Today, Chad VanGaalen has announced further dates to his North American and European tours. Shrink Dust, his acclaimed fifth album, is now available on CD / LP / DL in the U.S. and Europe via Sub Pop. The album is also available in Canada via Flemish Eye. Shrink Dust, featuring the songs “Where Are You?” and “Monster,” was produced by VanGaalen at his Yoko Eno home studio in Calgary, Alberta.
Chad VanGaalen had a very busy week celebrating the release of Shrink Dust with a series of events that included his first-ever Seattle art show and a performance at the grand opening of Sub Pop’s new Sea-Tac Airport store.
Chad VanGaalen’s previously announced 2014 Spring & Summer tour schedule in support of Shrink Dust has been extended to include European live dates. The North American trek begins on May 14th in Cambridge, MA at TT The Bear’s Place and ends on June 22nd in Spokane, WA at The Bartlett. The European leg begins August 31st in North Dorset, UK at End of the Road Festival and ends onSeptember 15th in Tilburg, NL at Incubate.
May 14 – Cambridge, MA – TT The Bear’s Place*#
May 15 – Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House*#
May 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy*#
May 17 – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel*#
May 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox*#
May 19 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub*#
May 20 – Columbus, OH – The Basement*#
May 21 – Indianapolis, IN – Do317 Lounge*#
May 22 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle*#
May 23 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room at The Crofoot*
June 15 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios*
June 17 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall*
June 18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo*
June 19 – Oakland, CA – LEO’S*
June 20 – Eugene, OR – Sam Bond’s Garage*
June 21 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern*
June 22 – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett*
Aug. 31 – North Dorset, UK – End of the Road Festival
Sep. 01 – London, UK – Oslo
Sep. 02 – Paris, FR – Point FMR
Sep. 04 – Gent, BE – DOK
Sep. 06 – Vlieland, NL – Into the Great Wide Open Festival
Sep. 07 – Hamburg, DE – Aalhaus
Sep. 08 – Berlin, DE – Kantine Berghain
Sep. 09 – Arhus, DK – Radar
Sep. 11- Stockholm, SE – Stacken
Sep. 12 – Copenhagen, DK – Ideal Bar
Sep. 13 – Cologne, DE – King Georg
Sep. 14 – Amsterdam, NL – DOK
Sep. 15 – Tilburg, NL – Incubate
* w/ Cousins
# w/ Bry Webb
More on Chad VanGaalen (by Bryan Webb):
Shrink Dust, his fifth full-length album under his own name, is partially a score to this film, but it’s also—in Chad’s view—a country record.
Always a fan of esoteric instruments, Chad recently acquired an aluminum pedal steel guitar, and began trying to figure out how to play it: “It took me a month to set it up, and a year to be comfortable recording myself playing this thing.” His experiments with this instrument unify the album, along with themes of death, transformation, fear, benign evil, and the eccentricity of love. A newfound affection for The Flying Burrito Brothers, and the sci-fi mysticism of the 1980s graphic novel The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius, were also significant in recent years.
Somehow, with all of its disparate influences and components, Shrink Dust might be one of the most accessible moments in CVG’s creative life, simply because it is more apparent than ever how much fun he is having blurring the lines between the vivid worlds of his creation, and the world his audience inhabits. For those who are open to it, Chad’s adventures in music and art illuminate a path that is more colorful, playful, and sustainable than those commonly available to us. A path that is, most importantly, always changeable (read more at Sub Pop).