Advance Base Christmas Tour 17 Nov 2023

Christmas songs have appeared throughout Owen Ashworth’s recorded output for the better part of two decades, from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone’s 2016 fan favorite “Cold White Christmas,” a song about a young college graduate too stubborn to go home for Christmas, to Advance Base’s latest Christmas single, “Christmas Steve,” about a suburban acid casualty who lives every day as though it's Christmas Eve. There have been enough Advance Base & Casiotone for the Painfully Alone Christmas songs to necessitate a Christmas Mixtape (available as a free download from Advance Base’s Bandcamp). The album’s worth of songs that make up Christmas Mixtape don’t celebrate Christmas, but merely acknowledge the emotional weight of the holiday season & its sometimes dreary realities. Over sparkling electric piano & warm electronic drones, Ashworth sings of lonely Midwesterners negotiating complicated family dynamics while trudging past storefront Christmas displays on their way to dead-end jobs. The songs are funny as often as they’re sad, but always full of the rich humanity that fans have come to expect from Ashworth’s bruised balladry.

Every December, Owen Ashworth tours the Advance Base & Casiotone for the Painfully Alone Christmas Mixtape songs through different corners of the US & Canada, performing his melancholic acknowledgements of Christmas to holiday lovers & haters alike. Tickets for all dates on the Advance Base Christmas Tour arSe on sale now!

Dec 06, 2023- Minneapolis, MN @ The Icehouse (w/ Walker Rider & J.E. Sunde)
Dec 07, 2023- Eau Claire, WI @ Stones Throw (w/ The Nunnery with Dosh)
Dec 08, 2023- Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium (w/ Waldemar, Ornamental Horticulture & Hope Chest)
Dec 11, 2023- Lincoln, NE @ Duffy's Tavern (w/ Safe Space & dream journal)
Dec 12, 2023- Des Moines, IA @ Lefty's (w/ Pleasants & De Vant)
Dec 13, 2023- Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club (w/ Maximiano & Jacob Slade)
Dec 16, 2023- Oakland, CA @ Stork Club (w/ Dog Eyes & Claire Cronin)
Dec 17, 2023- Los Angeles, CA @ Resident (w/ Claire Cronin & Duffy x Uhlmann)
Dec 22, 2023- Chicago, IL @ Hungry Brain (w/ Boduf Songs)

“As both Advance Base and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Ashworth has traversed America, carefully detailing the coldest Christmases imaginable... It's all strangely comforting." - Alex Robert Ross, Vice

"Listeners won’t find reindeer, glad tidings, or piping cups of hot cocoa in Ashworth’s lyrics. Rather, his songs follow aimless twentysomethings, lonely housewives, and troubled siblings as they trudge through the slush, undone by the weight of expectation and the hope for a better year ahead. Anchoring it all is Ashworth’s instrument of choice: a Rhodes electric piano that often rings with the cold, clanging sound of church bells on Christmas eve, a sound that, like the holiday itself, carries certain connotations." - Randall Colburn, AV Club