Smoke Fairies’ new self-titled album, shows the band combining their classic approach whilst exploring new forms of musical expression. Smoke Fairies was released in North America this past May. Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire will be bringing their new live show with their three piece backing band to North America later this fall for the first time in September. Shows have been announced for New York, Philadelphia, and DC, which precede and handful of European dates later in September as well. See below for the full list of tour dates.
In the six years since Smoke Fairies first entered a recording studio, they have made two albums, supported on tours with Bryan Ferry, Richard Hawley and Laura Marling, and had a single released onJack White’s Third Man Records. Blamire talks of secretly listening to pop music on the bus, trying to figure out what made it good, etc. There was a moment after the release of Blood Speaks (2012) when Jessica Davies turned to musical partner Katherine Blamire and told her she was no longer sure whether Smoke Fairies should continue. The suggestion of not playing music together would potentially impact more than just their band – theirs was a friendship forged by music, by a shared ambition that had carried them from their schooldays and on to songwriting and performing together.
In 2013 Blamire and Davies took themselves to a remote recording studio in Kent with producer Kristofer Harris. “It was on a very old industrial estate,” says Davies. “It was a really eccentric area – it used to be a council office, now there’s a bubble car garage, a tattoo parlour and a granite workshop. It just physically felt so distant from anything to do with the music industry.” It was there that they set about crafting their latest album, calling on their bandmates and old touring friends such as drummer Andy Newmark (Sly and the Family Stone, Roxy Music, John Lennon) to help out.
The distance and sense of introspection also allowed for a shift in their songwriting techniques, such as jumping on the opportunity to actually be two separate voices, rather than two voices as one entity; two people talking to each other as distinct characters.
Out now on Full Time Hobby
We’ve Seen Birds
Eclipse Them All
Hope Is Religion
Waiting for Something to Begin
Your Own Silent Movie
Drinks and Dancing
Want It Forever
The Very Last Time
Are You Crazy
SMOKE FAIRIES FALL TOUR DATES 2014
Sep 2 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
Sep 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Sep 5 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Sep 11 Munich, Germany @ Kranhalle
Sep 12 Berlin, Germany @ Kantine am Berghain
Sep 13 Groningen, Netherlands @ Take Root Festival
Sep 14 Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
Sep 15 Cologne, Germany @ Studio 672