Imelda May to Play the Bowery Ballroom, 7/29; TRIBAL Out 9/23 on Verve
On account of exciting and extensive tour commitments abroad, Irish rocker Imelda May is looking to the fall for the U.S. release of her upcoming album Tribal on Verve Records. The album, which debuted at #1 in Ireland and #3 in the UK, will now be released on September 23. In the meantime, May has also added a second sold out show at Dublin's O2 Arena.
To preview the album, May will embark on a run of summer dates in North America including a sold-out show in New York and dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco and more. The singer will return to the U.S. in the fall for a full tour in celebration of the release. Please find summer tour dates below.
The Huffington Post is premiering May's EPK along with a Q&A with the artist HERE and a link to the EPK HERE.
This record marks the first release from May since 2010's Mayhem, of which The Los Angeles Times commented, "Ireland-born Imelda May's career is fostered by paying homage to legends like Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash and, more importantly, furthering rockabilly's cross-pollination into New Orleans jazz, delta blues and amp-splitting punk aggression," and The New York Daily News hailed, "...she has vocal chops that put nearly any singer from that era to shame."
Although May became a mother just last summer, "There are no lullabies on this album," she assures. May took about three months to write the songs for Tribal- she co-wrote "Little Pixie" with her brother Fintan Clabby, and her husband Darrel Higham wrote both "Ghost of Love" and "Five Good Men." The band recorded the album at Livingston Studios in West London where May co-produced the album with producer Mike Crossey. Of Tribal, May says "I wanted to inject the rebelliousness of punk and early rock 'n' roll into this album."
Imelda got her first taste of the rockabilly sound as a child listening to her brother's cassettes of Elvis, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. "I liked the scariness of them," she says, "And I remember being terrified by The Specials singing Ghost Town. And also by horror films. I was drawn to the thrill, the combination of edginess and fun. And that's what still does it for me."