The Lemonheads Announce Tour Dates With Tommy Stinson

Music News | By on Feb 5th, 2019

The Lemonheads
Photo by Fire Records

The Lemonheads announce a full North American tour for May and June, along with special guest support from Tommy Stinson, as well as sharing one more track from the upcoming new album Varshons 2 – this time a cover of The GiveGoods “Unfamiliar.” They will be playing over in Europe this month and next as well. New album comes out this Friday, February 8th, through Fire Records. Also for Friday, tickets go on sale at 1Pm est/10Am pst.

It’s nearly ten years since The Lemonheads strummed to a halt on their ninth studio album, a perky well received set of covers that brought together many unlikely bedfellows (Gibby Haynes produced, Kate Moss did a cameo vocal). “Gram Parsons, Wire, and GG Allin: You’d be hard pressed to find three more disparate rock acts, yet on ‘Varshons’ they all sound like the Lemonheads – boppy, overcast alt-rock delivered at a fast clip and sung in a whiskey tenor” claimed Pitchfork. But, there again, Lemonheads’ mainman Evan Dando has this strange ability – he could sing his order for a takeout over the phone and make it into an achy three-minute epic fit for any bar. Indeed, many moons ago when Bush was dallying with the big red button over a Middle East catastrophe, he delivered an impromptu ‘Eve Of Destruction’, losing his sunglasses due to added angst.

Like then, Dando’s vocal twang pulled the edgy extremes of ‘Varshons’ into a seemingly hap hazard selection from some old hokey jukebox and ‘Varshons 2’, the band’s follow up, repeats the formula with Evan way out upfront, his emotive slow maturing vocal making sense of another wide-beam playlist. He really has become one of the great expressive singers. Like Hank Williams slumped in his car between gigs, strumming and hollering, reasoning and weeping, humming it on over, Evan makes the tunes his own. He heralds the heroes, from Nick Cave and The Bevis Frond through to Yo La Tengo, Lucinda Williams and Paul Westerberg. These are stories to spin, tales to recount, none more so than John Prine’s endless highway on ‘Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness’ and The Jayhawks maudlin beauty ‘Settled Down Like Rain’. As the white line carries forever on, the radio butts in and the Lemonheads reveal The Eyes’ raucous ‘TAQN’ before descending into the echoey nuance of The GiveGoods’ gorgeous ‘Unfamiliar’ – a tune Dando penned with former Smudge man Tom Morgan, a kind of drive-by drug run of confusion that hits like a Kerouac Om.

The NME reported on ‘V1’ that The Lemonheads were ‘no strangers to a cover’, concluding that ‘the grunge-pop heroes perfect the art.’ On ‘Varshons 2’ they take a fork in the road that leads them deeper into the woods, with Dando crooning woebegone nursery rhymes from darker days, turning The Eagles’ ‘Take It Easy’ into a road tale to end them all… “It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flat-bed Ford, Slowin’ down to take a look at me…” Crack a fifth of gin.

Tracklisting:
1. Can’t Forget (Yo La Tengo)
2. Settled Down Like Rain (Jayhawks)
3. Old Man Blank (The Bevis Frond)
4. Things (Paul Westerberg)
5. Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness (John Prine)
6. Abandoned (Lucinda Williams)
7. Now And Then (Natural Child)
8. Magnet (NRBQ)
9. Round Here (Florida Georgia Line)
10. TAQN (The Eyes)
11. Unfamiliar (The GiveGoods)
12. Straight To You (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)
13. Take It Easy (The Eagles)

Tour Dates:

February:

6: Dublin, Ireland – Academy
7: Cork, Ireland – Cyprus Avenue
8: Belfast, Uk – Elmwood Hall
9: Glasgow, Uk – Swg3
11: Newcastle, Uk – Wylam
12: Manchester, Uk – Ritz
13: Leeds, Uk – Stylus
14: Cambridge, Uk – Junction
15: Birmingham, Uk – Academy
17: Southampton, Uk – Engine Rooms
18: Bristol, Uk – Swx
19: London, Uk – Forum
21: Utrecht, Netherlands – Vredenburg Pandora
22: Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rotondes
23: Zurich, Switzerland – Mascotte
24: Bologna, Italy – Locomotiv
26: Milan, Italy – Biko
27: Zagreb, Croatia – Culture Factory
28: Vienna, Austria – Chelsea

March:

1: Munich, Germany – Ampere
3: Berlin, Germany – So36
4: Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
5: Oslo, Norway – Blaa
6: Stockholm, Sweden – Nalen
8: Hamburg, Germany – Molotow
9: Liège, Belgium – Reflektor
10: Paris, France – Gibus Club

May:
All Dates With Special Guest Support Tommy Stinson

2: Fairfield, Ct The Fairfield Theatre Company
3: Portland, Me Aura
4: Brooklyn, Ny Brooklyn Bowl
6: Cleveland, Oh Grog Shop
7: Detroit, Mi St. Andrews Hall
8: Toronto, On Lee’s Palace
10: Chicago, Il Thalia Hall
11: Minneapolis, Mn First Avenue
12: Omaha, Ne The Waiting Room Lounge
14: Denver, Co Bluebird Theatre
17: Seattle, Wa Tractor Tavern
18: Vancouver, B.C. Rickshaw Theatre
19: Portland, Or Doug Fir Lounge
21: San Francisco, Ca Slim’s
22: Petaluma, Ca Mystic Theatre
24: Los Angeles, Ca Teragram Ballroom
25: San Diego, Ca Casbah
26: Tempe, Az Marquee Theatre
29: Oklahoma City, Ok Tower Theatre
30: Dallas, Tx Granada Theatre
31: Austin, Tx Barracuda

June:

1: Houston ,Tx White Oak Music Hall
3: New Orleans, La House Of Blues
4: Atlanta, Ga Terminal West
6: Nashville, Tn Exit/In
7: Charlotte, Nc The Underground
8: Charleston, Sc Music Farm
9: Carrboro, Nc Cat’s Cradle
11: Lancaster, Pa Chameleon Club
12: Pittsburgh, Pa Mr. Smalls Theatre
13: Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
14: Philadelphia, Pa The Foundry At The Fillmore
15: Boston, Ma Paradise Rock Club

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