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Thursday, Jul 18 2013 | 21:31
Image: 1581454 Heavyweight soul providers Fat Freddy’s Drop are about to take flight once again with the worldwide release of new album Blackbird on 24th June 2013. Blackbird is the third full-length release from the New Zealand band and will see Fat Freddy’s Drop exceed half-a-million album sales worldwide, the result of playing over 800 shows in their career-to-date, clocking up 412 appearances in Europe, 27 Australian Tours and over 300 shows in their homeland.

Fat Freddy’s Drop celebrate a decade of European touring by releasing Blackbird in East London. The already sold-out show at Village Underground attracted over 4,000 hopeful ticket ballot entries in just 24 hours for only 500 lucky spots.

Featuring nine tracks, Blackbird was written and recorded at Bays, the band’s own studio, which was one of the last vinyl pressing plants in New Zealand and then an apostolic church. Fitchie says, “What you hear on the album is the sound of Bays, the room itself, the vibe of the place and the performance we can get out of the band in there.”

“Blackbird is truer to FFD's musical philosophy than anything else we've done”, says Chopper Reeds. “The song structures are open and unruly - just like our live shows - whilst we've pushed ourselves to deliver rich and deeply layered arrangements that showcase Joe Dukie's exceptional voice. We feel totally at home melding together this unholy mix of disco, rootsy dub, blues, soul and electronic funk - it's what we do.”

Fat Freddy’s Drop have released two studio albums, “Based On A True Story” (2005) and “Dr Boondigga & The Big BW” (2009), two live albums, “Live At The Matterhorn” (2001) and “Live At Roundhouse” (2010) and a stash of limited edition vinyl singles, including the now legendary “Midnight Marauders” and “Hope For A Generation”.

KEY SELLING POINTS
· Brand new album from Fat Freddy's Drop
· Band have sold close to half-a-million albums worldwide
· First studio album since 2009's Dr Boondigga & the Big BW
· Band have played close to 1000 shows to date
· Music video for .Clean The House' single

TRACKLISTING CD
1. Blackbird
2. Russia
3. Clean The House
4. Silver and Gold
5. Bones
6. Soldier
7. Never Moving
8. Mother Mother
9. Bohannon

TRACKLISTING 2LP
A1. Blackbird
A2. Russia
B1. Clean The House
B2. Silver And Gold
B3. Bones
C1. Soldier
C2. Never Moving
D1. Mother Mother
D2. Bohannon

TOURDATES
22.06. Sea Sessions Festival Bundoran, Ireland
23.06. Vicar St Dublin, Ireland
26.06. Village Underground London, UK
28.06. Garorock Festival Marmande, France
29.06. Couleur Café Festival Brussels, Belgium
30.06. Mundial Festival Tilburg, Holland
02.07. Carroponte Milan, Italy
03.07. Meet in Town Festival Rome, Italy
05.07. Pitch Festival Amsterdam, Holland
06.07. TFF Rudolstadt Rudolstadt, Germany
07.07. Summerjam Festival Cologne, Germany
01.10. O2 Academy Oxford Oxford, UK
02.10. Colsten Hall Bristol, UK
04.10. Manchester Academy Manchester, UK
05.10. O2 Academy Brixton London, UK
08.10. Vega Copenhagen, Denmark
12.10. Voxhall Aarhus, Denmark
13.10. Grosse Freiheit Hamburg, Germany
15.10. Huxleys Berlin, Germany
16.10. Live Music Hall Cologne, Germany
18.10. Zenith Paris, France
19.10. Salles des Fetes de Thonez Geneva, Switzerland
20.10. Muffathalle Munich, Germany
21.10. Komplex 457 Zurich, Switzerland
23.10. Arena Vienna Vienna, Austria
25.10. Estragon Bologna, Italy
28.10. Coliseum Lisbon, Portugal
Available from 28.06.2013
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