THE HANDSOME FAMILY
GOTHIC AMERICANA DUO ANNOUNCE TOUR OF UK AND IRELAND
FOLLOWS THE RELEASE OF THEIR HIGHLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM
“The king and queen of Americana Gothic”
AMERICANA ALBUM OF THE MONTH
“Eleven albums in and 30 years in, Brett and Rennie Sparks continue to shape The Handsome Family sound in subtle and persuasive ways”
“‘Hollow’ finds The Handsome Family at the top of their game. No one does americana gothic better than they do”
“The Handsome Family’s gorgeous brand of western gothic remains as perfect as ever on their new album”
Following the release of their critically acclaimed new album ‘Hollow’ this year – THE HANDSOME FAMILY – will be taking it out on tour in 2024.
With a slew of dates across the UK and Ireland, the band will be kicking proceedings off at Dublin’s Liberty Hall on 3 May, before taking in shows in Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, London and beyond as part of a 16-date run throughout the month. Tickets for the shows are on sale now here. Dates can be found below.
THE HANDSOME FAMILY 2024 TOUR DATES
3 MAY IE Dublin, Liberty Hall
4 MAY IE Belfast, Black Box
5 MAY IE Kilkenny, Kilkenny Roots
7 MAY UK Glasgow, Saint Lukes
8 MAY UK Hebden Bridge, Trades
9 MAY UK Sunderland, Fire Station
10 MAY UK Manchester, Stoller Hall
12 MAY UK Leeds, Irish Centre
14 MAY UK Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre
15 MAY UK Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
16 MAY UK Cardiff, The Gate
18 MAY UK Salisbury, Winchester Gate
20 MAY UK Bristol, The Lantern
21 MAY UK London, Union Chapel
22 MAY UK Brighton, Komedia
23 MAY UK Folkestone, Quarterhouse
Tickets on sale now via PRB Presents.
The Handsome Family’s new record ‘Hollow‘ began with a scream in the night. “It was a bleak winter during the middle of the pandemic,” says Brett Sparks. “One night around 4 a.m. Rennie started screaming in her sleep. She screamed, ‘Come into the circle Joseph! There’s no moon tonight.’ Scary as it was, I thought, man, that’s a good chorus!”
The Handsome Family (songwriting and marriage partners Brett and Rennie Sparks) have been defining the dark end of americana for over 30 years. Brett writes the music and Rennie writes the words. Their work has been covered by many artists including Jeff Tweedy, Andrew Bird and most-recently Phoebe Bridgers. Their song “Far From Any Road” was the opening theme for HBO’s True Detective season one and still receives thousands of Shazams every week from all over the world.
Handsome Family songs take place under overpasses and inside airports. Historical figures like George A. Custer and Nikola Tesla appear alongside a flying milkman and the whisper of an air conditioner against a plastic tree.
Their eleventh studio album, ‘Hollow‘ delves into the natural world at the edges of the man-made. It is a record lush with leaves and shadows and echoing with occult mystery. The album is out now.
THE HANDSOME FAMILY – ‘HOLLOW’ – OUT NOW
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