by / November 18th, 2011 /

Lambchop return with ‘If Not I’ll Just Die’, announce album and live dates

One-time alt-country champions, Nashville collective Lambchop have steadily moved into unclassifiable terrain.

Their latest single has sweeping strings, loungey piano and gauzy brushed rhythms. It could be from a classic movie starring Bing Crosby (or Perry Como at a stretch) if it were not for Kurt Wagner’s curt lyricism; “Don’t know what they fuck they talk about” opens ‘If Not I’ll Just Die’, which in turn opens Mr. M, the eleventh album from Lambchop.

Mr. M was conceived in a painter’s studio that Wagner retreated following the death of his friend Vic Chesnutt. He explains:

“As I worked, I was approached by Mark Nevers (former full time band member & producer for the likes of Andrew Bird and Will Oldham) with the idea of making another Lambchop record. He had a concept of a sound and a method that worked with the tone of my writing. His idea was a kind of ‘psycha-Sinatra’ sound, one that involved the arranging of strings and other sounds in a more open and yet complex way.

It was a studio creation, not a type of recording based on band performance, and this was a radical approach for us. I felt Lambchop had one more good record in us, and this time I was going to do things as directly and true to my desires as possible.”

Mr. M will be released February 20th, 2012 on Merge Records / City Slang. The trailer below lists a series of live dates, including Vicar Street in Dublin on March 3rd (full listing below).

European tour dates:

23.02. D – Berlin, Babylon
24.02. D – Berlin, Babylon
25,02. D – Dresden, Beatpol
26.02. D – Leipzig, Werk II
27.02. A – Wien, Konzerthaus
28.02. A – Linz, Posthof
29.02. D – Köln, Kulturkirche
01.03. UK – London, Barbican
03.03. IRL – Dublin, Vicar’s Street
04.03. UK – Gateshead, Sage
05.03. UK – Glasgow, Oran Mor
06.03. UK – Manchester, Cathedral
07.03. UK – Bristol, Fleece
08.03. NL – Amsterdam, Amstelkerk
09.03. B – Brussels, Botanique
10.03. D – Frankfurt, Union-Halle
11.03. CH – Fribourg, FRI-SON
13.03. CH – Zürich, Kaufleuten
14.03. A – Dornbirn, Spielboden
15.03. A – Innsbruck, Trelbhaus
16.03. D – München, Kammerspiele
17.03. D – Düsseldorf, ZAKK
18.03. DK – Copenhagen, DR Studio 2
19.03. DK – Aarhus, Voxhall
20.03. S – Stockholm, Södrateatern
21.03. S – Gothenburg, Pustervik
22.03. N – Oslo, Rockefeller
23.03. N – Bergen, Teglverket Concert Hall
24.03. N – Stavanger, Folken
26.03. S – Malmö, Palladium
27.03. D – Hamburg, Fabrik
28.03. D – Karlsruhe, Trollhaus
29.03. F – Paris, La Maroquinerie