Big Beat/Atlantic recording group Hercules & Love Affair announces highly anticipated North American tour, a first in many years. The dates – which celebrate the dance music icons’ acclaimed new album, “THE FEAST OF THE BROKEN HEART” out now – begin September 24th at Dallas’ Club Dada and then continue through mid-October (see attached itinerary above). Presale packages, with extras including limited edition color vinyl, will be available to fans beginning July 15th at http://bit.ly/1sawLdi; all remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 18th, available via herculesandloveaffair.net/live-dates.
“THE FEAST OF THE BROKEN HEART” includes the new single, “My Offence (feat. Krystle Warren),” which premiered alongside an interview from Andy Butler detailing the mini-documentary about the re-appropriation of the word “CUNT” exclusively on V Magazine, and can be heard now on the band’s YouTube (http://youtu.be/Qx9MlX_86aM).
Hercules & Love Affair’s third and most versatile album to date, “THE FEAST OF THE BROKEN HEART” sees visionary founder Andy Butler and his ever-evolving musical collective pushing the boundaries of house music, disco, and pop to create a collection of stunningly original new dancefloor anthems. Tracks like “Do You Feel The Same?” highlight a remarkable roll call of diverse vocal talents, including critically acclaimed singer/songwriters Krystle Warren and John Grant as well as new discoveries Gustaph and Rouge Mary. Produced by Butler in collaboration with Viennese electro specialists Ha-Ze Factory and industrial pioneer Mark Pistel (Consolidated, Michael Franti), “THE FEAST OF THE BROKEN HEART” is Hercules & Love Affair at its provocative, propulsive best, coupling emotionally powerful songcraft with daring dancefloor experimentalism.
The album – which also features the breathtaking hit single, “I Try To Talk To You (Feat. John Grant)” – is unquestionably among the year’s most acclaimed, with Pitchfork noting, “Hercules & Love Affair tap into an essential part of house music’s history that’s far more profound than just the music.” “Andy Butler and cohorts engage with LGBT club culture in a complicated and meaningful way that isn’t about slogans, stylists, and stardom,” wrote SPIN’s Barry Walters in an 8 of 10 rated rave. “Instead, Butler curates a living art exhibit about what it means to dance and dream at the sexual margins. Where others obfuscate and dumb down, Hercules aestheticize and elevate.” AV Club declared “THE FEAST OF THE BROKEN HEART” to be “the most adventurous record yet from Hercules & Love Affair. The house and techno elements are immediate and occasionally aggressive, but there’s great warmth and intimacy here as well.” “Butler’s troupe have always been unique,” noted Resident Advisor, “a dance floor-friendly manifestation of the dissenting, politicized queer underground – but now they’re making transcendent music again, too.” “THE FEAST OF THE BROKEN HEART” is “a taut and focused piece of work, full of ridiculously propulsive and catchy anthems, and there’s not a bad song on it,” decreed Stereogum, adding,” If you have any love in your heart for old-school house music, you should hear it at least once.”
Hercules & Love Affair arrived with 2008’s extraordinary debut single, “Blind (Feat. Antony Hegarty),” and immediately ascended to the highest echelon of contemporary dance music. Backed by a constantly changing line-up of vocalists and musicians, the Denver-born Butler proved a sensation with his unlikely blend of Greek mythology, classicist pop smarts, and the awe-inspiring canons of club music and electronica. 2008’s “HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR” was acclaimed both here and abroad, with Pitchfork declaring it “the most original American dance album in a long while.” “BLUE SONGS” followed in 2011, confirming Hercules & Love Affair’s incredible vision and creativity as Butler recast Chicago house for the new millennium. Like its predecessor, the album reaped widespread applause from such major publications as Rolling Stone, which praised “Butler’s diverse songwriting,” noting “(Hercules & Love Affair) make club jams that transcend the club.”
Long hailed as a transcendent live act, Hercules & Love Affair is currently rocking the house on a major European tour encompassing headline dates, festival appearances, and a number of exclusive Andy Butler DJ sets.
HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR / NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
September 24th – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada (TICKETS)
September 25th – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre (TICKETS)
September 26th – San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine (w/Tensnake) (TICKETS)
September 27th – Los Angeles, CA @ Lot 613 (TICKETS)
September 28th – San Diego, CA @ U31 (TICKETS)
September 29th – Seattle, WA @ Neumos (TICKETS)
September 30th – Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub (TICKETS)
October 2nd – Brooklyn, NY @ Verboten (TICKETS)
October 3rd – Chicago, IL @ Metro (w/ Black Madonna) (TICKETS)
October 4th – Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar (TICKETS)
October 5th – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair (TICKETS)
October 7th – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall (TICKETS)-
October 10th – Miami, FL @ III Points Festival (w/Lykke Li) (TICKETS)
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