The Staves Release 3-Track EP Sleeping In A Car on May 13th
UK-based band’s 18-City North American tour begins June 3rd
“Ethereal, angelic, and otherworldly. They are simply astonishing.”—Stereogum
Nonesuch Records releases “Sleeping in a Car”, a three-song EP from the English trio The Staves, on May 13, 2016. The EP is the follow-up to the band’s 2015 Nonesuch debut If I Was, of which the New York Times said “the songs are illuminated from within,” and Magnet praised, “The perfection just goes on and on until you start to wonder: Are they human?” “Sleeping in a Car” was recorded in Eau Claire, WI, at Justin Vernon’s April Base studio and also at Urchin Studios in London. The Watford, England–based sisters—Emily (vocals, keyboards), Jessica (vocals, guitar, keyboards), and Camilla (vocals, guitar, ukulele) Staveley-Taylor—will embark on a 18-city North American tour beginning June 3. Stops include Minneapolis, Washington, Nashville, and New York, among others, along with the Firefly, Newport, and Eaux Claires festivals.
“Sleeping in a Car” is available to pre-order digitally from iTunes; physical CDs will be available exclusively at the Staves’ shows.
The sisters said of the EP, “These songs reflect the transient nature of travelling. Fleeting moments, like a slide show—reflections in car windows, streetlights passing in rhythm, stolen phone calls, late nights. Feelings of displacement and a disconnect— living in some sort of alternate state of reality. But underneath it all is the feeling of adventure and making your own rules and how dizzying and freeing that can be.”
The Staves released their first full-length album, Dead & Born & Grown, produced by Glyn and Ethan Johns, in 2012. The Sunday Times called it “a debut of stellar beauty and hidden depths.” The band then spent much of the next three years touring the world, including opening spots with the Civil Wars, Ben Howard, and Bon Iver.
During the Bon Iver run, the sisters formed a bond with Vernon, who invited them to visit April Base, where he ultimately produced If I Was. Following its release, The Staves performed at a string of international festivals, including Glastonbury and Eaux Claires, before joining Florence and the Machine’s sold-out UK arena tour. In addition to the North American dates, they play Guy Garvey’s Meltdown Festival in London this summer (June 14).
Friday, June 3 The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, June 4 High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
Sunday, June 5 Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee, WI
Monday, June 6 Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
Wednesday, June 8 The Crofoot, Pontiac, MI
Thursday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON
Friday, June 10 Bar Le Ritz PDB, Montreal, QC
Tuesday, June 14 Royal Festival Hall, London, UK (Guy Garvey’s Meltdown Festival)
Thursday, June 16 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Friday, June 17 Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday & Sunday, June 18 & 19 Firefly Festival, Dover, DE
Monday, June 20 Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
Tuesday, June 21 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
Thursday, June 23 Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA
Friday, June 24 The High Watt, Nashville, TN
Saturday, June 25 Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO
Sunday, June 26 The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
Friday, July 22 Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI
Friday, July 8 Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, MB
Friday-Saturday, August 12 & 13 Eaux Claires, Eau Claire, WI