First new music in 15 years
‘Happy New Year’ EP for Record Store Day, with full digital release June 2
At the end of last week, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon premiered the new Violent Femmes video for their new single “Love Love Love Love Love.” You can watch it here
The clip was animated and directed all on iPhone by Jake Brebes, who also wrote the song. “Love Love Love Love Love” comes from the band’s eagerly awaited new EP, HAPPY NEW YEAR, which was exclusively released on Record Store Day on 180 gram champagne clear vinyl. The EP is one of the top 2015 Record Store Day sellers to date, and will be available digitally worldwide on June 2. Violent Femmes’ first new collection of songs in 15 years, HAPPY NEW YEAR was recorded this past New Year’s Eve in Hobart, Tasmania, after the legendary band performed a sold out concert at the world famous Sydney Opera House.
Violent Femmes – Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie and drummer Brian Viglione – plan to reconvene this spring for more recording and then the trio will begin a major North American tour as Special Guests on Barenaked Ladies’ “Last Summer On Earth 2015,” getting underway June 5th at Columbus, Ohio’s LC Amphitheatre and continuing through late July (complete dates here). Before this tour begins, they will play a sold out show at Brooklyn, NY’s Rough Trade.
One of the most beloved bands of the golden age of indie rock, Violent Femmes returned to action in 2013 with an acclaimed performance at Coachella. Viglione (The Dresden Dolls, Nine Inch Nails) came aboard and the newly reconstituted band embarked on a wide-ranging tour that included headline dates and ecstatically received festival sets around the world. “The Guardian” applauded a London date as “a triumphant rampage through their back catalogue,” declaring the band’s self-titled 1983 debut to be “a cult classic of teenage alienation – a sneerier, post-pubescent Catcher in the Rye, if you like, with added nocturnal emissions and rattling acoustic bass solos.”
Violent Femmes came together in 1981 in Milwaukee, WI, and were quickly ranked among the era’s most inventive and original, constantly pushing forward with their singular blend of folk and punk, sarcasm and spirituality. The trio released eight studio albums and more than a dozen singles, among them such iconic classics as “American Music,” “Gone Daddy Gone,” “Nightmares,” “Add It Up,” and of course, “Blister In The Sun.” Violent Femmes’ remarkable three-decade career earned them cumulative sales of many millions worldwide, with 1983’s VIOLENT FEMMES earning RIAA platinum certification eight years after its initial release.