WIFE will embark on his first worldwide tour in support of his debut album ‘What’s Between’ out now via Tri Angle Records. Beginning this month, WIFE’s seventeen-date tour will take him around the world, starting in the UK and finishing in Belgium. WIFE will also bring his show to North America, with stops in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. Check out the full list of shows below.
To many, What’s Between will be viewed simply as the debut solo album by Irish singer-songwriter James Kelly aka WIFE, but to fans of the metal band Altar of Plagues. As frontman in Altar of Plagues, James Kelly was lauded for creating some of the most innovative music to emerge out of the metal scene in recent years, partly ushering in the mainstreaming of black metal. After the release of their third album,, they surprised everyone and disbanded soon afterwards. Partly due to Kelly’s feeling that they had reached their apex as a band, Kelly embarked on what would become a very different project as WIFE.
What’s Between is a disorientating and splintered pop record that finds light and dark at constant odds with one another, industrial tones and throbbing techno beats clashing with elegiac pastoral atmospherics. The title is a reflection on what exists in the emotional and physical space between two people, emphasized in the album’s dualities between light and dark, aggression and softness. It’s a record in which Kelly can finally express all of the sounds that interest him, melding pop, metal and electronic into something that can only described as his take on pop music. Yet even on seemingly lighter moments the lyrics often betray their sunnier surroundings: “Tongue” relates to how people present themselves as something they’re not, while “Heart Is A Far Light” is about wanting someone to care about you, even if it is a lie. Throughout the record, Kelly explores the motives behind the lies we may feel compelled to tell, whether told for personal gain or simply because they are more appealing than the truth, while first single “Living Joy” is Kelly’s celebratory tribute to a personal loss experienced during the albums creation.
Produced with The Haxan Cloak, who released last year’s acclaimed and extreme electronic record Excavation, as well as with lie and cult hero Roly Porter.
1. Like Chrome
3. Heart Is A Far Light
5. Dans Ce
6. A Nature (Shards)
7. Living Joy
8. Fruit Tree
9. Further Not Better
WIFE Tour Dates:
09-13-14 Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall
09-16-14 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
09-17-14 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
09-19-14 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
09-23-14 Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos
09-24-14 San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall
09-26-14 Seattle, WA – Decibel Festival
10-03-14 Bologna, IT – Robot Festival
10-04-14 Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique
10-10-14 Dublin, IE – The Workmans Club
11-06-14 Tokyo, JP – Galaxy Gingakei
11-11-14 Tokyo, JP – Hall Shinseiki
11-19-14 Glasgow, UK – Nice N Sleazy
11-20-14 London, UK – Waiting Room
11-28-14 Moscow, RU – Dewars Powerhouse
11-29-14 St. Petersburg, RU – Da:Da
12-12-14 Kortrijk, BE – De Kreun