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Freelance Whales Announce 2011 Spring Tour With Foals

Entertainment Weekly - "Still holding your breath for the next Postal Service album? Listen to Weathervanesinstead: It's the best electronic indie-pop debut since Ben Gibbard last tuned his laptop"

NME - 7 out of 10 - "It's awash with gentle, naive bliss, and if you're the type that likes to observe ... then you might have just found a new favourite band."

Spin "WHY THEY MATTER: This kitchen-sink collective builds from a heartbreaking quiver to a cinematic sprawl with a grace reminiscent of Broken Social Scene."

NPR
"Freelance Whales' members make music that's undeniably quirky and fun. But the instrumentation isn't a gimmick: The band produces textured music with powerful rhythms and a keen sense of melody."

All Songs Considered "Freelance Whales at the Paste Magazine day party. This band has a fantastic energy, lots of charm, incredible harmonies. You'll be hearing a lot more from them this year."

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Spring Tour 2011

4/10 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC*
4/11 - The Showbox at The Market - Seattle, WA*
4/12 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR*
4/14 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA (co-headlining with Foals)
4/19 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX*
4/20 - The Loft - Dallas, TX
4/21 - La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX*
4/23 - The Firebird - St Louis, MO*
4/25 - The Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN*
4/26 - Metro - Chicago, IL (co-headlining with Foals)
4/27 - Outland Live - Columbus, OH*
4/29 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH*
4/30 - Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, ON*
5/01 - Le National - Montreal, QC*
5/02 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA*
5/04 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY (co-headlining with Foals)
5/05 - Theatre of the Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA*
5/06 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC (co-headlining with Foals)
5/07 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD*
5/08 - The Met - Pawtucket, RI*
*Foals & The Naked & the Famous

Cymbals Eat Guitars and Freelance Whales in DENVER

To call them multi-instrumentalists might be a little overdone.  The kids in Freelance whales are really just collectors, at heart. They don't really fancy buffalo nickels or Victorian furniture, but over the past two years, they've been collecting instruments, ghost stories, and dream-logs.  Somehow, from this strange compost heap of little sounds and quiet thoughts, songs started to rise up like steam from the ground.

The first performance of these songs took place in January of 2009, in Staten Island's abandoned farm colony, a dilapidated geriatric ward, in one of New York's lesser visited boroughs. A seemingly never-ending jigsaw of small rooms, the farm colony ate them whole and threatened to never regurgitate them. And even though the onlookers were only spiritual presences, the group was still palpably nervous and visibly cold.  After a bit of singing, strumming and stomping asbestos, they realized that they'd found a good crowd.  They heard a bit of clapping from an adjacent room, also some laughing, but not a single soul asked about their record.

Weathervanes, the groups debut LP, finished tracking just a few nights earlier.  Swirling with organic and synthetic textures, interlocking rhythmic patterns, and light harmonic vocals, the record works to tell a simple, pre-adolescent love story: a young male falls in love with the spectral young femme who haunts his childhood home.   He chases her in his dreams but finds her to be mostly elusive.  He imagines her alive, and wonders if someday he'll take on her responsibilities of ghosting, or if maybe he'll join her, elsewhere.

Since their brief residency at the Farm Colony, Freelance Whales have taken to city streets, subway platforms, and stages with their swirling nostalgia.  Many people who found them playing in those public spaces, managed to forget what train they were supposed to take; some of them forgot what language they originally spoke.  And so, after playing in New York City, almost exclusively, for about a year, they embarked on their first tour of the United States, and Canada.  They saw buffaloes posted on hilltops, armies of windmills, and lots of lovely people who let the music run their blood in reverse.

US Tour Dates:

3/5 - Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
3/6 – Rock N Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C
3/7 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
3/9 – The End – Nashville, TN
3/10 – Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN
3/11 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
3/12 – Harvest Of Hope Festival – St. Augustine, FL
3/13 – Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
3/14 – The Engine Room – Tallahassee, FL
3/16 – Mango’s – Houston, TX
3/22 – The Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ
3/23 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
3/24 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
3/25 – Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
3/28 – Crocodile Café – Seattle, WA *
3/29 – The Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
3/31 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
4/1 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO
4/2 – Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
4/3 – Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
4/4 – Schuba’s – Chicago, IL
4/6 – El Mocambo Club – Toronto, ON
4/7 – Il Motore – Montreal, QB
4/8 – The Middle East – Boston, MA

*CEG Not Playing