Tortoise share live video for “Shake Hands With Danger” ahead of upcoming tour

March 8, 2016


Tortoise share live video for “Shake Hands With Danger” ahead of upcoming tour

Added more live dates, including Villette Sonique (Paris) and NOS Primavera Sound (Porto)

The Catastrophist, the band’s critically acclaimed new album, is out now!

Revered instrumental group Tortoise, comprised of Doug McCombs, Dan Bitney, Jeff Parker, John McEntire, and John Herndon, will be touring heavily throughout 2016 in support of The Catastrophist, their critically lauded new album. They have recently confirmed new dates, including festival appearances at Villette Sonique, and This Is Not A Love Song, and NOS Primavera Sound

To coincide with these new shows and the US tour which starts this week, Tortoise have just shared a fantastic live video for “Shake Hands With Danger,” a hypnotic, bass-and-beat missive of a track and one of the standouts from the new record.

The Catastrophist is Tortoise’s first studio album in nearly seven years, and features guest vocals from Todd Rittmann (U.S. Maple, Dead Rider) and Georgia Hubley (Yo La Tengo). The group 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. Recorded at John McEntire’s Soma Studios, The Catastrophist is a record where moody, synth-swept jams like the opening title track cozy up next to a brilliant cover of David Essex’s 1973 radio hit, “Rock On,” sung by U.S. Maple’s Todd Rittmann. Since its release the album has gained critical praise from the likes of Mojo, Uncut, New York Times, Stereogum, Loud and Quiet, BBC,SPIN, and more.


Tortoise European Dates:

NOTE: Full North American and Japan dates from HERE 

Fri 27th May Torino, Italy – Cap10100 [TIX]

Sat 28th May Brescia, Italy – Latteria Molloy [TIX]

Sun 29th May Munich, Germany – Feierwerk [TIX]

Mon 30th May Frankfurt, Germany – Das Bett [TIX]

Tue 31st May Paris, France – Villette Sonique [TIX]

Wed 1st June Koln, Germany – Kulturkirche [TIX]

Thu 2nd June Besancon, France – La Rodia [TIX]

Fri 3rd June Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound [TIX]

Sun 5th June Nimes, France – This Is Not A Love Song Festival [TIX]

Mon 6th June Toulouse, France – Metronum [TIX]

Tue June 7th Limoges, France – CCM John Lennon [TIX]

Wed 8th June Metz, France – Les Trinitaires [TIX]

Thu 9th June Tourcoing, France – Le Grand Mix [TIX]

Fri June 10th Porto, Portugal – NOS Primavera Sound [TIX]

Fri 3rd July Keflavik, Iceland – ATP Iceland [TIX]

Tue 5th July Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theater [TIX]


Tortoise – “The Catastrophist”
Out now 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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