It seems Antony and the Johnsons can do no wrong.  They are certainly starting the new year off right for fans by generously offering an instant digital download of their forthcoming album The Crying Light and a bonus track, “My Lord, My Love.”  This will be available to anyone who pre-orders the album from the band’s website starting today, and gives Antony fans a chance to be ahead of the curve and to hear the album well in advance of the release date.

The Crying Light is the band’s follow up to the Mercury prize winning I Am a Bird Now. Following a natural progression from the Another World EP, the album art features a 1977 portrait of renowned Butoh dancer, Kazuo Ohno, taken by Naoya Ikegami in Tokyo.  Ohno is shown reaching towards light, his striking visage and reclined posture simultaneously invoking the cradle, the grave, and transcendence.

Antony says, “The Crying Light is dedicated to the great dancer Kazuo Ohno. In performance I watched him cast a circle of light upon the stage, and step into that circle, and reveal the dreams and reveries of his heart. He seemed to dance in the eye of something mysterious and creative; with every gesture he embodied the child and the feminine divine. He’s kind of like my art parent.”


1. Her Eyes Are Underneath The Ground
2.Epilepsy is Dancing
3. One Dove
4. Kiss My Name
5. The Crying Light
6. Another World
7.,Daylight and the Sun
8. Aeon
9. Dust and Water
10. Everglade

The album will be released in the UK and Europe on January 19 through Rough Trade and on January 20 in America through Secretly Canadian with a world tour following the release.  The U.S. tour goes through the end of February, including stops at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville as well as the historic Vic Theatre in Chicago and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

American Dates:
02/02:  Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
02/03:  Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
02/04:  Columbus, OH @ Southern Theatre
02/07:  Knoxville, TN @ Big Ears Festival
02/08:  Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
02/12:  Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
02/13:  Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
02/14:  Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
02/17:  Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
02/19:  New York, NY @ Town Hall
02/20:  New York, NY @ Town Hall
02/22:  Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center
02/24:  San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center
02/27:  Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
02/28:  Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre

European Dates:
03/15:   Bergen, Norway @ Griedhallen
03/17:   Oslo, Norway @ Sentrum Scene
03/19:   Stockholm, Sweden @ Cirkus
03/21:   Helsinki, Finland @ House of Culture
03/26:   Copenhagen, Denmark @ Falkoner
03/28:   Ancona, Italy @ Teatore delle Muse
03/29:   Rome, Italy @ Auditorium il parco della Musica
03/31:   Prato, Italy @ Teatro Politearna Pratese
04/01:   Milan, Italy @ Sala Verdi Conservatorio
04/04:   Zurich, Switzerland @ Kongresshaus
04/06:   Strasbourg, France @ La Laiterie
04/09:   Paris, France @ Le Grand Rex
04/13:   Brussels, Belgium @ Bozar
04/15:   Barcelona, Spain @ Palau de la Musica
04/23:   Munich, Germany @ Postpalast
04/24:   Berlin, Germany @ Admiralpalast
04/27:   Frankfuhrt, Germany @ Alte Oper
04/29:   Warsaw, Poland @ National Theatre
05/01:   Krems, Austria @ Donaufesival
05/03:   Eindhoven, Netherlands @ MC FritsPhilips
05/05:   San Sebastian, Spain @ Kursaal Auditorium
05/07:   Murcia, Spain @ Auditorio de Murcia
05/11:   Madrid, Spain @ Palacio de Congresos
05/14:   Lisbon, Portugal @ Coliseum
05/16:   Braga, Portugal @ Teatro Circo
05/18:   Porto, Portugal @ Coliseum
05/21:   Brighton, UK @ Brighton Dome Concert Hall
05/22:   Brimingham, UK @ Symphony Hall
05/24:   Bristol UK @ Colston Hall
05/27:   London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
05/29:   Gateshead, UK @ The Sage
05/31:   Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar St
06/01:   Belfast, UK @ Waterfront
06/04:   Edinburgh, UK @ Playhouse