Pulp Sets San Francisco, New York Shows on Coachella Trip

This spring, British rock band Pulp will tour the United States for the first time in 14 years.

The band already had announced they would play both weekends of Coachella this year on April 13 and April 20, and now they have announced two more dates – April 11 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York and April 17 at the Warfield in San Francisco. There have been no announcements as to whether more dates will be scheduled for the tour, though the band did post a somewhat cryptic but definitely Pulp-esque message on their official website:

You think you get off that lightly? You think this is over? There are so many questions left unanswered. Can this feeling travel across the Atlantic? Can we make the desert bloom? Can we conquer our phobias? And – most fundamentally: Why me? Why you? Why here? Why now? 2012: The year we get some answers.

The New York show will mark the first show the band has played in U.S. since 1998 when they toured the America in support of their album This is Hardcore, released the same year. Pulp released another album, We Love Life, in 2001 and, after a small U.K. tour, went on hiatus the following year.

Last year, the band played reunion shows in Europe and Australia, many at festival dates. No news of a new album has been released.

During the hiatus, lead singer Jarvis Cocker released two solo albums, Jarvis and Further Complications. He also appeared in the film “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and sang on tracks by other artists like Air.

The origins of Pulp came together when Jarvis Cocker formed the band in 1978, and the first proper Pulp album, It, was released in 1983. Though the band was quickly becoming known throughout Britain with the rise of Britpop in the early 1990s, their mainstream and worldwide success came with the 1995 album Different Class, particularly with the single “Common People.”