The Need To Take Futuristic Sounds On Road

The sexually frank electro-punk duo will play several California dates later this month.

The Need -- the futuristic-sounding, sexually frank electro-punk duo from Olympia, Wash. -- have announced that they're mounting a brief tour of California in August.

Radio Sloan (guitar, bass, vocals) and Rachel Carns (drums, organs, vocals), who postponed an earlier summer outing due to a scheduling snafu, will work their way from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back during the second half of the month.

"We somehow manage to win people over by the end of our shows," Carns told SonicNet Music News earlier this year. "There are random people who come to the shows for whatever reason, but they don't [care] about our band. By the end, they love us."

After releasing several singles, the Need garnered national attention last year with a self-titled CD on the Chainsaw label (best known for releasing the first two Sleater-Kinney albums). Songs such as

"Whitewash Cannonball" (RealAudio excerpt), "Don't Touch The Ribbon" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Rim Me Isabella" layered robotic vocals and cryptically sensual lyrics onto staccato guitar, anxious keyboards and spring-wound drums for a genuinely unique mix.

In July, the Need, assisted by DJ Zena and one-time Melvins bassist Joe Preston, followed the album with the "Vaselina"/"Talk Potty" 10-inch single on Up Records.

The band is planning another full-length album for Chainsaw, due early next year.

The Need Tour Dates:

Aug. 16; San Francisco, Calif., To Be Announced

Aug. 17; San Jose, Calif., Radio Free Records

Aug. 19; Long Beach, Calif., PCH Club

Aug. 20; Santa Ana, Calif., Koo's Cafe

Aug. 21; Los Angeles, Calif., The Garage

Aug. 22; Los Angeles, Calif., St. Lucy's

Aug. 23; Santa Barbara, Calif., To Be Announced

Aug. 24; Santa Cruz, Calif., To Be Announced

Aug. 27; San Francisco, Calif., Mission Street Records