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Shocking Pinks Announces 'Dance The Dance Electric' Tour

Shocking Pinks Announces 'Dance The Dance Electric' Tour

Wednesday 15th July, 2015 9:25AM

Nick Harte aka Shocking Pinks has announced an extensive world tour to celebrate the re-release of his debut record Dance The Dance Electric. Originally released in 2004, the lo-fi album launched the Christchurch multi-instrumentalist on to the dance pop scene, and saw him signed to seminal label Flying Nun. For it's re-release, Dance The Dance Electric has been remastered and will be available on vinyl for the first time ever. The accompanying global tour kicks off in September and will take Harte through China, Europe and the States, and includes two New Zealand dates so far. Here are the details...

Update 06/10/15: New Zealand tour leg details have been updated as follows:

Shocking Pinks - Dance The Dance Electric

Friday 27th November, Innermost Gardens, Wellington
Thursday 3rd December, The Lyttelton Coffee Co, Lyttelton
Friday 4th December, Barrytown Hall, Barrytown
Saturday 5th December, Tim’s Place, Marahau
Friday 11th December, Darkroom, Christchurch
Saturday 12th December, Chicks Hotel, Dunedin
Friday 18th December, Space Monster, Whanganui
Saturday 19th December, The Kings Arms, Auckland


Here is the remastered version of 'Nostalgia'...



Sept 8 - BigSound Festival, Brisbane, AU
Sept 18 - School, Beijing
Sept 20 - TBA, Shanghai
Sept 22 - Loft345, Guangzhou
Sept 24 - ESpace B, Paris, FR
Sept 25 - Le Baraka, Clermont Ferrand, FR
Sept 29 - TBA, Dijon, FR
Oct 1 - Salle Du Clous, Brest, FR
Oct 2 - Le Marquis De Sade, Rennes, FR
Oct 7 - Sebright Arms, London, UK
Oct 9 - TBA, Newcastle, UK
Oct 10 - Macguires Pizza Bar, Liverpool, UK
Oct 11 - Rockaway Beach Festival, Bognor Regis, UK
Oct 15 - Hall of Fame, Tilborg, NL
Oct 16 - Frau Hedi, Hamburg, DE
Oct 17 - Gleis 22, Munster, DE
Oct 20 - Cafe Video, Ghent, BE
Oct 21 - Waldmeister E.V, Wuppertal, DE
Oct 24 - Kraftfeld, Winterthur, CH
Oct 30 - Baby’s All Right, New York, NY, US
Oct 31 - The Banana Stand, New Brunswick, NJ, US
Nov 1 - TBA, Philadephia, PA, US
Nov 3 - The Makespace, Harrisburg, PA, US
Nov 5 - Crash Symbols Presents, Morgantown, WV, US
Nov 6 - The House with No Name, Columbus, OH, US
Nov 7 - Far House, Ann Arbor, MI, US
Nov 8 - Empty Bottle, Chicago, MI, US
Nov 9 - Labyrinth, Jamestown, NY, US
Nov 10, The Vera Project, Seattle, WA, US
Nov 11 - Possum House, Salem, OR, US
Nov 12 - The Farmhouse, Arcata, CA, US
Nov 13 - Sylvan Annex Presents, San Francisco, CA, US
Nov 14 - The Smell, LA, CA, US
Nov 15 - TBA, Bishop, US
Nov 19 - The Eastern, Ballarat, AU
Nov 20 - The Curtin, Melbourne, AU
Nov 21 - Octopus Pi Presents, Sydney, AU
Nov 27 - Darkroom, Christchurch, NZ
Nov 28 - Chicks Hotel, Dunedin, NZ

New Zealand’s Shocking Pinks, AKA Nick Harte, burst onto the scene in 2004 with the seminal dance pop record Dance the Dance Electric, which shared with the world Harte’s peculiar brand of uncomfortable dance punk intimacy. With dirty lo-fi production, sweet melodies, and unexpected aggression, Harte channels the demons of obsession and emptiness into darkly lyrical art. Managing to conduit James Murphy, Fleetwood Mac, and My Bloody Valentine through the swagger of Scott Walker, Shocking Pinks have perfected the sound of bittersweet melancholia that teeters on the edge of self-destruction.

On October 5th, Dance The Dance Electric will be re-released via E/D/I/L/S Records in the UK; Spiral Jetta Recordings in France; Geertruida in The Netherlands; and via A Low Hum throughout the rest of the world. This new remastered release marks the first time the album will be available on vinyl, and nine previously unreleased tracks from the original sessions will be included with the digital release. In addition, Harte (and band) will embark on a three month Dance the Dance Electric World Tour, which includes performances in China, Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

After releasing Dance The Dance Electric in 2004 via Pinacolada Records (which earned an 8.2 on Pitchfork), Harte was quickly signed to New Zealand’s historic Flying Nun label, which released Mathematical Warfare and Infinity Land in 2005. Shortly thereafter, Shocking Pinks landed an international deal with New York’s DFA label, first releasing a series of limited-edition vinyl 7” with remixes by The Glimmers, Deerhunter, and Eluvium, and then issuing the full-length album Shocking Pinks in 2007. Harte’s self-titled DFA debut compiled some of the best songs from Harte’s previous albums, and showcased his ability to carve out a raw and intense emotional space, that served as a stark counterpart to the party anthems of DFA electroclash label-mates.

While Harte did not formally release any music after 2007, they were years of great productivity; he toured, wrote for magazines, and collaborated on films. Then in 2014, after living through a devastating magnitude 6.3 earthquake tore through his come city of Christchurch, Harte released his sprawling, haunting, beautiful, and at times violent and alienating Guilt Mirrors trilogy via Stars & Letters Records.

The Dance The Dance Electric World Tour begins September 8th at BigSound festival in Brisbane. More dates are soon to be announced.


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