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When we chatted up The Rakes in April about the release of their third album, Klang, (available digitally in the US on October 20) bassist Jamie Hornsmith told us the following, “When you get to your third album, you can go two ways, there’s the big cliché to add glockenspiel and string sections, which is sort of predictable, or do something simple. We thought we would do the opposite this time. We wanted to do something stripped down and raw, just the four of us. We thought this album should be more about atmosphere. I mean, it was just us playing in a communist radio station. We just wanted to concentrate on the songwriting, really.”

Make sure to catch the English quartet as they hit the road this fall at the following North American stops:

OCT 31 – LOS ANGELES, CA – THE ROXY
NOV 1 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SLIMS
NOV 3 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT – THE URBAN LOUNGE
NOV 4 – DENVER, CO – THE BLUEBIRD
NOV 6 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – TRIPLE ROCK
NOV 7 – CHICAGO, IL – DOUBLE DOOR
NOV 9 – TORONTO, ON – MOD CLUB
NOV 10 – MONTREAL, QC – PETIT CAMPUS
NOV 11 – BOSTON, MA – GREAT SCOTT
NOV 12 – NEW YORK, NY – HIGHLINE BALLROOM

–Carrie Alison, Photo by Scott Irvine