Marco Benevento and his band make their maiden voyage to the UK next week for four shows in the UK. He'll join Brooklyn's own Moon Hooch for two dates in Oxford and Brighton before heading to Brooklyn Bowl London for two nights—the first of which will be in support of Vulfpeck and the second a headline performance.
For more than a decade, Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive body of work. His studio albums and live performances connecting the vast space between LCD Soundsystem and Leon Russell—a union of pulsating dance rock energy with quirky, earthy songwriting to match.
Marco Benevento's latest LP, The Story of Fred Short, is some of his finest and most adventurous work to date—a maestro making "bold indie rock" wrote Brooklyn Vegan about the record's first single, "Dropkick." The collection is the follow-up to 2014's Swift, on which Benevento presented his vocals for the first time, while simultaneously honing his psych rock and late night dance party sensibilities. The Story Of Fred Short is a continuation of this exploration with Benevento citing everything from Harry Nilsson, Manu Chau and Gorillaz as inspiration.
Divided into two sides, The Story Of Fred Short oozes with Benevento’s relentless creative spirit in songwriting, performance and production. Side A is stuffed with mesmerizing dance rock gold. Marco doubles down on the groove using a rare Casio drum machine that's become a recurring muse, in addition to a live drummer. The B Side tells the story of Fred Short in seven chapters of wild, heavy rock n’ roll. Fred Short was a Native American man known for throwing musical bacchanals on the property Marco now lives on in the Catskills.
As anybody who's seen Marco Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, he's a satellite to the muse. With a devout fan-base, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold.
MARCO BENEVENTO Tour Dates
September 15 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy ^
September 16 - Brighton, UK - Patterns ^
September 17 - London, UK - Brooklyn Bowl *
September 18 - London, UK - Brooklyn Bowl
October 16 - Darlington, MD - Luna Light Festival
October 18 - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry **
October 19 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre **
October 20 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West **
October 21 - Asheville, NC - New Mountain **
October 22 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House **
October 27 - Live Oak, FL - Hulaween
^ w/ Moon Hooch
* w/ Vulfpeck
** w/ Eric Krasno Band