Big Thief – December 2017

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Things have been moving at an incredibly fast pace in the world of enchanting Brooklyn folk-rock quartet Big Thief. Having conquered all and sundry on their inaugural Australian tour at the tail-end of our last southern summer, they’re returning triumphantly less than 12 months later clutching their powerful second statement Capacity, a stunning follow-up to their acclaimed debut Masterpiece which introduced them to the world in 2016.

Musically Big Thief remain resolutely in thrall to no particular genre, swinging seamlessly between sparse, atmospheric folk and beautifully refined indie rock. Despite the wide critical acclaim afforded Masterpiece, for Capacity the band chased a raw sound where spontaneity was paramount, arranging the new songs for the first time in the studio and then recording them that very same day to capture the initial spark. The results are fresh and uncontrived, brimming with subtlety and restraint yet immediate and headstrong and unfailingly potent.

On their initial Australian visit earlier this year Big Thief delighted crowds at Perth Festival as well as at their own well-attended gigs in Sydney and Melbourne (including a slot on the celebrated Melbourne Zoo Twilight series alongside LA rockers Warpaint). Now upon their return Down Under they’re upping the ante significantly, playing headlining shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Brunswick Heads, as well as a prime spot on the cherished Meredith Music Festival line-up.

They’re in fine fettle on the live front having spent the best part of a year criss-crossing the globe since Masterpiece first took root, so take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the gorgeously harrowing-yet-hopeful world of Big Thief as they return south to Australia this December: they may steal your heart, but your soul will be reinvigorated and your spirit left bolstered.

Big Thief also playing Meredith Music Festival.

Capacity out now through Saddle Creek/Spunk.

What critics said about Capacity:

“… a huge leap forward in just about every possible way, a record made with enormous confidence and intuition and empathy.” Stereogum

“… a remarkable record, one that proves that Big Thief are not a one-trick pony, they are the full circus.” Pitchfork

“… even prettier and more intense than their 2016 debut, a mix of seductive and scary with lyrical turns that rarely fail to surprise, even on repeated listens.” Rolling Stone

“… Capacity is even more delicate, bringing a lighter touch and more space between Lenker’s vocals and the music, which overall creates ample room for weighty themes about love, devotion, pain and mortality to reveal themselves.” Sydney Morning Herald

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Date City Venue
07/12/17 Fremantle, WA Fly By Night
With Slow Dancer and Lucy Peach
Tickets: $38.50 + bf from Fly By Night
Doors: 8pm

08/12/17 Brunswick, VIC Howler
With Courtney Marie Andrews (USA) and Sagamore
Tickets: $38.50 + bf from Howler
Doors: 8pm

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10/12/17 Brunswick, VIC Howler
With Courtney Marie Andrews (USA)
Tickets: $38.50 + bf from Howler
Doors: 12pm

12/12/17 Sydney, NSW Oxford Art Factory
With Courtney Marie Andrews (USA) and Stella Donnelly
Tickets: $38.50 + bf from Oxford Arts Factory
Doors: 8pm

13/12/17 Brisbane, QLD The Foundry
With Daggy Man and Feeding Fauna
Tickets: $38.50 + bf from The Foundry
Doors: 8pm

14/12/17 Brunswick Heads, NSW Brunswick Picture House
With Indigo Sparke
Tickets: $38.50 + bf from Brunswick Picture House
Doors: 8pm

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