Blackfield – American tour starting plus second part of Q&A video
On Wednesday 18th May Blackfield, the acclaimed collaboration between Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen, embark on a tour of USA, Canada and Mexico in support of their new album Welcome To My DNA.
These dates follow a successful series of dates around Europe, which was the band's first tour for over three years due to both artists' busy schedules. Steven has been enjoying massive success with Porcupine Tree and Aviv has released his first English language solo album (produced by Trevor Horn) and has supported U2 and Placebo.
The son of esteemed Israeli poet Yehonatan Geffen and the nephew of Moshe Dayan, Geffen is Israel’s leading counter-culture rock musician. A huge star in his native country, his records have been greeted with critical adulation, earning him a string of gold albums. An outspoken peace campaigner, he controversially refused to do compulsory military service, and his lyrics have been fiercely critical of the Israeli military and their actions.
Aviv has worked with various artists throughout his career, including Brett Anderson (Suede), Mercury Rev and Belle and Sebastian, but it has been his partnership with Steven that has proved the most fertile, and both artists have been keen to return to their work with Blackfield and have been working on the album for the last few months. Aviv explains, ‘we made the album together, it wasn’t an email album. Steven came to Israel and I came to London. We both had a great year, Steven with Porcupine Tree and me with my solo stuff but now it’s a Blackfield year and we are both ready for it.’
At a recent gig in London Aviv was filmed answering questions that fans had emailed to Kscope, the band's label. The second part of this video has now been added to the Welcome To My DNA mini-site.
The digi-book and vinyl editions of the album are also available to order on the Welcome To My DNA mini-site. The mini-site features album info, downloads and more along with the chance to download a free MP3 of the album’s opening track Glass House when signing up to the mailing list.
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Burning Shed – 10th anniversary gig featuring No-Man
On 14th October Burning Shed will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special event at Leamington Spa Assembly. The evening will include performances by artists associated with the company over the last decade. Already confirmed are Theo Travis and No-Man.
No-Man will play a 45 minute set, including some pieces never performed live before. This will be the band's first performance since its successful 2008 Mixtaped shows.
Other acts will be announced soon.
The venue is the stunning, art-deco Assembly, situated in the heart of Leamington Spa (one and a half hours from London and less than half an hour from the Birmingham and East Midlands airports)
Please note, tickets can only be obtained from the Assembly box office