Figures, Moneybrother is touring the United States finally and he’s not playing close enough for me to see him. Bah! Well maybe this will be a good indication that he will touring more often in States. Against Me! will be bringing him along on tour, as well as Dead To Me. I’d definitely go to this, if it was in New York City. Moneybrother’s newest album is coming out in the US in April and it’s a fantastic album. Check it out when it comes out!
Stockholm Sweden’s MONEYBROTHER is the solo project from Anders Wendin (originally of Monster fame) where he creates a soul-oriented blend of music styles like reggae, punk, rock’n’roll, pub rock, and even disco. Named after the two words that his baby brother could pronounce in English MONEYBROTHER walked straight in to people’s hearts with his gold selling, Grammy award-winning, striking 2003 debut album Blood Panic. Since then, Wendin has continued to reach new successful heights throughout Europe with the three releases that followed, not to mention a tomato soup brand that bears the MONEYBROTHER name. Now the artist has set his sights stateside with his first US full length release, Real Control and an upcoming run of dates that includes a tour with Against Me!.
MONEYBROTHER will spend time on tour with Against Me! and Dead To Me. Against Me!’s Tom Gabel often talks about MONEYBROTHER’S music when asked about his favorite bands. Sabot Productions released a US sampler of b-sides and tracks off of MONEYBROTHER’S debut and sophomore releases after Jordan, Sabot owner and Against Me! tour manager, and his band mates fell in love with MONEYBROTHER’S music. Winden also captured the interest of Franz Nicolay (formerly of the Hold Steady), who invited the artist to open for a recent US tour and will be playing with MONEYBROTHER again in Seattle.
Real Control is MONEYBROTHER’S debut full-length in the US (his 4th proper full length in Europe) and it will be released on April 27th on Bladen County Records (the Love Language, the Builders and the Butchers, Anders Parker) and Sabot Productions (Against Me!, the Hold Steady, the Gaslight Anthem). With Real Control, MONEYBROTHER continues to utilize elements of 60s and 70s soul, like call and response vocals, sweeping string arrangements and dramatic lyrics, or what LA Weekly describes as “a Scandinavian stew of reggae, disco and roots-rocking thrash.” From the Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn & John) produced opener, “Born Under A Bad Sign” to the soulful epic closer of “Showdown,” MONEYBROTHER paints with the same pallet as Stiff Records era pub rock bands, Dexy’s Midnight Runner, Thin Lizzy, The Clash, Sprinsteen, and, of course, the northern soul greats that so deeply inspired him. The US release of Real Control also includes some new and re-recorded tracks.
Moneybrother on tour:
3/30 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour (solo Haiti Benefit w/ Chuck Ragan and Jonah Matranga)
4/10 – Portland, OR – East End w/ Grouper
4/11 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern w/ Franz Nicolay
4/15 – Raleigh, NC – Pourhouse w/ the Love Language
4/16 – Greenville, SC – The Handlebar *
4/17 – Richmond, VA – Alley Katz *
4/18 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre *
4/20 – Newport, KY – Southgate House *
4/21 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall *
4/22 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig *
4/23 – Toledo, OH – Headliners *
4/24 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom *
4/25 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground *
4/26 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place *
4/28 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall *
4/29 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony *
4/30 – Farmingdale, NY – Crazy Donkey *
5/2 – Pittsburgh, PA – Disel *
* w/ Against Me!
Listen to Moneybrother here.