Blonde Redhead Share “Melody Experiment”

Blonde Redhead have shared new single, “Melody Experiment.” The track follows the announcement of their new album Sit Down for Dinner
Blonde Redhead photo by Charles Billot

Blonde Redhead have shared new single, “Melody Experiment.” The track follows the announcement of their new album Sit Down for Dinner, available September 29th via section1.The indie rock trio includes Kazu Makino and Italian twin brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace. “Why would you be like you can always bail out if you choose to or if you wanted to/Why put yourself in the first place where you don’t know that you were meant to/Funny how decisions you make when you fall in love with someone/How would you feel If I kept you secret?/I didn’t know what I was afraid of/Well I felt somewhat abandoned/I felt abandoned myself, didn’t I?” Sit Down for Dinner is the band’s first album, in close to a decade.

“This song is a conversational piece between two people,” says Makino. “One is questioning the intentions, integrity, and consequences of one’s emotions and actions. She is hypersensitive. The other keeps things simple, allowing himself to go with the flow. Musically, I was able to find something that is quite true and natural to myself, and now I want to continue on this path.”

In spring 2020, Makino encountered a passage from Joan Didion’s 2005 memoir of grief, The Year of Magical Thinking, which reflects on the author’s devastating experience of witnessing her husband’s sudden death at the dinner table. Makino was thinking of her own parents far away in Japan; the then-lost ritual of congregating for dinner with family; and the heavy, omnipresent feeling that life could change in the instant for any of us. There was one 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.” With plainspoken language and incandescent melodies, Makino narrated these feelings on a pair of songs: “Sit Down for Dinner Pt I” and “Sit Down to Dinner Pt II,” which helped title the band’s 10th full-length album. Simultaneously, the album title has a separate resonance for the Pace brothers for whom dinner together is non-negotiable, and has in turn, become a sacred ritual for the band, as well.

Sit Down for Dinner was written and recorded over a five-year period spanning New York City, upstate New York, Milan and Tuscany. The resulting album is immaculately structured, imbued with sensitivity, clarity, and resolve. Throughout the album, the understated yet visceral melodies create a foil to lyrics about the inescapable struggles of adulthood. It’s a meticulous and immersive testament to the unique internal logic Blonde Redhead have refined over their three-decade existence, one characterized by the sense of persistent togetherness.

Blonde Redhead’s North American, UK and European tour kicks off this fall; a full list of dates can be found below, including today’s newly announced Los Angeles headline show, and tickets are on sale now. In the spirit of Sit Down for Dinner, Blonde Redhead will be hosting special dinners at select restaurants in Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles around the album’s release, 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.

Blonde Redhead 2023 Live Dates

Blonde Redhead Sit Down for Dinner Vinyl + Dinner Bundle Dates:

Sat. Sep. 23 – Paris, FR @ Montezuma Cafe
Mon. Sep. 25 – London, UK @ Brilliant Corners
Thu. Sep. 28 – New York, NY @ Public Records
Sun. Oct. 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Chainsaw – SOLD OUT

Tour Dates

Thu. July 20 – London, UK @ The Lexington – SOLD OUT
Thu. Aug. 31 – Ogden, UT @ Ogden Amphitheater (supporting Phantogram)
Thu. Oct. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent – NEW
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 @ TBA
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
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 @ Hole 44
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
Sat. Dec. 2 – La Rochelle, FR @ La Sirene
Sun. Dec. 3 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
Tue. Dec. 5 – Brussels, BE @ Orangerie (at Botanique)
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

Pre-order Sit Down For Dinner by Blonde Redhead HERE


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