Back in April, longstanding UK pair Simian Mobile Disco made the trek to the desert of Southern California to record the basic tracks for a new album live in Pioneertown—a small town nestled directly outside of Joshua Tree. With the details of the resulting LP, Whorl, announced last week, a new documentary has surfaced chronicling SMD's three days recording in the desert. Put together by Ryan McNeill for Vans' YouTube channel, the four-plus minute doc pieces together interviews in which the pair discuss why it elected to record its new record in such a unique location, and what the group hoped it would get out of the process. The short film also provides a few glimpses of the hardware Simian Mobile Disco used for the recording, even capturing them tweaking their respective modular rigs in the middle of a desert landscape.
In addition to the documentary, Simian Mobile Disco has also unveiled details of an eight-date US tour set to take place this September. Those dates have been included beneath the mini-doc below, which can be watched in full below.
September 18 U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC
September 19 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
September 20 The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA
September 21 Music Hall Of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
September 23 Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
September 24-28 Decibel Festival - Seattle, WA
September El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
September 27 Mezzanine - San Francisco, CA