main_r1_c1.gifAir Traffic’s Fractured Life is quickly building momentum with its brilliantly brutal mood music. After climbing to #1 on the Specialty Album chart, they have also just re-entered the Top 100 Itunes “Next Big Thing” album chart.

Their music is also currently being featured on The Hills, One Tree Hill and Kyle XY. As an unlikely product of Bournemouth, UK, the group’s singer, Chris Wall was initially fed musically by his Celtic roots. Both his parents are Irish born and bred, and his uncle, Jimmy McCarthy, who still lives in Cork, is a well known folk singer. Wall met his bandmates (drummer David Jordan, bassist Jim Maddock, guitarist Tom Pritchard) and while still in school. It all happened during the academic year when they were up in London, ostensibly studying, in reality, investing their student loans in rehearsal and recording time.

After the band were signed to Astralwerks/EMI, Air Traffic set up in Rockfield Studios to begin working on their new album. Soon thereafter, Wall heard of a friend’s loss via news of a fatal car crash,”I could feel the grief, and the sense of helplessness was overwhelming.” This swiftly inspired the album’s most poignant and beautiful moment, the aching piano ballad, “Empty Space.” The two month Rockfield experience was, overall, cathartic. “It made us focus on what we do, and also appreciate how different we are from other bands.” In a world in which it is increasingly easy to confuse things that sound urgent with things that are actually important, Air Traffic are, triumphantly, both.

Now, we are proud to announce Air Traffic’s long-awaited North American tour supporting Elbow as well as numerous headlining dates. The band has garnered a phenomenal reputation for their extraordinary, energetic and propulsive live shows as evidenced by their CMJ appearances last year. See for yourself right here:


Air Traffic North American Tour Dates
5/2 Denver Bluebird Theatre*
5/3 Salt Lake City The Depot*
5/5 Seattle Showbox*
5/6 Vancouver St. Andrews Wesley*
5/ 8 San Francisco Bimbo’s 365*
5/9 Los Angeles Avalon*
5/10 Los Angeles Spaceland
5/11 San Diego Soma
5/12 Phoenix Brickhouse
5/14 Dallas House of Blues
5/15 Tulsa Bob at Cain’s
5/17 Kansas City Record Bar
5/18 Chicago The Bottom Lounge
5/19 Columbus The Basement
5/20 Detroit Shelter
5/22 Cambridge TT The Bears
5/23 Philadelphia Johnny Brenda’s
5/24 New York Knitting Factory

*With Elbow

MP3 for “No More Running Away” (live)




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