Experimental punk veterans Fugazi will embark on an eight-date mini-tour in
early May, following the release of their sixth album, End Hits, later
this month, according to Dischord Records publicist Cynthia Connelly.
Although Fugazi guitarist Guy Picciotto told SonicNet Music News
that much of End Hits was honed on the road, there are as yet no
plans to tour behind the album after the May outing, which will take the
Washington, D.C., band through Pennsylvania and Ohio before moving to the
Great Lakes region.
"We definitely have labored over every aspect of it," Picciotto said last
year while the band was still recording End Hits. "We re-recorded a
bunch of the songs because we realized they were getting much better live."
The time off will allow Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty to spend time with his
new son and will afford the band as a whole the opportunity to complete
the film it's been assembling with director Jem Cohen.
The documentary movie, which includes footage shot both by Cohen and fans
during the group's 11-year career, will feature some portions shot in
silent super-8, with newly recorded Fugazi music dubbed over it.
"We get sent so much footage of ourselves that we never have gotten through
any of it," Picciotto said last year. "It's interesting to go back now 10
years and look at footage from the band's first shows. It's interesting to
see the way things have changed."
The final work will be more experimental than the average documentary,
according to Cohen. "If I were to make an analogy with music, it's more
of a kind of dub film project, in that it's loose, and it has more to do
with different grooves and different experiences," he said last October.
"It's not an attempt to tell people the history of the band and have people
talk about how great they are."
Fugazi Tour Dates:
May 1; Hagerstown, Md., 180 Club
May 2; Pittsburgh, Pa., Carnegie Mellon University
May 3; Columbus, Ohio, The Newport
May 4; Kent, Ohio, To Be Announced
May 5; Cleveland, Ohio, The Agora
May 6; Cincinnati, Ohio, Bogarts
May 8; Chicago, Ill., Congress Theatre
May 9; Detroit, Mich., State Theater