Great Lake Swimmers New Album, Tour Dates and Union Hall Pics

Great Lake Swimmers at Union Hall (09/28/08)
Great Lake Swimmers at Union Hall

Tony Dekker and his band Great Lake Swimmers played Union Hall on September 28, 2008 and I guess things got busy, because I never got around to posting the pictures from the show (until now). The good news is, today I’ve got a brand spanking new reason to post about Great Lake Swimmers, and it’s called Lost Channels, which is set for release on March 31, 2009 on Nettwerk. In addition to the new album, there will be a full North American tour starting in March or April of 2009, but until then us lucky New Yorkers can see Tony & Co at The Bell House on January 9, 2009 (buy tickets) and The Mercury Lounge on January 10, 2009 (buy tickets).

Here’s some press info on the new record:

Great Lake Swimmers haven’t wasted much time since the release of their critically acclaimed third album Ongiara in the spring of 2007. After Tony Dekker and company finished playing across North America and Europe to great review, it wasn’t long before they found a new location to write and record their follow up album Lost Channels, set for release March 31, 2009 on Nettwerk.

The band lineup on Lost Channels consists of songwriter Tony Dekker on vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, and piano; Erik Arnesen on banjo and electric guitar; Greg Millson on drums; Darcy Yates on upright and electric bass; and Julie Fader on flute and backing vocals; with help from Bob Egan on pedal steel guitar and mandolin; Serena Ryder with vocals on “Everything Is Moving So Fast”; and appearances by Erin Aurich on violin; Mike Olsen on cello; and Paul Aucoin on vibraphone.

As I recall from the Union Hall show, the band played two songs off the new record, “Concrete Heart” and “Palmistry”. “Concrete Heart”, an homage to Toronto’s architecture in the 70’s, is also set to appear in an alternate version (featuring Polmo Polpo on electronics) on an upcoming 7″³ split with Sandro Perri which will be released through weewerk records in 2009. While introducing the song, Tony mentioned that it was originally written under commission from the SoundAxis/Music Gallery project “Concrete Toronto“.

More pictures from the Union Hall show, tour dates and full Lost Channels tracklisting after the jump.

Great Lake Swimmers Upcoming Tour Dates
12/12/08 Whipper Snapper Gallery – (weewerk) turns 6! Toronto, ON
01/09/09 The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY
01/10/09 The Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
02/07/09 2nd Annual Hillside Inside – Sleeman Centre Guelph ON

Lost Channels Track Listing
1. PALMISTRY 2:32
2. EVERYTHING IS MOVING SO FAST 4:19
3. PULLING ON A LINE 3:18
4. CONCRETE HEART 3:31
5. SHE COMES TO ME IN DREAMS 4:02
6. THE CHORUS IN THE UNDERGROUND 3:20
7. SINGER CASTLE BELLS 0:48
8. STEALING TOMORROW 2:50
9. STILL 2:50
10. NEW LIGHT 3:18
11. RIVER’S EDGE 4:17
12. UNISON FALLING INTO HARMONY 3:25

Great Lake Swimmers at Union Hall

Great Lake Swimmers at Union Hall

Great Lake Swimmers at Union Hall

Great Lake Swimmers at Union Hall

Great Lake Swimmers at Union Hall

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