Mystical quintet, The Sundowners, are soon to bestow their bewitching blend of psychedelic folk upon the wider public as they hatch plans for their first ever headline UK Tour. The announcement comes as the Wirral five-piece prepare to release their self-titled debut album Sundowners on the 26th January 2015 via Skeleton Key Records. Kicking off proceedings at Leeds’ Oporto on the 10th of February, the band will take in nine UK venues across ten days before returning to their native Northwest with a final show at Liverpool’s Kazimier on the 20th (full dates below). The dates will see the band air tracks from their first album proper. Although this may be their first headline tour, any doubts as to whether the band will be able to replicate the psychedelic textures of their debut in a live setting can be quickly dismissed. Sundowners was recorded almost entirely live. Holing up in Parr Street studios, Liverpool, the record was wrapped up by the band in just 2 weeks in late 2014 before being given the magic touch by producers James & Ian Skelly (The Coral) and Richard Turvey.
Comprising 11-tracks of radiant psyche-folk, Sundowners combines adept song craft with hazy harmonies and glowing acid washed textures underpinned by wispy guitar janglings. Taking reference points the diverse and eclectic range of music The Sundowners listened to during the recording sessions – Goat, Tame Impala, Can, Neu!, Portishead, Air, Gillian Welch, Velvet Underground, Fairport Convention – the album reflects lead vocalists/guitarists Niamh Rowe and Fiona Skelly’s mutual love of psychedelia and West Coast harmonies. The last 12-months have seen The Sundowners release a brace of limited edition singles, tour constantly alongside the likes of Cats Eyes & Kasabian and appear at both the All Tomorrow’s Parties and Glastonbury Festivals, where they played in the packed BBC Introducing tent. Now a formidable live act, the Wirral group fronted by Niamh and Fiona benefit from an almost telepathic on-stage understanding and chemistry born out of both Fiona & Niamh’s long-term friendship and the addition of Fiona’s brother, Alfie, on guitar.
The Sundowners UK Headline Tour begins 10th February 2015 // Sundowners LP – Out January 26th
For Fans of: Gulp, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Love, The Coral, Jefferson Airplane, Tamaryn
FULL FEBRUARY UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES
10th Leeds Oporto
11th Glasgow Nice & Sleazy
12th Newcastle Cluny 2
14th Nottingham Bodega
15th Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
16th Brighton Sticky Mikes
18th London Sebright Arms
19th Manchester Night & Day
20th Liverpool Kazimier
Pre-order the limited edition vinyl and CD from www.skeletonkeyrecords.com