We're not sure why [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jack Black [/lastfm] was asked to review a new Brit goth-rock outfit [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Esben and the Witch[/lastfm] while doing a promo run Guilliver's Travels, but we're glad someone asked him because it's absolutely funny. Is he a fan? Let's just say he was caught saying: "Someone may be going for a music Oscar here!" Find out what Jack Black thinks of these British newcomers, plus listen to a full album stream of the band's stunning debut record called Violet Cries slated for release February 8th, 2011 on Matador Records. According to Matador's Website, Jack Black was doing a promo tour for his recent film based on Jonathan Swift’s classic Gulliver’s Travels for Intro Magazine in Germany. Watch the interview, it's definitely worth a watch! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gOhuC0lkSc&w=320&h=240] Despite what Jack Black thinks about the band, I think they're a whole lot cooler than its name suggests. Introducing the world to a mixture of brooding electronics mixed with stark, post-punk, and brittle, lo-fi beats (think a cross between [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Portishead [/lastfm]and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Siouxsie and the Banshees[/lastfm]) [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Esben and the Witch [/lastfm] yield an incredible and sophisticated goth power. Since emerging in the latter months of 2009, the trio caught the attention of Matador Records after a self-released EP entitled 33 attracted significant attention, making Esben and the Witch the first British band to be signed on the label in years. Recently the band completed a US tour with the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Foals[/lastfm], and have toured the Europe with bands like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]xx[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Passion Pit[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Deerhunter[/lastfm]. So, without further ado, check out a premiere of Violet Cries, in full, via Stereogum which is slated for release on February 8th 2011. And, if you like it as much as I do, the band is offering a free MP3 of "Warpath", plus a few remixes of "Marching Song" here, and another favorite called "Skeleton Swoon" from fellow Brits [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Worried About Satan[/lastfm] which is originally featured on the very first EP which the band self released last year. Free MP3: "Warpath" Watch a video for "Warpath" below! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0nGE686qZU&w=320&h=240] 2011 Europe/North America Tour Dates:
Mon, 1/31 Bristol, UK The Louisana
Tue, 2/1 Brighton, UK Pavillion Theatre
Tue, 2/8 Birmingham, UK Hare & Hounds
Wed, 2/9 London, UK XOYO
Fri, 2/11 Brussels, BE Botanique/Rotonde
Sat, 2/12 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso
Mon, 2/14 Hamburg, DE Molotow
Wed, 2/16 Copenhagen, SE Loppen
Thu, 2/17 Berlin, DE Comet
Sat, 2/19 Saint Malo, FR Route Du Rock Festival
Mon, 2/21 Paris, FR Point Ephemere Thu, 3/3 Washington, DC Red Palace Fri, 3/4 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House Sat, 3/5 New York, NY Mercury Lounge Sun, 3/6 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall Mon, 3/7 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie Tue, 3/8 Pittsburgh, OH Brillobox Wed, 3/9 Akron, OH Musica Thu, 3/10 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle Fri, 3/11 Toronto, ON Wrongbar Sat, 3/12 Denton, TX 35 Conferette Sat, 3/19 Austin, TX Mess With Texas Tue, 3/22 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater Wed, 3/23 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Thu, 3/24 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios Fri, 3/25 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern Sat, 3/26 Vancouver, BC The Waldorf Hotel
___________________________________________________________________________________ Esben And The Witch - Violet Cries (Matador Records) Street Date: February 8th, 2011 Label Website

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