Thursday, March 02, 2006

ANTENA /TOUR reports

Antena to Tour Eastern U.S.

Matt Amis reports:
Isabelle Antena, leader of the ground-breaking and oft-overlooked new wave band Antena, has reemerged from the shadows and is heading out to tour the U.S. for the first time in 22 years, following the success of her group's recently reissued 1981 masterpiece Camino Del Sol.

The French-Belgian combo first blended electro-samba with psychedelia and Bossanova in 1980 with a five-song 12" (it was later expanded into a full length by Factory-Benelux in 1981); but the Chicago-based Numero Group stumbled across the the album and resuscitated it with a new single ("Seaside Weekend"), two unreleased tracks ("Frantz" and "Ingenuous"), and new artwork. Sadly, Antena's original lineup fell apart soon after the original release of Camino Del Sol, but frontwoman Isabelle Antena flirted with solo jazz-pop work, and this year she unveiled Easy Does It, a two-disc set of pure Bossanova and remixes, on LTM. The invaluable UK label also recently reissued her En Cavale and Hoping For Love albums, as well as Issy Does It, a 12" remix album.

The tour, which begins in May, will be a track-by-track replication of Camino Del Sol, peformed by Isabelle, some backing musicians, and a few guests. Antena's last American show was at New York's Danceteria with Sonic Youth in 1983. Along for the ride will be crooner (and noted whistler) Andrew Bird, who will provide support for the bulk of the dates. Numero Sound System will open in Milwaukee and Chicago. An email from the Numero Group's camp revealed that while there are no future tours planned at this point, "There might be a new Antena album next year."

05-12 Milwaukee, WI - Onopa Brewing #
05-13 Chicago, IL - Hot House #
05-14 Newport, KY - Southgate House *
05-15 Columbus, OH - Little Brothers *
05-16 Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop *
05-17 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe *
05-18 Washington, DC - Eighteenth Street Lounge
05-19 New York, NY - Tonic
05-20 New York, NY - The Knitting Factory *
05-21 Providence, RI - The Call *
05-22 Brooklyn, NY - Southpaw *
05-24 Arlington, VA - Iota *
05-25 Baltimore, MD - The Funk Box *
05-26 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
05-27 Mt. Pleasant, SC - The Village Tavern *
05-28 Atlanta, GA - The Earl *

* with Andrew Bird
# with Numero Sound System

* Pitchfork Review: Antena: Camino Del Sol
* Numero Group: