Tortoise announce extra European dates in support of forthcoming new album “The Catastrophist” out 22nd January

December 3, 2015


Tortoise announce extra European dates in support of forthcoming new album

The Catastrophist” out 22nd January 

“They rediscovered their alchemical ability to conjure the atmospherically and melodically sublime from premium grade popular and art music precedents. Post pop, anyone?”MOJO

 “The Catastrophist finds the Chicago quintet’s clinical craftiness on full, vivid display in a form that recalls 1998’s TNT and 2001’s Standards.” – Pitchfork

‘Gesceap’ is a lovely return from a band this efficient at making instrumental rock. It’s pretty but holds mystery at its core, acting as the perfect introduction to next January’s The Catastrophist LP.” – Fact Magazine

“When Tortoise emerged from the American punk/lo-fi scene in 1993, they redefined the possibilities of rock.” The Guardian 

Revered Chicago-based instrumental group Tortoise, comprised of Dan Bitney, John Herndon, Doug McCombs, John McEntire and Jeff Parker, have recently announced more live European dates in 2016, including an appearance at ATP Iceland. The shows will be in support of the hotly anticipated forthcoming new album “The Catastrophist”, due out 22nd January via Thrill Jockey… the group’s first studio album in nearly seven years, and features guest vocalists Todd Rittmann (U.S. Maple) and Georgia Hubley (Yo La Tengo).

List of current dates can be viewed below with more to be announced over the coming months.

Tortoise have spent 25 years making music that defies description. While the quintet have nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout their acclaimed and influential six-album discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly their own.

Gesceap”, the first track which you can hear from The Catastrophist, is a stunning seven-minute long, minimalist rhythmic piece. The Guardian called it a “study in simple melody and overlapping rhythms in a classic American minimalist tradition, played on wide buzzing synth lines, with a classic Tortoise drum shuffle underneath.”


Tortoise 2016 European Tour:

Sun 7th Feb Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega Jr – tickets

Mon 8th Feb Hamburg, Germany – Fabrik – tickets

Tue 9th Feb Berlin, Germany – Berghain – tickets

Wed 10th Feb Antwerp, Belgium – Trix – tickets

Thu 11th Feb Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli – tickets

Fri 12th Feb St. Gallen, Switzerland – Palace – tickets

Sat 13th Feb Geneva, Switzerland – Antigel Festival

Sun 14th Feb Zürich, Switzerland – Stall 6 – tickets

Mon 15th Feb Reutlingen, Germany – franz.K – tickets

Tue 16th Feb Wien, Austria – Arena – tickets

Wed 17th Feb Budapest, Hungary – A 38 – tickets

Thu 18th Feb Zagreb, Croatia – Mochvara

Fri 19th Feb Bologna, Italy – Locomotiv Club – tickets

Sat 20th Feb Rome, Italy – Monk Club – tickets

Sun 21st Feb Milan, Italy – Magnolia Club – tickets

Tue 23rd Feb London, UK – Village Underground – tickets

Sun 29th May Munich, Germany – Feierwerk – tickets – NEW DATE

Mon 30th May Frankfurt, Germany – Das Bett – tickets – NEW DATE

Fri July 1st-3rd Keflavik, Iceland – Asbru (ATP Iceland) – tickets – NEW DATE

NOTE: North American and Japan tour dates viewable from HERE 


Tortoise – “The Catastrophist”
Out 22nd January via Thrill Jockey
Available on CD / LP / DL 


1. The Catastrophist
2. Ox Duke
3. Rock On
4. Gopher Island
5. Shake Hands With Danger
6. The Clearing Fills
7. Gesceap
8. Hot Coffee
9. Yonder Blue
10. Tesseract
11. At Odds With Logic

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