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Violent Femmes Announce Record Store Day EP; Tour dates

posted Mar 4, 2015, 2:20 PM by Vu Nguyen
Violent Femmes have announced details of their eagerly awaited new EP, HAPPY NEW YEAR. The four-track EP will be released April 18th, exclusively on 180 gram champagne clear vinyl for Record Store Day.


Violent Femmes' first new collection of songs in 15 years, HAPPY NEW YEAR was recorded this past New Year's Eve in Hobart, Tasmania, after the legendary band performed a sold out concert at the world famous Sydney Opera House. The EP is highlighted by the Jake Brebes-penned single, "Love Love Love Love Love" streaming now exclusively via


"Happy to have some new recordings for people that have loved our music," singer/guitarist/songwriter Gordon Gano told Rolling Stone. "Would be honored to have a few new ears hear us for the first time too."


Violent Femmes - Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie and drummer Brian Viglione - plan to reconvene this spring for more recording and then the trio will begin a major North American tour as Special Guests on Barenaked Ladies' "Last Summer On Earth 2015," getting underway June 5th at Columbus, Ohio's LC Amphitheatre and continuing through late July (complete dates below). One of the most beloved bands of the golden age of indie rock, Violent Femmes returned to action in 2013 with an acclaimed performance at Coachella. Viglione (The Dresden Dolls, Nine Inch Nails) came aboard and the newly reconstituted band embarked on a wide-ranging tour that included headline dates and ecstatically received festival sets around the world. "The Guardian" applauded a London date as "a triumphant rampage through their back catalogue," declaring the band's self-titled 1983 debut to be "a cult classic of teenage alienation - a sneerier, post-pubescent Catcher in the Rye, if you like, with added nocturnal emissions and rattling acoustic bass solos."


Violent Femmes came together in 1981 in Milwaukee, WI, and were quickly ranked among the era's most inventive and original, constantly pushing forward with their singular blend of folk and punk, sarcasm and spirituality. The trio released eight studio albums and more than a dozen singles, among them such iconic classics as "American Music," "Gone Daddy Gone," "Nightmares," "Add It Up," and of course, "Blister In The Sun." Violent Femmes' remarkable three-decade career earned them cumulative sales of many millions worldwide, with 1983's VIOLENT FEMMES earning RIAA platinum certification eight years after its initial release.


Violent Femmes/Barenaked Ladies tour dates below:

Date                         Day               Market                                                   Venue

5-Jun-15                  Fri                  Columbus, OH                                    LC Amphitheatre

6-Jun-15                  Sat                  Cleveland, OH                                    Jacob's Pavilion

7-Jun-15                  Sun                  Toledo, OH                                        Zoo Amphitheatre

8-Jun-15                  Mon                  Cedar Rapids, IA                            McGrath Amphitheatre

10-Jun-15                  Wed                  Denver, CO                                    Red Rocks

12-Jun-15                  Fri                  Welch, MN                                        Treasure Island Resort & Casino                                                                                                                       Island Events Center

13-Jun-15                  Sat                  Milwaukee, WI                                 BMO Harris Pavilion

14-Jun-15                  Sun                  Council Bluffs, IA                           Harrah's Council Bluffs

16-Jun-15                  Tues                  Chicago, IL                                    First Merritt Pavilion

17-Jun-15                  Wed                  Indianapolis, IN                            Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at                                                                                                                       White River State Park

19-Jun-15                  Fri                  Cincinnati, OH                                 PNC Pavilion

20-Jun-15                  Sat                  Detroit, MI                                        DTE Energy Music Theatre

21-Jun-15                  Sun                  Salamanca, NY                               Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino

23-Jun-15                  Tues                  Pittsburgh, PA                               Stage AE

26-Jun-15                  Fri                  Portland, ME                                     Maine State Pier

27-Jun-15                  Sat                  Uncasville, CT                                  Mohegan Sun Arena

28-Jun-15                  Sun                  Philadelphia, PA                             Mann Music Center

29-Jun-15                  Mon                  Boston, MA                                    Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

1-Jul-15                     Wed                  New York, NY                               JBL Live at Pier 97

2-Jul-15                     Thurs               West Windsor, NJ                          Mercer County Park Festival                                                                                                                             Fairgrounds

3-Jul-15                     Fri                     Solomon's, MD                             PNC Waterside Pavilion @                                                                                                                                  Calvert Marine Museum

4-Jul-15                     Sat                  Raleigh, NC                                     The Red Hat Amphitheatre

8-Jul-15                     Wed               Charlotte, NC                                 Time Warner Cable Uptown                                                                                                                               Ampitheatre                                   

10-Jul-15                  Fri                  Boca Raton, FL                                 Sunset Cove Amphitheatre

11-Jul-15                  Sat                  St. Augustine, FL                             St Augustine Amphitheatre

12-Jul-15                  Sun                  Atlanta, GA                                     Verizon Theatre

13-Jul-15                  Mon                  Nashville, TN                                 The Woods at Fontanel

15-Jul-15                  Wed                  Dallas, TX                                        Verizon Theatre at Grand                                                                                                                                    Prairie

18-Jul-15                  Sat                  Las Vegas, NV                                   Boulevard Pool at                                                                                                                                                 Cosmopolitan

19-Jul-15                  Sun                  San Diego, CA                                  OAT

21-Jul-15                  Tues                  Los Angeles, CA                             Greek Theatre

22-Jul-15                  Wed                  Saratoga, CA                                   Mountain Winery

24-Jul-15                  Fri                  Boise, ID                                              Idaho Botanical Garden

25-Jul-15                  Sat                  Portland, OR                                      McMenamin's Edgefield                                                                                                                                    Amphitheater

26-Jul-15                  Sun                  Seattle, WA                                      Marymoor Park