O Emperor have announced details of an Irish tour, including a hometown Christmas show in Waterford.
They released Vitreous, the follow up to their 2010 debut Hither Thither, earlier this summer
Vitreous was self-recorded and produced in the band’s very own studio (Big Skin HQ) in Cork. Big Skin was (literally) built from the ground up and everything from label administration to recording happens inside its grubby, fire-stained walls. The resulting recordings are a direct representation of this operation, being the band’s most potent and distinct work to date; a stamp moulded from their many meandering sessions there.
While debut Hither Thither could be described as a lush tapestry displaying a classical use of depth and shading, Vitreous presents the listener with a starker, polychrome and pixelated picture. Heavily distorted drums take their place alongside syrupy analogue synths and disgusting fuzz guitars sounding like bees buzzing inside tin cans. Beautiful landscapes are destroyed with disparate, abrasive sounds in perverse displays of artistic self-destruction.
28th November – Cypress Avenue, Cork 30th November – Workman’s Club, Dublin (w/ Cat Dowling) 5th December – Dolan’s, Limerick 20th December – The Forum, Waterford