Announces UK tour dates and festival appearances
Debut album, Quit The Curse
Due 2nd March on Heavenly Recordings (Polyvinyl in the US)
“Frank and gratifying all the same, Burch’s tightly structured pop is an invigorating take on an evergreen sound.” – Pitchfork
“Anna Burch is a veteran of the Detroit music scene, which helps explains why “2 Cool 2 Care” lands like an old friend. There’s an instant familiarity and warmth to it that can be partially attributed to the song’s gentle sway — all oohs and ahhs and starry-eyed romanticism — but it hits even deeper than that.” – Stereogum
“Comparisons to Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee, and Eleanor Friedberger lie within her tight songwriting and infectious lyrics… Burch combines upbeat guitars with her woozy vocals in a way that is feisty and compelling.” – The Line of Best Fit
New Heavenly Recordings signing, Detroit’s Anna Burch, has announced her first ever UK tour and a series of festival dates this summer, including End of the Road, Deer Shed, Sounds From The Other City and Gold Sounds. She’ll headline London’s Old Blue Last on 9th May – full dates are below:
Sunday 6th May – MANCHESTER – Sounds From The Other City (Heavenly Stage)
Monday 7th May – BIRMINGHAM – Hare & Hounds
Tuesday 8th May – GLASGOW – The Hug & Pint
Wednesday 9th May – LONDON – Old Blue Last
Sunday 20th May – LEEDS – Gold Sounds Festival
Monday 21st May – BRISTOL – Crofters Rights
Saturday 21st July – NORTH YORKSHIRE – Deer Shed Festival
30 August – 2nd September – SALISBURY – End of the Road Festival
Anna has also unveiled “Quit The Curse”, the title-track from her upcoming album. Listen below, and read her interview with Noisey here.
Though the deceptively complex pop of Quit The Curse marks the debut of Anna Burch, it’s anything but the green first steps of a fledgling new artist. The Detroit singer/songwriter has been visible for the better part of her years-long career singing in Frontier Ruckus, or more recently co-fronting Failed Flowers, but somewhere a vibrant collection of solo material slowly began taking form.
Growing up in Michigan, her fixation with music transitioned from a childhood of Disney and Carole King sing-alongs to more typically angsty teenage years spent covering Bright Eyes and Fiona Apple at open mic nights. By 18 she was deep into the lifestyle of the touring musician, juggling all the regular trials and changes of young life while on a schedule that would have her gone for months on end.
After a few whirlwind years of this, exhausted and feeling a little lost, she stepped away from music completely to attend grad school in Chicago. This respite lasted until 2014 when she moved to Detroit and found herself starting work in earnest on solo songs she’d been making casual demos of for a year or so. Friends had been encouraging her to dive into solo music, and one particularly enthusiastic friend, Chicago musician Paul Cherry, went so far as to assemble a band around scrappy phone demos to push for a fully realized album.
“Writing songs that I actually liked for the first time gave me a feeling of accomplishment,” Burch said, “Like, I can do this too! But working with other musicians and hearing the songs go from sad singer/songwriter tunes to arranged pop songs gave me this giddy confidence that I’d never felt before.”
The process was drawn out and various drafts and recordings came and went as the months passed. By now Anna was playing low key shows and d.i.y. tours solo and had released some early versions of a few songs on a split with fellow Detroit musician Stef Chura. Even at a slow, meticulous pace, with every step the album took closer to completion, it felt more serious and more real. After a more than a year of piecemeal recording sessions, Anna was introduced to engineer Collin Dupuis (Lana Del Rey, Angel Olsen) who helped push things energetically home, mixing the already bright songs into a state of brilliant clarity.
The nine songs that comprise Quit The Curse come on sugary and upbeat, but their darker lyrical themes and serpentine song structures are tucked neatly into what seem at first just like uncommonly catchy tunes. Burch’s crystal clear vocal harmonies and gracefully crafted songs feel so warm and friendly that it’s easy to miss the lyrics about destructive relationships, daddy issues and substance abuse that cling like spiderwebs to the hooky melodies. The maddeningly absent lover being sung to in “2 Cool 2 Care”, the crowded exhaustion of “With You Every Day” or even the grim, paranoid tale of scoring drugs in “Asking 4 A Friend” sometimes feel overshadowed by the shimmering sonics that envelop them.
“To me this album marks the end of an era of uncertainty. Writing songs about my emotional struggles helped me to work through some negative patterns in my personal life, while giving me the sense of creative agency I’d been searching for.”
Emerging from years spent as a supporting player, Quit The Curse stands as a liberation from feeling like Burch’s own songwriting voice was just out of reach — an opportunity, finally, for the world at large to hear what’s been on her mind for quite a while.
Heavenly Recordings will release the album in the UK and Europe, with Polyvinyl releasing in the US.Tracklisting:
1. 2 Cool 2 Care
2. Tea-Soaked Letter
3. Asking 4 a Friend
4. Quit the Curse
5. Belle Isle
6. In Your Dreams
7. What I Want
8. Yeah You Know
9. With You Every Day
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Photo credit: Elene Usdin