Chuck Prophet announces UK Tour

“Mythological in scope, soulful in execution, it’s a feast of contextual songwriting and sizzling guitar”8/10, Uncut  (featured in Uncut‘s top 20 Best Americana Albums of 2012)

“Temple Beautiful’ fuses a distorted vision of classic rock – think The Stones, The Stooges – with a clear, stark vision of Californian life” Clash

“:anguid country-blues grooves uncoil like sunbathing snakes”Sunday Times Culture

Californian alt-rock hero Chuck Prophet has just announced an extensive European tour of the UK & Ireland through April & May 2013 in support of his current LP Temple Beautiful.  The tour features his biggest ever London date with a band supported by UK Garage great Mick Farren & the Deviants.  Prophets 2012 tour of the UK saw all six dates selling out in advance and the best live shows of his career.

Himself a longstanding San Franciscan, in Temple Beautiful Prophet has penned an unflinchingly visceral love letter to his adopted hometown of over three decades, in a vein not dissimilar to Lou Reed’s rendering of New York. Named after the city’s now defunct notorious punk rock club (located within the ill-fated Jim Jones People’s Temple) where a young Prophet himself cut his teeth watching the likes of the Flamin’ Groovies supported by Black Flag, both the title track and album resonate with tales from America’s most vibrant outpost city.

Akin in parts to a compelling late night cab ride across the wild side of town, if Temple Beautiful is a love letter to San Fran then it is one written by an artist equally as dependent as he is enamoured. Speaking about the album Chuck says, ‘San Francisco. It’s a great place to come and wave your freak flag or whatever you’re flying instead. It can suck you under. That first hit. It really does a whammy to you. And if you’re like me you can find yourself chasing the San Francisco dragon for the rest of your life. That’s what the record is about.”

Inspired by current San Francisco artists,  Prophet felt compelled to pay tribute to the history and weirdness that brought him to the city nearly 30 years ago. “There’s a kind of rock and roll psych renaissance going on in this town at the moment with bands like Thee Oh Sees, Girls and The Fresh and Onlys. I’m very encouraged by all this stuff here.”

 

LIVE DATES:

24 April                                   Brighton The Green Door Store                                    01273 66312 / £14adv

25 April                                   London – Islington Assembly Hall                                08444 771 000/ £15adv

26April                                   Oxford – Bullingdon Arms                                              01296 748268 / £15 adv

27 April                                   Hebden Bridge – The Trades Club                                01422-845-265 / £14-16 adv

28 April                                   Nottingham – Rescue Rooms                                        0845 413 4444 / £15 adv

29 April                                   Southampton – The Cellar                                             02380 710648 / £15 adv

30 April                                   Birmingham – Hare & Hounds                                    0121 444 2081 / £15 adv

1 May                                       Glasgow – Oran Mor                                                       0141-204-5151 / £14 adv

3 May                                       Belfast – Black Box CQA Festival                                 028 9023 2403 / £10adv

4 May                                       Kilkenny Roots Festival Headline                                +353567763669 / 17.50€ adv

5 May                                       Bury –  The Met                                                                 0161 761 2216 / £15 adv

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