The new record is an ambitious work inspired by loss and transformation. In the summer of 2009, the group's writer, composer and singer, Ari Picker, lost his artist mother when she took her own life. Picker has transformed the event into an evocative and moving musical tribute. Far from being a somber affair, the classically trained composer has utilized rhythm as its own emotional language, never losing the propulsive vitality of great rock and roll.
In addition to their appearances at SXSW, the band will playing a special performance at All Tomorrow's Parties UK by special invitation of Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum. The group will then head across North America.
"The band has a stage presence that is absolutely mesmerizing while boasting a catalog of songs that are both heart wrenching and beautiful." - Paste Magazine
Wed, 3/14 5:30 am - 8 am KUT Event @ Four Seasons
Thurs, 3/15 2:10pm - 2:35pm : ADA/WMG Day Party @ La Zona Rosa 8:30pm - 10: Ari Picker sings with Big Star's Third "LIVE" @ Paramount Theater
Fri, 3/16 12:30pm - 1:30pm Under The Radar Performance 3:30pm - 4:30pm - Play Network Day Party @ Speakeasy 1:00am - 2:00am - Billions Corporation Official SXSW showcase @ Antone's 1 AM Set
North Tour American Tour Dates:
03-09/10/11 All Tomorrow's Parties UK , Butlins Holiday Centre, Minehead, UK 03-12 The Lexington, London UK 03-16 Antone's (SXSW) Austin, TX 03-20 The Loft San Diego CA 03-22 The Echo Los Angeles CA 03-23 Bottom of the Hill Oakland CA 03-24 Arcata Playhouse Arcata CA 03-25 Doug Fir Lounge Portland OR 03-27 Tractor Tavern Seattle WA 03-28 Neurolux Boise ID 03-29 The State Room Salt Lake City UT 03-30 Hi Dive Denver CO 03-31 Slowdown Omaha NE 04-02 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis MN 04-03 Schubas Tavern Chicago IL 04-04 Space Evanston IL 04-05 Wexner Center Columbus OH 04-06 The Drake Toronto ON 04-07 Il Motore Montreal QC 04-09 Burlington City Arts Center Burlington VT 04-10 Space Gallery Portland ME 04-11 Le Poisson Rouge New York NY 04-13 Museum of Fine Arts Boston MA 04-14 Black Cat Washington DC