Craig Finn will celebrate his upcoming European and U.S. tour with the release of “It’s Never Been A Fair Fight,” available now on Partisan Records along with an acoustic version of the song as its B-side. A powerful live performance video of “It’s Never Been A Fair Fight” filmed earlier this year at a special concert performance at Brooklyn, NY’s Murmrr Theatre can be seen online. Finn has also announced a one-off instore at London’s Rough Trade East on October 18th. This event is free entry, with the option to pre-order an album and ticket, ready and waiting to collect on the day.
LISTEN TO “IT’S NEVER BEEN A FAIR FIGHT”
WATCH “IT’S NEVER BEEN A FAIR FIGHT (LIVE AT THE MURMRR THEATRE)”
“It’s Never Been A Fair Fight” precedes a range of upcoming live dates surrounding Finn’s acclaimed new solo album, I Need A New War. The tour – which sees Finn backed by his touring band, The Uptown Controllers – begins October 11th at Exchange in Bristol, England and reaches the U.S. November 1st at Austin, TX’s Cactus Cafe Presents at the Texas Union Theater.
“‘It’s Never Been A Fair Fight’ is about the extreme difficulty of staying true to the rigid rules of a subculture as you get older,” says Finn. “The character in the song revisits an old peer and finds struggle and disappointment in the place he left behind. I’ve always really loved this song, and people seemed to connect with it on my acoustic tour with Brian Fallon. Excited to be sharing the full band version with the world.”
The dates in the U.K. and Europe are the first to feature The Uptown Controllers overseas and will see Finn play his first headline shows in Beligum, Netherlands and Germany. Laura Stevenson will be special guest on all of the U.K. and Europe shows.
On touring, Finn says, “I’m beyond thrilled to be bringing the Uptown Controllers to the UK and Europe for the first time. The band has developed into something very musically exciting, and is able to do much justice to the material on I Need A New War and the prior two solo releases. The Uptown Controllers are loose, lush, elegant and fun. We will be joined in the UK by our friend Laura Stevenson, who has been known to join us on stage. These shows will be very special. Following the UK/Europe we will be touring Texas and West Coast USA for the first time with this band lineup. We are greatly looking forward to all of it.”
For complete details, please visit craigfinn.net/tour.
CRAIG FINN & THE UPTOWN CONTROLLERS
11 – Bristol, England – Exchange *
12 – Nottingham, England – Bodega *
13 – Glasgow, Scotland – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut *
15 – Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club *
16 – Manchester, England – Deaf Institute *
17 – London, England – Olso20 October *
18 – London, England – Rough Trade East (live + signing)
19 – Liverpool, England – Phase One *
20 – Dublin, Ireland – Sugar Club *
22 – Antewerp, Belgium – Trix *
23 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso *
24 – Hamburg, Germany – Molotow Skybar *
25 – Berlin, Germany – Privitaclub *
1 – Austin, TX – Cactus Cafe Presents at the Texas Union Theater **
2 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada **
5 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar **
7 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater **
8 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall **
9 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel **
12 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR **
13 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door **
* w/Special Guest Laura Stevenson
** w/Special Guest Cassandra Jenkins