Before jumping on board the Retro Futura package tour with Howard Jones and The English Beat, Modern English embarks on a headlining tour of the U.S. in support of what’s being billed as the band’s first new album in 30 years — beginning with four sets at South By Southwest this week.
Following their appearance at the Austin, Texas, festival, the band heads out on a 20-date club tour of the U.S., with a lone Canadian date thrown in at the end.
The shows are in support of the just-released Take Me to the Trees, which features original members Robbie Grey, Mick Conroy, Gary McDowell and Stephen Walker. The original lineup, save for drummer Richard Brown, first reunited in 2010, around the time Grey released Soundtrack, which he’d recorded a few years earlier with a different Modern English lineup.
Below, see the full tour dates, and stream the track “You’re Corrupt” off the new album.
Modern English tour dates:
March 14: Barracuda Outside Stage, SXSW, Austin, TX (12 a.m.)
March 15: Waterloo Records, SXSW, Austin, TX (3 p.m.)
March 16: Rachel Ray’s Feedback House, SXSW, Austin, TX (9 p.m.; invite-only)
March 17: Whole Foods Outdoor Stage, SXSW, Austin, TX (6 p.m.)
March 19: Rialto Theater, Tucson, AZ
March 21: Valley Bar, Phoenix, AZ
March 22: The Casbah, San Diego, CA
March 23: The Regent, Los Angeles, CA
March 24: Oakland Metro Operahouse, Oakland, CA
March 27: Star Theatre, Portland, OR
March 28: Neumos, Seattle, WA
March 30: Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
March 31: Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO
April 2: Recordbar, Kansas City, MO
April 3: Off BroadwaySt. Louis, MO
April 5: Turf Club, St. Paul, MN
April 6: Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
April 7: The Loving Touch, Ferndale, MI
April 8: Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
April 10: Rock N Roll Hotel, Washington, D.C.
April 11: Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
April 13: Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
April 14: Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY
April 16: Adelaide Hall, Toronto, ON
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