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Jen Cloher Shares Video For “Strong Woman,” Announces 2018 US Tour

Jen Cloher today shares the video for her anthem Strong Woman,” the third single off her instant-classic self-titled fourth record.

“Strong Woman” was filmed just weeks ago in a London warehouse during a whirlwind sold-out tour of the UK and Europe. The video is the result of a back-to-basics approach – a two-camera crew captured Cloher and her incredible band blitzing through one of the album’s highlights. The result is raw and dynamic, and goes some way to capturing Cloher’s dynamism on stage.

The song itself serves as an exploration of gendered identity in Cloher’s childhood in 1980’s Adelaide and a celebration of Cloher’s unique matriarchal heritage.

Cloher explained the inspiration behind the song: 

It recently occurred to me that I have always been a leader, a strong woman. It’s not a quality that was cultivated but something I inherited. My matriarchal line is Ngapuhi, a Maori tribe from the Far North of New Zealand. There’s a famous Maori saying, ‘Kia kaha’ which means ‘Stay strong’, my Mother Dorothy modelled that quality to me growing up and I’m forever grateful that she did.

Recorded amidst the rolling greenery of Gippsland, Victoria and mixed at Jeff Tweedy’s famous Loft Studios in Chicago, the songs are split by Courtney Barnett’s extraordinary lead guitar and anchored by the rhythm section of Bones Sloane and Jen Sholakis. The end result is bold, assured, and piercingly observed, seeing Cloher face up to painful truths with unwavering honesty and emerge triumphant. An imperial showcase of song-writing craft which is likely to sit on the top of many end-of-year lists.

Cloher is currently touring solo around the USA opening for Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile’s Lotta Sea Lice tour. She today announced that she’ll return in January 2018, this time with her full band playing a run of intimate headline shows.

TRACK LISTING

  1. Forgot Myself

  2. Analysis Paralysis

  3. Regional Echo

  4. Sensory Memory

  5. Shoegazers

  6. Strong Woman

  7. Great Australian Bite

  8. Loose Magic

  9. Waiting in the Wings

  10. Dark Art

NEW 2018 US LIVE DATES

1/23/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo (tickets)

1/24/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord (tickets)

1/26/18 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar (tickets)

1/27/18- Seattle, WA @ Barboza (tickets)

1/30/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (tickets)

1/31/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Jonhnny Brenda’s (tickets)

2/1/18 – Washington, DC @ DC9 (tickets)

NEW EU/UK DATES

2/5/18 – Paris @ Les Nuits de L’Alligator Festival, La Maroquinerie (tickets)

2/6/18 – Amiens @ Les Nuits de L’Alligator Festival, La Lune des Pirates (tickets)

2/8/18 – Rouen @ Les Nuits de L’Alligator Festival, Le 106 (tickets)

2/9/18 – Tours @ Les Nuits de L’Alligator Festival,Le Temps Machine (tickets)

2/10/18 – Vannes @ Les Nuits de L’Alligator Festival, L’Echonova (tickets)

2/11/18 – Rotterdam @ Rotown (tickets)

2/13/18 – London @ Tufnell Dome (tickets)

2/14/18 – Manchester @ Deaf Institute (tickets)

2/15/18 – Glasgow @ Broadcast (tickets)

2/16/18 – Birmingham @ The Hare and Hound (tickets)

2/17/18 – Brighton @ The Hope and Ruin (tickets)

Lotta Sea Lice Tour Dates

Note: Supporting Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

10/11/17 – San Diego @ House Of Blues (tickets)

10/14/17 – LA @ Cathedral (SOLD OUT)

10/15/17 – Orpheum Theatre – Los Angeles, CA (tickets)

10/18/17 – Oakland @ Fox Theatre (tickets)

10/20/17 – Portland @ Arlene Schnitzer Hall (tickets)

10/21/17 – Seattle @ The Moore (tickets)

10/22/17 – Seattle @ The Showbox (SOLD OUT)

10/26/17 – Chicago @ Rockefeller Chapel (SOLD OUT)

10/27/17 – Chicago @ Thalia Hall (SOLD OUT)

10/30/17 – Detroit @ Royal Oak Music Theatre (tickets)

10/31/17 – Toronto @ Massey Hall (tickets)

11/1/17 – New York @ Beacon Theatre (SOLD OUT)

11/3/17 – Philadelphia @ Tower Theatre (tickets)

11/4/17 – Boston @ Orpheum (tickets)

11/6/17 – Loew’s Jersey Theatre – Jersey City, NJ (tickets)

11/7/17 – The Anthem – Washington, DC (tickets)

11/9/17 – Nashville @ Ryman Auditorium (tickets)

11/10/17 – Dallas @ McFarlan Memorial Auditorium (tickets)

11/11/17 – Austin @ Moody Theatre (SOLD OUT)

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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