Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti will be hitting New York on May 4 for a sold out show at the Mercury Lounge with R. Stevie Moore, one of Mr. Pink’s personal heroes – after a short European tour in June, the band will return to North America for a run of dates with Pearl Harbor and Magic Kids, launching in LA and wrapping up back near home at the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa.
The band’s 4AD debut record, Before Today, consists of twelve tracks (including the single “Round And Round”) and will be released worldwide on June 8th 2010 on CD, LP and digital formats.
Six months in the making, Before Todaywas recorded in part in Encino at the House of Blues (once Tito Jackson’s home studio) with Sunny Levine (Quincy Jones’ grandson) and Rik Pekkonen (Bill Withers, Seals & Crofts, Bread) as well as at the band’s home studios. The result is a beguiling mix of glam rock, West Coast funk and Merseybeat harmonies with a high-production sheen; a contrast to the corroded bedroom recordings that have fomented a fervent cult following over the past decade.
The outfit now consists of reclusive pop surrealist Ariel Pink (vocals) alongside Tim Koh (bass/vocals), Kenny Gilmore (guitar/vocals) and Aaron Sperske (drums/vocals).
Before Todaycover art conceived by Douglas Lee.
Prior to the album, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti will release “Round And Round” (backed with “Mistaken Wedding”) as a limited edition 7″ and digital download single on April 26th. Fans can hear “Round And Round” on 4AD.com and new subscribers to the band’s mailing list can also download the track as a free MP3.
“Ariel Pink has turned out to be one of decade’s most influential indie musicians.” –Simon Reynolds
ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI
04-May New York, NY Mercury Lounge *
09-Jul Los Angeles, CA Echoplex#
10-Jul San Francisco, CA Bimbo’s #
12-Jul Portland, OR Doug Fir #
13-Jul Seattle, WA Neumo’s #
14-Jul Vancouver, BC Biltmore #
16-Jul Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge #
17-Jul Denver, CO Bluebird #
19-Jul Minneapolis, MN Entry #
20-Jul Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall #
21-Jul Detroit, MI Pike Room #
22-Jul Toronto, ONT Mod Club #
23-Jul Montreal, PQ La Sala Rosa #
24-Jul New York, NY The Fillmore / Irving Plaza #
25-Jul Boston, MA Middle East #
27-Jul Philadelphia, PA JB’s #
28-Jul Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel #
29-Jul Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 #
30-Jul Atlanta, GA Earl #
31-Jul Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree #
02-Aug Denton, TX Hailey’s #
03-Aug Austin, TX Mohawk #
05-Aug Tucson, AZ Plush #
06-Aug San Diego, CA Casbah #
07-Aug Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar #
* = w/ R. Stevie Moore
# = w/ Pearl Harbor & Magic Kids