Published: March 31, 2014
By: Anand Harsh
They're back, baby! Livetronica pioneers The New Deal will be returning to the festival circuit this summer after a two year hiatus.
The Canadian trio burst onto the scene in 1999 with its inventive take on live breakbeat, house, and trance, and evolved to become the pre-eminent electronic interpreters of electro, drum & bass, and the ever-evolving scene. Rearranging the sounds of DJs with its improvisational attack of drums, bass, and synths, The New Deal forged the sound of jamtronica acts to aspire to with timeless hits like "Gone, Gone, Gone."
And the guys were thought to be "gone," but popular demand brings them back for not only a summer run of festivals, but what looks to be a full fall tour. Keyboardist Jamie Shields and bassist Dan Kurtz return, with original member Darren Shearer to be replaced by Dragonette drummer Joel Stouffer, with whom Kurtz has been playing for nearly a decade. Listen to an interview with Dan Kurtz recorded shortly before the final shows of The New Deal, as well as one with Darren Shearer about the last run of the live electronic vanguards.
This is what the band had to say:
Two years after the end of a successful fourteen-year run of over 1000 live shows, theNEWDEAL is announcing today a return to American festival stages in the summer of 2014.
“It feels like the right time for us to be playing together again”, says bassist Dan Kurtz. “theNEWDEAL needed some time to find some new musical inspiration and get some perspective on what is important about what, and how, we play together”.
“We just needed a break to go do other things”, adds keyboardist Jamie Shields. “When the thing you love begins to feel only like work, it’s time to step away”.