Today is the day of the North American release for Danish phoenix triad, Figurines. After the tour for their 2007 record, When the Deer Wore Blue, the band was close to a breakdown; financial, emotionally and musically. The band lost two close members and went on a hiatus for a couple years, gathering themselves and figuring if Figurines had a future. Instead of calling it quits, the remaining members rallied; learning new instruments and arranging their wits within easy reach. The result is the new eponymous Figurines, which comes out in the U.S. today. I did a review of the record last year, and I still feel ecstatic about it. You can stream it free here. Also today, they surprised their fans with a video for the romping “New Colors”, the 3rd clip from the album thus far. It’s fairly terrible. Not to say the song is poor as well, cause it AIN’T. “New Colors” is a piercing bolt towards a mad love. But the VIDEO is terribly aimless with a side of having nothing to do with the song. It’s my tiny personal opinion that videos should have some kind of link to their parent song, each making the other more than they were before. Here, though, a partially undressed Football/Boston Terrier man dances and abuses the night away. It’s not deep. A self-destructive mongrel just needs some love. Come for the Denmark scenery. Stay for the song. Figurines are worth it.
And maybe you’ll like this one (too): a Supremely More Wonderful video for “Lucky to Love”, also from the album.
6/5/11 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
6/8/11 – New Haven, CT @ Bar Night Club
6/9/11 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (early)
6/10/11 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
6/11/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
6/12/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
(The self-titled Figurines is available 4/12/11 from The Control Group)