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New album showcased on UK tour
American Indie folk band The Low Anthem follow-up their first UK shows in four years with a tour that visits Birmingham's Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath on November 13, 2016.

During the summer the group played stripped-down shows at London's Borderline and Glasgow's Broadcast to mark the release of their latest album, Eyeland. The 13-date November tour will feature the full band, Ben Knox Miller, Jeff Prystowsky, Florence Grace Wallis and Bryan Minto.

The Low Anthem, Eyeland, Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham
Full band: The Low Anthem (pic: Natalja Kent)

Formed in 2006 in Providence, Rhode Island, by Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky, The Low Anthem recorded two albums before making their breakthrough in 2008 with Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. Smart Flesh followed in 2011, earning further international applause. After a tour that year in support of Smart Flesh The Low Anthem returned to Providence to begin searching for new studio space.

Their quest ultimately led to The Columbus, a local theatre built in 1926 as a vaudeville house and closed since 2009. A large vacant room designed for maximum acoustics, The Columbus offered everything The Low Anthem was looking for – an ideal studio space to begin recording their next album as well as a concert hall unlike any other in the Providence area. Dubbing their new studio as the true life 'Eyeland', the band set about exploring its sonic capabilities, experimenting with every bizarre phenomenon of sound they could find.

The Low Anthem, Eyeland, Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham

The result has garnered critical acclaim.

Uncut magazine said: ''The very wonderful Eyeland finds [The Low Anthem]poised between the familiar and the less so… the delicate, Fleet Foxes-like reverie of their previous work… [and] by contrast, avant-noise experiments offer splintered ambience and jazzy skronk.''

Sounds like they'll be shows to remember.

The Low Anthem, Eyeland, Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham

The Low Anthem UK 2016 tour dates:

Nov 8: London Heaven;
Nov 9: Brighton Komedia;
Nov 10: Nottingham Rescue Rooms;
Nov 11: Manchester Gorilla;
Nov 12: Edinburgh Electric Circus;
Nov 13: Birmingham Hare and Hounds;
Nov 14: Oxford Academy 2;
Nov 15: Bristol Thekla;
Nov 17: Norwich Open;
Nov 18: Liverpool Leaf Café;
Nov 19: Sheffield Queens Social Club;
Nov 20: Leeds Brudenell Social Club;
Nov 21: Belfast Empire Music Hall.
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Why? New music from highly regarded alternative folk band
When: November 13, 2016 (Hare & Hounds); touring till November 21
Phone: 0121 444 2081 (Hare & Hounds)
Where: Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham, and touring
Cost: £15 plus fees
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