TLB will kick things off the day after the album’s release with a June 6 show at the Luna Lounge in Brooklyn, N.Y. They’ll also make stops in Washington, D.C, Boston, New York City, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, before heading back to Europe for the summer festival circuit and then on to Australia and Japan. The band’s rep hinted to Pollstar that they’ll return to North America for more dates in September.
The band’s busy festival calendar includes appearances at Norway’s Hove Festival (June 29), the Radar Live Festival in Istanbul, Turkey (July 2), Scotland’s
Dates on the band’s swing through Australia and Japan include The Zoo in Brisbane (August 3), Sydney’s Metro (August 4), Capitol in Perth (August 8) and two shows at the Summer Sonic Festival (August 11 in Tokyo and August 12 in Osaka).
The Long Blondes – who hail from Sheffield, birthplace of Human League, ABC and Pulp – are vocalist Kate Jackson, Dorian Cox on lead guitar and keyboards, bassist Reenie Hollis, rhythm guitarist Emma Chaplin and drummer Screech Louder (whose real name is Mark Turvey).
The band’s bright, jangly, guitar and bass driven sound and glamorous punk image reflect a number of influences including The Pretenders, Buzzcocks, Blondie, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Pulp. In fact, their debut full-length was produced by Pulp bassist Steve Mackey.
TLB released a number of successful singles on a variety of indie labels, including “New Idols / Long Blonde” on Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation, “Appropriation (By Any Other Name)” and “Giddy Stratospheres” on Angular Records and “Separated By Motorways” on uber-producer Paul Epworth’s Good and Evil imprint, before being signed last April to indie-label icon Rough Trade.
Released in the U.K. last November, Home has spawned a trio of hit singles including “Weekend Without Makeup”(which preceded the album’s release), “Once And Never Again,” and a re-issued “Giddy Stratospheres.”