Having spent the spring and early summer on tour in his native Canada supporting Metric followed by Death From Above 1979, singer-songwriter Murray A. Lightburn will tour the UK and RoI in the early autumn.
The tour will promote his new album, ‘Hear Me Out’, which was released in late February onDangerbird Records and has garnered praise from publications on both sides of the Atlantic.
‘Hear Me Out’ sees Lightburn take a step away from his lengthy catalogue as frontman of esteemedindie rock band The Dears to focus on his craftsmanship and composition. Working with famedproducer Howard Bilerman (Leonard Cohen/Arcade Fire/Godspeed You! Black Emperor) to sculpt thesounds, Lightburn brought together a stellar group of musicians to bring his work to life, including jazzguitarist Steve Raegele, bassist Rémi-Jean Leblanc, drummer Jeff Luciani (The Dears), plus singers Catherine McCandless (Young Galaxy) and Ariel Engle (La Force/Broken Social Scene).
“A stirring, soulful work about ‘grown-up stuff’ set to swooping strings, gospel harmonies and topped byLightburn’s rich croon”Big Issue
The end result is a lush, romantic strings-and-soul record, unabashedly inspired by 50’s crooners,60’s girl groups, Muscle Shoals and Motown. From the shimmering ‘Belleville Blues’ to the gospel slowjam ‘I Give Up’ to the celebratory ‘To The Top’, Hear Me Out is made up of ten fragile, unforgettablygorgeous pop songs about family, adult relationships and what you might call non-toxic masculinity.
Lightburn comments “This album is about grown-up stuff. Having kids, sustaining careers and relationships,finding that thing that keeps you together in the midst of other circumstances that could tear you apart.The reason why the album is called ‘Hear Me Out’ is because it’s not only about expressing yourself,but listening too. Being able to communicate in a relationship is utterly crucial if you’re gonna surviveanything.”
UK & RoI TOUR AUTUMN 2019
26th September – Manchester Deaf Institute *
28th September – Bristol Colston Hall Foyer
29th September – Newton Abbot Kingskerswell Parish Church
30th September – Leicester The Musician
1st October – London Union Chapel **
2nd October – Cambridge Portland Arms
3rd October – Newcastle Think Tank? Underground
4th October – Sheffield Picture House **
6th October – Glasgow Hug & Pint **
8th October – Dublin Ruby Session
9th October – Waterford Phil Grimes Pub
* with Stars / ** with Dan Mangan. Hear Me Out album out now. For more information or tickets visit murraylightburn.com.