“Ookii Gekkou” is an album conceived and created under lockdown – a sort of dream catcher for all the madness of the past year. Each song a spell or an incantation for coping with the oddity and the eeriness of it all.
Hurricanes, organisms, vibes, bells, and percussive rallies all follow, each infiltrated with influences as diverse as Piero Umiliani, Art Ensemble of Chicago and ELO among others. Indeed, even a cursory earful adds to an ever-expanding palette of sound, no mean feat for the newly-trimmed quartet of songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Cathy Lucas, drummer Valentina Magaletti, bassist Susumu Mukai, and synth/guitar player Phil MFU, this reduction resulting in no fewer ideas and even bigger steps.
Following their recent festival dates, the band will also be touring the UK before heading to Europe in November and then onto the USA in March 2022.
UK & EU 2021 TOUR DATES
21 Oct: White Hotel, Manchester, UK 22 Oct: Bongo Club, Edinburgh, UK 23 Oct: Broadcast, Glasgow, UK 24 Oct: Future Yard, Birkenhead, UK 25 Oct: The Lanes, Bristol, UK 26 Oct: Hare And Hounds, Birmingham, UK 28 Oct: Kings Place, London, UK 06 Nov: Arts Cool, Elsewhere, Margate, UK
09 Nov: Pôle Etudiant, Nantes, France 10 Nov: Le Petit Bain, Paris, France 11 Nov: Le Grand Mix, Le Tourcoing, France 12 Nov: Le Guess Who?, Utrecht, Netherlands 13 Nov: Sonic City, Kortrijk, Belgium 14 Nov: Rotondes, Luxembourg, Luxembourg 16 Nov: Hebbel Am Uffer, Berlin, Germany 17 Nov: Club Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany 18 Nov: Kammerspiele, Munich, Germany 19 Nov: Trans Century Update, Leipzig, Germany 20 Nov: Palace St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
US 2022 TOUR DATES
15 Mar: Knitting Factory, New York City, US 16 Mar: Columbus Theatre, Providence, US 17 Mar: Bar Le Ritz PDB, Montreal, Canada 18 Mar: Lee’s Palace, Toronto, Canada 20 Mar: The Magic Bag, Detroit, US 21 Mar: Sleeping Village, Chicago, US 22 Mar: 7th St Entry, Minneapolis, US 23 Mar: Reverb Lounge, Omaha, US 26 Mar: Clockout Lounge, Seattle, US 27 Mar: Holocene, Portland, US 29 Mar: Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, US 30 Mar: The Echoplex, Los Angeles, US 31 Mar: Pappy and Harriets, Joshua Tree, US 01 Apr: Constellation Room, Orange County, US 03 Apr: The Casbah, San Diego, US 04 Apr: Congress, Tucson, US 06 Apr: Antones, Austin, US 07 Apr: Tulips, Fort Worth, US 09 Apr: Aisle 5, Atlanta, US 11 Apr: Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, US 12 Apr: DC9, Washington, US