Following a UK and European tour which included packed shows at The Great Escape and a sold out date at The Lexington in London, Amber Arcades, the moniker of Dutch musician Annelotte de Graaf, announces a string of UK live dates for October 2016. The band will also appear at this year’s Green Man and End Of The Road festivals.
Full live dates are as follows, with Manchester date in bold:

2/3/4 September – End Of The Road Festival, Dorset
Sunday 11th September – On Black Heath Festival, London
Sunday 16th October – The Green Door Store, Brighton
Monday 17th October – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Tuesday 18th October – The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Wednesday 19th October – The Cellar, Oxford
Thursday 20th October – Moth Club, London
Friday 21st October – The Crofters Rights, Bristol
Monday 24th October – The Musician, Leicester
Tuesday 25th October – The Sage, Gateshead
Wednesday 26th October – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow
Thursday 27th October – Bungalows & Bears, Sheffield
Friday 28th October – The Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham
Sunday 30th October – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Amber Arcades’ debut album, ‘Fading Lines’ is out now via Heavenly Recordings. Recorded at Strange Weather Studio in New York with producer Ben Greenberg (The Men, Beach Fossils, Destruction Unit), the album was inspired by time, continuity, coincidence and magic. Other inspirations include early-morning jetlag (‘Turning Light’) and an artist’s plans for a utopian city (‘Constant’s Dream’). Although that sounds pretty dreamy (and these songs do have wonderful ethereal qualities), De Graaf’s dreams are not the whimsical kind. De Graaf’s dreams have led to her working as a legal aide on UN war crime tribunals (she currently works in human rights law with people leaving Syria), to inviting strangers to share her Utrecht squat (which led to a friendship and later to her signing to Heavenly), and to spending her life savings on a flight to New York because that’s where she wanted to record her first album.

After researching producers and deciding to work with Greenberg (‘the odd one out as he’d produced all this hardcore punk shit’), Annelotte was joined by Shane Butler and Keven Lareau of Quilt on guitar and bass, Jackson Pollis of Real Estate on drums, plus Meg Duffy on slide guitar on the eerie, clip-clopping ‘Apophenia’. They listened to “a lot of Suicide, Broadcast, Stereolab, Yo La Tengo, The Gun Club…” and worked on the songs that Annelotte had written at home in Utrecht. “In New York everything came together beautifully – the whole team, the producer and the band. It was a magical time – writing an album had been an abstract thing in my mind and recording it in New York had been a wild, surreal plan. It never really occurred to me that it would happen until I sat on the plane. I had this money in my savings account and I thought, I’m going to make an album.”

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