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ELIOT SUMNER Announces West Coast March 2016 Tour Dates + SXSW
PRESS HERE to Listen to New Album Informationon Noisey Today!
Information will be released Friday, January 22nd via Interscope Records
"[Information] feels cohesive-a blended margarita of dazzling synth layers and Sumner's signature vocals, dreamily masculine and coolly compelling" - Flaunt
"The husky vocals give ['Species'] a goth vibe, the analog synth sequencing provides a minimal wave foundation, shards of angular guitar tear through the refrain and the multi-tracked chorus is pure pop catharsis" - Idolator
"She's traded in the pop sensibilities of her youth for the darkness and worries of adulthood with excellent results" - Consequence of Sound
"It's engaging stuff that inspires you to move with an '80s-influenced beat" - Stereogum
"Eliot Sumner gives us the chills with her new track 'Firewood'" - Earmilk
"There's a newly minted swagger to her pop" - Noisey
"Eliot Sumner will have you dancing with new single 'After Dark'" - Billboard
"['Dead Arms & Dead Legs' is] a pretty huge pop song, with Sumner's androgynous alto sounding dusty and world-weary over a cloudy melody, anxious percussion, and-by song's end-a seasick swell of feedback" - The Fader
January 21, 2016 - Today, Eliot Sumner announced that she will be returning to North America this March for a select group of tour dates, including stops in Los Angeles, Chicago and Austin. Eliot's first full length album, Information, will be released on January 22nd via Interscope Records and is streaming now on Noisey - PRESS HERE to listen to the album in full and PRESS HERE to pre-order Information on iTunes today!
Eliot's talents as a songwriter and instrumentalist gained praise upon the release of four new songs last year - "Dead Arms & Dead Legs", "After Dark", "Firewood" and "Species" - all of which will appear on the album. Influences from Krautrock-inspired riffs to pulsing synth-pop rhythms paired with her signature alto are heard throughout the record. 2015 also marked Eliot's first North American tour with On An On in August and September followed by a European tour in November.
In 2014, following the release of her first EP, Eliot joined Lykke Li as support on her European tour dates. The backstage antics of Eliot and her band were captured in a three-part behind the scenes documentary featured on i-D, "On the Road with Eliot Sumner and Lykke Li" - PRESS HERE to watch.
March 2016 Tour dates:
3/5 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
3/8 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
3/10 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
3/11 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
3/13 Denton, TX @ 35 Denton
3/15-3/20 Austin, TX @ SXSW
Delusions of Grand Fur(Easy Sound; April 29th, 2016)
Today Rogue Wave announce their first new album in over 3 years entitled Delusions of Grand Fur, which will be released via Easy Sound on April 29th, 2016. The Bay Area band's sixth studio album, Delusions of Grand Fur - a title chosen as a riff on the tendency of fresh-faced musicians to misperceive the reality of band life - marks the reinvigorated return of Zach Rogue, his longtime bandmate Pat Spurgeon, and their fellow bandmembers. Recording and producing the entire LP themselves, Rogue Wave has seized creative control of its identity and sound and is set to smash any preconceptions of its music, revealing the most truthful, powerful, and urgent sonic blueprint of the band to date. PRESS HERE for physical pre-order and HERE for digital. See below for album art and tracklisting.
Demonstrating the new, exciting direction that is heralded on Delusions of Grand Fur, the album's lead single "What Is Left To Solve" is a dark, indie pop single with electronic flourishes. The track premiered over the weekend on Sirius XMU, is streaming now exclusively via Stereogum, and is available as an instant grat with all digital pre-orders -PRESS HERE to listen now.
Rogue Wave will also be taking Delusions of Grand Fur on the road this Spring, with newly announced tour dates starting in May. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 12th - see below to find a show near you.
On Delusions of Grand Fur, Rogue Wave exhibit a fresh sound founded on the art of patience, the fearlessness of experimenting, and the unbridled joy of creating something meaningful to help us navigate through these vacant times. The record opens on a confident tone with the upbeat and personal "Take It Slow," a song inspired by a mantra of patience. The energy takes off on the next track, "In the Morning," which was given its gyrating, infectious pulse by the deft hands of its mixer, Chris Walla. And the bright clip of "California Bride," perhaps the tone that will prove most familiar to longtime fans, is a meditation on the beauty and fortune of being alive. The jangly, psychedelic "Ocean," featuring Mike Deni ofGeographer, is an instant smash about breaking up, and how getting stabbed in the back can leave you feeling infinitesimally small. By the time the album reaches its close with the slow-burning, achingly lush "Memento Mori," it's clear that Delusions of Grand Fur is a masterstroke by a band that knows who it is and has continued to evolve.
In a sense a return to their recording roots, Rogue and Spurgeon decided to work without a producer, instead recording and producing themselves at their home studio in Oakland. Much like the band's debut, 2003's Out of the Shadow, a project completed entirely byRogue and a single engineer, the band worked without recording demo versions of songs-instead, the demos would simply become the songs. While the process of creating the songs themselves had somewhat of a natural evolution, the lyrics did not come as easy. Creating the band's strongest and most varied record to date in terms of storytelling, Roguefound success with his words when slowing himself down and recognizing that his wild juxtapositions of themes actually felt right. "It is the trajectory I've always wanted for this band," says Rogue. "It's the sound of who we actually are, for better or for worse." Despite the modest environment and DIY approach, the end result is a clear snapshot of whoRogue Wave is today.
Watch this space for more on Rogue Wave, and look out for Delusions of Grand Fur this Spring: http://roguewavemusic.com/
1. Take It Slow
2. In The Morning
3. California Bride
4. Look At Me
6. Curious Me
7. What Is Left To Solve
8. Frozen Lake
9. Endless Supply
11. Last Picture Show
12. Mimento Mori
5/5/16 Oakland, CA @ Starline Ballroom
5/6/16 Mill Valley, CA @ Sweetwater Music Hall
5/7/16 San Francisco, CA @ The independent
5/10/16 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
5/11/16 Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
5/12/16 Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
5/13/16 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5/14/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
5/15/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
5/17/16 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
5/18/16 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
5/19/16 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
5/20/16 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
5/21/16 St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
5/22/16 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
5/24/16 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
5/25/16 Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
5/26/16 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
6/9/16 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
6/11/16 Austin, TX @ Mohawk Outdoors
6/12/16 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
6/17/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
6/18/16 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up