Retribution Gospel Choir on the road: Feb 01 Mercury Lounge, New York City, NY
Retribution Gospel Choir features Alan Sparhawk of Sub Pop recording artists Low, thereby making him his own label mate. This remarkable accomplishment is only overshadowed by how actually, verifiably, scientifically good 2, RGC’s Sub Pop debut, is. And on January 26th, you too can bask in the sheer splendor of 2! With your preorder of the CD or LP (with digital download code), you get the special introductory price of just $10 for CD or $12 for LP—which, if our staff mathematicians are to be believed, equates, mathematically, to two bucks off! You’ll also get some RGC and Sub Pop stickers and a link to a stream of the album so you don’t have to wait until release date to hear it; that’s two more reasons to order 2! The numbers and the puns don’t lie (even if they don’t amuse): You can never have too many.
More on RGC: The most important thing to know about the rock trio Retribution Gospel Choir is that they are likely the most physically fit band on Earth. Drummer Eric Pollard is a distance swimmer, and Ultimate Frisbee champion with state basketball credentials. Bassist Steve Garrington also dazzles on the court, but it’s his long-distance running skills that mark him a champion. Alan Sparhawk, who plays guitar and sings, has extensive experience in American football, has been scouted for coaching work and stays fit as a distance trail runner and member of the band Low. Certainly, this trio would destroy any other band in a 10k race, and then still do the gig.
This new record, 2, comes on the heels of the band’s 2008 self-titled debut that was released on Caldo Verde, a label run by Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon). Since then, Retribution Gospel Choir has toured extensively, including US stints with Wilco and the Meat Puppets. The band was invited early on to play festivals in Spain (Primavera Sound) and the UK (All Tomorrow’s Parties), and were met with hugely positive reactions and invitations to return.
Tracked in their hometown of Duluth, Minnesota, 2 was then mixed by Matt Beckley, an up-and-coming producer from Los Angeles with credits that include Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. What seems like a strange pairing actually resulted in an album that is raw and technologically perverse, visceral and shiny—a true statement of what can be done with a great rock band in the 21st century. Short, inventive pop songs collide with heavy guitar chaos and psychedelia as the record climbs and dives like a twin-engine bomber, all accompanied by a vocal sophistication that’s rare in new music.
Retribution Gospel Choir on the road:
Jan 21 Frankie's, Toledo, OH Jan 22 Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, OH Jan 23 Thunderbird Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA Jan 25 Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada Jan 26 Casa Del Popolo, Montreal, Canada Jan 27 Daniel Street, Milford, CT Jan 28 Great Scott, Allston, MA Feb 01 Mercury Lounge, New York City, NY Feb 02 Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY Feb 03 Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA Feb 04 Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC Feb 05 Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC Feb 06 The Earl, Atlanta, GA Feb 08 The Engine Room, Tallahassee, FL Feb 09 Proud Larry's, Oxford, MS Feb 10 The Meridian, Houston, TX Feb 11 Stubb's BBQ, Austin, TX Feb 12 Cavern, Dallas, TX Feb 13 Hi-Tone, Memphis, TN Feb 15 Sticky Fingerz, Little Rock, AR Feb 16 Firebird, Saint Louis, MO Feb 17 The Bishop, Bloomington, IN Feb 18 Canopy Club, Urbana, IL Feb 19 Hideout, Chicago, IL Feb 20 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN Mar 10 Grapes, Sheffield, United Kingdom Mar 11 Ruby Lounge, Manchester, United Kingdom Mar 12 Captain's Rest, Glasgow, United Kingdom Mar 13 Whelans, Dublin, Ireland Mar 15 Cargo - London, London, United Kingdom Mar 16 Trix, Antwerp, Belgium Mar 17 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands Mar 18 Point Ephemere, Paris, France Mar 19 De Kreun, Kortrijk, Belgium Mar 20 MTC, Cologne, Germany Mar 22 Magnet, Berlin, Germany Mar 24 Bla, Oslo, Norway Mar 25 Pustervik, Gothenborg, Sweden Mar 26 Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden Mar 27 Umea Open, Umea, n/a Apr 06 Media Club, Vancouver, Canada Apr 07 Crocodile, The, Seattle, WA Apr 08 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR Apr 10 Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA Apr 12 Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa, CA Apr 13 Spaceland, Los Angeles, CA Apr 14 Casbah, San Diego, CA Apr 17 Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO