Robyn Hitchcock announces
first UK shows in 5 Years
with new band, His LA Squires
Yep Roc Records recording artist Robyn Hitchcock confirms UK shows in support of his acclaimed 21st studio album. It will be the first time that Robyn will play the UK with a full live band since 2014. The lineup for his band, suitably named “His LA Squires” first came together in April of this year with a performance at Los Angeles’ Troubadour. Luther Russell, takes duties as the second guitar player, Tony Buchen, comes in on bass guitar, and Robyn is reunited with Mark “Empire” Sheppard who first played with him in London in 1982.
Says Robyn… “London and Manchester! 40 glorious years of my song from Cambridge to Nashville rocked your way by me and my band, the LA Squires. These are my first electric shows in Britain for 5 years and will be followed by a string of solo dates to be announced soon; the first since 2015. Be there or beware!“
Robyn Hitchcock and his LA Squires play two UK shows, in Manchester Academy on May 11th, and in London at ULU on May 12th, and will also record a session for Marc Riley while in the UK.
Tickets for both shows go on sale on Friday.
Robyn will also be playing a series of solo acoustic shows in the UK in May, which will be announced in the coming weeks.
His latest album Robyn Hitchcock, received ecstatic reviews around the world, and in the US has been the highest charting album of Robyn’s career.
Hailed by Uncut as “the psych maverick’s loudest, liveliest album in decades,” Robyn Hitchcock is also available via at the official Yep Roc Store. The album has drawn some of the most ecstatic press notices of Hitchcock’s four-decade career. “Witty, moving and seriously catchy,” raved Paste, “Robyn Hitchcock is a glorious return for a man who wasn’t really gone in the first place.” “Astonishing evidence of a creative force that refuses to tamp down,” declared A.V. Club. “Four decades as a musician have only deepened, not lessened, Hitchcock’s legendary imagination and witty asides as we all trudge through reality.” “The bendy mirror through which (Hitchcock) refracts experience offers a sharper view year upon year,” noted Record Collector. “If his impishly sardonic persona implies disengagement from reality, even a cursory glance at his lyrics betrays the preoccupations of an individual familiar with the abyss.” “As random as a Frenchman’s hat,” wrote David Quantick in Classic Rock. “Songs like ‘Mad Shelley’s Letterbox’ and the superb ‘1970 In Aspic’ couldn’t be written by anyone else. A worthwhile ball to put in his canon.” “These 10 gems slither, rock, roll, glide and shapeshift, coalescing around Hitchcock’s typically anxious, strained but striking and immediately identifiable vocals,” raved American Songwriter. “Hitchcock not only hasn’t lost his edge, but has sharpened his knives on this superb set. Newcomers can start here to get a whiff of one of music’s most pungent, eccentric and lovable journeymen doing what he does best, knowing they have plenty more to explore from where this came from.” PopMatters agreed: “If you’re a Robyn Hitchcock fan, this album is an affirmation of his continued skill and talent. If you’re a newbie, buy this album and then buy all the others. It’s a wonderfully twisted ride.”
Watch the video for “Raymond and the Wires” HERE
Robyn Hitchcock was recorded in Nashville with producer Brendan Benson and backing from some of Music City’s finest pickers and players, among them guitarist Annie McCue, steel guitarist Russ Pahl, bassist Jon Estes, and drummer Jon Radford. Harmony vocal contributions come courtesy of Grant-Lee Phillips, Gillian Welch, Pat Sansone (Wilco, The Autumn Defense), and singer/songwriter Emma Swift.
The album is available now at all music retailers and streaming services. For frequent updates and ticket availability, please check out robynhitchcock.com/tour.