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Lamb announce 21st anniversary tour and new material (2017)


Story by Jack Foley

WIDELY regarded as pioneers of the ‘90s electronic scene, Lamb mark the 21st anniversary of their seminal eponymous debut album with an autumn tour – and the release of new material.

Earlier this year the musical partnership of Andy Barlow and Lou Rhodes reconvened in Barlow’s Sussex studio in order to revisit Lamb and work on live interpretations of the songs.

This period in the studio reignited the creative process and new material began to take shape. Amongst the songs was Illumina.

A heavy slice of dub electronica, with the beguiling vocals of Lou Rhodes, the heart of Lamb beats as deep and strong as ever on new single Illumina.

Andy Barlow’s rich production, rock solid beats and broad palette of industrial, organic and digital sound, combine with Lou Rhodes seductive vocals providing a timely reminder of their distinct place in the musical firmament.

Illumina was inspired by the way two people can see the same situation in very different ways and this difference, rather than being a point of conflict, brings a kind of illumination. In love we come together to learn and shine light in each other’s shadows…” explains Rhodes.

The autumn European tour celebrates the 21st anniversary of Lamb’s ground breaking debut with the album played in its entirety and a live band, including the trumpet-player and double-bassist who played on the original record.

Lamb, released in 1996, set the template for Lamb’s alternative electronic pop – soulful, laced with drum & bass, twitchy funk, melancholic down tempo grooves, yet never, ever settling into easiness.

Twenty years on it sounds just as contemporary. It’s an album that keeps the listener on their toes, from its trio of tech-step-laced numbers, Lusty, God Bless and Cotton Wool, to the explosive, epic Gorecki, and the closing heart-worn slowie, Feela.

Lamb play the following dates, kicking off on September 30 in Dublin and including a show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on October 13. Tickets are available now from here

A limited edition of 500 gold vinyl copies of Lamb will also be available to celebrate the 21st anniversary.

The 21st anniversary tour dates are (all September and October 2017)

30 – Academy, Dublin


4 – VEGA Musikkens Hus – Store Vega (Main Hall), Copenhagen
5 – Austra Kulturhaus, Berlin
6 – Die Kantine, Cologne
8 – Paradiso, Amsterdam
9 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
12 – Concorde, Brighton
13 – 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
16 – Manchester Cathedral, Manchester
17 – Trinity Centre, Bristol