New Bella Union signings THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPLETON have announced a number of UK shows throughout May. The band will first of all appear at The Great Escape festival in Brighton before heading off to Europe for a headline tour. Returning later in the month the Australian quintet will play London a headline show at the Islington and with Mt. Royal and Horse Thief at the Oslo followed by appearances at the Dot To Dot festival which will see them visit Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham. Those dates below.
Thursday 8 May - BRIGHTON - Green Door Store (Communion Showcase @ The Great Escape)
Wednesday 21 May - LONDON - The Islington (Headline show)
Thursday 22 May - LONDON - Oslo (Bella Union night with Horse Thief and Mt. Royal)
Friday 23 MAY - MANCHESTER - Dot to Dot Festival
Saturday 24 May - BRISTOL - Dot to Dot Festival
Sunday 25 May - NOTTINGHAM - Dot to Dot Festival
Already a huge success in Australia, The Trouble With Templeton is the creation of singer/songwriter Thomas Calder, a supremely talented 23-year-who started TTWT as a solo act in 2011. The following year saw TTWT expand to a 5-piece, the new members complimenting Calder's emotive vocals and songwriting with a collaborative, self-assured sound. Before signing to Bella Union,
Adventurous, eccentric and stunningly melodic, Rookie is an album that leaves a distinct musical impression. With their debut release The Trouble With Templeton have crafted a record full of warmth and heart, whilst displaying a willingness to make music that's not afraid to affect or surprise. "The only prerequisite we had going in was that if we loved the song and we believe in it, then we were going to record it," says Thomas. "The element of surprise is something we really enjoy in music, something we're always shooting for. You don't want to know where a song is going from the first two lines."As a result, the album is a whirling dervish of moods and colours, of tempos and genres, melodies and layers, tackling concepts behind relationships and the way unique human narratives emerge from different viewpoints.
Musically, defining Rookie beyond a happily all-encapsulating idea like 'intelligent melodic alt-pop' isn't worth the hassle. It's an album that demands listening to in order to be understood. "It's held together by something undefinable," reckons Thomas. "For me it's a whole kaleidoscope of sounds and genres, but there's something holding it together, and that's us as a band."
Rookie will be released 12th May on Bella Union.