Club Meds Album Cover Lo-Res

// DAN MANGAN + BLACKSMITH ANNOUNCE JANUARY 13 RELEASE OF “CLUB MEDS” // 10.14.2014

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith recently debuted “Vessel” the lead single from their upcoming album Club Meds and a part of the soundtrack for Simon Pegg’s indie film Hector And The Search For Happiness. After a two year hiatus, an induction into fatherhood, and some time to regroup, two-time JUNO Award-winner Dan Mangan has returned under a new moniker, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. The new name encompasses the spirit of the project’s longstanding ensemble members joining the band from Vancouver’s experimental music community, Kenton LoewenGordon GrdinaJohn Walsh (and often Jesse ZubotJP carter and Tyson Naylor) with a communal sensibility that merits the marquee amendment.

Produced by Colin Stewart and Dan Mangan, Club Meds at times evokes images of subtler American-underground innovators like Blonde Redhead or Steve Reich. At other moments, it hits emotional pay dirt reminiscent of British scene-survivors like Peter Gabriel or Radiohead. Blacksmith brings an unmistakable character to Club Meds; a stark glassy edge that swells and sways like a roaring ocean. Through a fog of analog feedback loops and synths, the band’s performances breathe deeply and steadily like a dragon at rest.

“Sedation is massive. It surrounds us like a thick wet blanket. To be numb is to allow others to control your reality. It makes some people feel better, to know that you suffer also, that their numbness is shared like a virus. But unity in numbness is a façade, and not nearly as magical as a unity born of awakeness. Club Meds is about sedation. Sedation can be chemical, but not exclusively so. There is a great vacation from actuality going on. Maybe it’s always been there. It seems like everybody else is already at the party and that life is somehow easier or more fun under the fog. But instead, it only makes people feel more alone, more dangerous, more desperate. It’s okay, though. We’re all just particles.”

LISTEN TO “VESSEL” HERE
PURCHASE VESSEL/WANTS DIGITAL SINGLE OR 7 INCH VINYL HERE

CLUB MEDS TRACK LIST
1. Offred
2. Vessel
3. Mouthpiece
4. A Doll’s House / Pavlovia
5. Kitsch
6. XVI
7. War Spoils
8. Forgetery
9. Club Meds
10. Pretty Good Joke
11. New Skies

DAN MANGAN + BLACKSMITH NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Oct 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts **
Oct 27 – Columbus, OH – The Basement **
Oct 28 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall **
Oct 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café **
Oct 31 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge **
Nov 1 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge **
Nov 3 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge **
Nov 5 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile **
Nov 7 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall **
Nov 8 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg HIFI **
Nov 9 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah **
Nov 13 – Austin, TX – The Parish **
Nov 14 – Dallas, TX – The Loft **
Nov 15 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Café **
Nov 16 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley **
Nov 17 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl **
Nov 19 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel **
Nov 24 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair **
Nov 25 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw **
Feb 27 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre w/ Hayden
Feb 28 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall w/ Hayden

** With Bear’s Den