Blonde Redhead Debut Short Film

Blond Redhead debut short films Sit Down For Dinner Pt. I” and “Sit Down for Dinner Pt. II"
Blond Redhead debut short films Sit Down For Dinner Pt. I” and “Sit Down for Dinner Pt. II"

Ahead of the release of their new album Sit Down For Dinner, Blonde Redhead, unveils two new singles, “Sit Down For Dinner Pt. I” and “Sit Down for Dinner Pt. II,” and an accompanying short film. Directed by longtime Blonde Redhead collaborator Sebastian Mlynarski, “Sit Down For Dinner (Pts. 1 & 2)” collages historical news clips with stunning footage of founding members Kazu Makino and Amedeo and Simone Pace. Spurred by a passage from Joan Didion’s 2005 memoir of grief, The Year of Magical Thinking, as well as Makino’s own reflection on her parents far away in Japan, Sit Down For Dinner — and its two title tracks — evokes the heavy, omnipresent feeling that life could change in the instant for any of us. There was one Didion line in particular that would eventually lend itself to the album’s title: “Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.”

Next month, Blonde Redhead will tour North America, the UK and Europe. In the spirit of Sit Down for Dinner, Blonde Redhead has been hosting special dinners at select restaurants around the album’s release, with remaining dinners in New York and Los Angeles offering a rare chance to spend actual time with the band. These are on offer via an exclusive bundle, including the Sit Down for Dinner signed vinyl, a limited edition section1 magazine, and of course, a dinner with the band.

Makino adds: “‘Sit Down for Dinner’ is written like a journal and I suppose it’s confessional. ‘Part 1’ starts with me living on a remote island and contemplating what to do. ‘Part 2’ is me writing to my mother and father alongside inspiration from Ms. Didion’s writing. It touches on death and destiny and how we move through our lives without knowing how and when the end will come (with no pity). I’m excited by the way I was able to put down my rather terrifying thoughts on top of ‘uplifting’ music. You would never guess what I’m singing about.”

Of the video, Mlynarski says: “The inspiration for the film I made for ‘Sit Down For Dinner’ was the result of long conversations with Kazu. It was important to both of us to create visuals that were deceptively simple. She told me that the song was partially written in honor of her friend’s passing and that got us talking about death. We talked about the various types of death we experience in a lifetime, like an ego death, the death of a loved one, or a death of ideals. Culturally there’s been a lot of discussion about the death of masculinity so we were also interested in that. I turned to the footage of conflict, political uprisings, and sports. For every win there’s a loss, for every victor, there’s a loser. To a certain degree, I think we are always both. Some people die victorious on a hill somewhere, some die doing something they love, but there could also be someone who may die getting ready to sit down for dinner in front of their favorite television show.”

Blonde Redhead Sit Down for Dinner Vinyl + Dinner Bundle Dates:
Thu. Sep. 28 – New York, NY @ Public Records
Sun. Oct. 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Chainsaw – SOLD OUT

Blonde Redhead Tour Dates
Thu. Oct. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco
Sat. Oct. 14 – Riverside, CA @ Fox Performing Arts Center
Mon. Oct. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
Wed. Oct. 18 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
Fri. Oct. 20 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Sat. Oct. 21 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Hall
Tue. Oct. 24 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Wed. Oct. 25 – Sante Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
Fri. Oct. 27 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk – SOLD OUT
Sat. Oct. 28 – Dallas, TX @ Studio at The Factory
Mon. Oct. 30 – St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Tue. Oct. 31 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Thu. Nov. 2 – Toronto, ON @ The Concert Hall +
Fri. Nov. 3 – Montreal, QC @ Le Studio TD +
Sat. Nov. 4 – Somerville, MA @ Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theatre – SOLD OUT
Wed. Nov. 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
Thu. Nov. 9 – Washington, DC @ Howard Theatre *
Fri. Nov. 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Mon. Nov. 20 – Genève, CH @ PTR L’Usine
Tue. Nov. 21 – Parma, IT @ Teatro Regio di Parma
Thu. Nov. 23 – Cologne, DE @ Gebaude 9
Fri. Nov. 24 – Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen Neukölln
Sat. Nov. 25 – Hamburg, DE @ Bahnhof Pauli
Mon. Nov. 27 – Lille, FR @ Aeronef
Tue. Nov. 28 – Paris, FR @ La Cigale
Wed. Nov. 29 – Nantes, FR @ Stereolux
Fri. Dec. 1 – Rennes, FR @ Antipode – SOLD OUT
Sat. Dec. 2 – La Rochelle, FR @ La Sirene
Sun. Dec. 3 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
Tue. Dec. 5 – Brussels, BE @ Orangerie (at Botanique) – SOLD OUT
Wed. Dec. 6 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Thu. Dec. 7 – Leffinge, BE @ De Zwerver
Sat. Dec. 9 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club #
Sun. Dec. 10 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla #
Tue. Dec. 12 – London, UK @ Village Underground #

Support from:
+ Bibbi Club & Nous Deux
* Marnie Stern
# Andrew Hung

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