Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sondre Lerche album+tour news

Acclaimed Norwegian-born, Brooklyn-based musician Sondre Lerche has some limited edition albums due this fall.

In addition to a live album (Bootlegs), his first four studio efforts (Faces Down, Two Way Monologue, Duper Sessions, Phantom Punch) will come out on vinyl for the first time ever on Sept. 4 with bonus tracks and outtakes. Lerche will head out on a national tour beginning the next day in New York City. 

Bootlegs was recorded at rock venue Hulen in Bergen, Norway and various clubs in Brooklyn, NY on the tour in support of his self-titled album. 

"For 12 years I've had to endure the constant disappointment of hearing professional multi-track live recordings of my shows. Recordings that appeared to have little or nothing to do with the experience I enjoy so much up on stage. No matter how professionally recorded, mixed and treated - live recordings seemed chronically incapable of doing justice to the chaotic intensity of simply being there," he said.

Sondre continued, "This was the first time I had actually felt excited upon hearing a recording of one of my shows. For once the recording felt more inspired than the actual performance had felt at the time. Only now do I realize that it's raw. Completely out of balance. There's no separation, only two tracks: one is the board, the other is the room. The crowd is enthusiastic but easily distracted and rowdy; it's a Saturday night in Norway. This is as close to the feeling of actually being up on stage as I'll ever get on a record." 

"I wanted you to be able to hear me and the band this way (mistakes and all) rather than through some glorified live rendition that sounds more like an uninspired studio recording with extended applauses and drums that sound like plastic. I wanted you to hear us when we didn't know you were listening. It would appear that's the best way to get it right. Once you know you're being recorded, the show is over."

Tour Dates:

Sept. 5                           Bowery Ballroom                                    New York, NY
Sept. 6                           Paradise Rock Club                                Cambridge, MA
Sept. 7                           9:30 Club                                                 Washington, DC
Sept. 10                            World Café Live                                       Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 11                         New Hazlett Theater                                Pittsburgh, PA
Sept. 12                         Beachland Ballroom                                Cleveland, OH
Sept. 13                         Hope College - DeWitt Theatre                Holland, MI
Sept. 14                         Lincoln Hall                                               Chicago, IL
Sept. 15                         Fine Line Music Café                                Minneapolis, MN
Sept. 18                         The Crocodile                                           Seattle, WA
Sept. 19                         Doug Fir Lounge                                       Portland, OR
Sept. 20                         The Independent                                      San Francisco, CA
Sept. 21                         Constellation Room                                  Santa Ana, CA
Sept. 22                         The Troubadour                                        Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 25                         Musical Instrument Museum                     Phoenix, AZ
Sept. 26                         Low Spirits Bar & Stage                           Albuquerque, NM
Sept. 27                         Club Dada                                                Dallas, TX
Sept. 28                         Common Grounds                                    Waco, TX
Sept. 29                         Stubbs                                                      Austin, TX

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