The Rakes Announce North American Tour Dates

posted October 20, 2009

The Rakes Announce North American Tour Dates

Produced within the four walls of a former DDR radio station in East Berlin, The Rakes are set to release their third album, ‘Klang,' digitally on October 20th in the US. The album has been available as a UK import since March. The band are set to kick off a North American tour at the end of the month.

It's been over two years from their previous album, ‘Ten New Messages' (2007), and a debut, ‘Capture/Release' (2005), that was compared to the fame of The Libertines, while the past two years have witnessed a series of transformations in the UK, where no one smokes in pubs anymore, everyone's on Twitter, and those 22 grand jobs in the city are definitely NOT alright, musically speaking, most bands who emerged alongside these post-punk/new-wave Londoners have ceased to exist.

Reuniting with a fresh new perspective, The Rakes confronted the processes necessary in completing this album with careful composure. For starters, the song selection process was much more stringent and selective, with the overall sound focused around rawness and energy. "The second album was all about trying to expand the sound," guitarist Matthew Swinnerton admits. "Working with producers like Brendan Lynch and Jim Abbiss. This one was in the opposite direction. That very, simple direct thing. Doing it in two weeks, a song a day, not embellishing things at all and just capturing ‘a performance."

Audio: The Rakes - "That's the Reason"


  • 10/31 - The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA
  • 11/01 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
  • 11/03 - The Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
  • 11/04 - The Bluebird - Denver, CO
  • 11/06 - Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN
  • 11/07 - Double Door - Chicago, IL
  • 11/09 - Mod Club - Toronto, Canada
  • 11/10 - Petits Campus - Montreal, Canada
  • 11/11 - Great Scott - Boston, MA
  • 11/12 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY