The Rapture announce reunion shows

"I hope there is a long future for us and we can build something new"

The Rapture have announced a string of reunion shows for 2019.

Formed in 1998 by frontman Luke Jenner and drummer Vito Roccoforte, the New York dance-punk band made their breakthrough in 2003 with their track ‘House Of Jealous Lovers’, followed by their debut album ‘Echoes’ on DFA Records. They featured on the NME Awards Tour in 2004 alongside Franz Ferdinand, The Von Bondies and Funeral For A Friend before supporting Daft Punk in 2007, after the release of their second album ‘Pieces Of The People We Love’.

Jenner briefly left the band in 2008 following the death of his mother and birth of his son but returned a few months later. Bassist Mattie Safer quit the band permanently in 2009 while the band released their last album ‘In The Grace Of Your Love’ in 2011. They officially split in 2014.

Now, they’re back – announcing a comeback Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 30, before playing at Just Like Heaven Festival on May 4.

“It’s been this long gritty road trying to figure out how to be a father and a husband which seemed a lot more important than standing on stage in front of anyone,” Jenner wrote in a Facebook post. “We went to therapy, we talked it out, it’s still a little weird, but I couldn’t do it if I didn’t feel like it was gonna be some kinda personal progress.

“Anyway, I hope there is a long future for us and we can build something new. Maybe you will join us someplace along the way again.”

More world tour dates are expected to follow in the months ahead.