From “Spectator & Pupil” to one of last year’s single best pop songs “Violent Sensations Descend,” etc., past Gummy Awards Live participants Violens are such an appealingly frosty band that it’s easy understanding the mindset behind Lilys/Rod Coles’ decision to change the title of the New York four piece’s ice-mentioning “Already Over” to “Already Oslo” in the course of their remix. The makeover remains as crisp as the original, but you get extra percussion and additional layers. It’s part of a series of remixes from Violens’ debut that will appear as a free digital EP along with reworkings by recent tourmates MGMT as well as RAC, and Subtle People. Chairlift’s Caroline Polacheck came up with the visuals for an “Already Over” “visual remix.” For now, check out what Kurt Heasley & Co. have done to the track, while catching up on Violens’ fairly complex touring plans.
Violens – “Already Oslo (Lilys vs. Rod Coles Remix)” (MP3)
Now to the live stuff. For starters, Violens are playing Santos this Saturday (4/11). If you arrive before 10PM for Violens’ show, early birds, you get free admission to the later show with Francis & The Lights and DJ sets by Four Tet, among others. Next week, the band heads to Europe for the first time, playing various dates in France as part of the Les Inrocks Indie Club tour with Cazals and Dinosaur Pile-Up and a date with Camera Obscura. Additionally, on 5/4 Chess Club records is releasing a limited-edition “Lightning Lightning” 7″ in the UK that’ll feature a remix of “Violent Sensation Descends” by frontman Jorge Elbrecht’s other crew, Lansing-Dreiden remix. In celebration of that, the band’s playing some London shows with White Lies, School of Seven Bells, and Hatcham Social. The specifics:
04/11 – New York, NY @ Santos Party House
04/15 – Rennes, France @ Ubu $
04/16 – Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie !
04/17 – Clermont Ferrand, France @ Cooperative de Mai $
04/18 – Lyon, France @ Ninkasi Club $
05/07 – London, UK @ Heaven #
05/08 – London, UK @ Heaven #
05/11 – London, UK @ King’s College %
$ w/ Cazals & Dinosaur Pile-u
! w/ Camera Obscura, Cazals and Dinosaur Pile-Up
# w/ White Lies & School Of Seven Bells
% w/ Hatcham Social
[Band photo by Tim Hines]