[sun rise] Codeine announce reunion tour, June 30 @ Brighton Music Hall

As we first reported back in December when we sat down with CHRIS BROKAW before his gig at the Plough & Stars in Cambridge, '90s slowcore veterans CODEINE today announced a world tour to coincide with their reunion and album reissues. They hit the Brighton Music Hall on Saturday, June 30, in the middle of a 19-date run that includes mostly club shows with a sprinkling of festival dates (notably, All Tomorrow's Parties in Japan and the UK, and Primavera Sound in Spain).

Born in 1989, Codeine disbanded 18 years ago, a few years after Brokaw decided to focus his efforts with then-side-project Come, where he was a guitarist and songwriter as opposed to a drummer. But the trio of JOHN ENGLE, STEPHEN IMMERWAHR and Brokaw (who was replaced by DOUG SHARIN after the Barely Real EP dropped in late 1992), were an underrated part of Sub Pop's early-'90s roster and continued to build a steady cult following well after their demise.

Chicago archival label Numero Group will re-release the Codeine back catalog on May 22; the full-lengths, including 1990's Frigid Stars and 1994's The White Birch, "will be subjected to the label's elaborate packaging and detailed liner notes, and will be accompanied by period appropriate singles, demos, Peel Sessions, and live tracks," according to a release. Furthermore, "each album will be packaged as a double LP with a CD of the same material or collected as an ultra deluxe box set available in a limited edition of 1000 copies."

Back in December, the Phoenix's Jonathan Donaldson wrote:

On the eve of this major revival of a group he left 20 years ago, Brokaw reflects back in time through scores of projects to the early '90s, when his service with seminal bands Codeine and Come was the closest he ever got to musical fidelity. "I would probably be more visibly successful if I chose one thing to do and stuck with that," he offers. "The dudes in Spoon aren't out in a million other bands. They are doing Spoon. However, I would argue that my average year is more interesting than Spoon's."

Codeine bassist Stephen Immerwahr agrees that a player like Brokaw was simply meant to wander. "I think a lot of good musicians are poly-amorous, both by inclination, and also nurture," he says. "People want to play with you when you're good."

Good to see he's finally back home. Here are the full Codeine live dates:

4/9 Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
4/14 Tokyo, Japan - All Tomorrow's Parties
5/26 London, UK - All Tomorrow's Parties
5/27 Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
5/28 Groningen, Holland - Vera
5/29 Hamburg, Germany - TBA
5/30 Vienna, Austria - Szene
5/31 Bologna, Italy - Lokomotiv
6/1 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
6/8 Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound
6/29 Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
6/30 Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
7/1 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
7/9 Seattle, WA - Triple Door
7/10 Seattle, WA - Triple Door
7/11 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
7/12 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
7/13 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
7/15 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge

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