Stream Violent Femmes’ New Song ‘Hotel Last Resort,’ Featuring Television’s Tom Verlaine


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The Violent Femmes hold a special place in indie/rock history, quintessential songs including “Blister in the Sun” remaining radio staples to this day, and the veteran band will release a new record called Hotel Last Resort on July 26 via PIAS — pre-order a copy here.

The news was announced on Tuesday, and with it came the premiere of the album’s title track — which features a guest spot from Tom Verlaine, guitarist/vocalist of the influential New York band Television.

Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie was the one responsible for getting Verlaine to participate, per the news release:

“We didn’t really give him much instruction,” Ritchie says, “but he did exactly what we hoped he’d do. He clearly has an affinity for the song. He must’ve really clued in on the lyrics and he really interpreted them with a guitar.”

“One of the greatest thrills of a long recording career is getting Tom Verlaine to play on one of our songs,” singer/guitarist Gordon Gano says. “It’s just amazing to hear that sound.”

Hotel Last Resort will be the Violent Femmes’ tenth studio album and the first since 2016’s We Can Do Anything, and the band will be on the road for much of the rest of the year in support if it and their iconic career.

The dates, which include festival spots and co-headlining tours with the likes of Ben Folds and X:

MAY
3 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
4 – Redondo Beach, CA – BeachLife Festival *
5 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Sea #
7 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren # SOLD OUT
9 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater #
10 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston
11 – Arlington, TX – KAABOO Texas #
13 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre #
14 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom # SOLD OUT
16 – Memphis, TN – Graceland Live #
17 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant #
18 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee

JULY
28 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena **
29 – Selbyville, DE – The Freeman Stage **
30 – Washington, DC – The Anthem **

AUGUST
1 – New York, NY – Pier 17 **
2 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage **
3 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion **
4 – East Providence, RI – Bold Point Park **
6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE **
8 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre **
9 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater **
10 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park **
11 – Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre **
14 – Minneapolis, MN – Surly Brewing Company **
15 – Des Moines, IA – Water Works Park **
16 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre **
17 – Lyons, CO – Rocky Mountain Folks Festival *
23 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
24-25 – Port Townsend, WA – THING *

SEPTEMBER
6 – Omaha, NE – Shadow Ridge Music Festival *

* Festival Performance
# w/X
** w/Ben Folds



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