“I Predict a Graceful Expulsion is a truly stunning debut.”
–Under The Radar
“…Dark and soulful…solid performance, solid music.”
“When she begins singing, you understand the fuss…”
Cold Specks is pleased to announce that she will be returning to North America this November for a national, headlining tour kicking off on November 8th in New York at the Mercury Lounge and wraps up in Chicago at the end of the month. The full list of tour dates is below.
On her recent trip to NYC, Al Spx and bandmate Chris Cundy took a stroll with La Blogotheque’s Derrick Belcham through Williamsburg’s McCarren Park. Seeking shelter under a tree, the duo settled into an acoustic version of “Heavy Hands” for their eager audience: a couple and their small child. As the rain began to pick up, the team decided to run for cover to a nearby Greenpoint loft. Perched in an old stand-up bathtub behind the shroud of the shower curtain, Al’s voice, accompanied by the somber bass clarinet, broke through with a hauntingly beautiful rendition of “Elephant Head.” To end the day’s events, the duo rested on a pair of kitchen chairs and sang us out with “Blank Maps.”
This three-song session can now be viewed at the La Blogotheque site here.
Suffering through New York’s stifling summer heat Cold Specks ventured to Harlem for the first time to perform “Elephant Head” in collaboration with Ice Fishing With Dan. Resting on the edge of the bar at Harlem’s historic and beloved Paris Blues Bar she sings like each moment could be her last. Epic. Gorgeous. Perfect.
Check it out here!
11/8 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
11/9 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
11/10 – Jammin’ Java – Vienna, VA
11/11 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
11/13 – Dan’s Silverleaf – Denton, TX
11/14 – The Mohawk – Austin, TX
11/17 – Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Museum – Los Angeles, CA
11/18 – Bottom of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
11/20 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
11/28 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
11/29 – Schubas – Chicago, IL
I Predict A Graceful Expulsion has been short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize, Canada’s equivalent to the Mercury Prize. We are excited for Al’s debut release to be included alongside of such talented musicians including Grimes, Feist, Cadence Weapon and Drake. Stay tuned-a winner will be announced on 24th September!
Cold Specks, lead by singer-guitarist Al Spx, hails from Etobicoke, Canada although she now calls London home. Channeling James Joyce’s Ulysses she donned the name Cold Specks from Joyce’s gripping script “Born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil, lights shining in the darkness.”