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Marlon Williams Returns With New Song “Vampire Again”

Marlon Williams returns with “Vampire Again,” his first new material since releasing his acclaimed debut album early last year and touring relentlessly around the world, including performances on CONAN, Later…with Jools Holland, opening for Bruce Springsteen and picking up both an ARIA Award nomination and two New Zealand Music Awards.

In creating “Vampire Again,” Williams returned home to Lyttelton, New Zealand to re-engage in the writing process and work again with producer Ben Edwards. Below he discusses the story behind the song. Watch the accompanying video, directed by Williams in collaboration with UK cinematographer Steve Gullick. It’s a tragicomic vignette of a societal outcast – misshapen, uncomfortable, humorous and a little touching.

The germination of this song began in LA last year. It was indeed Halloween again, and I was bored, having spent a week locked away in an Airbnb by the airport trying in vain to write a song. Any song. Nothing came. So Halloween comes around and I figure, “Hey, I’m gonna go out tonight. Alone. Comfortably alone. Comfortably alone to see the LA Opera performing a new score to accompany my fave scary flick Nosferatu at the Ace Hotel. I’m gonna dress as the spindly creep himself. What’s more, I’m gonna get super blazed before I go. And be comfortably alone.”
So, off I go, having spent far too much on a last minute outfit, and step out of the Uber and onto the red carpet with a nauseating air of self-confidence. “This is my night. I am strong. I am human and it is my right to express myself how I see fit.” Turns out I was running late, and when I finally enter the theatre everyone was already seated and the overture had begun. What’s more, no one else was dressed up. Well they were, but in tuxedos and lovely dresses. And there was nowhere for stoned ole spindleboots to sit. So, I hunched and crawled my way down the aisle and sat on the floor like it was the most reasonable thing to do at an opera.
I made it through the whole film and then calmly turned tail, satisfied that I’d had a good time and sure that I’d heard whispers of “bad-ass” as I left the building. I’d like to believe that this was, at least in part, the catalyst for a whole new period in my life and my art. But that’s bullsh*t.
Anyway, here it is, my own demented tale of New Age self-affirmation; “Vampire Again.”

Stream and/or Purchase “Vampire Again”:
https://marlon-williams.lnk.to/vampireagainbl

Following Williams’ recent performances at the Newport Folk Festival and Pickathon, he’ll hit the road throughout the rest of the month supporting City & Colour, before playing headline shows in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto this fall.


Marlon Williams Tour Dates:
Fri. Aug. 11 – Boulder, CO @ Triple A Festival
Sat. Aug 12 – Sun. Aug. 13 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Folk Festival
Tue. Aug. 15 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant #
Wed. Aug. 16 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown #
Fri. Aug. 18 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre #
Sat. Aug. 19 – Bellevue, CO @ Mishawaka Amphitheatre #
Mon. Aug. 21 – Kansas City @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland #
Tue. Aug. 22 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre #
Thu. Aug. 24 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom #
Fri. Aug. 25 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues #
Sat. Aug. 26 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre #
Mon. Aug. 28 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues #
Tue. Aug. 29 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s #
Sat. Sep. 2 – Rutbeek, NE @ Tuckerville Festival
Tue. Oct. 24 – London, UK @ Omeara
Wed. Oct. 25 – Paris, France @ Espace B
Thu. Oct. 26 – Berlin, Germany @ FluxBau
Sat. Oct. 28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ London Calling Festival
Mon. Oct. 30 – New York, NY @ Rough Trade
Wed. Nov. 1 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
Thu. Nov. 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
Fri. Nov. 10 – Auckland, NZ @ Point Chev RSA
Sat. Nov. 11 – Welllington, NZ @ San Fran
Sun. Nov. 12 – Christchurch, NZ @ Blue Smoke
Wed. Nov. 15 – Sydney, Australia @ Oxford Art Factory
Thu. Nov. 16 – Melbourne, Australia @ Howler
Fri. Nov. 17 – Mullumbimby, Australia @ Mullumbimby Music Festival

# = with City & Colour

“Channeling Roy Orbison at moments with a good sense of humor great songs and one of the best voices at Newport, New Zealand’s Marlon Williams.” – Bob Boilen

“His songwriting is prolific – he paints songs as characters and remains gender-fluid throughout his nine-song masterpiece. Williams is such a gifted storyteller that there is no telling which tracks are autobiographical and which are fictional.” – Paste

WATCH // Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders Make Late Night Debut on Conan

Anyone who has seen Marlon Williams live can attest New Zealand’s rising star has something truly special going on with his spectacular voice and stage presence. He’s previously captivated audiences performing on Ireland’s The Late Late Show, Later…with Jools Holland, and at the New Zealand Music Awards where he won Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Best Male Solo Artist. Last night on CONAN, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders delivered a terrific stateside late night television debut, performing “Hello Miss Lonesome.” How often do you hear the crowd cheer mid-song?! Read the rest of this entry »

Dead Oceans At SXSW 2016

SXSW starts next week! Which means tons of folks (maybe you included?) are headed to our backyard of Austin, TX for a week full of bands, tacos, more bands, and more tacos. We’re excited to add to the madness with a totally stacked schedule. Maybe we’ll catch each others eye as you’re crowd-surfing to Bleached? Or perhaps we can cut a rug together at Marlon Williams‘ set? Kevin Morby‘s playing on a boat cruise, so that’s an option too. Obviously, we’ll hi-five, pogo, & sing along at Mitski‘s sets. Keep scrolling for their full schedules and don’t forget to make a note of our party on Thursday (3/17) night at Barracuda!

 

Mitski

Wed. March 16: Hype Machine @ Hype Hotel – 100 E. 5th Street (3:00 PM)

Wed. March 16: NPR Music Showcase @ Stubb’s (9:20 PM)

Thu. March 17: Secretly Group & Friends @ Barracuda (Outdoor) (10:00 PM)

Fri. March 18: Pitchfork Day Party @ Barracuda (Outdoor) (12:40 PM)

Fri. March 18: Portals @ PEN (6:30 PM)

Fri. Mar. 18: Stereogum x Exploding in Sound’s Austin Invasion 2 @ Hole In The Wall (9:30 PM)

Sat. March 19: She Shreds @ Studium – 2108 Rosewood Ave (5:30 PM)

 

Bleached 

Mon. March 14: The Onion & AV Club Present: Manic Monday @ Barracuda (8:00 PM)

Wed. March 16: Spring Break Boogie @ Hotel Vegas (Patio Stage 1) (4:30 PM)

Thu. March 17: Another Planet Party @ Sidewinder (Outside) (2:30 PM)

Thu. March 17: FLOODfest @ Cedar St. Courtyard (9:00 PM)

Thu. March 17: Secretly Group & Friends @ Barracuda (12:00 AM)

Fri. March 18: SPIN @ Stubb’s (North Stage) (1:30 PM)

Sat. March 19: Fun Fun Fun Fest @ The Mohawk (12:30 PM)

Sat. March 19: Pandora Showcase @ The Gatsby (4:00 PM)

 

Kevin Morby

Wed. March 16: Panache + Hotel Vegas Boat Cruise @ TBD (4:45 PM)

Wed. March 16: House of Vans Official @ The Mohawk (8:30 PM)

Thu. March 17: Space 24 Twenty Showcase @ Urban Outfitters (2:00 PM)

Thu. March 17: Secretly Group & Friends @ Barracuda (12:15 AM)

Fri. March 18: Pitchfork Official Showcase @ Barracuda (3:05 PM)

Marlon Williams

Wed. March 16: C3 Party @ Lamberts (1:30 PM)

Wed. March 16: KCRW Party @ 3TEN Austin City Limits Live (9:00 PM)

Thu. March 17: All Together Now Party @ Hotel Saint Cecilia  (1:00 PM)

Thu. March 17: Twangfest @ Broken Spoke (2:30 PM)

Thu. March 17: Showtime / Culture Collide Party @ Clive Bar (5:00 PM)

Thu. March 17: Secretly Group & Friends @ Barracuda (11:15 PM)

Fri. March 18: Official SXSW Showcase @ Central Presbyterian Church (11:00 PM)

Sat. March 19: Waterloo Records Day Party @ Waterloo Records – 600 A North Lamar Blvd (2:00 PM)

Sat. March 19: Sound Gallery Party @ BD Riley’s Irish Pub (5:15 PM)

 

RELEASE DAY // Marlon Williams’ Self Titled Debut Is Out Today, Worldwide

Marlon Williams broke out in stride with his incredible voice and masterful stage presence in Australia and New Zealand last year surrounding the release of his debut, self-titled album. He topped off the year winning Best Male Solo Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards, where he performed new single, “Dark Child,” attended the ARIA Awards in Australia, where he was nominated for Best Blues & Roots Album, and made his morning television debut performing“Hello Miss Lonesome” on “ABC Breakfast TV” in Australia.

Today, his self titled debut LP is out via Dead Oceans!

Order Marlon Williams’ Self Title LP now:
CD, LP & ltd tan vinyl // iTunes // Amazon // Support your local independent record store

Marlon William Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

02/28/16 Perth, AUPerth International Arts Festival
03/05/16 Parkville, AUSMelbourne Zoo
03/06/16 Castlemaine, AU – Theatre Royal
03/09/16 Auckland, NZPowerstation
03/11/16 Mosman, AUSTaronga Zoo
03/12/16 Lone Star Valley, AUSA Festival Called Panama
03/13/16 Adelaide, AUSWOMADelaide
03/14/16 Adelaide, AUSWOMADelaide
03/15/16 Austin, TXSXSW
04/05/16 Nottingham, UK – Bodega Social Club
04/06/16 Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
04/07/16 London, UK – St. Giles In The Fields
04/08/16 Brighton, UK – The Hope And Ruin
04/11/16 Berlin, DE – Privatclub
04/12/16 Hamburg, DE – Nochtspeicher
04/13/16 Cologne, DE – YUCA
04/14/16 Paris, FR – Le Pop Up Du Label
04/15/16 Bourges, FR – Le Printemps De Bourges
04/16/16 Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique
04/18/16 Dublin, IE – Whelans
04/19/16 Manchester, UK – The Night And Day Cafe
04/20/16 Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
04/21/16 Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
05/17/16 Ann Arbor, MIThe Ark *
05/18/16 Toronto, ONDanforth Music Hall *
05/20/16 New York, NYThe Town Hall *
05/21/16 Washington, DCLincoln Theatre *
05/22/16 Boston, MAWilbur Theatre *
05/24/16 Philadelphia, PAUnion Transfer *
05/26/16 Atlanta, GABuckhead Theatre *
05/27/16 New Orleans, LAThe Civic Theatre *
05/28/16 Dallas, TXThe Kessler Theatre *
05/30/16 Tucson, AZThe Rialto Theatre *
05/31/16 Los Angeles, CAThe Fonda Theatre *
06/02/16 San Francisco, CAGreat American Music Hall *
06/03/16 Portland, ORAladdin Theater *
06/04/16 Seattle, WANeptune Theatre *
06/05/16 Boise, IDEgyptian Theatre *
06/07/16 Boulder, COBoulder Theater *
06/08/16 Omaha, NESlowdown *
06/09/16 Minneapolis, MNVarsity Theater *
06/10/16 Milwaukee, WITurner Hall Ballroom *
06/11/16 Chicago, ILThalia Hall *

* w/ Sam Beam (of Iron & Wine) and Jesca Hoop

LISTEN // Stream Marlon Williams’ Debut Album Via CBC Music, KEXP, KCMP, & KCRW, Tour Dates With Sam Beam (Iron And Wine) And Jesca Hoop

 
New Zealand’s Marlon Williams is quickly gaining recognition across the globe for his exceptionally evocative voice and remarkable stage presence. He’s just completed his first headline North American tour, selling out multiple cities, and culminating with a performance this morning on Chicago’s WGN Morning News. Following the release of his self-titled, debut album on Feb. 19 via Dead Oceans, Marlon will head to SXSW and then embark on his second North American tour, this time supporting Sam Beam (of Iron & Wine) and Jesca Hoop. Marlon (guitar, vocals) will be joined by Ben Woolley (bass/vocals). All dates are below.

 

Stream Marlon Williams’ Album Via CBC Music, KEXP, KCMP & KCRW:

http://music.cbc.ca/blogs/2016/2/First-Play-Marlon-Williams-self-titled

http://blog.kexp.org/2016/02/11/album-premiere-marlon-williams-marlon-williams/

http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2016/02/11/marlon-williams-album-preview

http://www.kcrw.com/music/shows/album-preview/marlon-williams-marlon-williams/#

 

Order the album now:

 

Marlon Williams Tour Dates:

Sun. Feb. 28 – Perth, WA @ Perth International Arts Festival

Sat. March 5 – Melbourne, AU @ Melbourne Zoo

Wed. March 9 – Auckland, NZ @ Powerstation

Fri. March 11 – Sydney, AU @ Taronga Zoo

Sat. March 12 – Lonestar Valley, TAS @ A Festival Called Panama

Sun. March 13 – Mon. March 14 – Adelaide, SA @ Womadelaide

Tue. March 15 – Sun. March 20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

Tue. April 5 – Nottingham, UK @ Bodega Social Club

Wed. April 6 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana

Thu. April 7 – London, UK @ St. Giles in the Fields

Fri. April 8 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope and Ruin

Mon. April 11 – Berlin, GE @ Privatclub

Tue. April 12 – Hamburg, GE @ Nochtspeicher

Wed. April 13 – Cologne, GE @ YUCA

Thu. April 14 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label

Fri. April 15- Bourges, FR @ Le Printemps de Bourges

Sat. April 16 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique

Mon. April 18 – Dublin, IR @ Whelan’s

Tue. April 19 – Manchester, UK @ The Night and Day Café

Wed. April 20 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

Thu. April 21 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds

Tue. May 17 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark *

Wed. May 18 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall *

Fri. May 20 – New York, NY @ The Town Hall *

Sat. May 21 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre *

Sun. May 22 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre *

Tue. May 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *

Thu. May 26 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre *

Fri. May 27 – New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre *

Sat. May 28 – Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater *

Mon. May 30 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre *

Tue. May 31 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre *

Thu. Jun. 2 – San Francisco @ Great American Music Hall *

Fri. Jun. 3 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater *

Sat. Jun. 4 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre *

Sun. Jun. 5 – Boise, ID @ Egyptian Theatre *

Tue. Jun. 7 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater *

Wed. Jun. 8 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *

Thu. Jun. 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater *

Fri. Jun. 10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom *

Sat. Jun. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *

* with Sam Beam (of Iron & Wine) and Jesca Hoop

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