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Mike Kruger of Charming Liars Talks New Album, Tour, and The World Cup With The Metallicougar

Charming Liars, Photo by Catie Laffoon

LA based Alternative band Charming Liars has a lot to be cheering about, but mostly, Mike Kruger is cheering about England’s presence in the World Cup. More than once our conversation was interrupted with him quietly but enthusiastically cheering. He said “each year the English have high hopes for their futbol team feeling it will be one of the best years. Then it’s a national disappointment and the whole country mourns.”

Mike, a native of England, loves LA for its population of “people from everywhere else”. He calls it a “great place to be a stranger”. After nearly a year of planning, Charming Liars are about to head out on a four-month US. tour. They have three more videos and a full length album still pending release – they have been very busy. While admittedly he says a full length album in the current state of the music industry might be “not wise by decision” he and his band mates “wanted one piece to tell the full story”. Plus, it gives them the opportunity to release a vinyl collector’s version as well. For him this comes across passionately with him adding he ” would love to have been a teenager around 1977″. Currently, their song Like a Drug is getting a great deal of attention. For the band, the message couldn’t be more timely. It is part of a trilogy of videos telling a story of drug addiction and will be released as a short film entitled “Spoon” to be shown at the Sundance Film Festival, and other festivals should the director and producer wish to do so.

When it comes to touring Mike says hearing his song sung back to him is ” super weird and everything he fantasized about as an artist”. He “loves the big cities but enjoys the smaller markets and the opportunity to have conversations with fans”. He also added perspective to how perceptions can be very different from reality when it comes to culture. He says that people overseas learn a great deal about American culture from “looking at the US for pop culture and trends”, but the reality is people from all parts of the country are the nicest, politest people”. Their tour will take them through Middle America, so be on the lookout and come by for great music and conversation.

Charming Liars, Photo by Catie Laffoon

Charming Liars, Photo by Catie Laffoon

Charming Liars – Upcoming Tour Dates

JULY

Thu 7/12/2018    Fulton 55                              Fresno, CA  w/ Dorothy

Fri 7/13/2018     The Glass House                  Pomona, CA w/ Dorothy

Sat 7/14/2018     Beauty Bar                           Las Vegas, NV w/ Dorothy

Sun 7/15/2018    Crescent Ballroom             Phoenix, AZ w/ Dorothy

Tue 7/17/2018    The Low Brow Palace        El Paso, TX w/ Dorothy

Thu 7/19/2018    Yerberia Cultura                 McAllen, TX w/ Dorothy

Fri 7/20/2018      House of Rock                     Corpus Christie. TX w/ Dorothy

Sat 7/21/2018     Sam’s Burger Joint              San Antonio, TX w/ Dorothy

Mon 7/23/2018   Outland Ballroom              Springfield, MO w/Dorothy

Tue 7/24/2018     Cain’s Ballroom                  Tulsa, OK w/ Dorothy

Wed 7/25/2018    Sticky Fingerz                     Little Rock, AK w/ Dorothy

Fri 7/27/2018      The Forge                             Joliet, IL w/ Dorothy

Sat 7/28/2018      Route 20 Outhouse            Sturtewant, WI w/ Dorothy

Tue 7/31/2018    Greenbay Distillery           Ashwaubenon, WI w/ Dorothy

AUGUST

Wed 8/1/2018     The Loft                                Lansing, MI w/ Dorothy

Fri 8/3/2018        Piere’s Ent. Center             Fort Wayne, IN w/Dorothy

Fri 8/10/2018      The Bourbon                       Lincoln, NE w/ Dorothy

Tue 8/14/2018     Sidetracks Music Hall     Huntsville, AL w/ Dorothy

Wed 8/15/2018    The Stage on Bay               Savannah, GA w/ Dorothy

Fri 8/17/2018        The Tarheel                       Jacksonville, NC w/ Dorothy

Sat 8/18/2018        The Wind Jammer           Isle of Palm, SC w/ Dorothy

Sun 8/19/2018      Capone’s                             Johnson CIty, TN w/ Dorothy

Wed 8/22/2018     Aggie Theater                   Fort Collins, CO w/ Dorothy

Fri 8/24/2018        Knitting Factory              Spokane, WA w/ Dorothy

Sat 8/25/2018        Knitting Factory              Spokane, WA w/ Dorothy

SEPTEMBER

Tue 9/25/2018     Record Bar                             Kansas City, MO   w/ Welshly Arms,

                                                                                                                  The Glorious Sons

Wed 9/26/2018   7th Street Entry                    Minneapolis, MN  w/ Welshly Arms,

                                                                                                                 The Glorious Sons

Thu 9/27/2018     Chop Shop                             Chicago, IL             w/ Welshly Arms,

                                                                                                                The Glorious Sons

Fri 9/28/2018       Saint Andrews’ Hall            Detroit, MI              w/ Welshly Arms,

                                                                                                                 The Glorious Sons

Sun 9/30/2018      The HiFi                                Indianapolis, ID     w/ Welshly Arms,

The Glorious Sons

OCTOBER

Tue 10/2/2018     Velvet Underground            Toronto, ON          w/ Welshly Arms,

                                                                                                                  The Glorious Sons

Wed 10/3/2018   Brighton Music Hall              Boston, MA           w/ Welshly Arms,

                                                                                                                  The Glorious Sons

Thu 10/4/2018     Music Hall                              Brooklyn, NY          w/ Welshly Arms,                                                                                                                                     The Glorious Sons

Sat 10/6/2018      The Foundry                          Philadelphia, PA   w/ Welshly Arms,

                                                                                                                   The Glorious Sons

Sun 10/7/2018     Union Stage                           Washington, DC   w/ Welshly Arms,

                                                                                                                   The Glorious Sons

Tue 10/9/2018     Visulite Theatre                    Charlotte, NC         w/ Welshly Arms,

                                                                                                                    The Glorious Sons

Wed 10/10/2018 Exit/In                                     Nashville, TN         w/ Welshly Arms,

                                                                                                                    The Glorious Sons

Fri 10/12/2018     Vinyl ATL                                Atlanta, GA           w/ Welshly Arms,

                                                                                                                     The Glorious Sons

Sat 10/13/2018   The Parish                              New Orleans, LA   w/ Welshly Arms,

                                                                                                                     The Glorious Sons

( Additional Welshly Arms dates to be announced in August.)

Connect with Charming Liars:

Official Website: https://www.charmingliars.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharmingLiars/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/charmingliars

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charmingliarsmusic/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/478LE0Vmglapdba9xQQt0J

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/charming-liars/id679311277

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr7xMoyX3bXd-mY-LhUu6Kw

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