[Photo by Nate Dorr]
Charlie Looker's noise/jazz/rock/prog/assorted-experimental-madness ensemble Extra Life will be hitting the road in 2009, kicking things off in just a few weeks in Connecticut.
You might remember Looker from Zs, and he's also worked with the Dirty Projectors, William Parker and the S.E.M. Ensemble. He formed Extra Life in 2007, featuring various combinations of a rotating cast of musicians, including : violinist Caley Monahon-Ward (Snowblink), bassist Tony Gedrich ( target="new">Stats), drummer Nicholas Podgurski (Yukon), and saxophonist/keyboardist Travis Laplante (Little Women).
Extra Life's debut full-length album Secular Works was released in 2008 on Planaria Recordings, and a vinyl-only split EP with Nat Baldwin was released later in the year on the Shatter Your Leaves label, followed by east and west coast tours. But now Extra Life will be all over North America, and once that's done they'll be heading to Europe.
Extra Life 2009 tour dates
02.05.09 - Middletown, Conn. (Wesleyan University)
02.07.09 - Brooklyn, NY (Death By Audio) *With Made in Mexico
02.12.09 - Amherst, Mass. (Hampshire College) w/ Little Women
02.13.09 - Toronto, Ontario (The Boat) w/ Little Women
02.16.09 - Chicago, Ill. (Empty Bottle) w/ Larkin Grimm + Lichens
02.18.09 - Minneapolis, Minn. (Nomad World Pub) w/ Vampire Hands
02.20.09 - Vancouver, British Columbia (Peanut Gallery) w/ Certain Breeds + Shearing Pinx
02.23.09 - Portland, Ore. (the Tube)
02.25.09 - Eureka, Calif. (Auntie Moe's)
02.26.09 - Oakland, Calif. (The Parkside)
02.28.09 - Los Angeles, Calif. (The Smell) w/ Abe Vigoda
03.01.09 - San Diego, Calif. (Radio Room)
03.03.09 - Denver, Colo. (Rhinoceropolis) w/ These Are Powers
03.04.09 - Lincoln, Neb. (Box Awesome)
03.05.09 - St. Louis, Mo. (Lemp Arts)
03.06.09 - Oberlin, Ohio (Oberlin College)
05.29.09 - Barcelona, Spain (Primavera Sound Festival with Throwing Muses and The Vaselines)