Brooklyn-based, New Zealanders’ Streets of Laredo have just released the wonderfully psychedelic video for the track “Slow Train” off their upcoming album Volume I & II out October 7, via Dine Alone Records. Check out the video premiere of “Slow Train”.
Streets of Laredo are also thrilled to announce their nationwide fall tour, including Canadian dates in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as a sold out hometown release show with Delta Spirit. For full tour details, see below.
Founded by close-knit family members Daniel, Dave and Sarahjane Gibson and inspired by the fervour and madness of the 70’s folk-rock circuit, Streets of Laredo was born out of trying to escape the mundane everyday working life. Older brother Dave tells the story, “Both Dan and I had done the hard yards in bands in New Zealand but we were worn out and a little lost by it all. And broke. I was running this t-shirt company and Dan walks in one day to tell me that he’s finished with music and he’s gonna go get a real job. All of a sudden my ‘big brother’ instinct kicks in and rather than see this young songwriter throw it all away, I gave him a job doing t-shirt orders, and we started working on demos and writing songs together, pretty much day and night from then on in.”
Refining their sound and songs one holiday weekend at a beach house on the New Zealand coast, the Gibsons started to fashion a sound that was equal parts folk storytelling and psychedelic madness. With just one home-town show under their belt, a handful of demos and a whole lot of hope, they took the plunge and decided to move halfway around the world. Fast forward to the summer of 2012 and Streets of Laredo in a rehearsal space in Brooklyn NY with a guitar, a drum-machine and no money, trying to figure out what comes next.Quickly adding fellow countryman Thom Darlow and local Brooklynites Sean McMahon and Andrew McGovern to the mix, this now rambling, multi-instrumental, seven-piece started to craft a dance-inducing mix of vocal hooks, beats and wild sounds that saw the New York music scene embrace them as their own – building a firm reputation in the music halls of Brooklyn and the Lower East Side for playing danceable, crazy songs that kept fans coming back for more – not to mention seeing the band feted as a must-see act at both CMJ and SXSW.
A quick trip back to New Zealand saw the band record the bones of ‘Volume I & II’ – ten songs inspired by their old life in NZ and their new life in NYC – in an old converted Auckland theatre where, courtesy of friendships and favors, they locked down that distinctive Streets of Laredo sound.
Like Bob Dylan running late to a Ramones concert or Paul Simon getting blind drunk with Grizzly Bear, however you describe them, the resulting songs and sound have had an instant effect on fans and critics alike. Volume I & II will also be available on beautiful 180 gram, dark green marbled vinyl. Each limited edition vinyl LP – in a gatefold jacket with reverse board printing – includes a digital download of the album as well.
*JUST ANNOUNCED – North American Tour Dates
10.01.14 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom w/Delta Spirit (SOLD OUT)
10.26.14 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
10.27.14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
10.28.14 – Boston, MA – T.T The Bears
10.29.14 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
10.30.14 – Montreal, QC – La Vitrola
11.01.14 – Toronto, ON – The Drake
11.04.14 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
11.05.14 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
11.06.14 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar
11.07.14 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
11.08.14 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
11.10.14 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
11.11.14 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
11.12.14 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
11.15.14 – San Francisco, CA – Neck of The Woods
11.17.14 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
11.18.14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite
11.20.14 – Austin, TX – Stubbs Jr
11.21.14 – New Orleans, LA – The Beatnik
11.22.14 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
11.24.14 – Washington, DC – DC9