ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
NEW ALBUM PARTING GLANCES OUT NOW ON WESTERN VINYL
17 January – Alicante (SP), Teatro Arniches (Atiende Alicante)
18 January – Castellón (SP), Teatre del Raval (SONS)
19 January – Valencia (SP), El Loco Club
20 January – Barcelona (SP), Antiga Fabrica Damm (Vida Festival)
22 January – Santiago (SP), Cachán Clube
23 January – Oviedo (SP), La Lata de Zinc
24 January – Zaragoza (SP), Delicias (Bombo y Platillo)
26 January – Paris (FR), Opa Bastille
28 January – London (UK), The Shacklewell Arms
29 January – Glasgow (UK), TheHug and Pint
31 January – Brighton (UK), Prince Albert
02 February – Gent (BE), Cafe Video
03 February – Deventer (NL), Burgerweeshuis
04 February – Amsterdam (NL), OT301
05 February – Offenbach (DE), Hafen 2
06 February – Dresden (DE), Beatpol
07 February – Berlin (DE), Monarch
08 February – Heidelberg (DE), Karlstorbahnhof
09 February – Zurich (CH), Ziegel Oh Lac / Rote Fabrik
10 February – Rorschach (CH), Treppenhaus
Watch video for “Fantasy”
Following the release of the recent album Parting Glances (out now on Western Vinyl), Air Waves aka Nicole Schneit, embarks on a European tour in January and February, including three UK shows in London, Glasgow and Brighton. Described by Pitchfork as; “Glittery guitar work, sweet spot-hitting harmonies” and as “simple, sometimes folky punk-pop that is as familiar as it is bittersweet”, by The Quietus, Air Waves create intimate, emotional pop music, filled with warmth, joy and light.
While attending Purchase College Nicole Schneit aka Air Waves met Dan Deacon, a friend and former collaborator who once described her comforting songs as something akin to “a favorite blanket wrapped around you.” Though she played in several bands in college (including the noise jam band Ferrari with Deacon) she eventually shifted her focus to writing and recording intimate pop songs under the name Air Waves, a moniker inspired by the title of a Guided by Voices song.
Listen “Horse Race”
In 2010 Schneit released Dungeon Dots, an album which Aquarius Records called “…pretty much perfect pop music.” After extensive touring in support of that album, she took some time off from writing. “It was crucial for my creative process to take a step back from making music. Part of being a performer is having confidence to just be vulnerable.” says Schneit. The vulnerability she speaks of is part of what makes her music as Air Waves so compelling. Even her fictional narratives employ an almost preternatural honesty that feels emotionally naked, exposed, and ultimately relatable.
She initially recorded her new album Parting Glances as cheaply as possible, but unsatisfied with the results Schneit enlisted long-time friend Jarvis Taveniere of the band Woods to help rerecord the entire album (selling her tour van in the process, to help cover the studio time). Working with Taveniere in the studio, she took a great deal of care to ensure that each song felt exactly right. In addition to Taveniere, Schneit enlisted other friends from Brooklyn’s music community to contribute to the record, including JB Townsend of Crystal Stilts, Becca Kauffman and Felicia Douglas from Ava Luna, and Brian Betancourt from Hospitality. Additionally, Jana Hunter contributes vocals to album standouts “Horse Race“ and “Thunder”.
The album’s title comes from the 1986 film Parting Glances in which Steve Buscemi portrays a gay man navigating the difficulties of being in a relationship in Reagan-era New York. More than just identifying with the story, she’s interested in the in the lasting effect of the parting glances we share with strangers in our everyday encounters. The lingering impact of those brief moments seeps into the details and imagery she delivers through her lyrics on Parting Glances. With energizing hooks and a disarming lack of pretense, the songs on Parting Glances burn with ebullient energy and an emotionally engaging core from beginning to end.