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New album revealed on UK dates
Roll up! Roll up! The circus is coming to town. The Electric Swing Circus, that is, and they promise an evening of saucy 1920s-style rhythms and stomping electro beats.
The band's 2017 UK tour begins on February 4 in Perranporth and concludes on March 18 at Goodwood Racecourse. A hometown show at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham, is on February 17.
The tour marks the release of second album, It Flew By, the follow-up to the six piece's self-titled 2013 debut.
"We've spent the last two years experimenting with recording techniques that allowed us to capture the intensity from our live show.'' says guitarist Tom Hyland. ''The result is a totally new and unique audio adventure, flipping vintage remix and electro swing on their heads.''
The album was recorded over two years at Middle Farm Studios in Devon and Giant Wafer Studios in North Wales. It features a number of different musical styles alongside the electro swing for which the group is famous. Trip hop, dubstep, disco, reggae, pop and rock can all be discerned throughout the 13 tracks.
Since forming in June 2011, The ESC have played to thousands at UK festivals including Shambala, Boomtown and Eden, as well as undertaking a number of tours across New Zealand and Europe.
Their music videos have clocked up over 2.1 million views in four years, and the band's music has been streamed more than 1.7 million times in the same period.
Fronted by the explosive female double-act of Laura O and Vicki Olivia on vocals, with Chandra Walker (drums, keys), Tom Hyland (guitar), Rashad Gregory (samples and synth) and Patrick Wreford (bass and bass synth), The Electric Swing Circus have built a reputation for combining vintage samples, electro beats, gypsy-jazz guitar, electric double bass, keys, live drums and synths.
As well as running a regular club night, Hot Club De Swing, the band also curate the annual festival Swingamajig, which has attracted tens of thousands of vintage fashion and music fans since its inception in 2012. The one-day event, held in Birmingham, presents acclaimed artists, DJs and dancers in a programme that also features vintage cinema, acrobats and outlandish performers.
The Electric Swing Circus 2017 UK tour dates:
Feb 4: The Watering Hole Perranporth; Feb 10: Coronet Theatre London; Feb 17: Hare & Hounds, Birmingham; March 3: The Pub/Zoo, Manchester;
March 4: The Exchange, Bristol;
March 18: Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester.