Vancouver’s Louise Burns released her new album Young Mopes earlier this year via Light Organ Records. Burns will be hitting the road this summer in support of the album including shows at theWinnipeg Jazz Festival, Sled Island and Dawson City Music Festival.
Shimmering and soulful one minute, gritty and glamorous the next, Young Mopes is Burns at her boldest and brightest – and also her most defiant and dangerous. She’s revelling in her “fuck you” years, exhilarated by the freedom of turning 30, unhinged from expectation and obligation. Burns’ dark pop goth heart, so clearly evident on 2011’s Polaris Prize nominated Mellow Drama and 2013’s Midnight Mass, is just one aspect of Young Mopes‘ gleaming kaleidoscope of colors, textures, and influences. Young Mopes also represents a few other milestones: this is the first album that Burns recorded with her band, guitarist Darcy Hancock and drummer Ryan Peters,both formerly of Ladyhawk. Burns co-produced Young Mopes with Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain). and Damian Taylor (Bjork, Braids, Trust)
Louise Burns is already a 20-year vet of the music industry and she’s just 30 years old. She witnessed the heady last gasp of the majors in the late-’90s (Burns co-founded pop band Lillix at 11 and signed to Madonna’s Maverick Records at 15), and was front and centre for Canada’s indie renaissance. Now Burns is an in-demand collaborator (Gold & Youth), high-profile hired gun, an acclaimed solo musician, and multi-instrumentalist whose celebrated songwriting is equal parts grit and gloss. She’s toured extensively, playing throughout Japan, China, Europe, and North America and is an engaged, dynamic artist, whose interests cannot be contained by hours in a day. Burns is also a freelance contributor and host on CBC’s Radio 3, and a journalist whose writing appears on CBC Music, the Talkhouse and Westender.
Louise Burns “Old Dopes” Tour Dates:
June 21st – Winnipeg Jazz Festival at The Good Will – Social Club (with Mise En Scene)
June 22nd – Saskatoon at Capitol Music Club (with Anna Haverstock)
June 23rd – Regina at O’Hanlons
June 24th – Calgary (Sled Island) at Broken City (with Once and Future Band)
July 2nd – Vancouver Canada Day at Canada Place
July 8th – Vancouver Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival
July 21 – 24th – Dawson City Dawson City Music Festival