CHAD VANGAALEN CELEBRATES THE RELEASE OF LIGHT INFORMATION BY ADDING MORE CANADIAN TOUR DATES IN JANUARY
"an uncanny knack for off-kilter songcraft ... as gut wrenching as ever" Pitchfork
“complex and strange and beautiful” - FORMAT MAGAZINE
“The always-underrated Chad VanGaalen sounds solid as ever” - Brooklyn Vegan
“Anxious, tightly wound songs packed with breathless synth and guitar drama.’- Mojo [4/5]
“a prismatic genius” - Drowned In Sound
“one of his best albums yet” - Noisey
“Chad VanGaalen seems to be at the top of his game.” - Northern Transmissions
“his worldview remains one in which listeners can lose them themselves …
both striking and welcome” - Exclaim!
“cheerfully ramshackle … sure hand with hooks and melodies” - The Calgary Herald
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With the release of Chad VanGaalen’s new album, Light Information, also comes the addition of more Canadian tour dates to his already extensive run. On January 19, VanGaalen will hit the prairies with a string of performances from Winnipeg to Edmonton. Full tour dates can be found below.
Also, VanGaalen will be answering all sorts of questions today during his AMA on Reddit. Vangaalen will be fielding queries on dogs, camper vans, homemade shoes, gardening, soccer ball hats, animation, drawing, frisbee tricks, Jodorowsky, radishes, and vintage sci-fi — and perhaps, reluctantly even his music — on Indieheads at 1PM ET. Check out https://www.reddit.com/r/indieheads/
Out now via Flemish Eye in Canada, Light Information has already drawn considerable praise. The Calgary Herald applauds the album as “cheerfully ramshackle,” while Drowned In Sound has called VanGaalen “a prismatic genius, of many talents”.
While alienation has always been a theme of VanGaalen’s music, Light Information draws on a new kind of wisdom--and anxiety--gained as he watches his kids growing up. “Being a parent has given me a sort of alternate perspective, worrying about exposure to a new type of consciousness that's happening through the internet,” he says. “I didn’t have that growing up, and I’m maybe trying to preserve a little bit of that selfishly for my kids.”
Throughout the dark-wave reverb of Light Information are stories of paranoia, disembodiment, and isolation but also playfulness, empathy, and intimacy. As always, VanGaalen wrote, played, and produced all of the music on the album – save Ryan Bourne’s bass part on “Mystery Elementals” and vocals on “Static Shape” from his young daughters Ezzy and Pip – and designed the cover art.
Also in stores this week, Flemish Eye has released VanGaalen’s earlier albums on limited edition coloured vinyl. Infiniheart, his beloved and long unavailable 2005 debut returns to double LP on limited edition Turquoise vinyl. VanGaalen’s 2014 album, Shrink Dust, gets a special treatment on white, and 2011’s Diaper Island gets a re-pressing on grey marble vinyl, all limited edition.
An accomplished visual artist, animator, director, and producer, VanGaalen has scored television shows, designed puppet characters for Adult Swim, directed videos for Shabazz Palaces, Strand of Oaks, METZ, Dan Deacon, and The Head and the Heart, and produced records for Women, Alvvays, and others.
Oct. 15 - Utrecht, NL - EKKO
Oct. 16 - Rotterdam, NL - Rotown
Oct. 17 - London, UK - Oslo
Oct. 18 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Oct. 20 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow (Sky Bar)
Oct. 21 - Copenhagen, DK - Stengade
Oct. 22 - Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain
Oct. 24 - Düdingen, CH - Bad Bonn
Oct. 25 - Lyon, FR - Le Sonic
Oct. 26 - Amiens, FR - La Lune des Pirates
Oct. 27 - Paris, FR - Point Ephemere
Oct. 28 - Nantes, FR - SOY Festival
Oct. 29 - Tourcoing, FR - Le Grand Mix
Oct. 30 - Luxemburg, LU - Rotondes
Oct. 31 - Gent, BE - NEST
Nov. 09 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret (TICKETS)
Nov. 10 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern *
Nov. 12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
Nov. 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel *
Nov. 15 - Los Angeles, CA - Satellite Club *
Nov. 16 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar *
Nov. 17 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar *
Nov. 19 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive *
Nov. 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
Nov. 30 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace ** (TICKETS)
Dec. 01 - Detroit, MI - El Club **
Dec. 02 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle **
Dec. 03 - Indianapolis, IN - The Hi Fi **
Dec. 05 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe **
Dec. 06 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC **
Dec. 07 - Allston, MA - Great Scott **
Dec. 08 - Montreal QC - Fairmont (TICKETS)
Dec. 09 - Ottawa, ON - 27 Club ** (TICKETS)
Jan. 19 - Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will (TICKETS)
Jan. 20 - Saskatoon, SK - Winterruption!
Jan. 25 - Calgary, AB - Commonwealth Bar and Stage (TICKETS)
Jan. 26 - Red Deer, AB - Bo’s Bar (TICKETS)
Jan. 27 - Edmonton, AB - The Needle Vinyl Tavern (TICKETS)
**w/ Un Blonde