Thu 12 – Dublin -Whelans
Fri 13 – Amsterdam – TBA
Sat 14 – Zwolle – Minstrel
Sun 15 – Tilburg – Incubate Festival
Tue 17 – York – The Crescent
Wed 18 – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
Thu 19 – Brighton – Great Escape
Fri 20 – Brighton – Great Escape
Sat 21 – London – Moth Club
Sun 22 – Brussels – Les Nuits Botanique
Tue 24 – Leipzig – UT Connewitz
Wed 25 – Schorndorf – Manufaktur
Thu 26 – Düsseldorf – Kassette
Fri 27 – Hamburg – Clubheim
Sat 28 – Hellendoorn – Dauwpop
Sun 29 – Rotterdam – Roodkapje
One of the most hotly tipped bands to emerge from this year’s SXSW sweaty music industry circus, Nap Eyes allured with laid-back charm and irresistible melodies. Heading across the Atlantic from their native Nova Scotia, Canada for their first ever European tour in May, they’ll be playing several UK dates including shows at The Great Escape in Brighton and an evening at London’s Moth Club. Along for the ride will be Irish guitar virtuoso Cian Nugent.
Nap Eyes‘ critically acclaimed new album Thought Rock Fish Scale was released last month via Paradise of Bachelors.
NME premiered a live video for the album track “Mixer” and announced the European tour saying; “You don’t wanna miss them: purveyors of beatific, sun-drenched US roadtrip tunes, they’re a laid-back, summery affair at first glance. Dig deeper though and there’s much to get lost in… Subtle and intricate, they’re an impressive outfit, and in my mind they already rival those other great up-n-coming summer kingpinsWhitney when it comes to the good time vibes.”
The live video for “Mixer” was filmed at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, ON Canada on 25 September 2015 during the second of a two-night stand opening for The Constantines.
Recorded live to tape, with no overdubs, on the North Shore of Nova Scotia, Nap Eyes’ quietly contemplative sophomore record Thought Rock Fish Scale refines and elaborates their debut, offering an airier, more spacious second chapter, a bracing blast of bright oceanic sunshine after the moonlit alleys of their debut Whine of the Mystic. But the briny, cold Atlantic roils beneath these exquisite, literate guitar pop songs, posing uneasy riddles about friendship, faith, mortality, and self-doubt.
For fans of The Only Ones/England’s Glory, The Modern Lovers, The Clean, The Verlaines, The Go-Betweens, Bedhead, and all things Lou Reed.
“It’s easy to imagine Lou Reed’s ghost giving Nap Eyes his gruffly benevolent blessing, impressed by their unvarnished diarizing in lean, art-pop songs that channel his spirit. But along with kitchen-sink detail, there’s real poignancy in the Canadians’ second set. Astutely played, instant charmers.” Uncut
“It’s almost a relief to hear the stoical guitar-bass-drums simplicity of this quartet. Concise, understated alt rock with cryptic, literate lyrics for Go-Betweens/Bill Callahan fans.” MOJO 4*s
“One of the most enjoyable and insightful albums released this year so far.” Drowned in Sound 8/10
“Thought Rock Fish Scale is an album brimming with passion and protest. It finds confidence in humility, power in relaxation. Its lethargy feels like an act of defiance against the hyper-speed pace of modern life.” Pitchfork