Currently in the midst of an international festival and headline run spanning Japan to the Netherlands, Broken Bells has confirmed the addition of three new dates to its ongoing debut world tour: James Mercer and Brian Burton a/k/a Danger Mouse will be bringing Broken Bells to the Fox Theater in Oakland on October 5, the Wiltern in Los Angeles on October 6 and New York City’s Terminal 5 on October 11. The new dates bracket Broken Bells’ already announced appearance at this year’s Austin City Limits festival on October 9.
Broken Bells features Mercer on vocals, guitars and bass while Burton plays organ, drums, piano, synths and bass. The pair play all instruments on the album with the exception of a full string section arranged by Daniele Luppi. Broken Bells was recorded by Todd Monfalcone and Kennie Takahashi at Mondo Studio in Los Angeles and produced by Danger Mouse.
Each a long-time fan of the other’s work, Burton and Mercer first met face-to-face backstage at the 2004 Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen. The pair immediately hit it off and kept in touch over the prevailing half decade and in May 2008 seized the opportunity to finally collaborate on original music together. Broken Bells was pared down from more than 20 pieces of new music written and recorded to the 10 songs that coalesced together the most seamlessly.
Mercer and Burton will continue to work as a band in the future.
BROKEN BELLS Live 2010
07/30/10 – Nigata, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival
08/12/10 – Oslo, Norway – Oya Festival
08/13/10 – Helsinki, Finland – Flow Festival
08/14/10 – Goteborg, Sweden – Way Out West
08/16/10 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gafaehrlich
08/17/10 – Cologne, Germany – Gloria
08/19/10 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
10/05/10 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theatre
10/06/10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
10/09/10 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
10/11/10 – New York, NY – Terminal 5