Microwave are currently on the road to releasing their fourth album, with the wait since 2019’s ‘Death Is A Warm Blanket’ the longest in the band’s catalogue to date. With tracks like ‘Circling The Drain’ and, recently released, ‘Ferrari’ we are perhaps hearing why this full-length is taking slightly longer; the Microwave sound is evolving and their comments about the influence of artists like Big Thief, Foxing and Frank Ocean is clear to see within the music. As such, their contribution to the setlists on this co-headlining run promises to be nothing if not eclectic.
As Microwave journey towards album four, tour mates Can’t Swim have already shared their fourth offering with the world. ‘Thanks But No Thanks’ is one of 2023’s brightest cuts; a tightly-wound bundle of pocket anthems which continue to build on the sound Can’t Swim are already well on their way to mastering. Sounding like a band far more experienced than their years in the studio and on the road, they possess the enviable ability to mine from a wide range of influences while always managing to produce something which uniquely sounds like ‘Can’t Swim’.
The tour kicks off on Friday in Southampton before rattling into Manchester (with a number of venue changes en route) before taking in four further dates. Jetski provide additional support on all dates, but a number of shows have long-since sold out and are now returns only.
30th – Joiners, Southampton
1st – Academy 3, Manchester*
2nd – King Tut’s Glasgow
3rd – The Cluny 2, Newcastle
4th – The Key Club, Leeds
5th – The Underworld, London
*Originally at The Deaf Institute and then Gorilla.