Master of horror John Carpenter is, of course, also a master musician, having created the iconic, influential scores for classics like Halloween, They Live, and Assault on Precinct 13. His new album, Lost Themes II, is out April 15 (NPR is currently streaming the whole thing). He just dropped a woozy video to promote his new opus.
According to label Sacred Bones Records, Lost Themes II aims for a more robust sound than its predecessor, 2014's Lost Themes, the director’s first non-soundtrack album. The video for “Distant Dream,” the first track on the album, shows Carpenter and his band (among them: his son, Cody, on synth, and his godson Daniel Davies on guitar) rocking out in the studio.
It’s a fairly straightforward performance video (directed by Carpenter—who else?), but there’s one notable moment that can’t be a coincidence. When Carpenter begins his keyboard riff, well, let’s just say They Live fans will get the joke.
Carpenter and company are heading out on tour this spring and summer; it’ll be his first-ever live musical shows. Here’s a full list of dates. Bring your sunglasses!
27 Greece, Athens – Piraeus Academy
28 Greece, Athens – Piraeus Academy
30 Denmark, Copenhagen - Koncerthuset - Koncertsalen
02 Spain, Barcelona – Primavera Sound
14 US, Seattle – Paramount
15 US, Portland - Arlene Schnitzer
17 US, Oakland - Fox Theatre
18 US, Los Angeles – Orpheum
19 US, Phoenix – Mesa Center for the Arts
21 US, Denver - Gothic Theatre
23 US, Austin - Moody Theatre @ ACL LIVE
24 US, Dallas - Majestic Theater
03 Iceland, Ásbrú ATP - Iceland
06 Switzerland, Neuchâtel - International Film Festival
08 US, New York - Playstation Theatre
09 US, Philadelphia – Keswick Theatre
10 US, Pittsburgh – Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
12 US, Washington DC - Lincoln Theatre
15 US, Detroit - The Masonic Temple
16 US, Chicago – Thalia Hall
18 US, Milwaukee – Pabst Theatre
26 Italy, Turin – Today’s Festival
28 Italy, Rome - Auditorium Parco Della Musica / Santa Cecilia Hall
28 UK, Manchester - Albert Hall
29 UK, Manchester - Albert Hall
31 UK, London - Troxy