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Cigarettes After Sex Announce New Album “X’s” due 12th July via Partisan Records & Share First Single “Tejano Blue” + World Tour

February 28, 2024
Photo Cred: Ebru Yildiz

Cigarettes After Sex Announce New Album Details + Share First Single, “Tejano Blue”

“X’s” Released 12th July 2024 via Partisan Records

+ World Arena Tour Announced, Includes London’s O2 Arena

Cigarettes After Sex are pleased to announce details of their new album, titled X’s, and a huge world tour, which features shows at some of the globe’s biggest arenas including New York’s Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena. Further dates in Korea, India, Singapore, UAE, Taiwan and South American will be announced at a later date.

Filled with raw, imagistic vignettes set to entrancing, slow-burn pop songs, bandleader Greg Gonzalez captures every emotion a romantic arc inspires. But where previous albums have drawn from an amalgam of relationships, for the most part, X’s centralises on just one relationship that spanned four years. “The record feels brutal,” admits Gonzalez. “I could sit and talk about this loss to someone, but that wouldn’t scratch the surface. I have to really write about it, sing about it, have the music, and then I can start to analyse and learn from it. Or just relive it—in a good way. I don’t have that Eternal Sunshine-thing of wanting to forget.”

While continuing to observe classic pop song structures, Gonzalez has moved away from the prior sonic touchstones of the ‘50s and ‘60s, finding himself now drawn to a ‘70s/’80s slow dance. While (in typical Cigarettes style) these changes may be subtle, the overall resulting energy is akin to disco ball-refracted tears on the dance floor.

Today also marks the release of the record’s first single, “Tejano Blue”, a nod to the music of bandleader Greg Gonzalez’s Texas childhood, resulting in the most instantly memorable version (and liveliest tempo) yet of the band’s signature sensual, timeless, love songs.

Gonzalez explains: “I grew up in El Paso & Tejano music is huge there. You could go to a lot of the bars in the city and hear artists like Selena, Los Ángeles Azules & La Mafia playing over the speakers. It was in the atmosphere around me back then, but I always rejected it and gravitated towards anything else I was attracted to really.

“Years later when I was living in New York City I finally started listening to Selena’s ‘Como La Flor’ at the same time that I was also listening to a lot of Cocteau Twins. I had the idea then to try to combine both of their sounds somehow, which felt a bit strange, but also felt like it was coming from a genuine place of rediscovering & finally connecting with the music that I heard around me in my youth.”

The first introduction to the tonality sweeping into focus, you are dazzled. And then the intimate lyrics pour into the exploration and you embrace the raw sentiments, the tender traits of Cigarettes After Sex are true to form in this immersive soundscape. The release praises its brutally honest foundations, the words and the emotive harmonies simply remove any boundaries between artist and audience, and the sincerity shines.

The band will tour later this year, with the announcement of a world tour. Fans in the UK that pre-order the new album from the band’s store will gain access to pre-sale tickets for The O2 show from 6th March 10:00 GMT.  Artist pre-sale for North America will be available beginning Tuesday 5th March at 10am local time. Additional presales will run throughout the week ahead of the general on-sale beginning Friday, 8th March at 10am local time at cigarettesaftersex.com.

CIGARETTES AFTER SEX TOUR DATES

North American Dates:

15th June 2024 – Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN

31st August – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC

1st September – Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON

3rd September – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

4th September – TD Garden, Boston, MA

6th September – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

10th September – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

11th September – PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC

13th September – Kia Center, Orlando, FL

14th September – State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA

17th September – Frost Bank Center, San Antonio, TX

18th September – Toyota Center, Houston, TX

20th September – Moody Center, Austin, TX

21st September – Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX

23rd September – United Center, Chicago, IL

24th September – XCel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN

27th September – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

28th September – Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, WA

30th September – Moda Center, Portland, OR

2nd October – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village, CO

3rd October – Delta Center, Salt Lake City, UT

5th October – Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA

7th October – Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA

8th October – Desert Diamond Arena, Phoenix, AZ

11th October – KIA Forum, Los Angeles, CA

15th October – Sports Palace, Mexico City, MX

EU/UK Dates:

25th October – OAKA Indoor Arena, Athens

28th October – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam

29th October – Forest National, Brussels

1st November – Forum, Milan

3rd November – Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna

5th November – COR Torwar, Warsaw

7th November – Uber Arena, Berlin

9th November – St Jakobshalle, Basel

10th November – Lanxess Arena, Cologne

12th November – The O2 Arena, London

16th November – Accor Hotel Arena, Paris

17th November – Tony Garnier Hall, Lyon

20th November – WiZink Arena, Madrid

21st November – Altice Arena, Lisbon

Asia Dates:

9th January 2025 – Asia World-Expo, Hall 5, Hong Kong

11th January 2025 – Sunway Lagoon, Kuala Lumpur

14th January 2025 – MOA Arena, Manila

17th January 2025 – Beach City International, Jakarta

21st January 2025 – Impact Exhibition Hall 5, Bangkok

South Africa Dates:

5th March 2025 – Grand Arena, Cape Town

7th March 2025 – Pretoria / Sunbet Arena, Pretoria

AU/NZ Dates:

12th March 2025 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

14th March 2025 – Aware Super Theatre, Sydney

17th March 2025 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

19th March 2025 – Spark Arena, Auckland

X’s Biography

Ten years ago Greg Gonzalez was having a really rough Valentine’s Day. Freshly heartbroken with no hope of reconciliation, he spent two hours driving from his hometown El Paso to play a show, and he listened to Sade’s “By Your Side” on repeat both ways. “The experience that day stuck in my bones—it was an idea that I couldn’t forget,” says Gonzalez, the frontman of Cigarettes After Sex. “I thought, how do I make a record that feels like that?”

With each record—the initial 2012 EP, 2017’s eponymous debut album, and 2019’s Cry— Gonzalez has been faithful to his muse: love. In raw, imagistic vignettes set to entrancing, slow-burn pop songs, Gonzalez captures every emotion a romantic arc inspires. But where previous albums have drawn from an amalgam of relationships, for the most part, their third, eagerly anticipated LP, X’s, centralises on just one relationship that spanned four years.

The record feels brutal, honestly,” admits Gonzalez. “I could sit and talk about this loss to someone, but that wouldn’t scratch the surface. I have to really write about it, sing about it, have the music, and then I can start to analyse and learn from it. Or just relive it—in a good way. I don’t have that Eternal Sunshine-thing of wanting to forget.”

For Gonzalez, preservation, catharsis, and deep self-reflection are absolutely essential to his process and his art. “It was such an intense experience and really beautiful while it lasted,” explains Gonzalez. “It’s about romance, but it’s also about who I was in that moment. How did I navigate these situations? What did I do? That’s the painful thing: you’re seeing yourself back then.

This period was one of immense personal growth for Gonzalez, but it was also during these years that Cigarettes After Sex would hit staggering new levels in their career. The build has certainly been cumulative, beginning slowly with the virality around their earliest music and accelerated by a ceaseless tour ethic that has carried them all over the world, from Chile to Egypt to Indonesia and everywhere in between.

But something else happened in the worldwide pandemic pause. Cry came out at the tail-end of 2019 and wasn’t really toured until two years later, and in that gulf of time the band found themselves thrust into becoming more than simply a preeminent indie act, but as one of the most globally accomplished acts across any genre, ready to take centre stage as superstars.

photo credit: Min Byung Hun, 2010 / Gallery Kuzo)

X’s – TRACKLISTING

1. X’s

2. Tejano Blue

3. Silver Sable

4. Hideaway

5. Holding you, Holding me

6. Dark Vacay

7. Baby Blue Movie

8. Hot

9. Dreams From Bunker Hill

10. Ambien Slide

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