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White Arrows announce tour w/ Beat Connection, plus new music video for “Get Gone”

By April 3, 2012No Comments

STREAM: “Get Gone”

LA’s White Arrows have announced a slew of new tour dates, including a North American tour with Beat Connection that will take up most of June and July. Tickets for almost every show on this tour go on sale this Saturday, April 7. Before the June / July tour the band has a couple of West Coast dates with Givers later this month and a European tour in May with White Denim.


White Arrows may never divulge the source of their strange magic, but it’s hard not to picture a mystic dance floor hidden in the midst of a tropical rainforest. The Los Angeles band stands at these balmy crossroads like a vision from an alternate reality: classic without leaning on nostalgia, visionary but not unfamiliar. What should be a collision of sounds and styles-ritualistic rhythm and four-four thump, synth sequences and strummed guitars, garage-y grind and airy atmosphere-is, in this quintet’s capable hands, a fluidly seething whole. Call it Psychotropical pop, something both busy and breezy. Call it Paul Simon in space (others have). Call it what you will. This is White Arrows.

The White Arrows story begins with a blind boy. Singer Mickey Church was born seeing the world as an impressionistic smear. His vision was righted at age 11, but his imagination ran wild for the intervening years. Since he couldn’t make out those around him, he assumed they couldn’t see him either. He rode made-up horses and sung songs that didn’t exist. His memory of growing up in L.A. is confined to smells, sounds and swaths of fuzzy color. Mickey’s father, a student of African percussion, encouraged him and his little brother Henry to pick up instruments as kids, so they played what was around. With family back east, Mickey eventually left for NYU, and unexpectedly wound up with a degree in shamanistic ritual.

Mickey’s studies led him to examine the thin line that separates genius from insanity in art, and inspired him to create music that blurred familiar borders. In a Bowery basement, he made what would become the White Arrows EP-demos that took on new life once he returned home. Soon, Henry picked up the sticks. Their old friend J.P. Caballero joined on guitar, with Andrew Naeve on keys and beats, and Steven Vernet on bass. The five bonded over a shared love for sensory overload both aural and visual-essential to the White Arrows live show. And with only a 7-inch to sell, they toured with Cults, Those Darlins, and the Naked and Famous, played Sasquatch, opened for Weezer, and held residencies at home and in London.

Late last year, however, the guys decided it was time to slow down. They’ve since been holed up in L.A.’s canyon country recording the songs that will make up their debut LP. Inspired by RAC’s propulsive dance mix of their angular banger, “Coming Or Going,” they challenged the Portland remix geniuses to produce the entire White Arrows album. RAC agreed, and the first fruits of their labors come via a March digital EP led by “Get Gone,” the kaleidoscopic single that pits Mickey’s transcendent croon against a bursting blend of elements both organic and electronic. When all’s said and done, you’ll be as likely to find White Arrows playing Coachella as Electric Daisy Carnival. In either case, expect to sweat.

Tour Dates

04/15 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s *
04/17 – Visalia, CA – Cellar Door *
05/10 – Brighton, UK – The Great Escape
05/11 – London, UK – Koko (Club NME)
05/12 – The Hague – Walk The Line Festival
05/18 – Liverpool, UK – Liverpool Sound City
05/19 – Glasgow, UK – Stag & Dagger
05/21 – Bristol. UK – O2 Academy Bristol %
05/22 – London, UK – HMV London Forum %
05/23 – Manchester, UK – The Ritz %
05/24 – Leeds, UK – The Cockpit %
05/26 – Brussels, BE – AB Club %
05/27 – Oosterstraat, NE – Vera %
05/28 – Doornroosje, NE – Nijmegen %
05/29 – Amsterdam, NE – Melkweg %
06/15 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst #
06/16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour #
06/17 – San Diego, CA – Casbah #
06/18 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room #
06/20 – Dallas, TX – La Grange #
06/21 – Austin, TX – Red 7 #
06/22 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s #
06/23 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon #
06/24 – New Orleans, LA – Circle Bar
06/26 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum #
06/27 – Miami, FL – Bardot #
06/28 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub #
06/29 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade Hell’s Stage #
06/30 – Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade #
07/01 – Washington DC – DC9 #
07/03 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #
07/04 – New Haven, CT – BAR Nightclub #
07/05 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory #
07/06 – Cambridge, MA – TT the Bears #
07/07 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore #
07/08 – Toronto, ON – Drake Hotel #
07/10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Billobox #
07/11 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop #
07/12 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s Tavern #
07/13 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Café #
07/14 – Milwaukee, WI – The Cactus Club #
07/15 – Minneapolis. MN – 7th Street Entry #
07/17 – Denver, CO – The Hi-Dive #
07/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court #
07/19 – Boise, ID – Reed Boise #
07/20 – Portland, OR – TBA
07/22 – Vancouver, BC – Media Club #
07/26 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

* = w/ Givers
% = w/ White Denim
# = w/ Beat Connection

White Arrows
Fireworks of The Sea
Street Date: April 3, 2012

Get Gone
Coming or Going
Fireworks of the Sea

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