PJ Harvey finally tours U.S., Houston stop included

photo of Polly Jean Harvey of the band PJ Harvey credit: Seamus Murphy / DirectToArchive

PJ Harvey doesn’t do much touring. She hasn’t played a show in the States in five years and hasn’t done a proper tour here in over a decade. But Rolling Stone reports a 2017 tour that hits the Revention Music Center on April 29. For a select few, this is very big news.

This isn’t to say Harvey has been idle. By my count her last visit to Houston was 2001 when she opened for U2 in support of her 2000 masterpiece “Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea.”

Since then Harvey has greatly expanded her sound beyond the abrasive and aggressive albums that drew attention in the early ’90s. She released the spare “White Chalk” in 2007. And “Let England Shake,” released in 2011, was a brilliant release about the decline of the British Empire; suffice to say it didn’t make a big impression in the States.

The new “The Hope Six Demolition Project” found its inspiration — at least in part — on these shores, though. The album takes its title from the razing of low-income housing projects to make way for newer housing that previous residents can no longer afford.

Ticket info for the Houston show will be forthcoming.