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Pavement’s Spiral Stairs announces tour, shares “Emoshuns” video – new album Doris & The Daggers is out today!

VIDEO: “Emoshuns” (Dir. by Joe Salinas) –

Spiral Stairs (Pavement’s Scott Kannberg) releases his second album under that name, Doris and the Daggers, today on the Nine Mile label in the US (buy it here or stream it here), on Domino in Europe (digital / physical) and on Coolin’ By Sound in Australia / New Zealand (purchase here). Today he has shared the official music video for “Emoshuns,” directed by Joe Salinas, and also announced a full North American tour (see full dates below).

The album features guest appearances from Matt Berninger of The National, Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew and Justin Peroff, Kelley Stoltz and Shudder To Think’s Adam Wade.

The Real Feel – the Pavement guitarist and Preston School Of Industry leader’s 3rd album (and first as Spiral Stairs) – arrived in 2009, just as Pavement were announcing a hugely successful burst of reunion shows through 2010. “Then, after the Pavement shows, I moved with my wife to go live in a house in the country near Brisbane, in Australia,” the amiable Scott remembers, of those years of seeming inactivity. “Then we had a kid, and that sort of got in the way. I tried to do music, but all of a sudden it was two years later and I’m mowing my lawn and tending my garden.”

A little while after that, Scott and family got bored of life in Australia and moved to Los Angeles. “I had the perfect set-up there, so I started work. The way I write songs is, I put on my electric guitar and walk around the house and play it and look at myself in the mirror,” he laughs, “and just make up stuff. But because the kid was off at school for three hours a day, I only really had an hour or so to do that. So it took a little time. It was my intention to have done at least a couple more records by now, things just got in the way.”

You can’t hurry genius – not even the genial, unforced and unpretentious genius that has long been Scott’s forte. What’s for sure is his second album as Spiral Stairs, Doris And The Daggers, is worth the wait. It’s some of the best music Scott’s been involved with, and also some of the most personal and emotional music he’s ever written, reflecting the life changes that occurred over those eight years. During that stretch, Scott weathered the loss of friends, treasured the joys of fatherhood, lived life as an Australian and even ate haggis meat – experiences that inform these warm, sweetly melodic and soundly honest songs.


04/19 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
04/20 Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
04/21 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
04/22 Sacramento, CA @ Old Ironsides
04/23 Chico, CA @ Duffy’s
04/24 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
04/25 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
06/14 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
06/15 Austin, TX @ 3TEN
06/16 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
06/17 St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room
06/18 Davenport, IA @ The Raccoon Motel
06/19 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
06/20 Detroit, MI @ Third Man
06/21 Toronto, ON @ Dakota Tavern
06/23 Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
06/24 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
06/25 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
06/26 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
06/27 Carborro, NC @ The Back Room at Cat’s Cradle
06/29 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
06/31 Memphis, TN @ Growlers

Spiral Stairs
Doris and the Daggers
(Nine Mile / Domino)
Street Date: March 24, 2017
Formats: CD / LP / Digital
Purchase via BandCamp

Track List:

1. Dance (Cry Wolf)
2. Emoshuns
3. Dundee Man
4. AWM
5. No Comparison
6. The Unconditional
7. Trams (Stole My Love)
8. Exiled Tonight
9. Angel Eyes
10. Doris and the Daggers

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