This Summer Andy Holden and his band The Grubby Mitts will tour the UK performing only at artist-run spaces.
The band will use the form of the rock tour as a way of curating a series of events exploring the concept of friendship, and will be performing live a body of music they have been writing and recording for the last seven years.
The music is described as post-MI!MS: short loops, repeated phrases, post-everything, and non-hierarchical; a delicate balance of pessimism and optimism, irony and sincerity, electronics and melody, art and pop. The band perform with numerous objects, such as a marble, alongside a more traditional band line-up of guitars, drums, samplers, keyboards, and saxophone.
For this tour Andy Holden’s video projections will be combined with new projections by a selection of artists who are linked to the spaces in which the band will perform. For each event a designer has been commissioned to create a new poster, which will provide part of the archive of the project. The band will play nine artist-run spaces around the country, linking these together for the first time and transforming each space into part concert venue, part exhibition; with banners, posters, projections and specially selected support acts. The tour will be filmed as the basis of a new video work by Holden, also provisionally titled The Politics of Friendship.
To celebrate the announcement of the tour the band are giving away a free MP3, a re-mastered version of their debut single, To a Friend’s House the Way is Never Long. There will be a new single and album released to coincide with the tour.
Link to free download