Beak> Flying To U.S.
Beak> was formed in January 2009 and features Barrow along with The Moles’ Billy Fuller and Team Brick’s Matt Williams.
The Daily Telegraph says the band “explores the unmathematical, analogue grooves of Krautrock, with driving motorik beats, hypnotic basslines, intense swells of organ and mantric vocals.” The Guardian notes that Beak> “bears traces of Portishead’s eeriness, but also that of heavier acts signed to Barrow’s Invada Records label.”
The group released its self-titled debut in October 2009. All 12 tracks were written over a 12-day session and then recorded live in one room with “no overdubs or repair, only using edits to create arrangements.”
The U.S. tour, which marks Beak>’s first stateside shows, begins Sept. 3 at Bowery Ballroom in New York, followed by a Sept. 4 slot at All Tomorrow’s Parties festival at Kutshers Country Club & Resort in Monticello, N.Y.
Additional dates include The Independent in San Francisco (Sept. 7) and Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif. (Sept. 10).
Beak> has also lined up two in-store performances at Amoeba Music, playing San Francisco’s location Sept. 8 as well as the Hollywood, Calif., store Sept. 9.
The band says it is “traveling on a diplomatic mission to the United States to rebuild the special relationship between our two great countries.
“They will do this by performing music in several cities and returning to you the multinational companies McDonalds, Walmart and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, then in return we will take British Petroleum and their oil spill back to the United Kingdom shores to be dealt with by the proper authorities, the government of her royal highness the Queen of England.”
Click here for Beak>’s website.