Close Your Eyes and Count To Ten – A celebration of ten years of The Travelling Band and Sideways Saloon.
A decade has passed since The Travelling Band’s formative 2006 recording sessions in Brooklyn. Those sessions laid the foundations of the band’s debut album Under the Pavement and set the band on the road to creating their own label, Sideways Saloon. To celebrate the landmark, TTB embark on a their first UK headline tour for two years, and will be releasing their first new music since the 2014 album The Big Defreeze.
The Close Your Eyes and Count to Ten tour sees The Travelling Band playing shows all around the UK. Far from being a nostalgic look back at the last ten years, the tour marks a line in the sand after the departure of original guitarist Steve ‘Mugger’ Mullen, with the band looking forward to the release of their fourth album next year.
2016 has already seen TTB tour all over Europe supporting US country/rock star Lissie, including sold out shows at The Forum as well as huge theatres in Germany and Norway. They have been doubling up as Lissie’s live band, playing summer festivals across the continent.
“The sounds they generate took me back to my musical roots… Marvellous music to savour and enjoy” –
Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival
“They produce an inventive brand of guitar-laden cosmic aesthetic and sprinkles of trademark Manchester’s musical lineage” –
“If you consider the term ‘Mancunian Americana’ to be an oxymoron… try listening to The Travelling Band. Brilliant” –
Marc Riley, BBC 6Music
“Their harmonies are tight, guitar picking deft and tunes melodic” –
“It all here, passionate yet delicate vocals, deep forceful drumming, jangly guitar, fluctuating stings, everything you could ask for from a song that oozes summer” –
“Sparkling harmonies and bright chirpy guitars pepper this album full of bright-eyed optimism” –