Announce UK live dates. Album ‘Gathering Swans’ out May 8 via DAIS.
Choir Boy have released another single from their forthcoming album ‘Gathering Swans’ which is set for release on May 8th via DAIS. They have also announced European tour dates including an 8-date UK run.
“Toxic Eye” is a dreamy, tongue-in-cheek pop number; a feast of languid hooks laced with irony, as ever-angelic vocals from frontman Adam Klopp tenderly convey his wish to gouge his toxic eye. “What can be done when paranoia and negativity pervade every aspect of your life?” Klopp questions. “You feel burdensome to loved ones and the planet is clearly doomed. Toxic Eye provides a simple solution: Gouge your toxic eye”.
The track is the third glimpse at the forthcoming new album, following the equally wry single “Complainer” and last year’s “Nites Like This”.
European live dates:
May 17 – Birmingham, UK – Dead Wax
May 18 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
May 19 – Bristol, UK – The Old England
May 20 – Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
May 21 – Nottingham, UK – Bodega
May 22 – London, UK – Moth Club
May 23 – Manchester, UK – Yes
May 24 – Glasgow, UK – Nice N Sleazy
May 26 – Antwerp, BE – JC Kavka
May 27 – Berlin, DE – Musik & Frieden
May 28 – Hamburg, DE – Turnzimmer
May 29 – Essen, DE – Zeche Carl
May 30 – Heidelberg, DE – Halle 02
May 31 – Oberhausen, DE – Gdanska
June 01 – Bremen, DE – Tower
June 02 – Paris, FR – Espace B
“Choir Boy”, initially intended as an insult, was what the kids called singer/songwriter Adam Klopp in his early teens when he fronted bands in Cleveland, Ohio. The label seemed fair and fitting in a way, given Klopp’s religious upbringing and angelic voice. After high school, Adam left Ohio for college in Utah. While his career as a student would prove short-lived, he integrated into Provo and Salt Lake City’s underground music and art scenes, left religion behind and called his new band Choir Boy.
Choir Boy debuted with the warmly received album ‘Passive With Desire’in 2016, drawing comparisons to Scott Walker, Kate Bush and Talk Talk. After signing to Dais Records, they followed up with the 2018 single, “Sunday Light” and a lovingly reissue of the debut album on vinyl and CD. Recently, Klopp has filled out the band with a permanent lineup: Chaz Costello on bass, saxophonist / keyboardist Jeff Kleinman and guitarist Michael Paulsen. Each member has brought their unique influences to the fold, helping to develop a Choir Boy that is subtly more dynamic, where the guitar and bass work add a little post-punk grit owing to Costello and Paulsen, while ’80s-tinged swing is maintained by Kleinman’s bright sax.
The new dynamism beams on ‘Gathering Swans’. Choir Boy’s melancholy tenderness springs forth naturally and distinctively, while pulling from the familiar and nostalgic styles of pop trailblazers like Bryan Ferry with all the funkiness of The Cleaners from Venus. Klopp’s lyrics and earnest, ever-angelic voice face up honestly to every emotion, but particularly those that are hard to name. Creative, sincere, passionate and glaring with intention, ‘Gathering Swans’ paints a bright, hopeful, and deeply heartfelt image with a little humour along the way.
After extensive touring with acts like Snail Mail, Cold Cave, Ceremony, Black Marble, The Faint and more, Choir Boy set out on a spring tour with Surf Curse in support of ‘Gathering Swans’. For a full list of dates see below.