By Blurt Staff
Brooklyn’s Clare and the
Reasons get the opportunity of a lifetime in February when they tour
with legendary singer-songwriter Van
Dyke Parks. Parks collaborated with the group on their debut release, The Movie, and Clare and the gang say they are “eager to join up with him
once again”behind the release of their new album, Arrow, out now on Frog
Stand Records. As the band prepares for tour, they are releasing their tuba and
strings-laden cover of Genesis’
song “That’s All” for free mp3 download – this just might redeem the
British band in the eyes and ears of indie rockers after all these years of
smirks and stifled giggles.
Clare and the Reasons is fronted by collaborators Clare and Olivier Manchon. Their sophomore album, Arrow, features a
guest appearance from Shara Worden
of My Brightest Diamond and
live, they have a steady list of contributors (including members of The National and Beirut).
The band recently returned from a North American tour with The Vic Chesnutt Band, and will be
playing a final NYC show of the year with Keren Ann at the Knitting
Factory on Monday, December 14th.
The band talks about their upcoming dates with Parks here:
Some things come along, like a sunny day after weeks of rain, or a good
baguette, or a comfortable, yet good looking pair of shoes… That stuff is
exciting, brings joy. When you find out you’re touring with Van Dyke Parks, well,
that’s something entirely different.
The legendary musical genius will be playing some rare (as rare as a good
baguette in a small US
city) concerts of his very own songs – not anyone else’s – his masterpieces.
I’m assuming you will want to come to these shows,I know we would – wait, we
are! Some Reasons will be joining Van Dyke on stage.
If the world is still a good and decent place, these tickets will go fast.
Don’t wait until the last minute, procrastinators will be missing out on
goodness. Guest appearance by songwriting wunderkind Josh Mease.
We’re so honored to be sharing this tour and making evenings filled with
music with THE REAL VAN DYKE PARKS.
Clare and the Reasons tour dates:
12/14 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory w/ Keren Ann
2/9 Seattle, WA – The Triple Door w/ Van Dyke Parks
2/10 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios w/ Van Dyke Parks
2/12 San Francisco, CA – The Swedish American Hall w/ Van Dyke Parks
2/14 Los Angeles,
CA – McCabe’s w/ Van Dyke Parks