Post-punk icons Killing Joke this weekend announced plans to release two albums in 2013 and perform “a very small run of headline shows” to coincide with the first release — expected some time in March or April — including “limited U.S. tour dates,” according to a short note posted on the band’s Facebook page.
No further details were revealed about the albums, and it’s unclear whether one of them could be the KJ in Dub project, a 3CD set of remixes announced by the band in August.
Killing Joke’s statement also reveals that its most recent album, MMXII, will receive a belated U.S. release in November via Universal Records. The band adds: “Apologies it’s taken forever, but we were trying to get some U.S. dates in around the release but simply ran out of time.”
This weekend’s announcement follows much controversy over the summer over KJ’s attempts to extract itself from a joint U.K. tour with The Cult and The Mission, a feat the band managed after frontman Jaz Coleman allegedly vanished, only to reappear later in the Sahara desert.
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