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– Salt Lake City band’s first run of UK dates in 2021 sold out completely and now they return to scale up both venues and hype throughout May
– Kicking off in Glasgow, the band spends 20 days in Europe before returning to the US to pick up arena supports with Jack White
Guitar music’s best worst kept secret returns to the UK and Ireland this spring as The Backseat Lovers set foot on European soil once more to meet heavy demand across ten live dates. Before opening proceedings at the start of May with their first show in Glasgow, the Salt Lake City four-piece direct fans to the chill sundowner of reworked single, Maple Syrup, coolly performed in low-key form on board a swaying sailing boat.
When it comes to streaming success, The Backseat Lovers have hit stratospheric heights. The band, formed around the nucleus of songwriters, Joshua Harmon and Jonas Swanson found out just how far the world of self-releasing can take a band when early single, Maple Syrup, was loudly sung back at them on what they expected to be a quiet debut show in Vancouver. Their story is still gathering pace and is one of DIY ethics and quiet self-belief, winning them fans in both Jack White and fellow Utah indie heroes, The Killers, alongside knowing, ear-to-the-ground listeners across the UK, Ireland and beyond.
Harmon’s influences land in the zone of classic, straight-talking Americana of Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, while Swanson’s indie sensibilities, lauding Weezer and Radiohead amongst others, means that the cut-and-paste of The Backseat Lovers sound reaches the highest standards of musical nutrition for the hips, heart and head. For the thousands of fans to have seen their rise, from a sold out, first ever 48-date US Tour to their celebratory Lollapalooza debut last year, the band hits every point of pleasure.
Having set foot on British soil for the first time last November with a run of three, completely SOLD-OUT dates in London and Manchester, the full schedule of The Backseat Lovers May 2022 UK & Ireland Tour appearances are as follows:
Wed 4 May: Glasgow, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
Thu 5 May: The Cluny, Newcastle
Fri 6 May: Leeds, The Brudenell
Sat 7 May: Manchester, Gorilla
Sun 8 May: Birmingham, O2 Institute
Tue 10 May: Dublin, Button Factory
Wed 11 May: Bristol, The Fleece
Thu 12 May: Brighton, The Great Escape
Fri 13 May: Cardiff, The Globe
Mon 16 May: London, The Electric Ballroom
Remaining tickets for The Backseat Lovers’ upcoming tour dates are available via links posted on the band’s website at www.thebackseatlovers.com/tour
The Backseat Lovers independently released, debut album When We Were Friends smashed through industry ceilings after its 2019 release. Carrying the good fortune of a cast-iron hit in the form of the 120m+ Spotify streams single and international phenomenon that is Kilby Girl, the band continues to rise beyond the power of one song through the equal intimacy and intensity of major festival outings and sweaty theatre shows.
The band’s only cut of new music last year was the smoky groove of Heavy, whilst winter saw the release of an electric live set recorded at Los Angeles’ Troubadour. As well as relentless touring at home and overseas, The Backseat Lovers look ahead to releasing fresh music later in 2022.
Joining Harmon (vocals/guitars) and Swanson (vocals/guitars) in The Backseat Lovers are Juice Welch (drums) and KJ Ward (bass).
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