Cold Specks announce headline October UK tour + New Single ‘Hector’

July 14, 2012

Cold Specks will release their new single ‘Hector’ through Mute on 6th August 2012. Taken from the debut album I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, the track will be available as a digital download. The band, who recently sold out a 3 night residency at Hoxton Hall, have confirmed a UK headline tour in October with the first show at Union Chapel on 10th October. Having recently completed a successful North American tour, the band will also appear at Latitude and End Of The Road Festivals this summer. As previously announced, Cold Specks have been confirmed as special guests of Anna Calvi at Somerset House on 12th July.

Watch a live performance of ‘Hector’ filmed at Hoxton Hall:


Thurs 12 July London, Somerset Hse supp Anna Calvi
Fri 13 July Southwold, Latitude Festival
Sun 2 Sept North Dorset, End Of The Road Festival
Wed 10 Oct London, Union Chapel
Fri 12 Oct Norwich, Sound and Vision
Sat 13 Oct Liverpool, Kazimier
Sun 14 Oct Manchester, Deaf Institute
Tues 16 Oct Belfast, Black Box
Wed 17 Oct Dublin, Sugar Club

Cold Specks is songwriter and vocalist Al Spx from Etobicoke, Canada, who now lives in London. The band’s name is taken from a line in James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’:

“Born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil, lights shining in the darkness”.

Describing her sound as ‘Doom Soul’, Cold Specks’ music is steeped in the musical traditions of the Deep South. No wonder then that Al cites the Lomax Field Recordings and James Carr as influences along with Bill Callahan and Tom Waits. With a voice that evokes the ‘spirit feel’ of Mahalia Jackson and the visceral tones of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Cold Specks’ sparse arrangements and chain-gang rhythms stop you dead in your tracks.

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