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Joseph Arthur announces UK dates (2007)

Joseph Arthur, Nuclear Daydream

Story by Jack Foley

JOSEPH Arthur has announced a seven date tour of the UK in November, including a date at London’s ULU on November 20.

The tour comes in support of the simultaneous release of Arthur’s two new albums Nuclear Daydream and Let’s Just Be in September 2007.

The live dates will be Arthur’s first in the UK since he played at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in June 2006.

The dates are (all November):
16 – Liverpool Academy 2
17 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
18 – York Fibbers
19 – Birmingham Academy 2
20 – London ULU
21 – Swindon 12 Bar
22 – Southampton University

All tickets are priced at £11.50, apart from London at £13.

Nuclear Daydream marks Arthur’s fifth full-length album, a lushly composed collection of 12 original and epic songs of romance and despair, from one of the world’s most prolific artists.

The album has received widespread acclaim with the Sunday Times saying “Nuclear Daydream offers us Arthur’s trademark gorgeous songs, built on a ragged Rolling Stones-ballad vide”, while Vanity Fair described the album as “a glorious work of art”.

Let’s Just Be was written immediately after Arthur’s last tour with his new band The Lonely Astronauts. Filled with ideas, the band found themselves entrenched in a Los Angeles studio for three weeks.

“The idea for us was to record all of these new songs straight to tape using only 16 tracks with no reverb, sort of a back to basics like how the Stones or Neil Young used to record,” says Arthur.

Not content with writing and developing two new albums this year, Arthur has just launched his own gallery and performance space on Jay Street, New York, titled The Museum of Modern Arthur (MOMAR).

Well known as an artist both musically and on canvas, the development of MOMAR follows on from the release of Arthur’s first book of paintings entitled We Almost Made It, which included the instrumental album The Invisible Parade in May 2006.

Shortly after releasing his book, Arthur held his first and very successful gallery show for his paintings at the Vertigo Gallery in Shoreditch, London.