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Hot from their support shows with Jack White, and with the release of their much-anticipated second album Blood Speaks now less than two weeks away, SMOKE FAIRIES have just announced news of a huge UK tour in September
and October. Ahead of this Katherine and Jessica
will be playing a headline show at the Tabernacle in west London, the week after release, showcasing tracks from this sublime new album, and will also be appearing at the Latitude festival in July …
Upcoming UK live info below:
Monday 28 May - LONDON - Tabernacle (£12)
Saturday 14 July - SOUTHWOLD - Latitude Festival
Tuesday 18 September
- CARDIFF - Buffalo Bar (£8.50)
Wednesday 19 September
- PORTSMOUTH - Wedgewood Rooms (£8.50)
- BRIGHTON - The Haunt (£8)
Saturday 22 September
- NORWICH - Arts Centre (£8)
Sunday 23 September
- OXFORD - Academy (£9)
Monday 24 September
- BRISTOL - The Fleece (£8)
Wednesday 26 September
- BIRMINGHAM - Hare & Hounds (£9)
- LEEDS - Brudenell Social Club (£9)
Friday 28 September
- HEBDEN BRIDGE - Trades Club (£9)
Sunday 30 September
- NEWCASTLE - Cluny (£8)
Monday 1 October - EDINBURGH - Pleasance Theatre (£9)
Tuesday 2 October - GLASGOW - Oran Mor (£9)
Wednesday 3 October - YORK - Duchess (£8)
Friday 5 October - MANCHESTER - Deaf Institute
Saturday 6 October - LINCOLN - Engine Shed (£9)
Sunday 7 October - NOTTINGHAM - Rescue Rooms (£9)
Monday 8 October - CAMBRIDGE - Portland Arms (£9)
Blood Speaks is released 21st May on V2 Records. Review copies have been sent out - please let me know if it hasn't reached you.
Smoke Fairies recently revealed the video to "The Three Of Us". Directed by Alex Southam and full of beautiful and arresting images, the video was shot on a wintry road trip the girls made along the south coast a few weeks ago. Click on the link or stills below to check it out:
Since their acclaimed 2010 debut album, "Through Low Light And Trees", Smoke Fairies' Jessica
Davies and Katherine Blamire have been on an epic journey, both physically and spiritually. Touring Britain, Europe
and America, drawing increasingly devoted audiences with their exquisitely original and mesmerising music.
All these experiences bleed from every pore of their brilliant new album, "Blood Speaks". From the heavyweight humidity of "The Three Of Us" and "Feel It Coming Near", to the sonic adventures of "Film Reel" and the title track, Blood Speaks is undeniable proof of a tougher and more fearless Smoke Fairies. "We've become more confident in what we're doing, and so we've pushed things a bit more," says Katherine. "We've gotten bolder with the dynamics, and our influences have broadened."
Head, the venerated producer, returns for Blood Speaks, and the girl's live band was also drafted in, further reinforcing the duo's evolving sound. Having recorded their debut in rural Cornwall, the new album was produced in the urban surroundings of West London's Ladbroke Grove. "Before," Katherine recalls, "the city felt like a trap to us. Like on the first album, we wrote "Devil In My Mind", about feeling crushed by London. But as the title track symbolises, we've made peace with the city. Maybe travelling gives you the space to counteract a city's impression, but a lot of Blood Speaks is inspired by London and by travelling."
The title track itself is also the album's longest and most clear signpost of progress. "We tried to break out of the different forms which you can get restricted by in folk and blues," says Katherine. "It was very liberating to do that, as well as a very uplifting, independent song for us." Jessica
adds: "It's about the sense you get from stopping, thinking and just focusing on your surroundings. To listen to what your blood is telling you, to experience life and to celebrate the freedom of being able to move around."