It's been one year and one day since LA Weekly's extensive story exploring the legacy of well-known Downtown all-ages club, The Smell. In the time that's passed since, No Age did a bunch of cool shit, Mika Miko sadly called it quits, and Abe Vigoda... well, the band is due for some news.
Yesterday, the Chino-bred foursome leaked a demo of a new track called "Crush" to its MySpace page, at roughly the same time that the group's PR rep announced a string of impressive dates supporting the chart-topping Vampire Weekend. Those can be found after the jump.
As for the new track, word is it's from Abe V's fourth album, due out this summer on Post Present Medium, the label owned by No Age's Dean Spunt. Astute listeners will notice that the band still sounds like KING SHIT (as its MySpace page has long boasted in all-caps) on this urgent, sorta epic-sounding tune.
Despite guitarist Juan Velasquez's summer promise that his group's new material would be "dancier" (more here), "Crush" isn't that at all -- unless you consider At The Drive-In's "One-Armed Scissor" one for the disco floor. That's not to say the song is derivative -- that band's frenetic pulse is here used as means to a different end: despite all that noise, Abe V still skews pop in its own skewed way, and Michael Vidal's vocals are deep and resonant like a Win Butler raised on goth and punk instead of The Boss and chamber pop.
Tropical anything? Not hardly. In case you haven't yet, listen to the song here.
Click below for the tour dates.
Abe Vigoda spring tour:
03/06 - - Oakland, CA - - 21 Grand **
03/07 - - San Francisco , CA - - Bottom of the Hill **
03/09 - - Santa, Cruz, CA - - Crepe Place **
03/10 - - Los Angeles, CA - - Echo **
03/11 - - San Diego, CA - - Bar Pink Elephant **
03/12 - - Phoenix, AZ - - Trunk Space **
03/13 - - Santa Fe, NM - - Corazon **
03/16 - - Dallas, TX - - Lounge on Elm St. **#
03/22 - - Minneapolis, MN - - First Avenue *
03/23 - - Milwaukee, WI - - Riverside Theater *
03/24 - - Madison, WI - - The Project Lodge @
03/25 - - Chicago, IL - - Riviera Theater *
03/26 - - Chicago, IL - - Riviera Theater *
03/27 - - Knoxville, TN - - Tennessee Theater *
03/30 - - Toronto, ON - - The Sound Academy *
03/31 - - New York, NY - - Mercury Lounge ##
04/01 - - Boston, MA - - Orpheum Theatre *
04/02 - -Philadelphia, PA - - Electric Factory *
04/03 - - Washington, DC - - DAR Constitution Hall *
04/05 - - Nashville, TN - - Ryman Auditorium *
04/06 - - Asheville, NC - - Orange Peel *
04/08 - - Atlanta, GA - - The Tabernacle *
04/09 - - New Orleans, LA - - House of Blues *
04/10 - - Austin, TX - - Stubb's BBQ *
04/11 - - Dallas, TX - - House of Blues *
04/13 - - Tempe, AZ - - Marquee Theater *
04/14 - - Pomona, CA - - Fox Theater *
04/19 - - Oakland, CA - - Fox Theater *
04/20 - - Oakland, CA - - Fox Theater *
*= w. Vampire Weekend
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**= w. Lovvers
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