M83 – the brainchild of French musician Anthony Gonzales – will kick off another extensive North American tour in support of its double album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (Mute),at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory this Wednesday, August 1st. The run includes a sold-out SummerStage show on August 8th in New York City’s Central Park, performances at numerous festivals – including Lollapalooza, FYF Fest, Bumbershoot and the Austin City Limits Festival – and two nights at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City (10/2 & 3).
“Outro,” the closing track on Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, is used to striking effect in the trailer for “Cloud Atlas,” which trended worldwide on Twitter when it debuted online last week. Set for October 26th release by Warner Bros. Pictures, the adaptation of the David Mitchell novel was directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski and its stellar cast includes Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. You can hear “Outro” in the extended first look at “Cloud Atlas” at:
The New York Timeshailed Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming as “M83 at its best – vibrant, elegant and unpredictable…a shimmering album that wears its thrill on its sleeve” and Pitchfork praised it as “22 tracks of horizon-spanning, unabashedly epic synth rock, a double album without a wasted moment.” “No one is better, or more single-minded, when it comes to evoking dream-pop awe,” declared SPIN. It topped critics’ end-of-year lists at Nylon, Filter and numerous other outlets and spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the CMJ Top 200.
“Midnight City,” a Top 5 hit at Modern Rock radio, is RIAA-certified Gold. It was the No. 1 song of the year at Pitchfork, Stereogum, Under the Radar, PopMatters and Sirius XMU and will be featured on Now That’s What I Call Music #43 (out August 7th). “Midnight City” can be heard in the Katy Perry film “A Part of Me” and in this fall’s 2012 Nissan Sentra advertising campaign.The accompanying video, directed by Fleur & Manu, has nearly 14 million views and their clip for M83’s new single, “Reunion,” prompted Rolling Stone to observe: “It’s really too bad this isn’t an actual movie – the mix of hyper-romantic music and arresting sci-fi visuals would make for a great summer popcorn flick.” “Reunion” can be viewed at:
Gonzalez, who now lives in Los Angeles, will score the upcoming film “Oblivion,” directed by Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”) and starring Tom Cruise. After the success of 2008’s Saturdays=Youth, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and led to tours with Kings of Leon, The Killers and Depeche Mode, Gonzalez sought to realize his childhood dream of a double disc record. Producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN, The Mars Volta, Goldfrapp) and guitarist Brad Laner (Medicine) were central to the creation of Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. They were joined in the studio by Morgan Kibby, who appeared on Saturdays=Youth and frequently tours with Anthony, and L.A.-based chanteuse Zola Jesus.
Reviewing M83’s sold-out fall 2011 show at Webster Hall, The New York Times praised Gonzalez as “electric…It was a stage show worthy of a much larger stage.” The sentiment was echoed by BuzzBands.LA, which summed up M83’s appearance at Coachella 2012 in three words: “Need bigger tent.” Billboard pegged their performance as one of the festival’s 10 best and three M83-related hash tags trended worldwide on Twitter during the festival. After its North American tour wraps up at the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco, CA on October 14, M83 will play a series of European dates – including the Pitchfork Music Festival Paris on November 1st.
M83 – North American Tour Dates
1 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
2 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
3 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
4 -Toronto, ON @ Historic Fort York
7 – Portland, ME @State Theater
8 – New York, NY @ Central Park – SummerStage
31 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
1 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
3 – Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot 2012
5 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Event Centre
6 – Calgary, AB @ Mac Ewan Ballroom
26 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason
27 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues Orlando
29 – Richmond, VA @ The National
30 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
2 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
3 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
4 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theater
7 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
9 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
10 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
11 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
12 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
14-San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival