Guy Chadwick of The House of Love

The House of Love is nearing completion of a new studio album — featuring the working title A State of Grace — and has begun rescheduling dates on the band’s exceedingly rare North American tour, which was scuttled, like so much else, by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The band has not yet announced plans for the North American tour, but so far three venues on the original May 2020 itinerary have confirmed new 2022 dates and are selling tickets. Those concerts are scheduled for May and June of next year in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Portland, Ore. (See details below.)

The North American tour will take place 30 years after the band last played in the U.S. The tour originally was scheduled for May 2020 and included 15 dates, largely on the east and west coasts of the U.S., plus shows in Chicago and St. Paul, Minn., and Canadian dates in Toronto and Vancouver.

It’s still not clear who bandleader Guy Chadwick intends to bring along for the North American dates; he was planning to assemble a new backing band as guitarist Terry Bickers reportedly did not want to tour.

News that the tour is beginning to be rescheduled comes as Chadwick recently posted on Facebook that he was in a U.K. studio “recording the last backing tracks for the new album.”

The band had posted the following on its website late last year about the record:

A long awaited new album is in the throes of being recorded and should be released by Summer 2021 on our own new record label, Shine On Records. Guy believes these are the best set of songs he has written for years and is excited to share them with you as soon as possible. The working title is A State of Grace and we expect to release it on CD and special edition vinyl in addition to all streaming platforms.

The reformed House of Love has released two albums this century, 2005’s Days Run Away and 2013’s She Paints Words in Red. The band in recent years has celebrated the 30th anniversary of its self-titled debut — 1988’s The House of Love, not to be confused with 1987 compilation The House of Love or the 1990 sophomore set The House of Love.

The new album will be the band’s seventh studio LP.

Here are the dates we can so far confirm on the U.S. tour:

 

The House of Love tour dates

May 26, 2022: First Unitarian Church Sanctuary, Philadelphia, PA
June 5, 2022: Star Theater, Portland, OR
June 7, 2022: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA

 

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