Blondes first came to our attention via Touched, their excellent EP for Merok Records with “You Mean So Much To Me” impressing in particular thanks to some crafty Milli Vanilli usage. RVNG INTL main man Matt has been teasing us with some off the record chat about Blondes appearing on the label for far too long now, though admittedly he’s been trying to tie them down for a release for much longer having first heard their early material and catching their live show some two years ago.
A new dawn in their relationship will be marked on March 15 with the release of “Lover/Hater” – the first in a series of Blondes emissions for RVNG that deal in themes of duality – and will culminate in the autumn with the release of a CD and digital album containing all tracks from the vinyl EPs along with bonus material and remixes. Ahead of this, the duo will be relocating to the electronic musician’s playground known as Berlin whilst they embark on a European tour that takes in a must-see performance at XOYO as part of a slick Durrrr lineup as well as joining Simian Mobile Disco and The Juan Maclean on an extensive tour of the US throughout March.
Meanwhile, Blondes will also feature on another forthcoming release from RVNG INTL – the label, incidentally, has around fifteen planned for the year – as one of several high profile artists to remix the tracks from visionary 80s synth boff Harald Grosskopf’s exploratory album Synthesist.
The album itself will be reissued by the New York label as a deluxe package LP and there will be an additional CD of remixes from RVNG alumni past, present and future including the aforementioned Blondes, JD Twitch, CFCF, Oneohtrix Point Never, Pink Skull and Snoretex aka the latest musical alias of Sam ‘Allez Allez/Walls‘ Willis. Full details on this exciting project which is set for release next month can of course be found at the RVNG INTL site.
Blondes European Dates:
February 5 – Berlin, Germany – Picknick
February 11 – London, UK – Durrr at XOYO
February 17 – Nantes, France – Lieu Unique
February 18 – Antwerp, Belgium – Karveel
February 19 – Glasgow, UK – Death Disco at The Arches
February 24 – London, UK – Sup Magazine Release Party
February 25 – Helsinki, Finland – YK
February 26 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Dunkel Club
Blondes US Dates Supporting Simian Mobile Disco and The Juan Maclean:
March 8 – Vancouver, BC – Venue
March 9 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
March 10 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
March 11 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre (HARD)
March 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia (HARD)
March 14 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
March 16 – Chicago, IL – The Mid
March 17 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre
March 18 – Montreal, QC – SAT
March 19 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 (HARD)
March 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
March 24 – Miami, FL – White Room, SMD “Delicatessen” Party
March 25 – Miami, FL – Vagabond, Fixed Party
RVNG will release Harald Grosskopf – Synthesist LP & V/A – Re-Synthesist CD on February 15 whilst the first Blondes EP “Lovers/Haters” will be released by the label on March 15.