* Premiere Video for Divisionary (Do The Right Thing) – The Single Out Now*
* First Ever European Tour Dates * London Show – The Islington, 19th February *
* Divisionary – The Album, Released 24th March *
Portland’s Ages and Ages have confirmed their first ever European dates for this February. The band, who are preparing for the release their brilliant album, Divisionary, on Partisan Records on 24th March, will play dates in Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Amsterdam before making their London debut at The Islington on 19th February.
Ages and Ages’ European tour dates precede the band’s scheduled shows at this year’s SxSW Festival in Austin, and coincide with the release of the group’s first UK single, Divisionary (Do The Right Thing), taken from the album. The video for the single, directed by Rodrigo Melgarejo, has just debuted online – see it here:
Says the band, “This song is about keeping yourself right even amidst darkness and negativity. For the video, we decided to portray this struggle through the story of a bunch of young kids who set out to make things right, but lose a part of themselves along the way. They may have started off on the same path and with good intentions, but their struggle reveals varying agendas and leads them in very different directions.”
Ages and Ages’ upcoming European tour dates are as follows:
Fri 14 Feb BERLIN, Karrera Klub @ Rosi’s (Tickets: http://is.gd/1oGXjk)
Sat 15 COPENHAGEN, Beta (Tickets: http://is.gd/MYSlGq)
Mon 17 PARIS, Fireworks Festival @ Nouveau Casino (Tickets: http://is.gd/Htb68a)
Tues 18 AMSTERDAM, Paradiso (Tickets: http://is.gd/qQoQ3B)
Weds 19 LONDON, The Islington (Tickets: http://is.gd/YU7cFB)
Fri 21 BRUSSELS, Witloof @ Botanique (Tickets: http://is.gd/Yulluv)
Sun 23 HALDERN, Haldern Pop Bar (Tickets: http://is.gd/TY56vF)
A bit more about the band…. Ages and Ages first came together in 2009, founded by Tim Perry, Rob Oberdorfer, Graham Mackenzie (percussion, vocals), and Daniel Hunt (drums, percussion, vocals), alongside other friends and players from Portland’s ever-fertile music community. Their US debut, Alright You Restless arrived two years later and an ardent audience surfaced, a committed cohort that included Barack Obama, who included (without permission, mind) the album’s “No Nostalgia” on his 2012 campaign playlist.
Having spent much of the subsequent two years in willful isolation following barrage of unhappy events that befell some of the band members in the period that followed the release of their debut (a brief span saw the loss of a mother, a father, a sister, three grandparents, and two very dear friends, with causes ranging from freak accident to suicide and cancer), Ages and Ages have emerged with an emotive and emotional song set that sees a band wrestling with many of the contradictions and confusion that life has to offer. With between six and nine members at any given time, they spent the best part of a year making the album at Portland’s Jackpot Studios with veteran Pacific Northwest producer Tony Lash (Elliott Smith, The Dandy Warhols, Eric Matthews) and at bassist / percussionist Rob Oberdorfer’s own home setup.
Ages and Ages have tackled the personal challenges following Alright You Restless, by amping up their multi-layered modus operandi – all gang harmonies, rhythmic discovery, and inner conflict – the contrast between joyous sound and disheartening subject matter instilling songs such as No Pressure and Our Demons with striking pragmatism and undeniable muscle. Fraught with heartfelt drama, celebratory spirit, and sonic ingenuity, Divisionary shows a band torn and frayed but optimistic, empowered and transcendent in spite of their turmoil and trials.