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Violens Add New Dates With MGMT & Grizzly Bear For An Extensive Summer Tour

posted Jul 20, 2008, 4:25 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Jul 20, 2008, 4:29 AM ]
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Violens Add New Dates With MGMT & Grizzly Bear For An Extensive Summer Tour
Look For For More Summer & Fall Dates With Both Bands
New Single “Trance–Like Turn” Out Now On Green Owl Comp

Click Here To Watch New Video For “Trance–Like Turn”

Click Here To Listen To “Trance-Like Turn” & Two Songs from their Single

Click Here To Download Debut Single “Violent Sensation Descends”

Following their sold-out mercury lounge show in June, Violens add dates More summer tour dates with indie rock faves Grizzly Bear, and 2008 break out band MGMT.  Following the release of singer/producer Jorge Elbrecht's remix of their single "Time to Pretend", MGMT asked Violens to join them on dates between a busy schedule of summer festivals.  The band will then join Grizzly Bear as sole support on their shows between dates with Radiohead.  

Violens recently released their critically acclaimed new single "Trance-Like Turn" on The Green Owl Records Comp: A Benefit for the Energy Action Coalition. Their contribution is featured among tracks by other notable artists such as Feist, Muse, Deerhoof, Bloc Party, A Place To Bury Strangers, and many more. 100% of profits from the album sales will be donated to the EAC, to support their efforts to raise environmental awareness in our community. 

The band was recently named one of 8 bands to watch in 2008 by The L Magazine.  Follow the link below to their feature, alongside Brooklyn's High Places:
Violens (pronounced "vy-lenz") are a New York-via-Miami four-piece formed in the fall of 2007, featuring members Iddo Arad (synths/vocals), Ben Brantley (bass), Jorge Elbrecht (lead vocals/guitar) and Kris King (drums). Their music imagines a place where The Zombies & The Byrds meet Wire & The Violent Femmes, and Crass meets Angelo Badalamenti & Prefab Sprout.
Violens songs conjure descriptions of nightmares, the passing of time, speculations on spiritual messages, and accounts of psychedelic hallucinations. Even their most frenetic guitar work and aggressive rhythms are draped in a gauze of reverberant, harmonized vocals and synths which create a sense of creepy, artificial comfort.  A fitting characterization, lyrically and musically, for a group whose name sounds like a melding of the words "violence" and "violins".

Summer Tour
Wed Jul 23    Paradise Rock Club (w/MGMT)    Boston, MA
Thu Jul 24    Paradise Rock Club (w/MGMT)    Boston, MA
Fri Jul 25    First Unitarian Church (w/MGMT)    Philadelphia, PA
Mon Jul 28    9:30 Club (w/MGMT)    Washington, DC
Tue Jul 29    The National (w/MGMT)    Richmond, VA
Thu Jul 31    Schubas (Amplify New Music Series)    Chicago, IL
Fri Aug 1    Hideout    Chicago, IL
Sat Aug 2    930 Listening Room (w/Grizzly Bear)    Louisville, KY
Mon Aug 11    Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (w/Grizzly Bear)    Washington, DC
Thu Aug 14    Museum of Fine Arts (w/Grizzly Bear)    Boston, MA