(press release) Gang Gang Dance’s long-awaited new album Kazuashita is released later this month, and following “J-TREE” and “Lotus,” the New York act have released a third new song, “Young Boy (Marika in Amerika),” a piercing, heartfelt elegy, where Lizzi Bougatsos empathetically sings for those lives unjustly lost to police brutality over weighty, tug-of-war synths and destabilizing beats.
Founded by Lizzi Bougatsos, Brian DeGraw and Josh Diamond, Gang Gang Dance has consistently blurred the boundaries between the New York art and music scenes for nearly two decades. They are as comfortable performing rare improvisational sets at the Whitney Biennial as they are at Coachella with Dash Snow & Dan Colen, Tinchy Stryder and the Boredoms as previous collaborators.
Kazuashita — the band’s first record together since the acclaimed Eye Contact in 2011 — is an intoxicating mix of hazy, deranged soul and electronic ambience that was produced by DeGraw after recording sessions across several New York studios and art spaces. The trio were joined by drummer Ryan Sawyer (who met the band through the Boredoms’ BOADRUM project) and Jorge Elbrecht (who worked on additional production and mixing duties). The reviews from media like NPR, the AV Club and Uncut have been positive.
Pre-orders of Kazuashita from 4AD come with an exclusive double-sided poster with art and design from DeGraw and Bougatsos: smartURL.it/Kazuashita. The band recently spoke with Stereogum for an in-depth Q & A, a must-read for anyone wanting to learn about the making of Kazuashita.
Young Boy (Marika in Amerika)
Too Much, Too Soon
Salve On The Sorrow
Gang Gang Dance will also be touring – beginning with their record release party in Brooklyn June 22nd.
GANG GANG DANCE – TOUR DATES
June 22 – BROOKLYN, NY, Elsewhere (w/ Deakin)
June 30 – LOS ANGELES, CA The Broad Museum (w/ Terry Riley)
July 28 – DENVER, CO, Underground Music Showcase
Sept 1 – QUEENS, NY – MOMA PS1 Warmup
Sept 8 – RALEIGH, NC – Hopscotch Festival
October 23 – OSAKA, Big Cat (w/ Deerhunter) **SOLD OUT**
October 24 – NAGOYA, Electric Ladyland (w/ Deerhunter)
October 25 – TOKYO, O-East (w/ Deerhunter)