Hot on the heels of their sophomore album release Swimming Static (independently released on May 28, 2021), Elder Island will be returning to the U.S. this November and December for a nineteen-date headline tour. Kicking off on November 9th at Boston’s Sinclair, the band will hit many major markets in the US with stops in DC (Union Stage on November 10th), NYC (Irving Plaza on November 11th), Chicago (Lincoln Hall on November 16th), San Francisco (Regency on November 26th), Los Angeles (Fonda on November 28th), and wraps up December 8th in Atlanta.
Elder Island’s live shows have taken on a shape and reputation of their own; refusing to rely on electronic backing tracks or pre-recordings, the band create unique and atmospheric experiences where multi-layered beats and melodic broodings stir emotions and never fail to get crowds dancing. Following 2019’s acclaimed debut album The Omnitone Collection, Elder Island’s newly released ten-track record Swimming Static, recorded over the past year in their home studio, sees the band reach new heights of expertly crafted experimentation. Flitting between the surreal dream-state of electronica and the storytelling-esque lyricisms of indie, the new album tempers introspection with a coveted taste of feel-good pop, offering dashes of neo-soul at the core. You can expect to hear the infectious songs that shapeshift and captivate such as “Feral,” “Small Plastic Heart,” “Purely Educational,” “Sacred,” and “Queen Of Kings” live this fall.
The collaborative nature of the group’s work shines during live performances where vocalist and cellist Katy Sargent, bassist and beat maestro Luke Thornton and guitarist and synth master David Havard charismatic friendship radiates as much from their music as from their on-stage interaction. Elder Island’s past UK headline tours have been a sold-out success, and 2019 saw Elder Island take The Omnitone Tour to Europe and North America twice, with over 60 dates in total. That included selling out shows in New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Los Angeles’s El Rey Theatre, and London’s Roundhouse. In February 2020, the band played as special guest co-headliners alongside Maribou State to a sold-out crowd of 5,000 fans at London’s Printworks, and the band have now set their sights on 2021 touring.
The band released five singles from Swimming Static, and garnered plays from the likes of 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens among others. They’ve been playlisted by Spotify on over 39 New Music Fridays (UK, US, Global, Philippines + more), New Alternative, and featured on the cover of both Indie Dancefloor & Release Radar.