Brooklyn’s unassuming 80’s-influenced three-piece Chairlift (recommended to us months ago by Violens front man Jorge Elbrecht) is excited to announce the release of its forthcoming debut full-length, Does You Inspire You on Kanine Records on Oct. 28th. The band is currently in the midst of a US tour (dates below) with ever-endearing, psych-weirdo Ariel Pink in support of its new release-to-be.

Intent on making music for haunted houses, Caroline Polachek, Aaron Pfenning, and Patrick Wimberly formed Chairlift in the summer of 2006. Frequenting late-night jazz shows at the strange Broker Inn on the outskirts of Boulder, Co., Chairlift were mystified by its 1980’s faux-gothic architecture. The oak-cabinet aquariums, vacant dancefloors, fake trees, and muffled velveteen booths provided the ideal hypothetical setting for a new breed of pop music. With their backgrounds in fine arts, film and jazz, coupled with a move to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2007, the trio was in danger of succumbing to art-snobbery and pretension.

Watch “Planet Health”

Instead, they started playing shows with fun and thriving experimental pop magicians, like MGMT, Ponytail, Yeasayer and Mixel Pixel. Merging their Colorado roots with their new urban surroundings, Chairlift’s sound developed into a hypnotic, tongue-in-cheek yet uniquely compelling brand of synth-pop. After much trial and error of experimentation, their newest effort has resulted in something more akin to a John Hughes/80’s film soundtrack, though the band is surprisingly unfamiliar with several of the artists thought to be their very influences.

Tour Dates:
Jul 29 – TT The Bears / Boston
Jul 30 – Knitting Factory / New York City (w/ Mixel Pixel)
Jul 31 – People’s Center / New Haven, Ct.
Aug 01 – M Room / Philadelphia
Aug 02 – Sonar / Baltimore
Aug 03 – Nightlight / Chapel Hill, NC
Aug 04 – Eyedrum / Atlanta
Aug 05 – Ali Baba’s / Tallahassee, Fl.
Aug 06 – Spanish Moon / Baton Rouge, La.
Aug 07 – Walter’s On Washington / Houston
Aug 08 – Hailey’s / Denton, Tx.
Aug 09 – Mohawk / Austin
Aug 11 – Plush / Tucson, Az.
Aug 12 – The Echo / Los Angeles

all tour dates with Ariel Pink

Chairlift: website | myspace | watch “Planet Health”
Kanine Records: website



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