Melt-Banana Announce "Return of Hedgehogs" Tours in N America and release of Singles

Japanese techno-punk outfit Melt-Banana will be going on two North American headlining tours. To coincide with this two tours, Melt-Banana will release Return of 13 Hedgehogs, a collection of non-album singles.They' ve taken a map of North America and cut it in half diagonally right; the band will first tour the bottom right half in May to mid-June, and will come back in July (and a few dates in August) for the top left half. In addition to these headlining shows, Melt-Banana are also scheduled to perform at two festivals. The first is the Maryland Deathfest in May. In July, the band will appear at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival curated by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the National's Aaron Dessner. Melt-Banana' s first show on the first tour will be in Phoenix with Lightning Bolt. For most dates of the second tour, the band will be joined by Torche. I'm hoping you'll consider advancing their show with a feature, advance blurb or album review. Let me know if you need the music.

Return of 13 Hedgehogs is a compilation of 13 singles Melt-Banana has released from 2000 to 2009,and is their second singles compilation following 13 Hedgehogs, which compiled 13 releases from 1994 to 1999. In addition to tracks from their singles, tracks from split singles released with acts such as Fantomas, The Locust, Big D and the Kid's Table, and Young Widows, etc, along with covers of songs such as Italian singer Mina' s "Tintarella Di Luna", Toots & the Maytals' "Monkey Man" (which was famously covered by The Specials), Devo' s "Uncontrollable Urge" and The Damned' s "Love Song" will be included for a total of 29 tracks. These tracks have never been released on any of Melt-Banana' s previous 8 studio albums and 2 live albums.

TR01 : Who did it? Who dig it?
TR02: Dog in Lost
TR03: 2 Knees
TR04: Puddle, float
TR05: Quite Free
TR06: And I...
TR07: Tintarella Di Luna
TR08: Grave In The Hole (Pitfall Fits A Bit)
TR09: Capital 1060 Hospital
TR10: Too Rough To Scoop (Find A Grain of Greed)
TR11 : Creeps In A White Cake
TR12: Monkey Man
TR13: Operation: 3rd Attack
TR14: Get the Head Back
TR15: About
TR16: Neck On B1
TR17: Get the T (Escaping with the ID card!)
TR18: Steel me lust
TR19: 52 hands, 36 possibilities
TR20: Sweeper
TR21 : Target Inside
TR22: Cat In Red
TR23: ヘビノウタ/ snake song
TR24: アイノウタ/ love song
TR25: Uncontrollable Urge
TR26: Pain In Ash
TR27: Loop Nebula
TR28: Leeching
TR29: Jack And A Red Dog
ORIGINAL RELEASES FOR THE ABOVE TREACKS: Melt-Banana/Three Studies For A Crucifixion Split 8inch Single (2001 Passacaglia Records, USA), Melt-Banana/Dynamite Anna and the Bone Machine Split 7inch Single (2001 Valium Records, Italia), Melt-Banana/ Daemien Frost Split 7inch Single (2001 Alpha Relish, Ireland), Melt-Banana/The Locust split 7inch Single (2002 GSL, USA), Melt-Banana/Big D And The Kids Table split 7inch Single (2002 Fork In Hand, USA), Melt-Banana 6inch Single "666" (2002 Level Plane, USA), Melt-Banana/Narcosis split 7inch Single (2004 Speedowax Records, UK), Melt-Banana/Chung split 10inch Single "Quick Quick Slow Death" (2005 Sounds of  Subterrania, Germany), Melt-Banana/Fantomas split 5inch Single (2005 Unhip Records, Italy), Melt-Banana 5inch Single "アイノウタ- Ai no Uta" (2006 Hg Fact, Japan), Melt-Banana/Fatday split CDEP (2008 Dark Beloved Cloud , USA), Melt-Banana/Young Widows split 7inch Single (2009 Temporary Residence Ltd., USA), Melt-Banana 7inch Single "initial T." (2009 Init Records, USA)
All songs by Melt-Banana except TR07, TR12, TR24, TR25.
Release on A-ZAP Records :

Route A
MAY 06 The Crescent - Phoenix, AZ
MAY 08 The Launchpad - ABQ, NM
MAY 09 Opolis - Norman, OK
MAY 11 The Firebird - St. Louis, MO
MAY 12 The Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI
MAY 13 Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
MAY 14 The Crofoot, The Pike Room - Pontiac, MI
MAY 15 Skully's - Columbus, OH
MAY 16 Mohawk - Buffalo, NY
MAY 17 Lee's Palace - Toronto, CAN
MAY 19 AS220 - Providence, RI
MAY 21 Great Scott - Boston, MA
MAY 22 Johnny Brenda's - Philly, PA
MAY 23 St. Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
MAY 24 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD
MAY 25 Cat's Cradle Backroom - Carborro, NC
MAY 27 Jack Rabbits - Jacksonville, FL
MAY 28 The Backbooth - Orlando, FL
MAY 29 Churchill's Pub - Miami, FL
MAY 30 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL
JUN 01 The Earl - Atlanta, GA
JUN 0 Saturn - Birmingham, AL
JUN 04 Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
JUN 05 Fitzgeralds - Houston, TX
JUN 06 Three Links - Dallas, TX
JUN 07 Red 7 - Austin, TX
JUN 10 Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
JUN 11 The Slide Bar - Fullerton, CA
JUN 12 The Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA
JUN 13 Harlows - Sacramento, CA
ROUTE B w Torche
JUL 02 Dante's - Portland, OR
JUL 03 Chop Suey - Seattle, WA
JUL 04 The Venue - Vancouver, CAN
JUL 06 The Pawn Shop - Edmonton, CAN
JUL 0 7 The Gateway at SAIT - Calgary, CAN
JUL 08 Amigos - Saskatoon, CAN
JUL 10 Pyramid Cabaret - Winnipeg, CAN
JUL 11 The Aquarium - Fargo, ND
JUL 13 The Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN
JUL 14 The Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
JUL 15 High Noon - Madison, WI
JUL 16 Wooly's - Des Moines, IA
JUL 17 Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
JUL 18 Eaux Claires Music Festival - Eaux Claires, WI
JUL 20 The Exit / In - Nashville, TN
JUL 21 The Rose Music Hall - Columbia, MO
JUL 22 Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
JUL 24 Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
JUL 25 Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
JUL 26 Bunk House - Las Vegas NV
JUL 28 The Casbah - San Deigo, CA
JUL 29 The Casbah - San Diego, CA
JUL 31 The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA
AUG 01 Metro - Oakland, CA
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