One of my all time favorite bands James is back in 2010! Releasing not one, but two mini albums this year. First the 'The Night Before' earlier in the year and recently 'The Morning After'. Absolutely loving them both! Tim Booth's vocals/lyrics and music are as beautiful as ever, if not more so now, with the added wisdom of age. The records are a great one-two punch. 'The Night Before' being more upbeat/classic them and 'The Night After' being a more somber affair, but both equally as beautiful! Love the contrast/concept. To make things easier for U.S. audiences they are releasing a cleverly titled 'The Morning After the Night Before' combo of the two albums on September 14th.
The album release is timed to coincide with their upcoming tour of the States in September and October, their first tour of the U.S. in years. The best part is they're gonna be kicking things off in our very own South Florida at Culture Room on September 20th! So excited for this show! I've had my tickets for over a month. Never seen them before and Culture Room is such a small space for such a big band (at least in my eyes). Makes me a little upset thinking they should be playing bigger venues, but at the same time it's nice to be able to see them in such an intimate setting away from the masses. Kinda like I always loved my James, my own little (not so secret) secret. The way I like it.
Although not easy to pick, here's a couple tracks from the album(s) to stream "Tell Her I Said So" and "Porcupine". If you like what you hear I recommend picking this baby up. It'll be available on Amazon Sept 14th here. See you at the show!!!
MP3: Tell Her I Said So - James (Streaming Only)
MP3: Porcupine - James (Streaming Only)
Here's a live video of them performing "Waltzing Along" (one of my faves) in Manchester/2006. Gonna be so amazing when people start singing along to hits like "Laid" and "Say Something" at the show. It will definitely be a moment to remember.
James U.S. Tour Dates::
20th – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
21st – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
22nd – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
24th – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Theatre
25th – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
27th – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
28th – New York, NY – Webster Hall
30th – Toronto, CA – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
1st – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
2nd – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
4th – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
5th – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
7th – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
8th – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
9th – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
11th – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
12th – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
13th – Los Angeles, CA – The Music Box