VIOLENT FEMMES' HAPPY NEW YEAR EP RELEASED DIGITALLY TODAY.

LEGENDARY TRIO'S FIRST NEW COLLECTION IN 15 YEARS

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR BEGINS FRIDAY



Violent Femmes' first new collection of songs in 15 years, HAPPY NEW YEAR EP, will be released globally on all major digital outlets today June 2, 2015. The EP was recorded this past New Year's Eve in Hobart, Tasmania, after the legendary band performed a sold out concert at the world famous Sydney Opera House. The EP was originally released in April exclusively on 180 gram champagne clear vinyl for Record Store Day, and ended up being one of this year's top sellers. Rolling Stone premiered the audio of the first single, "Love Love Love Love Love," and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon premiered the video of the song.

Violent Femmes - guitarist/singer Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie and drummer Brian Viglione - have announced they began recording again in May for a new album. The trio will begin a major North American tour as Special Guests on Barenaked Ladies' "Last Summer On Earth 2015," getting underway this Friday June 5th at Columbus, OH's LC Amphitheatre and continuing through late July (complete dates below). 

One of the most beloved bands of the golden age of indie rock, Violent Femmes returned to action in 2013 with an acclaimed performance at Coachella. Viglione (The Dresden Dolls, Nine Inch Nails) came aboard and the newly reconstituted band embarked on a wide-ranging tour that included headline dates and ecstatically received festival sets around the world. "The Guardian" applauded a London date as "a triumphant rampage through their back catalogue," declaring the band's self-titled 1983 debut to be "a cult classic of teenage alienation - a sneerier, post-pubescent Catcher in the Rye, if you like, with added nocturnal emissions and rattling acoustic bass solos."

Violent Femmes came together in 1981 in Milwaukee, WI, and were quickly ranked among the era's most inventive and original, constantly pushing forward with their singular blend of folk and punk, sarcasm and spirituality. The trio released eight studio albums and more than a dozen singles, among them such iconic classics as "American Music," "Gone Daddy Gone," "Nightmares," "Add It Up," and of course, "Blister In The Sun." Violent Femmes' remarkable three-decade career earned them cumulative sales of many millions worldwide, with 1983's VIOLENT FEMMES earning RIAA platinum certification eight years after its initial release.

Violent Femmes/Barenaked Ladies tour dates below:

 
JUNE
5 - Columbus, OH - LC Amphitheatre
6 - Cleveland, OH - Jacob's Pavilion
7 - Toledo, OH - Zoo Amphitheatre
8 - Cedar Rapids, IA - McGrath Amphitheatre
10 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks
12 - Welch, MN - Treasure Island Resort & Casino Island Events Center
13 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Pavilion
14 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah's Council Bluffs
16 - Chicago, IL - First Merritt Pavilion
17- Indianapolis, IN - Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
19 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion
20 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
21 - Salamanca, NY - Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
26 - Portland, ME - Maine State Pier
27 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
28 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Music Center
29 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

JULY
1 - New York, NY - JBL Live at Pier 97
2 - West Windsor, NJ - Mercer County Park Festival Fairgrounds
3 - Solomon's, MD - PNC Waterside Pavilion @ Calvert Marine Museum
4 - Raleigh, NC - The Red Hat Amphitheatre
8 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Uptown Ampitheatre                       
10 - Boca Raton, FL - Sunset Cove Amphitheatre
11 - St. Augustine, FL - St Augustine Amphitheatre
12 - Atlanta, GA           - Verizon Theatre
13 - Nashville, TN - The Woods at Fontanel
15 - Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
18 - Las Vegas, NV - Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan
19 - San Diego, CA - OAT
21 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
22 - Saratoga, CA - Mountain Winery
24 - Boise, ID - Idaho Botanical Garden
25 - Portland, OR - McMenamin's Edgefield Amphitheater
26 - Seattle, WA - Marymoor Park




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