Bouts are about to re-emerge after 5 years to release and tour their new album ‘Flow’ out 25.01.2019 and available for Pre-Order now on Wonky Karousel Records. Recorded by Fiachra McCarthy ( Squarehead, Shrug Life, Switzerland, The Run Ons ), mixed by Jesse Gander (Japandroids, White Lung, Sweat Threats ) and mastered by TJ Lipple ( Bats, Jogging,Fugazi, MGMT ), ‘Flow’ will also be released on all digital platforms.
The 9-track album will be available on a limited run of 100 vinyl records – half of which will be sold exclusively on their UK & Irish tour which kicks off in London with two shows (Lion Coffee + Records and The Finsbury) on Saturday 26th Jan. The tour then moves to Ireland for a series of five shows starting in Galway’s Roisin Dubh (Upstairs -Wed 30th), Limerick’s Pharmacia (Thurs 31st), Cork’s Roundy (Fri 1st Feb), Dublin’s Underground ( Sat 2nd), and finishes up in Belfast’s Menagerie (Sun 3rd).
Tour support comes from some of Ireland’s most exciting indie bands including: Silverbacks, Oh Boland, New Dad, Laurie Shaw, Any Joy, Monday Villains, Kayleigh O’ Brien, Feather Beds, Shrug Life and Hot Cops.
Bouts are Barry Bracken (singer and guitars), Daniel Flynn (drums, percussion), Colin Boylan (guitar and keys) and Niall Jackson (bass, vocals). Formed in 2011, Irish indie-rock quartet have grown musically and personally over the last eight years and are now making the most fulfilling music of their lives. It’s been quite a journey. In Summer 2014, a year after the release of their debut album, “Nothing Good Gets Away”, and a frenetic early period of activity, lead singer Bracken relocated to Asia, while their bassist Jackson, moved to the UK. With only two members remaining in Ireland, they still found a way to keep writing, recording and releasing music through 2015 and 2016. This harmony brought the group closer together as friends and resulted in a richer, more focused melody driven guitar-pop. They have been championed by BBC’s Lauren Laverne, Phily Taggart & Stephen McCauley. They’ve shared stages with Cloud Nothings, Yuck and Johnny Marr among others, and graced many the festival stage around the world along the way. Now based between Dublin, London and Amsterdam, the band include Built to Spill, The Breeders, The Cribs, Dinosaur Jr., Grandaddy, Pavement, Pixies, Death Cab for Cutie and (early!) Weezer amongst their influences. This lineage leads directly into the new Bouts record which has been recorded over the course of the last two years in London, Dublin and the west of Ireland. Their contagious take on indie-rock is ready to take off again in 2019 as they return to touring after almost 5 years.
“ It’s as cathartic as it is exciting, brimming with indie dancefloor elegance and pummelling exhilaration” – The Line of the Best Fit
“An earworming masterstroke from the re-emerging four-piece… more potent and unapologetically unabashed than ever.” – Drowned in Sound
“More infectious than a virus in a horror B-movie” – Phily Taggart BBC Radio 1