Violent Femmes have announced today’s release of their much-anticipated new album. HOTEL LAST RESORTis available now via [PIAS] at all music retailers and streaming services. Today’s release is marked by the premiere of a playful but potent companion video accompanying the album’s rambunctious new rendition of “I’m Nothing,” streaming now following its exclusive premiere via Psychology Today.
Originally recorded for 1994’s NEW TIMES, this latest version of “I’m Nothing” sees a featured appearance from pro skateboarder Stefan Janoski. A lifelong Femmes fan, Janoski has also teamed with the band to create the Nike SB Zoom Janoski “Violent Femmes”– a one-of-a-kind exclusive shoe inspired by “I’m Nothing.” Designed by Janoski, the Nike SB Zoom Janoski “Violent Femmes” will see the words “I’M NOTHING” screen-printed in the skateboarder’s handwriting on the tongue of the shoe, while his exclusive artwork will be included on the custom sock liner. Chain stitched on the left shoe will be the word “VIOLENT” and on the right shoe, the word “FEMMES,” with a vulc tape mirror appliqué in Tour Yellow. The Nike SB Zoom Janoski “Violent Femmes” releases in fall 2019 – complete details and exclusive images can be found HERE.
The band’s 10th studio album, HOTEL LAST RESORT was first heralded earlier this spring with the release of the LP’s plaintive title track, featuring the iconic guitar sound of Television co-founder Tom Verlaine.
Recorded at Denver, CO’s Mighty Fine Productions with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show) and GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Ryan Mall, HOTEL LAST RESORT resides among Violent Femmes’ finest hours, simultaneously refining and redefining their one-of-a-kind take on American music, mingling front porch folk, post punk, spiritual jazz, country blues, avant garde improvisation, and golden age rock ‘n’ roll. Founded and fronted of course by singer/guitarist Gordon Gano and acoustic bass guitarist Brian Ritchie, the Milwaukee-based combo remain as warm, wise, and weird as ever before, with such new favorites as “Another Chorus” and “Everlasting You” continuing to mine the vast range of ideas, melodic complexity, and organic sonic craftsmanship that has characterized the band’s body of work since their landmark 1983 debut.
Always eager to push their music forward, Violent Femmes have spent the past three years joined by percussionist John Sparrow and multi-instrumentalist Blaise Garza, both longtime members of The Horns of Dilemma, the band’s ever-evolving cabal of multi-instrumentalist backing musicians. Sparrow’s novel use of a Weber Grill as a rhythm instrument along with the extreme tones of Garza’s central instrument, the massive contrabass saxophone, bring a stunning depth to the Femmes’ famous sound, imbuing songs like “Paris To Sleep” and “Adam Was A Man” with a striking richness and imaginative edge.
Violent Femmes will celebrate HOTEL LAST RESORT with a typically wide-ranging live schedule that includes headline dates, festival sets (including Port Townsend, WA’s THING on August 25 and Chicago, IL’s Riot Fest on September 13-15), and a co-headline tour with Ben Folds set to get underway this Sunday, July 28, at Uncasville, CT’s Mohegan Sun Arena. Special VIP tickets are also available for the latter tour, including Reserve Seating, early venue access, a signed tour poster, tote bag, and more. Additional dates – including a North American headline tour – will be announced soon. For complete details and ticket availability, please see www.vfemmes.com/tour.
VIOLENT FEMMES ON TOUR 2019
28 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena #
29 – Selbyville, DE – The Freeman Stage #
30 – Washington, DC – The Anthem #
1 – New York, NY – Pier 17 #
2 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage #
3 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion #
4 – East Providence, RI – Bold Point Park #
6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE #
8 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre #
9 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater #
10 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park #
11 – Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre #