It's been over ten years since the last tour by FUTURE BIBLE HEROES, the electronic-pop side project of Magnetic Fields leader Stephin Merritt and legendary Boston DJ/producer Chris Ewen. But when the group convenes this summer to tour in support of a new album, Partygoing, and a Merge re-release of the band's complete back catalogue, Merritt will not be with them. The touring lineup will include frequent Merritt muse and longtime Mag Fields/FBH collaborator Claudia Gonson, latter-day Mag Fields collaborator Shirley Simms, Ewen, and Anthony Kaczynski, who'll be familiar to Boston electro-pop fans from the New Romantic band he fronted with Ewen in the '80s, Figures on a Beach. The tour will hit The Sinclair in Cambridge on July 21.
Future Bible Heroes allowed Merritt to exorcise two obsessions that inform Magnetic Fields but rarely powered it: disco and horror movies, a feat perhaps never executed better than 1997's "She Devils of the Deep":
In a recent Merge-directed interview, Merritt descibes Partygoing as an homage to the b-52's "Party Mix," in that it's "a party album that only just happens to be largely about drunk suicide, aging, death, loss, and despair. But there are different kinds of parties that people go to." There is a long, Merritt-like pause. "I've always hated parties," he adds.
With Merritt out of the touring group, that'll put more of a spotlight on Gonson, who can draw on a bunch of show-stealing, canonical Bible Heroes tracks like this one:
Partygoing and the back catalogue reissues will drop June 6. If you've got more questions about it, we recommend catching up with Chris Ewen at his regular Saturday-night party, Heroes, at T.T. the Bear's Place.
Here's the full schedule for Future Bible Heroes' summer tour, according to Merge Records:
June 12 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House Chickfactor Summer Festival
July 8 Los Angeles, CA The Echoplex
July 9 San Francisco, CA The Independent
July 11 Portland, OR Doug Fir
July 12 Seattle, WA The Tractor Tavern
July 16 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
July 17 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
July 21 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
July 22 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
July 23 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
July 25 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
July 26 Washington, DC The Black Cat
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