Announce UK/EU Tour Dates
High in Place due 30th September via Captured Tracks
Album prestream on Stereogum:
Ahead of the release of new album, High In Place on Captured Tracks, EZTV have announced a tour of the UK and Europe in October/November with Merchandise, plus a London headline show on 6th November at the Lock Tavern. Dates are as follows:
Wednesday 26th October – Tape, Aarhus, Denmark* (Tickets)
Thursday 27th October – Stengade, Copenhagen, Denmark* (Tickets)
Friday 28th October – Nr.z.P, Bielefeld, Germany* (Tickets)
Saturday 29th October – Westwek, Leipzig, Germany*
Sunday 30th October – Tiefgrund, Berlin, Germany*
Monday 31st October – S105, Amsterdam, Netherlands* (Tickets)
Wednesday 2nd November – The Lexington, London* (Tickets)
Thursday 3rd November- The Castle Hotel, Manchester* (Tickets)
Friday 4th November – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham* (Tickets)
Saturday 5th November – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds*
Sunday 6th November– The Lock Tavern, London
Monday 7th November – Botanique, Brussels, Belgium* (Tickets)
Tuesday 8th November- Mecanique Ondulatoire, Paris, France* (Tickets)
Thursday 10th November – Rossli, Bern, Switzerland* (Tickets)
Friday 11th November – Cox, Milan, Italy*
Saturday 12th November – i Vizi del Pellicano, Correggio, Italy* (Tickets)
Sunday 13th November – C.S. Rivolta, Marghera, Italy*
Monday 14th November – Mocvara, Zagreb, Croatia* (Tickets)
Tuesday 15th November – Posthof, Linz, Austria* (Tickets)
Wednesday 16th November – Cafe V Lese, Prague, Czech Republic* (Tickets)
High in Place features several guest appearances from friends of the band includingJenny Lewis who lent her vocals to the first single “High Flying Faith“. The album also includes cameos from Chris Cohen, Martin Courtney and Matt Kallman of Real Estate, John Andrews of Quilt, Nic Hessler and Mega Bog.
Year after year the New York City we know, in constant flux, changes with some parts disappearing altogether. Take the Brooklyn venue where the three-piece EZTV played their first show two years ago – gone. The East Village record store that stocked the band’s first tape on consignment – shuttered. As the band watch their compatriots move out of the city to cheaper, more idyllic pastures, it’s as if New York itself is telling them: “Drop dead.” When lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Ezra Tenenbaum sings, “Facedown on the concrete, While I dream of wider streets” on “States of Confusion,” you can hear weariness in his voice, and a touch of wistful “what-if” longing for more room, a little less hassle, a few more trees… maybe even a garage to park the 8-track machine.
But the shining “High Flying Faith” – the first song written for the album – is a refutation of urban weariness, it’s title perhaps acting as a makeshift motto for the optimism (and stubbornness) that is key to New York bands like EZTV. Inspired by the lyrics of “Broken Heart” by Skip Spence, it’s a 12-string-propelled nugget that best shows how EZTV operate: toeing the line between past and present, with a keen ear for left-of-the-dial experimentation that never lets the songs hew too far into pastiche and genre nostalgia. Many of the band’s foundational inspirations – the Feelies’ upstart jangle, the upside-down pop architecture of Arthur Russell’s power pop band The Necessaries, Shoes’ aching harmonies – are back in play on High in Place, their sophomore album, though new instruments and feels abound throughout. Produced and engineered by the band themselves, a baby grand piano rings and 12-string acoustic guitars shimmer throughout the album, recalling the clear-eyed production techniques of Jeff Lynne.
One great advantage to living in New York: eventually all your friends come to visit. Taking advantage of tour stopovers, trips to attend weddings, or even just commandeering someone’s vacation for a few days, EZTV invited some like-minds and fellow songwriters into the studio – Jenny Lewis, Chris Cohen, Martin Courtney and Matt Kallman of Real Estate, John Andrews of Quilt, Nic Hessler and Mega Bog – to guest on High in Place. Aptly recorded on a tape machine purchased from a Lower East Side Studio that was going out of business, in a space where the New York City skyline both loomed and inspired through its glass windows, High in Place is an album of ten golden pop songs worthy of any era.
High in Place is out on Captured Tracks September 30th. Pre-order the album here:
HIGH IN PLACE | Out September 30th via Capture Tracks