One of Canada’s hottest bands, the enigmatic soul collective Chic Gamine, are thrilled to announce their first UK single and tour, confirmed for this December. Kicking off on the 1st December at London’s Rich Mix, the Canadian 5-piece, who Mavis Staples has compared to the Staple Singers, will be taking their unique blend of nouveau-pop and vintage soul to London, Brighton, Leeds and Manchester.
To coincide with the tour the band will be releasing their first UK single, ‘Shake Off Your Worries,’ on December 1. For the video, the band strips it down to the basics: Four voices, minimal percussion, and that’s it. Filmed at the legendary Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis, MN, the video offers a unique fly-on-the-wall perspective into Chic Gamine’s world. Utilizing minimal production, the video perfectly captures the spirit of the stomp and call, gospel-infused single. Watch the video:
Formed in 2007, almost immediately out the gate, Chic Gamine (loosely translated as mischievous young thing) took the roots/vintage soul scene by storm. In 2008 came their self-titled Canadian debut, which went on to win a Juno Award for Best Roots Album of 2009. In 2010, they released their sophomore Canadian release, and were rewarded with a second Juno nomination, again for Roots Album of the Year. 2011 was spent touring intensely, playing U.S. and Canadian music festivals as well as a six-month, coast to coast tour with Marc Broussard. For the album Closer, Chic Gamine enlisted Rick Rubin studio virtuosos Andrew Scheps, Russell Elevado and Dana Nielsen, whose previous work with Justin Timberlake, Jay Z and Alicia Keys delicately melds a crisp, studio sheen with the warm, intimate harmonies and naturally vibrant soundscape of Chic Gamine.
‘Closer’ finds the band at the top of their lyrical game, mining dark themes, all the while retaining the band’s optimistic rhythm and swing. “I would say that it’s very autobiographical of each of the individuals in the band respectively,” says Chic Gamine. “Recurring themes would for sure be heartbreak and figuring out life as a 20-30 something but also there is hopefulness and a childlike playfulness in the way that those themes are represented, so it’s not just one big sad record. We’re good at disguising really sad songs by making them more up-tempo so you can still dance… even when you’re sad!”
‘Shake Off Your Worries’ is out December 1
Catch Chic Gamine live in the UK:
1 December LONDON / Rich mix
2 December LONDON / Slaughtered Lamb
8 December BRIGHTON / The Prince Albert*
9 December LONDON / The Borderline*
11 December LEEDS / Hifi Club*
12 December MANCHESTER / Sound Control*
13 December IRELAND, DUBLIN / Workman’s Club*
*supporting Lake Street Dive