You can tell I’m passionate about an artist when I talk about them constantly, Tweet at them constantly and see every live show they do in my area. Until The Ribbon Breaks is one of those artists for me, and those of you with whom I’ve shared their music I think will agree. This genre crushing British trio has had my heart (and my ears) from the very first time I laid eyes on them opening for Lorde in New York City. Since then, I can’t get enough of their heart-wrenching, soul-moving music, whether in recorded form or live. This summer, after a supporting slot opening for London Grammar (in the States and down under in Australia) Until The Ribbon Breaks (AKA Pete, Elliot and James) embark on a headlining U.S. summer tour, kicking off in New York City June 10th. Guys, if you haven’t seen these guys live yet, now is your chance.
The band is ready to play for it’s swiftly growing fanbase, following a number of U.S. festival appearances, including SXSW 2015 and Coachella. Until The Ribbon Breaks will play songs off their recent debut album, A Lesson Unlearnt (Kobalt) which remains one of my favorite albums of the year. It looks like I’m not alone in that sentiment, just check out some of this praise.
“The music (at Coachella) was fantastic if you knew where to look… Until the Ribbon Breaks made it worth getting up early.” – Death and Taxes Magazine
“Until the Ribbon Breaks is the most starkly atmospheric act.” – The OC Register
“The good stuff at Coachella on Saturday started early (bonus points if you were there for Until the Ribbon Breaks)…”- Buzz Bands LA
While reviews (including my own) tend to force genres and classifications on music, Until The Ribbon Breaks is floating in a unique soundscape completely of it’s own creation. To see the band perform live is truly the best way, in my opinion to experience this record and the very real emotions behind it that went into its making.
Another BIG part of Until The Ribbon Breaks is the visual element that, very much goes hand in hand with the music itself. In a Tumblr post from back in April, Pete Lawrie Winfield describes the album as being “a marriage of music and film,” going on to explain that “each visual, is a tribute to the directors that influenced the music…A Lesson Unlearnt is a celebration of picture and sound, forever entwined.” Eloquently stated. Check out the Tumblr page to see all of the visual elements listed in order, “as it was always intended.”
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
- 06/10 – Mercury Lounge – New York, New York
- 06/11 – Black Cat (backstage) – Washington, DC
- 06/12 – Great Scott – Boston, MA
- 06/13- Johnny Brendas – Philadelphia, PA
- 06/16 – Barboza – Seattle, WA
- 06/17- Bunk Bar – Portland, OR
- 06/22 – Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
- 06/25 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
- 07/25 – Underground Music Showcase (Main Stage) – Denver, CO
The band recently announced on Twitter that, NYC-based emcee Homeboy Sandman would be joining them for their New York City show on Wednesday June 10th, no doubt performing “Perspective,” originally from the band’s A Taste Of Silver EP. Check it out below.
— UntilTheRibbonBreaks (@UTRB) May 26, 2015
That’s definitely going to be a good show and will DEFINITELY make up for the fact that it’s a LATE SHOW on a weeknight. Ooof. A Lesson Unlearnt is available now (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify) or on Vinyl if you so choose.