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Katie Malco Releases Solo Version of “Creatures” Out via 6131 Records & Announce UK Dates

May 2, 2022

Katie Malco

Releases solo version of ‘Creatures’

Out now on 6131 Records (Julien Baker, Joyce Manor, Macseal)

UK live dates inc. support shows with Bob Mould and Laura Stevenson, and headline tour in November

Creatures is about insomnia and disillusionment; a single that comes as a series of distilled versions of songs from Katie Malco’s debut album ‘Failures’, which are being released over the course of the next few months.

The midlands singer-songwriter also embarks on an extensive UK tour with Hüsker Dü’s Bob Mould in June and a further tour in September with Laura Stevenson alongside the single releases. (Full dates below..)

Malco explains how she wrote the song during a week of sleep deprivation; “’Creatures’ is about the thoughts that haunt you at night when you’re trying to sleep. It’s about being tired, facing adulthood, and leaving behind youth. And pretending to hold it together but at night all the ugliness is plastered across all the walls you stare at from your bed.”

Malco keeps the volatility at the forefront of this composition, the audience is welcomed into this fragile soundscape. 4 years after the release, Malco shares this intimate version where the dynamic vocal range becomes the driving force for the vast range of emotions that carry this composition.

Malco often references war / battle and sleep in her music, allegorizing the two extremes in terms of the mundanity of modern life and one’s personal struggles and daily battles. “You fight to get through stuff every day and sleep is your reward. The battles you’re fighting always seem important, but they wear you down and can stop you from appreciating whatever is outside of them.”
Creatures is the pinnacle of these contrasting ideas. “When you’re losing the daily battles and ultimately therefore the war, and you can’t even get to sleep at the end of a weary day of fighting your small fights…what a cruel joke that is.”

Malco has previously toured with Julien Baker, Fenne Lily, Jenny Lewis and more, alongside releasing her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Failures’, which not only charted but received rave reviews from NPR, DIY, Dork, CLASH, Stereogum etc, whilst NPR also chose Malco as one of their picks to catch at SXSW last year.

Live Dates:

JUNE (with Bob Mould)
9th         Brighton                               Concorde 2
10th       Ramsgate                            Ramsgate Music Hall      
12th       Birmingham                        The Mill
13th       Southampton                     Engine Rooms
14th       Oxford                                  O2 Academy      
16th       London                                 Islington Assembly Hall
17th       Nottingham                        Rescue Rooms
18th       Stoke-on-Trent                  The Sugarmill    
20th       Bristol                                   Thekla                  
22nd      Oran mor                             Glasgow
23rd       Newcastle                           Riverside
24th       Liverpool                              Arts Club
25th       Leeds                                     Brudenell Social Club     
27th       Cardiff                                   The Globe
28th       Chester                                 The Live Rooms
30th       Belfast                                  Limelight 2
1st July Dublin                                  Whelan’s
SEPTEMBER (with Laura Stevenson)                       
14th       London                                 Nells
15th       Brighton                               Hope & Ruin
16th       Southampton                     Joiners
18th       Bristol                                   The Lanes
19th       Leicester                              Bishop Street Chuch
20th       Birmingham                        Hare and Hounds
21st       Manchester                        Factory
23rd       Leeds                                     Headrow House
24th       Glasgow                               Broadcast
25th       Edinburgh                            Sneaky Pete’s
27th       Belfast                                  Ulster Sports Club
28th       Dublin                                   The Workmans Club
29th       Galway                                 Roisin Dubh
NOVEMBER (HEADLINE FULL BAND TOUR)                          
8th         Brighton                               Green Door Store
9th         Southampton                     Heartbreakers                  
10th       Bristol                                   Crofters Rights  
11th       Trowbridge                         The Pump                           
12th       Newport                              Le Pub                                  
13th       Oxford                                  TBC                                       
14th       Birmingham                        The Victoria                       
17th       Glasgow                               Hug and Pint                     
18th       Edinburgh                           Sneaky Pete’s                    
19th       Dunfermline                       PJ Molloys                          
25th       London                                 Lexington  

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