Big Sir has released their fourth album, Before Gardens After Gardens. Part electronica and part indie rock, the band is a collaboration between Mars Volta bassist Juan Alderete and vocalist Lisa Papineau who provide the foundation for the music.
Before Gardens After Gardens deals with life and death, as the both Alderete and Papineau were diagnosed with serious illnesses around the same time.
“The bottom fell out,” Papineau told the LA Weekly. “In the midst of this juncture, Juan dreamed a song, woke up, recorded it and emailed it to me in Paris. He said, ‘I know it may be corny to say this, but from now on everything we do really has to make a difference … even if only to us … there’s no point any more to do less.’”
The duo brought in some great guest artists for the project, including Mars Volta’s Deantoni Parks as well as frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala on drums, Matthieu Lesenechal, and violist Heather Lockie. Broken Bells bassist Jonathan Hischke also contributes to the 11-track album.
Preview and download Before Garden After Garden:
Before Garden After Garden Track List:
- Ready On The Line
- Right Action
- The Ladder
- The Kindest Hour
- Old Blood
- Born With A Tear
- Be Brave Go On
- Our Pleasant Home
- 1 Thousand Petals
The group will also be supporting the new release with a European tour, as well as a date in California.
- February 27, 2012: Long Beach, CA @ Harvelle’s
- April 7, 2012: Namur, BE @ Belvedere
- April 9, 2012: Hamburg, GER @ Hafenklang
- April 10, 2012: Solingen, GER @ Waldmeister – Raum für Kultur e.V.
- April 11, 2012: Leipzig, GER @ Ilses Erika
- April 12, 2012: Munich, GER @ Ampere at Muffatwerk
- April 13, 2012: Innsbruck, AUS @ Los Gurkos
- April 16, 2012: Copertino, IT @ I Sotteranei Arci
- April 17, 2012: Rome, IT @ Ausgang / Locanda Atlantide
- April 19, 2012: Trieste, IT @ Etnoblog
- April 20, 2012: Rimini, IT @ Velvet
- April 21, 2012: Livorno, IT @ Cage
- April 22, 2012: Genova, IT @ La Claque
- April 24, 2012: Birmingham, UK @ The Ballroom/The End
- April 25, 2012: Manchester, UK @ Sound Control
- April 26, 2012: Swansea, UK @ 22 Project Promotion/The Garage
- April 27, 2012: Bristol, UK @ The Croft
- April 28, 2012: London, UK @ The Old Blue Last (Binnacle Festival)