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bar italia Announce New Album “The Twits” due November 3rd via Matador & Share New Single “my little tony” + Extensive Tour Dates

September 20, 2023
Credit: Steve Gullick





bar italia are the London based three-piece of Nina Cristante, Jezmi Tarik Fehmi and Sam Fenton. 

They will release their second full length of 2023, ‘The Twits’, on November 3rd, less than six months after their acclaimed Matador debut, ‘Tracey Denim’. Watch the video for first single “my little tony” streaming below.

bar italia are installing the enthrallment for the forthcoming record. Now releasing “my little tony”, this scratchy and infectious effort on the outfit’s behalf. This arrangement delivers this emphasis on nostalgia from the gritty tones and the dual harmonies moving back and forth throughout the ensemble. The lo-fi attributes and the complex rhythms all emerge and escalate through the voyage whilst providing this compelling attraction for the audience, hooked on the low-end and the bouncier drum beats.  

Once again bar italia creates this wild exploration with a stirring commitment through the vocal notes, the contouring tonal range that initiates the proceedings, and the wealth of melodies. As said, this outfit, electrifying, the new album will capitulate their deserving career.

‘The Twits’ was recorded by the trio over eight weeks from February 2023 in a makeshift home studio in Mallorca, and was mixed by Marta Salogni. It finds bar italia’s economical yet evocative songcraft taking raucous, mystic, unkempt, occasionally sinister, and wholly committed turns. Songs like “my little tony”, with its in-the-red riff and excitable hooks, the cathartic four-on-the-floor of ‘world’s greatest emoter’ and the festival tent psychedelia of “Hi-fiver” need little in the way of exposition – these are exhilarating rock songs, if wayward and strange.

Other moments see the band’s increasingly signature, three-act mini-dramas moving into previously uncharted territory. Cristante, Fehmi and Fenton can each manifest a different melody, mood, and cadence – at times overlapping and linear, at others unexpectedly divergent – often within the space of thirty seconds, a tag team rooted in shared language and kinship. “Jelsy”, for instance, plays out like a conversation between friends over wistful, buzzing country blues, the alternating voices at points comforting, wry and hopelessly yearning. The sinuous, slow-burning waltz of “twist” stands out in its bare lyricism and seems to invite each band member’s individual take on a confessional. 

While ‘Tracey Denim’ was notable for its compact 2-3 minute compositions, horizontal and open-ended tracks like “Shoo” ebb and flow, moving from reptilian dive-bar soloing to a palpitating two-note piano coda. ‘glory-hunter’ takes playful twists and turns before ending up somewhere entirely different from where it started. “Real house wibes (desperate house vibes)” and “que surprise” imply sleepless, noirish misadventure, while at the other end of the light spectrum, “sounds like you had to be there” features some of the band’s most sweetly optimistic musical gestures yet. Closer “bibs” is a rare instance where all three can be heard in unison, as a procession of ghostly chords and lacerating feedback bookends the group’s most adventurous and rich set to date.

Released in May, bar italia’s Matador debut ‘Tracey Denim’ followed a string of word-of-mouth releases on Dean Blunt’s World Music label and received widespread attention from publications including The Guardian (“one of the albums of 2023 so far”), The Times (“excellent debut album”), The Observer (‘Artist To Watch’), NME (“a lasting impression that’s all of their own making”), The Quietus (“endlessly evocative”) and Pigeons And Planes (“quickly establishing themselves as one of the most enticing upcoming bands”). Single “Nurse!” was playlisted on BBC 6 Music and received spins from BBC Radio 1, Absolute Radio and NTS. The release was accompanied by a UK tour, culminating in a sold-out headline show at the ICA in London, which The Spectator described as “transfixing… They just make their beautiful, off-kilter music, and let you unfold your own stories on top”

In June, bar italia made their US live debut, with sold-out residencies encompassing five New York and four Los Angeles shows. Of one of the New York dates, Brooklyn Vegan noted, “live it plays out naturally, terrifically, on songs like ‘Punkt’, ‘changer’, and ‘Nurse!’ (…) that mixed early-’80s post-punk with ’90s indie rock and just a whiff of trip-hop”.

The band continue their busy 2023 schedule with a UK and European tour through September-November, including a sold-out London headline at Village Underground on November 7th. They will make festival appearances at Stay Out West and Pitchfork Music Festival Paris among others. They return to the US in December for their first full North American tour, including a sold out Bowery Ballroom in New York on December 4th.

bar italia have also announced further North American dates for spring 2024 and an additional London headline show which will take place May 2nd at Electric Brixton following the November date selling out.


1. my little tony

2. Real house wibes (desperate house vibes)

3. twist

4. worlds greatest emoter

5. calm down with me

6. Shoo

7. que suprise

8. Hi fiver

9. Brush w Faith

10. glory hunter

11. sounds like you had to be there

12. Jelsy

13. bibs


Saturday 23rd September / Cork, IE: Seanie Buttons

Sunday 24th September / Dublin, IE: Workman’s Club

Thursday 28th September / Rome, IT : Monk Club

Friday 29th September / Bologna, IT : Covo Club

Saturday 30th September / Turin, IT : Spazio 211

Sunday 1st October / Milan, IT : Biko

Tuesday 31st October / Manchester, UK : YES

Wednesday 1st November / Bristol, UK : The Fleece

Thursday 2nd November / Brighton, UK : Mutations Festival

Friday 3rd November / Leeds, UK : Brudenell Social Club

Saturday 4th November / Glasgow, UK : Room 2

Sunday 5th November / Nottingham, UK : Rough Trade

Monday 6th November / London, UK : Rough Trade East

Tuesday 7th November / London, UK : Village Underground – SOLD OUT

Thursday 9th November / Rennes, FR : Antipode

Saturday 11th November / Paris, FR : Pitchfork Festival

Sunday 12th November / Grenoble, FR : Le Ciel

Monday 13th November / St Gallen, CH: Palace

Wednesday 15th November / Vienna, AT : B72

Thursday 16th November / Schorndorf, DE : Manufaktur

Friday 17th November / Leipzig, DE : TransCentury Update

Saturday 18th November / Hamburg, DE : Molotow Skybar

Sunday 19th November / Berlin, DE : Lido

Monday 20th November / Copenhagen, DK : VEGA

Wednesday 22nd November / Frankfurt, DE : Tanzhaus West

Thursday 23rd November / Rotterdam, NL : Rotown

Friday 24th November / Amsterdam, NL : Bitterzoet

Saturday 25th November / Antwerp, BE : Trix

Sunday 26th November / Brussels, BE : Botanique

Fri-Dec-01 Washington,DC Songbyrd

Sat-Dec-02 Philadelphia,PA First Unitarian Church

Sun-Dec-03 Brooklyn, NY Elsewhere

Mon-Dec-04 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom – SOLD OUT

Tue-Dec-05 Boston,MA Brighton Music Hall

Wed-Dec-06 Montreal,QC Sala Rossa

Fri-Dec-08 Toronto,ON Velvet Underground

Sat-Dec-09 Detroit,MI The Loving Touch

Sun-Dec-10 Chicago,IL Empty Bottle – SOLD OUT

Mon-Dec-11 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle 

Tue-Dec-12 St. Paul, MN Turf Club

Wed-Dec-13 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon

Fri-Dec-15 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups

Sat-Dec-16 Cleveland, OH Mahall’s

Sun-Dec-17 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe


Wed-Mar-20 Atlanta, GA The Earl 

Thu-Mar-21 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall 

Fri-Mar-22 Asheville, NC Eulogy 

Mon-Mar-25 Nashville, TN The Blue Room at Third Man Records 

Wed-Mar-27 New Orleans, LA Toulouse Theatre 

Thu-Mar-28 Houston, TX The Secret Group 

Fri-Mar-29 Austin, TX Mohawk 

Sat-Mar-30 Dallas, TX Sons of Hermann Hall 

Mon-Apr-01 Albuquerque, NM Sister 

Mon-Apr-08 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios 

Tue-Apr-09 Vancouver, BC Hollywood Theatre 

Wed-Apr-10 Seattle, WA Neumos 

May 2nd – London, UK – Electric Brixton  



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