Art Brut Announce Mini September Tour, Including 3 US Festivals

Art Brut is “Very very cool…the most entertaining [band]…they’re great” – Daniel Radcliffe on Art Brut, to Conan O’Brien

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Spin Magazine “Complicated shows a real grasp of musical history.” [Jul 2007, p.99]

Pitchfork Media “By only gently nudging the musical formula on It’s a Bit Complicated, Art Brut
have succeeded in crafting a satisfying half-mature sequel, but may have only delayed, rather than
thwarted, the sophomore jinx.”

Rolling Stone “It all adds up to something lovably unpretentious – and pretty unique.”

Entertainment Weekly “Idiosyncratic yet entertaining guitar-based pop.” [22 Jun 2007, p.69]

Los Angeles Times “ As good as much of the new British rock can be, it is experiencing acreeping
seriousness these days. “It’s a Bit Complicated” is a welcome corrective.”

Fresh off their “Direct Hit” performance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Art Brut return to the US this September
for a slew US festivals and a handful of dates in between. Art Brut are currently celebrating rave reviews to their
sophomore release “Its A Bit Complicated” out now on Downtown Records. In honor of this much festive occasion,
Art Brut have been touring the world and will return to the US for a very special tour in late Fall.

It makes sense that Art Brut share its name with the mid-20th century art movement characterized by a
breaking of traditional cultural boundaries. Much like that Art Brut—outsiderish, rebellious, punk before punk—
this Art Brut, too, is deliciously libertine.

Art Brut was willed into being in 2003 by its sardonic frontman Eddie Argos. Argos seemed to think that everyone
should be in a band—why not? Jonathan Richman-obsessed and more of a talker than a singer, Argos fronted The
Art Goblins in his native Bournemouth, before packing up for London and convincing guitarists Jasper Future and
Ian Catskilkin, bassist Frederica Feedback and drummer Mikey B to record a demo. The band recorded Brutlegs in
2004, and it included early versions of “Modern Art,” “Formed a Band,” and “Moving to LA.” “Emily Kane” was
released in early 2005, about, yes, Argos’ actual high school love. It didn’t win her back (she’s got a boyfriend,
natch), but it did turn Art Brut into a buzz band in their native UK.

A few months later the band released Bang Bang Rock and Roll. Touring commenced. They played with Oasis, and
performed at Coachella. Then came the cover of Rolling Stone in Germany. There seemed a good chance that
Argos might get his long-held wish of playing on Top of the Pops (it never happened).

While they haven’t yet written the song that “makes Israel and Palestine get along,” as promised in “Formed a
Band,” Art Brut have succeeded in garnering a dedicated legion of fans and copycats. It’s all part of Argos’ master
plan—Art Brut “franchise” bands. He swears there’s “at least 30 or 40 around” and it’s cutthroat competition to be
the best. In a recently held battle of the franchises Art Brut 7 won (they’re Argos’ favorite). Art Brut 4 is rather
sour about that.

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Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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