Lawrence Arabia returns to the San Fran almost a year to the day since his last show there (see here for the review of that great gig). He’ll be playing a show this Saturday, November 8 with his four-piece band.
Opening for Lawrence Arabia this time is new band Teeth featuring Luke Buda and Tom Callwood of Phoenix Foundation fame alongside David Long and Ant Donaldson (Six Volts). Lawrence – aka James Milne – is excited to hear Teeth. And of course it presents the very real possibility of Buda joining Milne on stage for a run through the song they wrote together, Apple Pie Bed.
It’s been a busy – consolidating – year for Milne. The current tour is, he says, a chance to push the boat out and visit some of the smaller places as well as the cities; he was pleased to have a first chance at playing Wanganui’s Space Monster recently.
Touring between albums means the focus isn’t squarely on the most recent material – Milne will be looking back across his career rather than actively promoting any one record. And there are a bunch of new songs already integrated into the set. He’s been working with Mike Fabulous on material for the new Lawrence Arabia album (due 2015) and says there are up to five or six brand new songs in the current setlist already.
“We’ve got about 20 songs to look at which is a mix of things from the albums, one or two from The Reduction Agents, a tune from the Fabulous/Arabia album and a couple of covers potentially – for a bit of fun”.
It’s the same four-piece band that Milne has used across the last couple of years for Lawrence Arabia shows – and earlier this year that band worked through the three full albums to date at a series of live shows. It was rewarding but, “very hard work” according to Milne. By contrast this tour is about enjoying the fruits of that labour, cherry picking the highlights after learning and re-learning all of the material he’s amassed.
Milne spent the New Zealand winter in Europe and played shows as a solo act and with some pick-up bands including a show with members of Giant Sand. He hopes to have the recording of his new album wrapped by Christmas.
Tickets for his Wellington show are available now through Under The Radar. And see here for further details.
It’s going to be a great show.