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bar italia release new single & video 'worlds greatest emoter', new album 'The Twits' out November 3 via Matador Records.

bar italia have released new single and video “worlds greatest emoter”, a driving and ascending standout from their forthcoming second full length of 2023, ‘The Twits’, out November 3rd.

‘worlds greatest emoter’ follows singles “my little tony” which is currently on the BBC 6 Music playlist and “Jelsy”, which The Times described as “slow-burning eerie bluesy rock with a hint of bossa nova from the celebrated trio”, while The Guardian said, “this mordant cowboy strum becomes hypnotic thanks to the London band's trifecta of vocalists, each sounding nihilistic and freshly released from a dark cupboard".

bar italia will host ‘drawings by bar italia’ on October 27th at the Frieze exhibition space at No.9 Cork Street, London. The public view will be at 6pm-8pm.

The band kick off their UK tour October 31st in Manchester, culminating in sold out shows at Rough Trade East on November 6th and Village Underground on November 7th, followed by European headline and festival shows. They play their their first full North American tour in December, including sold out New York shows at Bowery Ballroom. A full list of dates can be found below.

bar italia are the London based three-piece of Nina Cristante, Jezmi Tarik Fehmi and Sam Fenton.

The Twits’ was recorded by the trio over eight weeks from February 2023 in a makeshift home studio in Mallorca, and was mixed by Marta Salogni. It finds bar italia’s economical yet evocative songcraft taking raucous, mystic, unkempt, occasionally sinister, and wholly committed turns. Songs like “my little tony”, with its in-the-red riff and excitable hooks and the festival tent psychedelia of “Hi-fiver” need little in the way of exposition – these are exhilarating rock songs, if wayward and strange.

Other moments see the band’s increasingly signature, three-act mini-dramas moving into previously uncharted territory. Cristante, Fehmi and Fenton can each manifest a different melody, mood, and cadence – at times overlapping and linear, at others unexpectedly divergent – often within the space of thirty seconds, a tag team rooted in shared language and kinship.

While ‘Tracey Denim’ was notable for its compact 2-3 minute compositions, horizontal and open-ended tracks like “Shoo” ebb and flow, moving from reptilian dive-bar soloing to a palpitating two-note piano coda. “glory-hunter” takes playful twists and turns before ending up somewhere entirely different from where it started. “Real house wibes (desperate house vibes)” and “que surprise” imply sleepless, noirish misadventure, while at the other end of the light spectrum, “sounds like you had to be there” features some of the band’s most sweetly optimistic musical gestures yet. Closer “bibs” is a rare instance where all three can be heard in unison, as a procession of ghostly chords and lacerating feedback bookends the group’s most adventurous and rich set to date.

Released in May, bar italia’s Matador debut ‘Tracey Denim’ followed a string of word-of-mouth releases on Dean Blunt’s World Music label and received widespread attention from publications including The Guardian (“one of the albums of 2023 so far”), The Times (“excellent debut album”), The Observer (‘Artist To Watch’), Single “Nurse!” was playlisted on BBC 6 Music and received spins from BBC Radio 1, Absolute Radio and NTS. The release was accompanied by a UK tour, culminating in a sold-out headline show at the ICA in London, which The Spectator described as “transfixing… They just make their beautiful, off-kilter music, and let you unfold your own stories on top”.

In June, bar italia made their US live debut, with sold-out residencies encompassing five New York and four Los Angeles shows. Of one of the New York dates, Brooklyn Vegan noted, “live it plays out naturally, terrifically, on songs like ‘Punkt’, ‘changer’, and ‘Nurse!’ that mixed early-’80s post-punk with ’90s indie rock and just a whiff of trip-hop”.


Tuesday 31st October / Manchester, UK : YES - SOLD OUT

Wednesday 1st November / Bristol, UK : The Fleece

Thursday 2nd November / Brighton, UK : Mutations Festival

Friday 3rd November / Leeds, UK : Brudenell Social Club

Saturday 4th November / Glasgow, UK : Room 2

Sunday 5th November / Nottingham, UK : Rough Trade

Monday 6th November / London, UK : Rough Trade East - SOLD OUT

Tuesday 7th November / London, UK : Village Underground - SOLD OUT

Thursday 9th November / Rennes, FR : Antipode

Saturday 11th November / Paris, FR : Pitchfork Festival

Sunday 12th November / Grenoble, FR : Le Ciel

Monday 13th November / St Gallen, CH: Palace

Wednesday 15th November / Vienna, AT : B72

Thursday 16th November / Schorndorf, DE : Manufaktur

Friday 17th November / Leipzig, DE : TransCentury Update

Saturday 18th November / Hamburg, DE : Molotow Skybar

Sunday 19th November / Berlin, DE : Lido - SOLD OUT

Monday 20th November / Copenhagen, DK : VEGA

Wednesday 22nd November / Frankfurt, DE : Tanzhaus West

Thursday 23rd November / Rotterdam, NL : Rotown

Friday 24th November / Amsterdam, NL : Bitterzoet - SOLD OUT

Saturday 25th November / Antwerp, BE : Trix

Sunday 26th November / Brussels, BE : Botanique

Fri-Dec-01 Washington,DC Songbyrd

Sat-Dec-02 Philadelphia,PA First Unitarian Church

Sun-Dec-03 Brooklyn, NY Elsewhere - SOLD OUT

Mon-Dec-04 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom - SOLD OUT

Tue-Dec-05 Boston,MA Brighton Music Hall

Wed-Dec-06 Montreal,QC Sala Rossa

Fri-Dec-08 Toronto,ON Velvet Underground

Sat-Dec-09 Detroit,MI The Loving Touch

Sun-Dec-10 Chicago,IL Empty Bottle – SOLD OUT

Mon-Dec-11 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle

Tue-Dec-12 St. Paul, MN Turf Club

Wed-Dec-13 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon

Fri-Dec-15 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups

Sat-Dec-16 Cleveland, OH Mahall's

Sun-Dec-17 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe


Fri-Mar-15 New York, Warsaw

Wed-Mar-20 Atlanta, GA The Earl

Thu-Mar-21 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall

Fri-Mar-22 Asheville, NC Eulogy

Mon-Mar-25 Nashville, TN The Blue Room at Third Man Records

Wed-Mar-27 New Orleans, LA Toulouse Theatre

Thu-Mar-28 Houston, TX The Secret Group

Fri-Mar-29 Austin, TX Mohawk

Sat-Mar-30 Dallas, TX Sons of Hermann Hall

Mon-Apr-01 Albuquerque, NM Sister

Mon-Apr-08 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios

Tue-Apr-09 Vancouver, BC Hollywood Theatre

Wed-Apr-10 Seattle, WA Neumos

May 2nd - London, UK - Electric Brixton


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