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Sunday, April 4, 2010

New album, tour from Poison Control Center

To say that the Poison Control Center's Sad Sour Future is one of the finest albums you will hear this year is such a misguided response to its soaring ambition that we might as well pack it in right now. Over 2008 and into 2009, the band's four members, living in four different cities, tethered their relationship by periodically exchanging a demo-of-the-day to document their daily life. During a week in May 2009, these four songwriters hauled more than 40 songs a collective 1,500 miles from their respective homes to a turn of the century schoolhouse on the Mississippi River filled with analog recording equipment.


The result is a double-album encompassing the motions and emotions of separation, loss and the struggles of leaving your 20s behind and growing older in your own skin, this from a band described as "dynamic, versatile, and just a little bit frightening." (KEXP).

Being here now, where we are constantly engaged in external input, Sad Sour Future considers that our hearts are not made of gold and we should ignore this bombardment of information generated by others and look at ourselves, being weary of our future. At each track the album is a page turn in a book giving you new perspective about life, language, being lonely, and feeling death, until you can ultimately feel your birth. Sad Sour Future doesn't merely tug at heartstrings, it holds on tight, threatening to snap them by the end, a 71-minute experience.

Seeing the band live has always been an out of hand interactive adventure. Whether the band is sharing the stage with Apples In Stereo on tour, at a festival opening for the Flaming Lips or Public Enemy, or just in humid basement at your buddy's house! That sweaty element of real danger finds its way on to the grooves of Sad Sour Future.

THE POISON CONTROL CENTER
04/09 Ames, IA ISU Memorial Union #
04/17 Des Moines, IA Mars Cafe
04/30 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
05/01 Ames, IA The M-Shop
05/02 Iowa City, IA The Mill
06/10 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
06/11 Milwaukee, WI Club Garibaldi's
06/12 Champaign, IL Mike 'n Molly's
06/13 Chicago, IL Schubas
06/14 North Manchester, IN The Firehouse
06/15 Pittsburgh, PA Garfield Artworks
06/16 Jamacia Plain, MA Midway Cafe
06/17 Hamden, CT The Space
06/18 New York City, NY Pianos
06/19 Philadelphia, PA The Manhattan Room
06/20 Brooklyn, NY Bruar Falls
06/21 Arlington, VA Galaxy Hut
06/22 Chapel Hill, NC The Cave
06/23 Athens, GA Caldonia
06/24 Birmingham, AL The Nick
06/25 Nashville, TN The Basement
06/26 Columbia, MI The Blue Fugue
06/27 Lawrence, KS Replay Lounge
06/28 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar
06/30 Omaha, NE The Slowdown
07/01Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theater
07/07 Fargo, ND The Aquarium
07/09 Missoula, MT The Badlander
07/13 Seattle, WA The High Dive
07/17 Reno, NV Biggest Little City Club
07/20 Los Angeles, CA Echo Curio
07/23 Albuquerque, NM Burt's Tiki Lounge
07/24 Denver, CO Denver Underground Music Showcase
# = w/ Cold War Kids

The Poison Control Center
Sad Sour Future
(Afternoon)
Street Date: May 18, 2010

1. Walls of City Hall
2. By The Wave
3. Being Gone - video
4. After The Holiday
5. Stay Golden
6. Calling Card
7. Cemetary Glow
8. Two Mountains
9. Tiny Isles
10. Cognac Dreams
11. Yellow Image
12. Start the Revolution
13. Friends in the Band
14. Eye
15. Pacific Sunrise
16. Minds Align
17. Baron in the Tree

there's still plenty more where that came from -
  • Record Store Day will bring a new 10" from Fela featuring 4 songs
  • Baby Dee's A Book of Songs for Anne Marie will be out April 20 on Drag City
  • likewise, Drag City is releasing the complete studio recordings of The Endtables on a 12" EP & CD (w/ live & video footage) on April 20
  • and Streamline Records will drop Andres Krause's Move Ground LP and Lee Ranaldo, Jim O'Rourke and Christoph Heeman's Bloomington, Indiana...Autumn on April 20 (both vinyl only)
  • in May, Drag City promises records from Elisa Randazzo, Rangda, CAVE and Jeff Eubank

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