CHOIR OF YOUNG BELIEVERS THIS IS FOR THE WHITE IN YOUR EYES OUT NOW ON GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL FIRST EVER U.S. TOUR BEGINS THIS WEEK!
Choir Of Young Believers are embarking their first-ever North American tour this fall in support of their latest release, This Is For The White In Your Eyes. The four-piece touring band consists of Jannis Noya Makrigi annis (Guitar, Vocals), Cæcilie Trier (Cello/ backing vocals), Jakob Millung (Bass) and Casper Henning Hansen (Drums).
Promos This Is For The White In Your Eyes are available now. The band is up for interviews and we have plenty of press materials at all (photos, guest list spots, etc), so please keep me posted on any plans for coverage.
When listening to Denmark’s Choir of Young Believers, it’s hard not to imagine an army of white-clad singers with arms outstretched, their voices raised in holy polyphony—in fact, the Danish group is the brainchild of one 26-year-old Jannis Noya Makrigiannis. For years, Jannis moved in the underground circles of the Copenhagen indie scene. After the breakup of his old band in 2006, he moved to the Greek island of Samos and began developing his own solo material. Jannis returned to Copenhagen and, gathering musicians and friends around him, formed Choir of Young Believers, an orchestral-pop project marked by magisterial melodies, dark lyrical concerns, and a healthy dose of cathedral-grade reverb.
The songs on Choir of Young Believers’ debut album This Is For The White In Your Eyes mix modest folk arrangements with ambitious, grandiose indie pop, cooled with a stoic Nordic distance and glowing with an inner light. Choir Of Young Believers have been nominated for six Da nish Grammies, winning “Best New Act”, and just recently performed stateside at SXSW and received rave reviews from publications such as
MOJO and Pitchfork. Musical nods to Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, Pixies, and Hank Williams abound, but Jannis and his Choir Of Young Believers have forged their own neck-tinglingly singular sound. Live, the Choir takes many different shapes and sizes. Jannis often performs as a duo with a guitar or a piano and cello; other times, up to eight people fill the stage, playing everything from strings and horns to percussion and bells. The one constant is Jannis’ voice: clear, mournful, stretching to the heavens.
“…high, keening melancholy… amid [a] slow-motion army of guitars, piano, strings and brass… Let the buzz begin.” – Rolling Stone: David Fricke -“Fricke’s Picks”
“Choir Of Young Believers sound just as earnest and grandiose as their name suggests” – Pitchfork
“Choir of Young Believers.. .delivers a debut that is wise beyond its years.” – Prefix
“With one foot firmly planted in the realm of orchestral pop, the other dipping its toe into ‘50s pop-song structures Makrigiannis crafts a Spartan but cinematic world of melody and melancholy” – Under The Radar
10.18 Seattle, WA @ The Tractor Tavern
10.19 Portland, OR @ Holocene
10.20 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Shop
10.21 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland (Club NME Night)
10.22 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge (7 PM Show)
10.22 New York, NY @ Piano’s
10.24 New York, NY @ Living Room (3 PM Show)
10.24 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge (Ghostly International CMJ Showcase)
10.26 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s