KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS
Pretty Pimpin’ says that Kurt Vile got up one day and didn’t recognise the boy looking back at him in the mirror; maybe because that boy had, amidst the banjos of his childhood and songs by The War on Drugs, become a man destined to honour and tame the rules of contemporary Americana music. That is how, with his long hair and his Californian cool (in spirit at least), he will present his timeless indie folk-pop songbook next autumn here in Spain. 22nd October in Barcelona (Apolo) and the next day in Madrid (Teatro Barceló).
He who was Adam Granduciel’s former partner in crime debuted solo ten short years ago with Constant Hitmakerand since then, accompanied by The Violators, he has produced lo-fi languor with a regularity that demonstrates a tenacity that is far greater than his disjointed guitars might suggest. That same regularity applies to his trips to Spain: he was at Primavera Sound in 2013 and played venues in 2015, so this year the visit was something to be expected.
Whilst we wait for new material, we will revisit b’lieve i’m goin down.. (2015), his latest solo album, and his exchange of letters in the form of songs going from his Pennsylvania to Courtney Barrett’s Melbourne. Brutally honest-no-frills rock.
The evening will start with the show of the duo formed by Meg Baird –collaborator of Sharon van Etten, Will Oldham and Kurt Vile– and the harpist Mary Lattimore. Their sweet twilight folk will be the perfect aperitif before Kurt Vile’s discharge.