In anticipation of Fire Records’ June 12th release of the country rock opera, Tucson, and Howe Gelb‘s May 10th performance at Joe’s Pub in New York City, Giant Giant Sand release the new track “Detained.” The track, which just premiered on Brooklyn Vegan, was inspired “by the clutch of cumbia that fevers the many particles of this album,” says Howe Gelb.
As a sort of homage, he’s named the album Tucson after the town he’s called home for forty years. Taking place in the town of Tucson, the story revolves around a “semi grizzled man with overt boyish naïveté” who sets off to escape the trappings of hometown life and embarks on a life-changing road trip; eschewing all his worldly goods and leaving behind what he has loved, encountering jail at the Mexican border, finding new old love at a train station saloon, all while ‘the end of the world’ provides the landscape game changer. The album is a dusty work of art, conjuring images of the all knowing desert and a confused river inside the cacti-strewn sound scape.
Download: Giant Giant Sand – “Detained”
Giant Sand – 2012 Tour Dates
05/20/2012 – New York City – Joe’s Pub: Howe Gelb
05/17/2012 – The Netherlands – Maastricht, de muziekgieterij: Howe Gelb
05/20/2012 – The Netherlands – Amsterdam, Paradiso: Howe Gelb
05/22/2012 – The Netherlands – Ottersum, Roepaen: Howe Gelb
05/24/2012 – Ireland – Dublin, Whelans: Howe Gelb
05/27/2012 – Austria – Linz Festival: Giant Giant Sand
05/31/2012 – UK – London, Village Underground: Howe Gelb
06/03/2012 – Switzerland – Zurich, El Lokal: Howe Gelb
07/06/2012 – Norway – Egersund Visefestival, Grand Scene: Howe Gelb
08/12/2012 – UK – Wilderness Festival: Giant Giant Sand
08/13/2012 – The Netherlands – Amsterdam, Paradiso: Giant Giant Sand
- Giant Sand now Giant Giant Sand, releasing ‘Tuscon’ (song premiere); Howe Gelb touring, playing Joe’s Pub (brooklynvegan.com)