MARGOT & THE NUCLEAR SO AND SO’S TO RELEASE THIRD ALBUM BUZZARD ON SEPTEMBER 21st, 2010

Margot & the nuclear so and so’s will release their third album, Buzzard, on September 21st, 2010 via Mariel Recordings, their own label with distribution through Redeye.

Buzzard is infused with a newly raw, forceful energy. The album is a distinct evolution in sound from Margot’s more orchestral previous releases, the inventive Animal! (and its fraternal, slightly buttoned-down twin, Not Animal, both released by Epic in 2008), which hinted at bolder dynamics, and their lush, melancholy debut, The Dust of Retreat (Artemis, 2005). Buzzard’s opener, “Birds,” wastes no time introducing Margot’s bigger and louder sound, its languid verses progressing into fuzzed out, howling choruses as the song twists and turns. “New York City Hotel Blues” and “Claws Off” offer the band’s heart-rending chamber pop distilled down to its essence: melody-driven music with teeth. “Lunatic, lunatic, lunatic” charts a familiar sound but unveils a previously untapped dark humor. Closer “I Do,” meanwhile, is among the most moving songs by the band, carried along by simply singer/guitarist Richard Edwards’ haunting voice and an acoustic guitar.

The inception of Buzzard came late last summer after Edwards left Indianapolis (where he had lived for 24 years) for Chicago and began writing in his new home, an abandoned movie theater. After six months, longtime Margot members Tyler Watkins and Erik Kang joined him to finish the album. They created a makeshift studio in the theater to record the album with the help of engineer Neil Strauch and drummer/producer Brian Deck. The sessions – which transpired entirely in the late night dark to the wee hours of the morning – uncorked a heady, feverish energy from the band. To fill out the instrument parts, the trio called upon a host of new Chicago musician friends, including Tim Rutili (Califone, Red Red Meat), Joe Adamik, Cameron McGill, Katie Todd and Ronnie Kwasman.

Margot & the nuclear so and so’s has also announced dates of a massive fall national headlining tour. The first leg of the tour begins September 17th at 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, MN, and concludes October 15th at the Broad Ripple Music Festival in Indianapolis. After a three-week rest, the band will launch the second half of the tour on November 5th at Opolis Productions in Norman, OK, and wrap up November 23rd at the Waiting Room in Omaha, NE.

Buzzard track listing:

1. Birds
2. Let’s Paint Our Teeth Green
3. New York City Hotel Blues
4. Claws Off
5. Will You Love Me Forever?
6. Tiny Vampire Robot
7. Your Lower Back
8. Freak Flight Speed
9. My Baby (Cares For The Animals)
10. Lunatic, lunatic, lunatic
11. Earth To Aliens: What Do You Want?
12. I Do

Buzzard cover art is below.

Margot & the nuclear so and so’s tour dates:

SEPT. 17 MINNEAPOLIS, MN 7TH STREET ENTRY

SEPT. 18 MILWAUKEE, WI MAD PLANET

SEPT. 19 CHICAGO, IL LINCOLN HALL

SEPT. 21 ANN ARBOR, MI BLIND PIG

SEPT. 22 COLUMBUS, OH CIRCUS

SEPT. 23 NEWPORT, KY SOUTHGATE HOUSE

SEPT. 24 AKRON, OH MUSICA

SEPT. 25 PITTSBURGH, PA THE BRILLOBOX

SEPT. 26 NEW YORK, NY BOWERY BALLROOM

SEPT. 27 CAMBRIDGE, MA THE MIDDLE EAST (Downstairs)

SEPT. 29 BROOKLYN, NY MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG

SEPT. 30 PHILADELPHIA, PA FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH

OCT. 1 WASHINGTON, DC BLACK CAT

OCT. 2 ASHEVILLE, NC STELLA BLUE

OCT. 3 CHAPEL HILL, NC LOCAL 506

OCT. 5 TALLAHASSEE, FL CLUB DOWNUNDER

OCT. 6 GAINESVILLE, FL COMMON GROUND

OCT. 7 ORLANDO, FL THE BACKBOOTH

OCT. 8 TAMPA, FL CROWBAR

OCT. 9 ATLANTA, GA DRUNKEN UNICORN

OCT. 10 BIRMINGHAM, AL BOTTLETREE

OCT. 11 NASHVILLE, TN EXIT/IN

OCT. 13 ST. LOUIS, MO THE FIREBIRD

OCT. 14 BLOOMINGTON, IN THE BISHOP

OCT. 15 INDIANAPOLIS, IN BROAD RIPPLE MUSIC FESTIVAL

NOV. 5 NORMAN, OK OPOLIS PRODUCTIONS

NOV. 6 DALLAS, TX KESSLER THEATER

NOV. 9 ALBUQUERQUE, NM LAUNCHPAD

NOV. 10 PHOENIX, AZ RHYTHM ROOM

NOV. 11 TUCSON, AZ CLUB CONGRESS

NOV. 12 SAN DIEGO, CA THE CASBAH

NOV. 13 COSTA MESA, CA DETROIT BAR

NOV. 14 LOS ANGELES, CA ECHOPLEX

NOV. 15 SANTA BARBARA, CA SOHO

NOV. 18 PORTLAND, OR DOUG FIR LOUNGE

NOV. 19 SEATTLE, WA THE CROCODILE

NOV. 20 BOISE, ID NEUROLUX

NOV. 21 SALT LAKE CITY, UT URBAN LOUNGE

NOV. 22 DENVER, CO BLUEBIRD THEATER

NOV. 23 OMAHA, NE THE WAITING ROOM

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