Gold Panda's debut full-length, Lucky Shiner, http://www.luckyshiner.com/ arrives on Ghostly International (US) on October 12, 2010. "I didn’t want to write "beats"," says Gold Panda, "I didn't want bangers. I wanted songs with structure.' And yet, despite Gold Panda's protests to the contrary, Lucky Shiner is full of bangers—of a kind. Decamping to an idyllic retreat means the album bears trademarks of a pastorally hued Englishness; GP’s two years spent studying Japanese culture, language, and history at the School of Oriental and Asian studies in Japan also find their way into the music. "Lots of factors affected the way it came together," he explains, "touring, mixing, moving houses and splitting with a girlfriend. Family, friends, and lovers, places I've never been." It’s that mix of directness and emotion that characterizes Lucky Shiner, an album of sparkling, beat-driven electronic music that’s easy to fall in love with, and to.
Originally hailing from Chelmsford, Essex, and having spent the early part of his career as remixer for the likes of Bloc Party, Health, Telepathe, Little Boots, and Simian Mobile Disco, Gold Panda has been steadily rising through the ranks from the outset. Gold Panda was chosen as one of the BBC’s Sound of 2010 nominees; he's toured the world with Caribou, HEALTH, Simian Mobile Disco, and is set to hit the road in the UK and the US with Autolux; and his three sold-out EPs have garnered a raft of praise from the mouths that matter (Pitchfork, NME, and The Guardian amongst them). But all this only tells half the story.
Gold Panda will headline Brooklyn's Glasslands on August 30th before heading out on tour with Los Angeles shoegazers Autolux.
8/30 Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
9/01 Washington, DC @ Black Cat ^
9/03 Carrboro, NC @ Cats Crade ^
9/04 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade ^
9/05 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack's ^
9/07 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live ^
9/09 Austin, TX @ Emos Outside ^
9/10 Dallas, TX @ The Loft ^
9/11 Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck ^
9/12 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater ^
9/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge ^
9/15 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse ^
9/16 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern ^
9/17 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House ^
9/18 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre ^
9/23 Seattle, WA @ Decibel Festival *
^ w/ Autolux
* Ghostly International showcase w/ Pantha Du Prince, Lusine & Mux Mool