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Rob Ahlers, Kristin Hersh, and Fred Abong – Photo courtesy of Kristin Hersh
The Huffington Post says she is “a musical genius.” The New York Times says she is “a fearless rock innovator.” Both of them have accurately described the one and only Kristin Hersh. A sonic firecracker with words of wit and stage-center swagger unique unto herself.
Having just played the Pasadena Daydream Festival, curated by Robert Smith, as one of four exclusive Throwing Muses shows, she is now ready to kick off her own tour. As yet another electric trio… with a dozen shows up and down the U.S. West Coast, followed by Midwest tour dates.
Hersh has been deemed iconic as chief rule-breaker of the influential art-punk band Throwing Muses and power trio 50FOOTWAVE. Throwing Muses gained traction in the early ‘80s, playing with bands like The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr.
On this tour, she performs as a hard-hitting electric trio, along with a member from each of her bands: Fred Abong was Throwing Muses’ bassist during the Real Ramona period and Rob Ahlers is drummer for her power trio 50FOOTWAVE.
Hersh will be supporting her latest highly acclaimed album Possible Dust Clouds, released via Fire Records, as well as the reissue of her eighth solo album Crooked via Fire Records, out September 27. ‘Crooked’, which was put out on orange vinyl for Record Store Day 2019, will now be released on black vinyl and CD. Concert-goers for this tour will also hear other material spanning Hersh’s lengthy career.
Kristin Hersh’s solo career spun off in 1994 with the widely acclaimed Hips and Makers, featuring ‘Your Ghost’, a duet with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. Kristin has since released a steady stream of distinct solo albums with 2010’s Crooked the first release in the inventive book/CD format she is now known for.
In addition to a series of intense mini-albums with 50FOOTWAVE, Kristin’s writing has also flourished with the highly acclaimed Rat Girl (Paradoxical Undressing in the UK) and the award winning Don’t Suck, Don’t Die on her long friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt.
Kristin Hersh’s astounding career has crowned her queen of the alternative release. Her tenth studio album Possible Dust Clouds is a highly personalized sociopathic gem delivered as a futuristic rewriting of how music works – a melodious breeze with a tail wind of venomous din.
A turbulent cracker with riot grrl swagger, this album is Hersh’s first new material since 2016, when she released her critically-acclaimed double album-book combo Wyatt at the Coyote Palace. In contrast to that LP, which saw Hersh record over several years, playing all the instruments on these songs over many years, this album involves numerous friends.
Enveloping the juxtaposition of the concept ‘dark sunshine’, she created this brooding solo, expanding her off-kilter sonic vision. Produced by Hersh herself, this album was mixed and mastered by Steve Rizzo with contributions by Fred Abong on bass, Chris Brady (Pond) on vocals and bass, and drums by Throwing Muses’ David Narcizo, Rob Ahlers and Kristin’s son, Wyatt True. The result is a squally and heady mix of discordant beauty.
“When I heard the record back after leaving the atmosphere of the studio, it was like stepping back from a painting. It just sounded like this chaotic party. You want the chaos, you want the violence, the sweetness lends itself to a fun explosion. And that’s what “Possible Dust Clouds” sounds like,” says Kristin Hersh.
Touring allows listeners the chance to experience what the BBC calls Hersh’s “dark and dizzy world”. For this tour, Fred Abong also opens each show with an acoustic set in support of his recently-released Pulsing EP, alternately described as “ragged Replacements” and “Elliott Smith with balls”.
Possible Dust Clouds is available now online everywhere and on vinyl via Fire Records. Crooked, which released on orange vinyl for Record Store Day 2019, will now be released on black vinyl and CD. Ticket info and sales links for all shows can be found HERE.
2. No Shade In Shadow
3. Half Way Home
4. Fox Point
6. Loud Mouth
9. Breathe In
10. Lady Godiva
KRISTIN HERSH TOUR DATES
Sept 06 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy + Harriet’s
Sept 08 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
Sept 09 Albuquerque, NM – The Launchpad
Sept 10 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
Sept 12 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
Sept 14 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
Sept 15 Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
Sept 17 Cleveland, OH – Music Box Supper Club
Sept 19 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
Sept 20 Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
Sept 21 Indy, IN – Holler on the Hill Fest
Sept 22 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
Sept 25 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
Sept 26 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Sept 29 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Nov 08 Leek, UK – Foxlowe Arts Centre
Nov 10 London, UK – The Jazz Cafe
Nov 12 Hebden Bridge, UK – The Trades Club
Enjoy Hersh’s latest, Possible Dust Clouds:
And explore the new Pulsing EP from Fred Abong:
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