This autumn, Mike Krol takes justice into his own hands with the Ball & Chain Tour. These dates will be the first from Krol and his squad in Europe, following the 4 September release of his Merge debut, ‘Turkey‘.
He also revealed the new video for ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ – a track that Flood Magazine described as, “built on shocks of guitar and Krol’s snotty, authoritative yawp, which he makes the corners of the song’s melody slowly and with great pleasure. The “Neighborhood Watch” video finds Krol putting that authority to good civic use, as he manages to halt a few crimes—and one or two bad ideas—with nothing but a shock of red light and an echo-delayed holler.”
Of the video, directors Rob Hatch-Miller and Puloma Basu said: “We love Mike Krol’s music and as soon as we heard he got signed to Merge Records we reached out to him about directing a video. We’re in NYC and he’s in LA and it was going to be too expensive to have him travel out here for a shoot, so we emailed back and forth about a ideas for a video that he wouldn’t need to be in. Then Mike came up with this brilliant concept of the album cover being the star of the video. This way Mike could be “in” the video without actually being “in” it, and sending a box of record jackets was way cheaper than buying a plane ticket! After Mike came up with the idea everything fell into place. He thought of some of the scenes, and we thought of the others. We cast some friends of his and some friends of ours to play the different characters who get busted by the record, including up-and-coming NYC comedians Nate Fernald, Brett Davis and Kady Ruth Ashcraft, and Michael Lisk better known as AP Mike from The Best Show With Tom Scharpling.”
Mike Krol will be on tour across Europe through October and November with UK dates on 27 October (Bristol Start the Bus), 28 October (Manchester The Eagle Inn) and 29 October (London Shacklewell Arms).