THE MILK CARTON KIDS
UNION CHAPEL, LONDON ON 22 JANUARY 2016
TRANSATLANTIC SESSIONS TOUR JAN/FEB
NEW ALBUM ‘MONTEREY’ OUT NOW ON ON ANTI-
Anti-folk revivalists The Milk Carton Kids have confirmed a headline show at London’s Union Chapel on 22nd January. The duo will also appear as part of the Transatlantic Sessions tour in January and February. The Milk Carton Kids, who just received a Grammy nomination for ‘Best American Roots Performance’, released their new album ‘Monterey’ through Anti- this summer.
The two years since their breakthrough album ‘The Ash & Clay’ have been significant ones for the band, with recognition including two Grammy nominations and winning ‘Group of the Year’ at the 2014 Americana Music Awards. Their standout performances and interviews in the Coen Brothers’ and T Bone Burnett’s concert documentary “Another Day/Another Time” brought the duo its widest audience yet, and their 55-city North American tour last Spring sold out months in advance.
The Milk Carton Kids Headline Show
Fri 22 January – London – Union Chapel – TICKETS
The Transatlantic Sessions Tour
Fri 29 January – Glasgow – Royal Concert Hall – TICKETS
Sat 30 January – Glasgow – Mitchell Theatre – TICKETS
Sun 31 January – Glasgow – Royal Concert Hall – TICKETS
Mon 1 February – London – Royal Festival Hall – TICKETS
Tues 2 February – Birmingham – Birmingham Symphony Hall – TICKETS
Weds 3 February – Gateshead – The Sage – TICKETS
Thurs 4 February – Manchester – Bridgewater Hall – TICKETS
Fri 5 February- Derry – Millenium Forum – TICKETS
Thematically, Monterey takes us on a road trip across a dream – perhaps a nightmare – through an America of blood and fire that is at once recognisably the land of their forefathers, and the product of our own making. While some of the questions asked on Monterey are political, increasingly the songs are purely personal, the narrator stopped along the road wondering aloud how he got there as in the lilting title track where the question becomes, “Monterey, how can I say I’ll always stay then slip away?”
This may be the central question of Monterey, this album forged literally and metaphorically “on the road”, which seems to ask how we can resolve the contradiction between the lightness of our footprint as we pass through, and the weight of those memories gathering behind us in the rearview mirror. Monterey asks these questions with grace, beauty and a sly humour.
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