Fatso Jetson and All Souls Announce UK Dates for ‘The Desertfest Tour’

Since the shows are presented by Desertscene, which is the same group behind the festival from whence this run takes its name, I can hardly imagine it’s a coincidence that the upcoming run for Fatso Jetson and All Souls through the UK has been branded with the Desertfest name. Could it be the festival’s next forward step is to take the show on the road? If so, there’s nothing necessarily keeping it limited to the UK — there are Desertfests in Germany, Belgium and Greece; where wouldn’t a tour called Desertfest find welcome? — but even if Desertscene does keep it to the home territory for now, it’s an interesting proposition and outcrop from Desertfest London proper, which in the meantime is putting together its strongest lineup ever for 2018.

Fatso Jetson, who share drummer Tony Tornay with All Souls, head abroad in support of their excellent 2016 album, Idle Hands (review here). The self-titled debut from All Souls won’t be out until Feb. 9 (info here), so they’ll be heralding the release to come a couple weeks ahead of its arrival. Who knows, maybe they’ll have copies on the merch table. That’s always fun.

Desertscene posted the following:

fatso jetson all souls desertfest tour

FATSO JETSON & ALL SOULS – The Desertfest UK Tour

Desertscene, in association with Brooklyn Brewery, are proud to announce The Desertfest Tour. The six date tour, featuring desert rock legends Fatso Jetson and their drummer, Tony Tornay’s new project, All Souls, will be criss-crossing the UK between the 23rd and 28th of January.

Founded in 1994 by Yawning Man’s Mario and Larry Lalli, alongside Tony Tornay, Fatso Jetson were one of those few special bands at the very epicentre of the desert and stoner rock movements. With Yawning Man having already laid the foundations years earlier, and bands such as Kyuss beginning to build upon them, Fatso Jetson couldn’t have been birthed at a more perfect time.

Forming their new band on those long after hours sessions in the Lalli cousins’ bar, Rhythm & Brews, Fatso Jetson came to life. Whilst a similar core with their previous work was undeniable, the band set themselves apart from the pure desert rock of what came before by injecting elements of punk and surf. The rough around the edges tradition carried over into their first release Stinky Little Gods, but the pure sunshine was partially obscured by hints of a more uneasy vibe; that bit heavier, that bit darker and that bit louder.

Over two decades later, Fatso Jetson’s place in stoner rock canon is earned via their impressive back catalogue, which includes the must listen Power of Three and 2016’s phenomenal Idle Hands. We couldn’t be more excited to be teaming up with them for a UK tour.

They’ll be joined on all dates by All Souls, a relatively new project from FJ’s drummer Tony Tornay. With a self described mission statement of blending Pixies inspired hooks and QotSA style riffs with a reverence to 80’s darkwave, All Souls should be a perfect accompaniment for the tour. So make sure you don’t miss out when this tour rolls through your neck of the woods. Book your tickets today.

Jan. 23rd: Northern Guitars, Leeds
Jan. 24th: Nice And Sleezy, Glasgow
Jan. 25th: The Phoenix, Coventry
Jan. 26th: The Black Heart, London
Jan. 27th: Rebellion, Manchester
Jan. 28th: The Lanes, Bristol


Fatso Jetson, Idle Hands (2016)

All Souls, “Never Know”

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