Today Boy Azooga, the shape-shifting musical mystery tour piloted by Cardiff’s Davey Newington, are pleased to announce a run of fall US Tour dates that will kick off in New York at Rough Trade on October 24th. This comes following the release of the band’s debut album 1, 2 Kung Fu! that was released this year on Heavenly Recordings. Complete dates listed below.
BOY AZOOGA FALL US TOUR DATES:
10/24/2018 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
10/25/2018 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
10/28/2018 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
10/29/2018 – Portland, OR – Holocene
10/30/2018 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
11/1/2018 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
Announcing themselves to the world with the elastic-funk, Onyeabor-inspired Face Behind Her Cigarette in early November last year, which quickly became a fixture on the 6Music and Radio 1 playlists and also caught the attention of Mike D of the Beastie Boys who interviewed Davey for his Beats 1 show, the band most recently released, Loner Boogie, an infectious swampy-fuzz of an ear worm which made the A list at 6Music.
A prodigous musical talent, Davey Newington is a young man with a rich musical heritage. One of his granddads was a jazzer who played drums for the Royal Marines. Davey’s dad (violin) and his mum (clarinet) both played, and met, in the BBC National Orchestra Of Wales. Davey himself took up drums at the age of six and also enjoyed orchestral engagement, playing in various Welsh Orchestra’s and Jazz bands as a teenager as well at latterly finding gainful employment playing drums as part of Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon.
Inspired by his art teacher at school who sent him off to town to buy Can’s Ege Bamyasi, taking musical cues from the likes of Sly & The Family Stone, Caribou, Black Sabbath, Outkast, Van McCoy, Ty Segall and The Beastie Boys and with arrangements which carry the wonky tunefulness of The Super Furry Animals they nabbed their name from the 1994 film The Little Rascals.
With Davey recruiting friends Daf Davies, Dylan Morgan and Sam Barnes to form the Boy Azooga live quartet, an ensemble that swings smoothly from filmic instrumentals to a churning, rave-tinged rock that hints at both Can and their progeny, the Happy Mondays, the band recently played a run of shows with Magic Gang, made a much-talked-about appearance at this year’s Heavenly Weekender at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge and have sold out their own most recent shows in London and Cardiff.
They take their loose-limbed live show on the road later this year for their first headline UK tour including a show at the Scala in London, before which they head out with Rolling Blackouts and Coastal Fever and play a trio of Rough Trade in-stores the week of album release.