Two Mics Two Mics
Violent Femmes have announced a live album, "2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America", which includes rearranged classics, songs played live for the first time, spontaneous requests and random improvisations. This is the Legendary 80s folk-punks follow-up to last years critically acclaimed, 'We Can Do Anything'
Available as Limited Edition hand-numbered, gatefold, 2xLP / x1500 copies
All of the songs on '2 Mics', including iconic favorites "American Music", "Blister in the Sun", "Add It Up" and recent hits like "Memory", "Issues" were recorded during various radio stations promo sessions across the country
Violent Femmes will support the release of "2 Mics" by embarking on a month long tour with Echo & The Bunnymen across North America
Violent Femmes have received significant press support from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, SPIN, Consequence Of Sound and Entertainment Weekly
Violent Femmes performed "Memory" on The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert in support of their most recent album 'We Can Do Anything' -- including a web-only version of "Blister In The Sun" with Stephen Colbert himself.
The band - singer/songwriter/guitarist Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie and drummer John Sparrow - remains as intrepid and fearless as ever before, traversing genre and emotion via their immediately identifiable, still utterly idiosyncratic, mash of rambunctious folk, minimalist punk, cubist blues, cosmic jazz, and backwoods rock 'n' roll.
"It's no surprise that the latest song from Violent Femmes, “Memory," feels like a classic… has the playful quirkiness, infectious beats and jittery observations of the band's earliest work, from the 1980s.” - NPR All Songs Considered
Spotify: 780K Monthly Listeners/145K Followers
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RIYL: Pixies, The Breeders, The Replacements, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr.
Violent Femmes came together in 1981 and were quickly applauded as one of the most inventive and original bands of the era, constantly pushing forward with their singular blend of folk and punk, sarcasm and spirituality. The Milwaukee-based band first attracted attention while busking in front of their hometown’s Oriental Theatre. The performance caught the ears of that night’s headliners, Pretenders Chrissie Hynde and the late James Honeyman-Scott, who invited the young group to open the sold out concert with a brief acoustic set. From there Violent Femmes released eight studio albums and more than a dozen iconic singles, among them such classics as “American Music,” “Gone Daddy Gone,” “Nightmares, “Add It Up,” and of course, “Blister In The Sun.” Violent Femmes’ remarkable three-decade-plus career has earned them cumulative worldwide sales in excess of 10 million, with 1983’s ‘Violent Femmes’ awarded with RIAA platinum certification eight years after its initial release.
The turn of the millennium saw Violent Femmes begin a long hiatus from the studio, only coming together to record a 2009 cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” – returning the favor after Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse psychedelic soul version of “Gone Daddy Gone” proved a worldwide smash. Violent Femmes officially returned to full time action in 2013 with an acclaimed performance at Coachella before embarking on a wide-ranging tour that included headline dates and ecstatically received festival sets around the world.
“Since we’ve been given the mantle of ‘elder statesmen,’” Ritchie says, “maybe we should start to behave that way. Hopefully we’ll be a little more stable than we’ve been in the past, though if you think about it, the Femmes have been going for 35 years. It’s not unusual for bands to take the occasional hiatus. What is unusual is going for 35 years and still sounding good.”
1. Blister in the Sun – WXRV
2. I’m Nothing – PASTE
3. It’s Gonna Rain – PASTE
4. Breaking Up – WFUV
5. Traveling Solves Everything – KINK
6. Good For/At Nothing – WFUV
7. Memory – KINK
8. American Music – KINK
9. Gone Daddy Gone – WXPN
10. Love Love Love Love Love – KCMP
11. Untrue Love – PASTE
12. I Could Be Anything – WFUV
13. Rejoice and Be Happy – KCMP
14. Add It Up – WFUV
15. No Killing – WYEP
16. You Move Me – WXPN
17. Issues – KCMP
18. Ugly/Kiss Off – WXRV
19. Jesus Walking on the Water – WFUV
20. Prove My Love – WFUV
21. Country Death Song – WFUV
22. What You Really Mean – WXPN
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