Friday, February 24, 2006

nothing matters to me

even though it's a month away, i am quite excited to see Irving two days before the release of their new album Death in the Garden, Blood on the Flowers. i still recall the day the bands debut record, Good Morning Beautiful, was dropped on my desk and i was immediately taken by it. the album sounded more like a compilation as while it was definately pop music all around, Irving was formed by five muscians (informally pieced together when the members were asked by a mutual friend to collaborate on an art opening performance) who each were allowed to contribute their "style" resulting in a mryid of different kinds of pop songs, all flawlessly executed. given the number of influences at work here, it's always difficult to nail down a review of Irving because it would seem to make more sense to review each song one at a time. instead, i'll let them speak for themselves.

here are two tracks off their forthcoming as well as one from their amazing debut, giving you a chance to see just how varied their tunes can be. while the first track seems as if it's been culled from somewhere in britain during the eighties, the next track is more pysch-tinged and the final track is more in the vein of chamber pop.

"Turn of the Century"

here are the Irving tour dates. the group with be playing with a number of blog-favorites on this tour including Voxtrot and Tape n' Tapes.

03/12/06 San Diego, CA @ The Casba
03/13/06 Tucson, AZ @ Plush
03/15/06 Austin, TX @ The Velvet Spade Patio | Eenie Meenie SXSW showcase
03/17/06 Austin, TX @ Moonshine
04/01/06 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
04/02/06 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
04/07/06 Harrisonburg, VA @ MACRock Festival
04/09/06 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
04/10/06 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
04/11/06 Wellesley, MA @ Lulu Wang Center
04/12/06 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa
04/13/06 Toronto, ONT @ Sneaky Dees
04/14/06 Detroit, MI @ Lager House
04/15/06 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
04/20/06 Norman, OK @ Opolis
04/21/06 Denton, TX @ Hailey's
04/22/06 Austin, TX @ Emo's


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