Codeine Velvet Club, the new musical project composed of The Fratellis’ Jon Lawler and singer/songwriter Lou Hickey, will play their first-ever US shows this March. They are slated for five performances at this year’s upcoming South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin, TX. Dates are below.
Directly following their appearances at SXSW, the band will embark on a west coast tour in support of Canadian indie-pop band Metric. The tour kicks off March 21st in Seattle, WA and continues through March 26th in Los Angeles, CA.
The collaboration began when Lawler, taking a break from whirlwind touring and recording with The Fratellis, teamed up with Hickey to work on a track – the jazzy, big-band duet titled “Vanity Kills” – for her record. The song inspired the duo to embark on a full-fledged project together. The resulting album features an elegant orchestral score written by Mick Cooke of Belle & Sebastian, backing vocals by the Gospel Truth Choir and strings parts recorded by renowned classical musicians, including legendary trumpeter Derek Watkins.
The group celebrates Lawler and Hickey’s shared love of ’60s boy-girl duets, dramatic orchestral pop and dark postwar Hollywood and Las Vegas romanticism. Lawler drew inspiration for the album’s dark energy and vampish edge from his time spent in Hollywood. He described his vision for Codeine Velvet Club’s album as sounding like ’60s soundtrack composer (and James Bond theme-tune creator) John Barry “playing with a rock ‘n roll band.”
Codeine Velvet Club at SXSW 2010:
March 17 – The Parish – Scottish Arts Council Showcase
March 18 – Convention Center – KCMP Showcase
March 19 – Rusty Spurs – MuseBox Show
March 20 – Cedar Street – Filter Party
March 20 -Mellow Johnny’s – Dangerbird/PABLOVE Benefit Showcase
Codeine Velvet Club with METRIC:
March 21 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
March 22 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
March 24 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
March 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium