Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Qui share new video featuring ex-singer David Yow, announce fall tour dates and split 7" with Secret Fun Club

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"Qui are back at it, dosing their shreddy punk tantrums with arty aplomb and surprising harmony." -- SPIN

L.A. duo Qui share a new video today featuring the band's former lead singer David Yow (The Jesus Lizard). The clip for the song "You're A Girl" from their new album Life, Water, Living... is available to watch/share HERE. Qui also announce shows in Southern California bookending European tour dates beginning later this month, and a U.S. tour to be announced for November. Please see current dates below.

Qui & Secret Fun Club release a split 7" single on September 23rd via Three.One.G. Listen to/share Qui's "Feel My Body" HERE. The band's recently released album Life, Water, Living... is available to stream/share HERE.

SPIN previously debuted two of the album's videos: The clip for "Mucho Sex in America" directed by Laban Pheidias (Justin Timberlake, Billie Joe & Norah Jones, et al.), available to watch/share HERE (direct Vimeo link). And, the exploration of inter-band bromance of "Whateryadoin?" available to watch/share HERE.

If the third full length by L.A. duo Qui sounds like a radical departure, you probably were never really listening properly in the first place. Sure, perfectly taut vocal harmonies and precise, sparse instrumentation supplants much of the band's early fume-huffing punk-noise here, but their penchant for challenging, button-pushing ideas is stronger than ever. Qui also employed harmonies and experimental structures on their previous album Love's Miracle (2007) with former vocalist David Yow. But, Life, Water, Living... is clearly the band's most meticulously refined effort at using melody and harmony as subversive weapons.

After a 5-year absence, Qui is once again back to the original duo formed in 2000 by drummer/vocalist Paul Christensen and guitarist/vocalist Matt Cronk. Life, Water, Living... features inventive song structures and warped pop sensibilities reminiscent of early Sparks and Frank Zappa with Queen-style harmonies... or something like if Badfinger were the Melvins. Throughout, it's an album that subtly commands attention as it shifts from a soft whisper to a chuckle to a scream.

Life, Water, Living... was produced by renowned engineer Toshi Kasai and Melvins drummer Dale Crover at Entourage Studios in Los Angeles. The album was released on February 25th, 2014 on LP, CD and download in partnership with Cobraside Distribution.

09/21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell (w/ Head Wound City)
09/25 Plzen, CZ @ Divadlo Pod lampou
09/26 Brno, CZ @ Vegalite
09/27 Vsetin, CZ @ Vesmir
09/28 Kosice, SK @ Tabacka
09/29 Oradea, RO @ Cafe Moszkva
09/30 Szeged, HU @ Live Music Club
10/01 Vienna, AT @ Rhiz (+Arktis/Air)
10/03 Ceske Budejovice, CZ @ Ostinato
10/04 Prague, CZ @ 007 Klub (w/ Hammerhead, Vaz)
10/05 Halle, DE @ Hühnermanhattan
10/06 Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
10/08 Den Haag, NL @ Haags Pop Centrum
10/09 Brussels, BE @ m4 (+Zs)
10/10 Paris, FR @ Nouveau Casino (w/ OFF!)
10/11 Gerardmer, FR @ Le Grattoir
10/16 Geneva, CH @ L'Usine (w/ Vaz)
10/18 Valeggio sul Mincio / Verona, IT @ Villa Zamboni
10/19 Loreto / Ancona, IT @ Circolo Reasonanz
10/21 Osio sopra / Bergamo, IT @ Joe Koala
10/23 Milano, IT @ Bloom (w/ Sebadoh)
10/26 Pisa, IT @ Borderline Club
10/27 Cremona, IT @ Il Fico
10/28 Brescia, IT @ Lio Bar
10/31 Velenje, SL @ Klub eMCe plac
12/04 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater (w/ Moving Units)
12/05 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick (w/ Moving Units)

Artist: Qui
Album:  Life, Water, Living...
Label: Cobraside Distribution
Release Date: February 25th, 2014

01. Kicked Out of Mime College
02. Life, Water, Living... (VIDEO)
03. Mucho Sex in America (VIDEO)
04. Awkward Human Interest (VIDEO)
05. Boogie Down Disappointment
06. The Kind of Jazz This Is
07. Proof of Bass
08. Songbirds
09. You're a Girl
10. Whateryadoin? (VIDEO)
11. Ham Spray

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