Thursday, July 12, 2012
Xtra Mile Recordings are proud to announce that the formidable and incomparable talent of Franz Nicolay has joined the label and will be releasing his brand new album this summer!
For his third LP ‘Do The Struggle’ – out August 2012 – Nicolay worked with producer oktopus, of the innovative New Jersey industrial/hip-hop group dälek, to move beyond the singer-songwriter soundworld to create a dark, explosive, and cinematic opus of personal and political anger, and about balancing the impulse to run away from trouble and the reality that it is the terrible things that happen to us that shape our personalities.
With the help of Guignol rhythm section John Bollinger (drums) and George Rush (bass, tuba) and guests including Ezra Kire (Leftover Crack, Morning Glory), ‘Do The Struggle’ stitches together the anthemic Pogues-meets-Arcade Fire of ‘The Hearts Of Boston’; the Orson Welles-quoting pop-punk of ‘Frankie Stubbs' Tears’; the gorgeous country ballad ‘Take No Prisoners’; the showstopping orchestral march ‘Joy’ and the Smithsian jukebox weepie ‘Did Your Broken Heart Make You Who You Are?’ which will be the single preceding the album release.
Currently on a worldwide tour including a month of shows along the Trans-Siberian Railroad, in Mongolia, and in Beijing; Nicolay will be making festival and headlining appearances in the UK in August. Dates confirmed so far are:
5 Rebellion Fest, Blackpool
8 Workingman's Club, Dublin
9 Menagerie, Belfast
11 Windmill, Brixton (all-day fest)
12 Bang Bar, Basingstoke
13 Olive's, Norwich (w/ Crazy Arm)
14 Stereo, York
16 Cavern, Exeter
17 Beautiful Days, Devon
20 Star And Garter, Manchester
23 The Admiral, Glasgow
24 The Central, Gateshead
26 Soundhouse, Leicester
27 Green Belt Festival, Cheltenham
28 The Peel, Kingston, UK (w/ Polar Bear Club, Into It. Over It.)
1 Fish Factory Art Space, Falmouth
2 WTFest 4, Southampton
5 The Hydrant, Brighton