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TINDERSTICKS announce new album No Treasure But Hope
out November 15th on City Slang

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NEW live dates all over Europe, and the first US show in ten years, finishing up in Ireland on 24th May 2020 in National Concert Hall, Dublin

Tindersticks have announced news of their new studio album, No Treasure But Hope, released 15th November via City Slang and available to preorder HERE. To celebrate the release the band have shared a charming b/w video for lead track 'The Amputees' which can be viewed HERE.

Additionally, Tindersticks have announced news of an extensive European tour beginning 29th January in Belgium and ending 24th May in Ireland, and the first show in the US since ten years. A full list of live dates can be found below.

Three years since their last album proper, singer Stuart Staples decided Tindersticks’ return called for something special. “I felt we needed to be able to make something meaningful,” he says. No Tindersticks album has lacked meaning, of course, but these mavens of intimate, expansive mood song dig deep and diversify beautifully on No Treasure But Hope. Rich in intuitive warmth, lush melodies and an inquisitive spirit, it’s an album that casts a fresh light on Tindersticks’ core qualities, bathed in the glow of a band intent on rediscovering what they can do.

For Staples, one rule proved fruitful: known routes were to be avoided. “The last two albums were gradually built to a point of being finished in our studio from moments of playing and recording together. When we figured out how to present the songs live, different things happened to them. This time, we wanted to reverse that - to do something that was about being committed to a song together in a moment.”

The aim to capture the band’s onstage energy sparked a fast recording process. “Five weeks from the first notes recorded to the mastering,” marvels Staples, reflecting on a stretch that included acoustic rehearsals around a piano, six days playing live in a Paris studio and one day in London to record strings/brass. That climate enabled these five most unselfish of players to really listen to one another: witness album opener ‘For the Beauty’, which seems to hover in the spaces between Dan McKinna’s tender piano, Neil Fraser’s milky guitar, Earl Harvin’s brushed drums and Staples’ soulful confessions.

Likewise, ‘The Amputees’ breathes in the interstices between its fertile title metaphor and fairground melodic swing. The melting swoon of ‘Trees Fall’ follows with tenderly attentive fluency, showcasing new flavours in the universal specifics of Staples’ lyrics. “For years I’ve never written words down, they’re just sung and written in my head. But a few years ago I started to write for the sake of writing words. I don’t use all of them but they hold the things I want to say at a particular moment, which allows me to go back to them and invite them into a song.”

Elsewhere, warm raptures and daring ruptures are deftly navigated. ‘Carousel’ benefits from the increased input of bassist/multi-instrumentalist McKinna, who contributes string/brass arrangements and piano parts throughout the album. The wisest of balms, ‘Take Care In Your Dreams’ joins the ranks of Tindersticks songs linked to their children; meanwhile, ‘See My Girls’ breaks with known Tindersticks traditions in its teasingly layered narrative and bracingly controlled global sweep.

The lovely ‘Old Man’s Gait’ flips the gender script to explore father-son legacies over weightless backing, its notes floating on the air between band members. Finally, ‘Tough Love’ alights on soul turf before the title-track both brings the album full circle and opens it out, setting personal meditations on uncertain times to McKinna’s piano. The result is an album that upholds the band’s career-long commitment to interior exploration with a passion.

Between compositions for the First World War commemorations (Ypres, 2014) and F Percy Smith’s microscopic movies (Minute Bodies, 2017), Tindersticks' last album The Waiting Room crackled with world grooves and sounds. Staples has since delivered an experimental solo album (Arrhythmia, 2018) and a soundtrack to Claire Denis’ science-fiction film High Life, strengthening the band’s productive ties to the filmmaker with vocal help (on ‘Willow’) from the actor Robert Pattinson.

Returning to Tindersticks, Staples brought with him “a deep sense of responsibility” for both the band and the philosophy behind their mid-2000s rebirth. “I wasn’t interested in nostalgia,” says Staples, “and I think everybody agreed with me, so we got our heads down and stuck to that. We’ll never be a young band again, or flavour of the month. But in terms of connecting with the music, with people and with ideas, the last 10 years have probably been the best 10 years of the band.”

Staples sketched out and wrote the lyrics to the songs in autumn 2018 in his new home on Ithaca, Greece. “People here say that Ithaca is the end of your journey,” he comments. “A final destination…” Meanwhile, the richly enveloping No Treasure But Hope opens its arms to new journeys for the taking…

Album artwork above and tracklist below:
1. For The Beauty
2. The Amputees
3. Trees Fall
4. Pinky In The Daylight
5. Carousel
6. Take Care In Your Dreams
7. See My Girls
8. The Old Mans Gait
9. Tough Love
10. No Treasure But Hope

Tour Dates:

04.01. US Brooklyn, NY – Murmrr

29.01. BE Gent - NTG
30.01. BE Gent - NTG
31.01. FR Paris - La Salle Pleyel

02.02. UK Brighton - The Dome
04.02. DE Berlin - Berliner Philharmonie
15.02. TK Istanbul - Is Sanat Culture Centre
17.02. PT Faro - Teatro Das Figuras
18.02. PT Lisbon - Aula Magna
20.02. PT Leiria - Teatro Jose Lucio da Silva
21.02. PT Coimbra - Convento Sao Francisco
22.02. PT Porto - Casa Da Musica
23.02. ES Vigo - Auditorio Abanca
25.02. ES Barcelona - Palau de la Musica (Festival Mil-lenni)
27.02. FR Rennes - TNB
28.02. FR Nantes - Le Lieu Unique
29.02. FR Nantes - Le Lieu Unique

01.03. FR La Rochelle - La Sirene
03.03. FR Fouesnant - L'Archipel
04.03. FR Herouville - Comedie de Caen
05.03. FR Evreux - Le Tangram
06.03. FR Orleans - Astrolabe
07.03. FR Arras - Tandem
09.03. FR Besancon - La Rodia
10.03. FR Grenoble - La Belle Electrique
11.03. FR Nimes - Paloma
12.03. FR Toulouse - Metronum
13.03. FR Bordeaux - Le Pin Galant
14.04. ES San Sebastian - Teatro Victoria Eugenia

18.04. DE Bochum - Schauspielhaus
19.04. DE Munich - Prinzengententheater
20.04. DE Hamburg - Laeiszhalle
22.04. NO Oslo - Sentrum Scene
23.04. SE Stockholm - Dramaten
24.04. SE Gothenberg - Storan
25.04. DK Copenhagen - Vega
26.04. DK Copenhagen - Vega
28.04. BE Brussels - Ancienne Belgique
30.04. BE Genk - C Mine

01.05. NL Rotterdam - De Doelen
02.05. NL Utrecht – Tivoli Vredenburg
03.05. NL Groningen - Oosterport
05.05. CH Geneva - Alhambra
06.05. CH Winterthur - Casinotheater
07.05. SL Ljubljana - Kino Siska
08.05. RS Belgrade - Kombank Dvorana
09.05. AT Vienna - Akzent Theatre
10.05. AT Vienna - Akzent Theatre
22.05. UK London - Royal Festival Hall
24.05. IRL Dublin - National Concert Hall

All tickets go on sale Friday 13 September at 10.00 CET
except Istanbul: date TBC &
New York: 13 September @ 10.00 EST
London: RFH Members 25 September / General Sale 26 September


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