The The has etched a profound mark on contemporary music since their 1979 inception. Their music stands distinctively apart, marked by deep contrasts: from melancholic moods to hopeful tones and from passionate fervor to introspective reflections. Their oeuvre weaves through pop, rock, blues, and folk, while venturing into avant-garde electronics and evocative cinematic sounds, effortlessly moving from guitar harmonies to emotive ballads.
Their six studio offerings have solidified their stature as one of the UK’s most esteemed musical collectives. The long-running project, helmed by Matt Johnson, exudes a creativity that is both fluid and unpredictable. Recent years have seen him and The The venture into the domain of film soundtracks, contributing to projects as diverse as Hyena, Tony, Muscle, and Moonbug.
2018 marked the first time The The had played live in 16 years, and included a trio of London shows at The Royal Albert Hall, Brixton Academy and The Troxy, followed by a world tour encompassing venues in Europe, North America and Australia. The live show at The Royal Albert Hall was also made available as the eponymous The Comeback Special, a multi-format release which included a double live album, art book and a Tim Pope-directed concert film. For this, Johnson collaborated with former The The stalwarts: James Eller handling the bass, DC Collard at the keyboards, and Earl Harvin behind the drums. They were complemented by the fresh talent of Barrie Cadogan on guitar.
In a highly anticipated move, Matt Johnson will usher The The onto the stage once more, marking their first significant tour since the memorable 2018 revival. The spotlight now shines on four prominent U.K. performances slated for next September’s “Ensouled World Tour 2024.” Speculation abounds on whether the same 2018 ensemble will remain intact – and if there’s a fresh album waiting in the wings to accompany their on-stage endeavours, since Johnson has released several new The The songs via 7-inch single in recent years.
Spanning from September 25th to 30th, The The will grace stages in Edinburgh, Wolverhampton, London, and Manchester.
Those subscribed to the band’s newsletter, the vanguard of their fanbase, will enjoy the privilege of securing the first tickets at 10 AM on October 11th.
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The The “will also head out globally next year on their Ensouled World Tour, full details of which will be announced shortly,” Johnson announced on social media.
Ensouled World Tour 2024 Tour Dates:
- Sept. 25: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK
- Sept. 27: The Civic at The Halls, Wolverhampton, UK
- Sept. 28: Alexandra Palace, London, UK
- Sept. 30: The Apollo, Manchester, UK
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