posted May 9th, 2022

Mess Esque, the Australian duo of Mick Turner (Dirty Three) and Helen Franzmann (McKisko), got off to a fast start in 2021 with two quietly electrifying albums: Dream #12 and their self-titled debut for Drag City. That electricity sparks from Mick’s aquatic guitar moods meeting with Helen's vocals and dream imagery, causing nights, tides and empty landscapes to simmer with raw passion. You feel like being moved in a deep and fulfilling way? Then Mess Esque is for you, and no longer limited to recordings: later this month, the duo embark on their first tour of the USA together!

Part intuitive response, part deliberate composition, and 100% physiological reaction, Mess Esque are the moon and we the tide, rising and falling to the wax and wane of their atmospheric performance. Look out, we're entering the Mess Esque phase - check the dates below and don't get left out in the sun!

5/24/22 The Moroccan Lounge Los Angeles CA

5/27/22– 5/28/22 Solid Sound Festival North Adams MA

5/27/22 The Middle East Boston MA

5/29/22 SPACE Portland, ME

5/31/22 Baby's All Right Brooklyn NY

6/1/22 PhilaMOCA Philadelphia PA

6/2/22 Pie Shop Washington DC

6/3/22 Club Cafe Pittsburgh PA

6/4/22 Beachland Tavern Cleveland OH

6/6/22 Zanzabar Louisville KY

6/7/22 Hi-Fi Indianapolis IN

6/9/22 7th Street Entry Minneapolis MN

6/10/22 The Back Room at Colectivo Milwaukee WI

6/11/22 The Hideout Chicago IL*

6/13/22 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco CA


Artists in this story: Mick Turner, AZITA, Mess Esque