Future Bible Heroes is one of the many side projects led by the Magnetic Fields mastermind Stephin Merritt, and last month, they returned after a long absence to release the soft synthpop album Partygoing. Naomi Yang directed the video for the album’s lead single “Living, Loving, Partygoing,” and it has Merritt sitting calm and dour while Wes Anderson-style whimsy erupts around him. Future Bible Heroes are about to embark on their first tour since 2002, and in an interesting twist, Merritt won’t be joining them. He’s dealing with ear issues, so an ensemble of collaborators, including singer and longtime Merritt right-hand woman Claudia Gonson, will take his place. Watch the video and check out the tour dates below.
7/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
7/09 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
7/11 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
7/12 – Seattle, WA @ The Tractor Tavern
7/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
7/17 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
7/21 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
7/22 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
7/23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
7/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
7/26 – Washington, DC @ The Black Cat
Partygoing is out now on Merge.