LOVERS Bring Gut-Checking Synth Pop Across North America

Announce Two Month Long Spring/Summer Tour

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"Lovers transforms their lyrical synth beats to an amazing live show, with Berk putting her whole self into every song. Live harmonies and loud beats combine for a great synth pop show that's incredibly intense but also danceable" - Bitch Magazine

"Talented female trio Lovers blend synth and substance with their lyrical spin on electro-pop" - Boston Phoenix

"Their most upbeat record yet" - NYLON Magazine

"Whether opening with a softly throbbing drumbeat or an electronic murmur, no one will be able to stop at just one track. Repeat, no one." - Performer Magazine

Loud and proud, Portland, OR based Lovers is a band of emotional intensity and complexity. This was put forth on full display on 2010's stunning Badman Recording Co. full length Dark Light, which began with singer Carolyn Berk's confession, "every time the music starts, I can feel my aching, shaking heart." From there, Lovers took listeners, and new fans, on a spiritual journey of inspired three-part harmonies, deep introspection, and a synth-heavy backbone. While Lovers hit the road in support of the album last fall, nothing compares to the epic, two-month coast-to-coast tour of North America they recently announced. Kicking off in Davis CA on April 28th, circling the country, and wrapping up in Boise ID on June 26th, Lovers will finally bring their gut-checking live show to the masses.

Over the years, Carolyn Berk has established her unique voice as Lovers with four acclaimed, haunted and heart-broken previous albums. Lovers (celebrated lyricist Berk, synth-programmer and performance artist Kerby Ferris, and sequencer and percussionist Emily Kingan ) craft an intimate portrait of female friendship, sexuality, and evolution as an infinite process. The three first encountered in 2002 after Berk's near-fatal van explosion while on tour with an earlier incarnation of the band. Emily Kingan, then on tour with classic Portland feminist hardcore band The Haggard, invited Berk to join the bill.  Ferris was their roadie.  Years later, Kingan organized a meeting for her two friends and future band-mates in South America, where Berk was travelling and Ferris was living at the time, performing in various experimental electronic projects in São Paulo's thriving music scene.  The result was sisterly love at second site, and prophetic premonitions of the creative collaborations to come.

Dark Light was recorded at Portland's beloved Type Foundry studio with Badman Recording Co. (Starfucker, My Morning Jacket, The Builders and the Butchers, etc.) label owner Dylan Magierek (Mark Kozelek, Thao Nguyen & Portland Cello Project) and set the bar at a new high for the trio.

 

LOVERS SPRING/SUMMER 2011 TOUR DATES

4/28 Davis    CA    Sophia's Thai Kitchen
4/29 San Francisco    CA    El Rio
4/30 Berkeley    CA    Starry Plough
5/1   Long Beach    CA    Clancy's Bar
5/2   Santa Barbara    CA    Ace Hotel
5/3   Silverlake     CA    Silverlake Lounge
5/4   San Diego    CA    Tin Can Alehouse
5/5   Las Vegas    NV    Beauty Bar
5/6   Phoeinx    AZ    Sticky Fingers
5/7   Flagstaff    AZ    Táala Hooghan
5/8   Tucson    AZ    Solar Culture
5/9   Albuquerque    NM    Burt's Tiki Lounge
5/10 Santa Fe    NM    TBD
5/11 Almarillo    TX    806 Coffee House
5/12 Oklahoma City    OK    Conservatory
5/13 Denton    TX    Andy's Bar
5/14 Austin     TX    Beauty Bar
5/15 Houston    TX    Mango's
5/16 New Orleans    LA    Siberia
5/17 Gainsville    FL    the atlantic
5/18 Tampa    FL    Sacred Grounds
5/19 Miami    FL    Propaganda
5/20 Orlando, Tampa, Gainsville    FL    TBD
5/21 Atlanta    GA    TBD
5/22 Athens    GA    Hendershots
5/23 Asheville    NC    TBD
5/24 Greensboro    NC    Legitimate Business
5/25 Charlotte    NC    Snug Harbor
5/26 Chapel hill    NC    Pinhook
5/27 Wahington    DC    Beat City
5/28 Baltimore    MD    the 2640 space
5/29 Philadelphia    PA    The Marvelous 208 s 40th st
6/1   Brooklyn     NY    Union Hall
6/2   New York    NY    Cake Shop
6/3   Woodbridge    CT    ATC
6/4   Providence     RI    TBD
6/5   Portland    ME    TBD
6/6   Boston     MA    TBD
6/7   Northampton    MA    Flywheel
6/8   Rochester    NY    The Bugjar
6/9   Toronto    ON   TBD
6/10 Detroit    MI    TBD
6/11 Grand Rapids    MI    Founders Brewing Company
6/12 Ann Arbor    MI    Elbow Room
6/13 Cleveland     OH    Wilberts
6/14 Bloomington    IN    Bishops Bar
6/15 Chicago    IL    Ponchos
6/16 Milwaukee    WI    Frank's Powerplant
6/17 Minneapolis    MN    The Nomad
6/18 Des Moines    IA    Vaudeville Mews
6/19 Saint Louis    MO    Cranky Yellow
6/20 Columbia    MO    TBD
6/21 Kansas City    MO    TBD
6/22 Lawrence     KS    Replay Lounge
6/23 Lincoln     NE    Claw Foot House
6/24 Denver     CO    TBD
6/25 Salt Lake City    UT    The Garage
6/26/2011    Boise     ID    TBD  

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