“…The Bangles reinforced that there are few things more fun on a summer night than British Invasion-inspired, California sunshine drenched power pop… The band shone with its blend of harmonies on the hits, but the musical prowess of Peterson, her drumming and singing sister Debbi, and guitarist and singer Susanna Hoffs was equally as strong.From the great fuzzy guitar riff of ‘In Your Room’ to the Beatles-esque vibe of the ‘Rubber Soul’/’Revolver’ ilk on the new material from the band’s upcoming album ‘Sweetheart of the Sun,’ The Bangles burned bright in the summer night.”

–Vanessa Franko, RIVERSIDE PRESS ENTERPRISE (7-13-11)

Look for THE BANGLES’ forthcoming album–SWEETHEART OF THE SUN (Model Music Group)—to now street September 27 to dovetail with the launch of the first leg of their national concert tour October 1 in Philadelphia (see dates below). SWEETHEART OF THE SUN–featuring the first single, “I’ll Never Be Through With You,” a beautiful, aching song of unrequited love–marks the group’s first album of new material in nearly eight years; it’s filled with a fresh batch of definitive Bangles songs which capture the two crucial elements that created the bond that formed the group:  their common love for rock’s golden age and the crystalline sound they quite naturally created.

On the upcoming tour, the pioneering, iconic group–guitarist/singer Susanna Hoffs, guitarist/singer Vicki Peterson and drummer/singer Debbi Peterson–will perform a mix of their classics and material from SWEETHEART OF THE SUN.  The tour kicks off October 1 at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA and the first leg of dates include shows in Chicago and New York, with another leg including the West Coast to follow later in the fall.

On SWEETHEART OF THE SUN, THE BANGLES are at their equally beguiling extremes, as soaring folk-rock harmonies coexist with adrenalized rave-ups inspired by the band’s roots in Nuggets-era garage rock.  The album was recorded by Matthew Sweet (Susanna’s frequent collaborator) at his home studio in the Hollywood Hills, with much of the overdubbing done at the home studios of Vicki and Susanna, and mixed by Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Wilco).  The Bangles cut the album with bassist Derrick Anderson and keyboard player Greg “Harpo” Hilfman, both of whom have been playing with the band for some time. String wizard Greg Leisz, one of the most in-demand players in contemporary music (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Matthew Sweet, Lucinda Williams, Bon Iver) adds pedal steel, lap steel and mandolin to a number of tracks.

Thirty years ago guitarists Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson and drummer Debbi Peterson formed THE BANGLES in a Brentwood, California, garage. Their 1984 debut All Over the Place captured the group’s inventive incorporation of ’60s folk rock, sunny SoCal harmonies and Beatles/Byrds/Beach Boys/Big Star godhead.  Throughout the 80s, the group went on to dominate the charts with hits like “Walk Like An Egyptian,” “Eternal Flame,” “Manic Monday” and “A Hazy Shade of Winter” before they disbanded in the late 80s.  They officially reformed in 1999 to record “Get The Girl” for the soundtrack of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.  The 2003 release of Doll Revolution followed with all songs composed by THE BANGLES, with the exception of “Tear Off Your Own Head (It’s a Doll Revolution)” which was written by Elvis Costello.  THE BANGLES also appear on Costello’s new DVD retrospective.

The complete track list for SWEETHEART OF THE SUN is as follows:

Annalee (Sweetheart Of The Sun)
Lay Yourself Down
Under A Cloud
I’ll Never Be Through With You
Through Your Eyes
Ball & Chain
One Of Two
What A Life
Circles In The Sky
Sweet And Tender Romance
Open My Eyes

THE BANGLES’ initial tour dates are as follows:

DATE        CITY                         VENUE

Sat 10/1    Philadelphia, PA          Theatre of Living Arts
Mon 10/3   New York, NY             Highline Ballroom
Tues 10/4  Boston, MA                Wilbur Theatre
Thurs 10/6  Washington, D.C.      9:30 Club
Sat10/8     St. Louis, MO             The Pageant
Sun 10/9    Indianapolis, IN          Egyptian Room
Mon 10/10  Chicago, IL                House Of Blues
Tues 10/11 Minneapolis, MN         Fine Line Music Café

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