Norway's Dim Gray Issue New Live Video Ahead Of Late Summer European Tour With Big Big Train
By Stevie Connor. Photo Credit: Michael Heller.
Currently putting the finishing touches to a brand new single scheduled to coincide with their late summer tour supporting Big Big Train, Oslo-based art rock/pop band Dim Gray have today issued a live video for the song ‘Avalon | The Tide’, the studio version of which can be found on their acclaimed ‘Firmament’ album released in September 2022.
The clip was filmed at the Boerderij venue in the western Dutch city of Zoetermeer, which by coincidence will host Dim Gray again for the first date of the upcoming tour. Drummer Tom Ian Klungland recalls that “we had an absolute blast performing for the amazing audience at Boerderij last year. The energy was great and we can't wait to return on 26th August!”
The band have previously stated that ‘Avalon | The Tide’ was an important song as they progressed musically following their 2020 debut, ‘Flown’, and that it "became a blueprint for ‘Firmament'. The expansiveness in its lydian harmonies and modulations, the prevalence of piano and strings, as well as the lyrical themes, all came to influence the rest of the songs.”
The upcoming tour with Big Big Train will see the return of regular Dim Gray live personnel Milad Amouzegar (guitars and keyboards) and Kristian Kvaksrud (bass). As well as performing fourteen dates together, the schedule sees Dim Gray make a brief mid-tour diversion into northern Italy to play at the 2Days Prog +1 festival in Revislate on 2nd September. The tour will conclude with three UK shows.
Dim Gray lead vocalist and keyboardist Oskar Holldorff also became a permanent member of Big Big Train in early 2023.
DIM GRAY | LIVE 2023
26.08.23 ZOETERMEER (NL) Cultuurpodium Boerderij *
27.08.23 HAMBURG (DE) Markthalle *
28.08.23 GOTHENBURG (SE) Stora Teatern *
29.08.23 OSLO (NO) Cosmopolite *
30.08.23 STOCKHOLM (SE) Fryshuset Klubben *
31.08.23 COPENHAGEN (DK) Viften *
02.09.23 VERUNO (IT) 2Days Prog + 1 Festival
03.09.23 BASEL (CH) Z7, Pratteln *
05.09.23 REICHENBACH (DE) Neuberinhaus *
06.09.23 COLOGNE (DE) Carlswerk Victoria *
07.09.23 ASCHAFFENBURG (DE) Colos-Saal *
08.09.23 STUTTGART (DE) Mozart-Saal *
10.09.23 EDINBURGH (UK) Queen’s Hall *
11.09.23 BIRMINGHAM (UK) Town Hall *
12.09.23 LONDON (UK) Cadogan Hall *
* as special guests of Big Big Train
Presenting twelve vivid, direct and melody-driven songs, ‘Firmament' is bursting with life and colour and leads listeners through an intricate recipe of lush electronics, strings-infused chamber pop, evocative indie-folk and grandiose art rock. An ambitious artistic statement, the album will appeal to fans of artists such as Radiohead, Steven Wilson, Beach Boys and Agnes Obel.
Dim Gray is comprised of guitarist Håkon Høiberg, singer/keyboardist Oskar Holldorff and drummer Tom Ian Klungland. Formed in Oslo when all were studying, all three members have contrasting musical backgrounds in genres as diverse as black metal, rock, blues, folk and film music, but the fusion of all these influences has created their own distinctive sound.
Their debut album, ‘Flown’, was released digitally in 2020. A concept work that intertwined song narratives to deliver a continuous story relating a vivid tale of loss and loneliness so relevant to that time, it offered beautifully quiet, intimate moments offset by huge, colourful soundscapes. It was subsequently released on 2xLP and CD formats in 2021, receiving rave reviews.
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