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When: 7pm on Monday 12 April 2021
Where: Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5WW

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been postponed and now takes place in April 2021. Original tickets will be valid and all other details will remain the same. Here’s a message from Andy:

‘As many of you know, we have had to abandon tour plans for this fall, as it continues to be unsafe for touring. We’re happy to announce rescheduled dates for our EU and UK tour for 2021, and we’ve added some additional dates too.

‘It’s hard to believe we are rescheduling the dates a second time, but such is the way of the world in 2020. We’re looking forward to getting back to Europe and the UK as soon as it’s safe to do so.

‘Take care and we hope to see you in 2021’

We’re delighted to be bringing Andy Shauf back to Manchester – this time, to Gorilla!

Andy Shauf released The Neon Skyline, his most direct and emotionally-rich work yet, in January 2020 via ANTI-, with a UK tour following in April 2021.

The interconnected songs on The Neon Skyline, all written, performed, arranged and produced by Shauf, follow a simple plot: the narrator goes to his neighbourhood dive, finds out his ex is back in town, and she eventually shows up. As with Shauf’s last solo album, 2016’s The Party, The Neon Skyline is densely layered with an abundance of charming moments. His characters are all sympathetic here, people who share countless inside jokes, shots, and life-or-death musings when the night gets hazy. He offers the first taste, Things I Do, which examines the dissolution of the narrator’s past relationship over tense and jazz-minded instrumentation.

For The Neon Skyline, Shauf chose to start each composition on guitar instead of his usual piano. Happy accidents like Shauf testing out a new spring reverb pedal and experimenting with tape machines forced him to simplify how he’d arrange the tracks. Over the course of a year-and-a-half, Shauf ended up with almost 50 songs all about the same night at the bar. Though paring down his massive body of work to a single album’s worth of material was a challenge for Shauf, the final tracklist is seamless and fully-formed.

Shauf’s attention-to-detail in his writing on The Party evoked Randy Newman and his unorthodox, flowing lyrical phrasing recalled Joni Mitchell. Though that album, which followed different attendees of a house party, was his breakthrough, his undeniable songwriting talent has been long evident. Raised in Bienfait, Saskatchewan, he cut his teeth in the nearby Regina music community. In 2018, his band Foxwarren, formed over a decade ago with childhood friends, released a self-titled album where Pitchfork recognised how ‘Shauf has diligently refined his storytelling during the last decade’.

On top of heartbreak, friendship, and the mundane moments of humanity that define his songwriting, Shauf makes music that explores how easy it is to find yourself in familiar patterns and repeat the same mistakes of your past. His characters wonder, ‘Did this relationship end too soon? Would going to another bar cheer my friend up?,’ or ‘How hard is it to give a shit?’ The songs on The Neon Skyline ultimately take solace in accepting that life goes on and things will be okay.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. This show is a co-promotion with the Brudenell.

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