulted in the huge modern rock hit singles “Laid” which went to #3 and “Say Something” (#19) resulting in a top spot on the Billboard 100 Chart and a gold album.
Now, JAMES are set to release a two-CD set, The Morning After The Night Before, on September 14 via UMe and embark on an 18-date U.S. tour with special guest Ed Harcourt, their first since the release of 2008’s Hey Ma. The tour, booked through Kirk Sommer at William Morris/Endeavor, is set to kick off on September 20 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and wraps in Los Angeles, CA, on October 13 at the Music Box Theater. Tickets for “The Morning After The Night Before Tour” to go on sale in various cities starting this Friday, July 16. JAMES then heads overseas for numerous headline and festival dates.
The two-disc set started as separate mini albums: The Night Before was released in the U.K. in April and The Morning After is set for release there this September. The Night Before takes James’ knack for uplifting songs about insecurity, disaffection and mental illness to a new level, and The Morning After has an intuitive, low-key “campfire” feel featuring some of the saddest, darkest lyrics Tim Booth has ever come up with.
The two albums were recorded in decidedly different ways. With The Night Before, the band set up an ftp site to which they all contributed, downloading and updating each other’s efforts at various intervals while producer Lee ‘Muddy’ Baker (who produced Hey Ma as well as Booth’s solo album Bone in 2004) knocked things into shape. This “virtual” recording process was inspired by the band’s history of working with Brian Eno.
Coming together directly after their U.K. tour in early 2010, James recorded The Morning After in five days in a big room with no overdubs and with a view to capturing “something spontaneous.” This idea came about due to the diversity of music from the ftp sessions and the realization that they were writing two completely different kinds of song. James naturally come up with beautiful, quiet pieces of music anyway, but rarely do more than one or two ever make it on to a long player; this time they wanted to make a whole album like that. The results are The Morning After and eight tracks that stretch the James envelope further than it’s ever been stretched before.
James are: Tim Booth (singer), Jim Glennie (bass), Larry Gott (guitars), Saul Davies (guitar, violin), Mark Hunter (keyboards), David Baynton-Power (drums) and Andy Diagram (trumpet). Gott and Jim Glennie (the band is named after Glennie’s Christian name) were founding members of the band and together with Booth formed its nucleus. In 2006, Gott and Glennie contacted Booth again and asked if he was interested in a reunion. The result was the 2008 release of Hey Ma, the band’s first album in seven years. Two years later, James are excited to return with a long awaited U.S. tour and their two-CD set The Morning After The Night Before.
‘The Morning After The Night Before’ track listing:
Disc 1 – The Morning After
1 – Got The Shakes
2 – Dust Motes
3 – Tell Her I Said So
4 – Kaleidoscope
5 – Rabbit Hole
6 – Make For This City
7 – Lookaway
8 – Fear
Disc 2 – The Night Before
1 – It’s Hot
2 – Crazy
3 – Ten Below
4 – Porcupine
5 – Shine
6 – Dr. Hellier
7 – Hero
JAMES’ ‘The Morning After The Night Before’ Tour Dates
09.20 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room
09.21 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
09.22 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
09.24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
09.25 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
09.27 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
09.28 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
09.30 – Toronto, CA @ Queen Elizabeth Theater
10.01 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Theater
10.02 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater
10.04 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
10.05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10.07 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10.08 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Room
10.09 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox At The Market
10.11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
10.12 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
10.13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Music Box
*With Special Guest Ed Harcourt
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