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Big Thief: New Album 'U.F.O.F.', Single Out Now
26th February 2019

U.F.O.F., F standing for ‘Friend’, is the name of the highly anticipated third record by Big Thief, set to be released on 3rd May 2019 via 4AD.

+ You can pre-order on limited translucent orange vinyl, standard black vinyl, and CD via 4AD here +
+ You can pre-save, and pre-order, on all platforms here +


Today, they share the first single, ‘UFOF’ and North American tour dates to add to their 2019 live schedule.  Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums) have spent the last 4 years on an incessant world tour, winning the devotion of an enthusiastic and rapidly expanding audience.  Their first two back-to-back releases, Masterpiece (2016) and Capacity (2017), have been analysed, wept to, danced to, critically applauded, imitated, hummed idly, and shouted out loud.  They have sound-tracked crowded restaurants, difficult conversations, cowboy bars, yoga classes, night drives, and lonely bedrooms.

U.F.O.F. was recorded in rural western Washington at Bear Creek Studios.  In a large cabin-like room, the band set up their gear to track live with engineer Dom Monks and producer Andrew Sarlo, who was also behind their previous albums.  Having already lived these songs on tour, they were relaxed and ready to experiment.  The raw material came quickly.  Some songs were written only hours before recording and stretched out instantly, first take, vocals and all.

Making friends with the unknown… All my songs are about this,” says Lenker; “If the nature of life is change and impermanence, I’d rather be uncomfortably awake in that truth than lost in denial.”

U.F.O.F. is available for pre-order today on LP, CD, and digital.  Limited translucent orange vinyl is available via the Big Thief store and 4AD store, plus your local indie retailer.  Limited forest green vinyl will be available through Vinyl Me Please, beginning 27th February. 

Big Thief - U.F.O.F.

1. Contact
3. Cattails
4. From
5. Open Desert
6. Orange
7. Century
8. Strange
9. Betsy
10. Terminal Paradise
11. Jenni
12. Magic Dealer

For their upcoming North American shows, Big Thief will be partnering with Plus1.  $1 from every ticket sold in the US will be going to benefit SAEF, Little Kids Rock and Youth Speaks, while shows in Canada will benefit music and art programs at the DANS LA RUE homeless youth day centerSketch, and Overly Creative Minds Program from the Urban Native Youth Association (Unya).

20th - Irenic, San Diego CA, US

2nd - The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles CA, US
3rd - The Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles CA, US
5th - Elsewhere, Brooklyn NY, US
18th -  Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK **SOLD OUT**
19th - SWG3, Glasgow, UK
21st - Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland
22nd - The Ritz, Manchester, UK
23rd - Roundhouse, London, UK
24th - SWX, Bristol, UK
26th - Cambridge Junction, Cambridge, UK
27th - Trabendo, Paris, France
28th - Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium
30th - Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
31st - This Is Not a Love Song Festival, Nimes, France

2nd - Best Kept Secret, Amsterdam, Netherlands
3rd - 6th - Beaches Brew Festival, Marina di Ravenna, Italy
3rd - Lido, Berlin, Germany
4th - Bogen F, Zurich, Switzerland
8th - NOS Privavera Sound, Porto, Portugal

6th - 10th - Oya Festival, Oslo, Norway
8th - Lille Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
15th - 18th - Green Man Festival, Wales, UK
16th - Pukkelpop Festival, Hasselt, Belgium

10th - Webster Hall, New York NY, US
11th - Webster Hall, New York NY, US
12th - Higher Ground, South Burlington VT, US
13th - Wilbur Theatre, Boston MA, US
15th - La Tulipe, Montreal QC, Canada
16th - Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON, Canada
18th - Metro, Chicago IL, US
21st - First Avenue, Minneapolis MN, US
24th - Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR, US
25th - Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC, Canada
26th - Moore Theatre, Seattle WA, US
28th - The Fillmore, San Francisco CA, US

1st - Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ, US
2nd - Sister, Albuquerque NM, US
4th - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre, Austin TX, US
5th - Trees, Dallas TX, US
7th - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA, US
8th - Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, NC, US
9th - Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA, US
10th - 9:30 Club, Washington DC, US

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2 hours ago, sillylittleparts said:

anyone with a vinyl me please membership able to order me the green version? i like it so much more than the orange. much appreciated to anyone willing to help me out. 

Me too I guess, I have no idea how VMP works. 

Going to wait to order, no reason to drop $$ right now if the orange is /5000

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Two Hands is brilliant., I’ll have to dig into UFOF some more. I’ve liked their last few albums a lot but this one finally nudged be over the edge to pick up a record. Unfortunately my copy of the colored pressing is plagued by excessive noise on the first half of both sides, once the noise subsides the sound is excellent.

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