Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien, who has marked his first entry to the solo world with the release of his debut album Earth, has announced a string of tour dates in support of the record.
October’s debut single ‘Santa Teresa’ was followed by ‘Brasil’ on December 5th and now some first live dates are on their way which will see O’Brien play a string of festivals as well as dates in North America.
Teaming up with producers Flood and Catherine Marks on the new record, the Radiohead man began recording with David Bowie collaborator Omar Hakim, Michael Jackson songwriter Nathan East and The Invisible’s Dave Okumu.
Prior to the release, O’Brien sat down with That Pedal Show to discuss his album, explaining that he hopes to release the full record later this year. When asked why it has taken this long to create the album, O’Brien said he had feelings of “guilt” about making music away from Radiohead in the past. “Six, seven years ago, I’m like, ‘I’m in Radiohead, I’ve got a young family. This is great!’” he said. “I’m living the dream — this is what every 16-year-old boy who plays guitar dreams of. I’m really happy with life.”
“Then suddenly I’m like, the songs. And the truth is, I wanted to write songs,” he added.
Asked if the solo material will draw comparisons to Radiohead, O’Brien said: “You’ll make a little connection. There will be textures. There’s quite a lot of depth it. It’s a little bit magical realist, slightly psychedelic, a lot of colour.”
Stream a sample from the record and view tour dates, below.
Ed O’Brien 2020 Tour Dates:
03/07 – London, UK @ BBC 6 Music Festival
05/26 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
05/27 — Chicago, IL @ Metro
05/29 — Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
05/30 — Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
05/31 — Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
06/02 — Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
06/04 — Boston, MA @ Royale
06/05 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
06/06 — New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
06/08 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
06/11 — Washington, DC @ The 9:30 Club
06/13 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/15 — Los Angeles, CA @ Theatre at the Ace Hotel
07/01 — Istanbul, TU @ PAC Jazz Festival
07/24 — Luzern, CH @ Blue Balls Festival
07/26 — Cheshire, UK @ Bluedot Festival
07/31-08/02 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival