Alternative-scene giants Dustin Kensrue and Andy Hull have announced a brief co-headlining tour, with dates in the Midwest, Canada, and on the East Coast scheduled throughout the end of April. The expressed purpose of the tour is to support the upcoming release of Kensrue’s solo album Carry The Fire.
Presumably, Kensrue, of the seminal Orange County, CA post-hardcore outfit Thrice, and Hull, of the Georgia-based alt-indie-emo rock band Manchester Orchestra, will be playing acoustic sets to relatively small rooms. The announcement, which comes on the heels of Manchester Orchestra’s acoustic tour in support of their most recent release, HOPE (the acoustic re-imagining of their most fourth studio LP, COPE), isn’t totally unusual, as this tour won’t the singer-songwriters’ first collaboration. In early 2013, Thrice and Manchester Orchestra released a split on vinyl showcasing a cover from each band; Thrice covered The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” while Manchester Orchestra and O’Brother (the Atlanta alt-indie band signed to Manchester’s Favorite Gentleman Recordings) did a 14-minute “stoner-rock” version of “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt.
Given the vast repertoires of both singer-songwriters, it’s difficult to predict what material each musician will be trotting out for his acoustic set. Dustin Kensrue has the whole of Thrice’s discography to draw from, in addition to five solo records, while Andy Hull has all of Manchester Orchestra’s canon, along with his work under the moniker Right Away, Great Captain!. It’s also not clear if the tour will feature any guest performers or supporting acts, or whether this tour is essentially two guys with their acoustic guitars driving around the country in a car. No matter the case, this outing is definitely a treat for Thrice’s fans, as the band has been on hiatus since 2012 (although they recently updated their website with an image declaring “THRICE 2015”).
The tour announcement coincides with the debut of the lead single from Kensrue’s upcoming album, Carry The Fire, which is due out on April 21st and represents his latest effort under his solo-artist moniker. The single, which can be found via Billboard, is called “Back to Back.” Kensrue released a Christmas-themed EP, Lowborn King, in November 2014 under the name The Modern Post.
The duo’s tour dates are as follows: (APR 21) Chicago, IL at The Bottom Lounge; (APR 22) Ferndale, MI at The Loving Touch; (APR 23) Toronto, ON at The Great Hall; (APR 24) Cleveland, OH at Grog Shop; (APR 25) Philadelphia, PA at Underground Arts; (APR 26) Cambridge, MA at The Sinclair; (APR 29) Washington, DC at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue; (APR 30) Brooklyn, NY at The Bell House.