Violens November tour as main support for MGMT in the UK and Ireland has been expanded with a 2nd Sold Out show at Dublin's Ambassador Theatre, and headlining shows of their own in London.
NYC residents get to bid the band and their tour-mates "Bon Voyage" as they kick-off the dates with a very special Halloween party featuring the city's best up-and-coming acts:
31st October Music Hall of Williamsburg w/MGMT, Boy Crisis, Amazing Baby, Francis & The Lights
3rd November Ambassador, Dublin w/MGMT
4th November Ambassador, Dublin w/MGMT
5th November Academy, Leeds w/MGMT
6th November Rock City, Nottingham w/MGMT
7th November Academy, Bristol w/MGMT
9th November Barrowlands, Glasgow w/MGMT
10th November Academy, Birmingham w/MGMT
11th November Academy, Manchester w/MGMT
13th November Macbeth, London
14th November Barfly, London w/Boy Crisis
Violens (pronounced "vy-lenz") are a New York-via-Miami four-piece featuring members Iddo Arad (synths/vocals), Ben Brantley (bass), Jorge Elbrecht (lead vocals/guitar) and Kris King (drums). Their music imagines a place where The Zombies & The Byrds meet Wire & The Violent Femmes, and Crass meets Angelo Badalamenti & Prefab Sprout.
Violens songs conjure descriptions of nightmares, the passing of time, speculations on spiritual messages, and accounts of psychedelic hallucinations. Even their most frenetic guitar work and aggressive rhythms are draped in a gauze of reverberant, harmonized vocals and synths which create a sense of creepy, artificial comfort. A fitting characterization, lyrically and musically, for a group whose name sounds like a melding of the words "violence" and "violins".