French Kicks are set to release, 'Swimming', the band's second album on Vagrant Records this spring. The new record will be available exclusively through iTunes on April 1st, 2008 and in stores on May 20th.
With 'Swimming', French Kicks have delivered their finest album to date. Produced and mixed entirely by the band, the album features some of the quartet's most melodic recordings to date with standout tracks "Abandon", "Said So What" and "Over The World".
It is an album that demands your attention by revealing new sounds, notes and harmonies with each listen.
"On this record, we hoped to capture the joy of friends playing together in a relaxed way. We used a lot of first and second takes and tried to preserve a sense of immediacy and discovery that comes from putting things down before you really have a chance to think too hard. It's bolder, and at the same time more intimate, than anything we've done," says guitarist/vocalist Josh Wise.
For singer Nick Stumpf, 'Swimming' is "by far the closest we've come to getting the sound we wanted." By capturing both the palpable and raw elements, the French Kicks have created a complex yet sophisticated pop album.
The band will be launching a US tour on April 1st with the first of three shows at Mercury Lounge in New York City.
French Kicks US tour dates:
Dates could be added or changed! Go to French Kicks' Official Website for the latest news and information.
1 Apr 2008 Mercury Lounge, New York, New York
4 Apr 2008 Middle East Club (Upstairs), Cambridge, Massachusetts
5 Apr 2008 Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
8 Apr 2008 Mercury Lounge, New York, New York
15 Apr 2008 Mercury Lounge, New York, New York
24 Apr 2008 Rock N Roll Hotel, Washington DC, Washington DC
25 Apr 2008 Local 506, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
26 Apr 2008 The Earl, Atlanta, Georgia
27 Apr 2008 Grey Eagle, Asheville, North Carolina
15 May 2008 Doug Fir, Portland, Oregon
16 May 2008 Chop Suey, Seattle, Washington
18 May 2008 The Independent, San Francisco, California
19 May 2008 Blue Lamp, Sacramento, California
22 May 2008 The Echo, Los Angeles, California
"The French Kicks have managed to wrestle free of typecasting to produce music that's uncharacteristically sophisticated and upbeat." - Vanity Fair