Rainer Maria announce Fall 2017 tour dates




“‘Lower Worlds’ rumbles and surges at an even pace, as the vocals of De Marrais and Fischer deliver welcome jolts en route to a furious finish. It’s an ideal comeback vehicle - familiar enough for those who’ve missed the band dearly, but fresh enough to tread new ground.” - NPR Music

“Regrouped for an album due in August, Rainer Maria has released ‘Lower Worlds,’ a steadier but no less insistent song. Guitar and drums bears down relentlessly on a droning riff, hinting at Can, as Caithlin De Marrais and Kaia Fischer sing about ‘love lust and fire,’ working up to shared shouts and an unanswered question: ‘Will you be mine?’”
- The New York Times

“[The] first single is a big, hypnotic, riff-driven ass-kicker called ‘Lower Worlds’... it sounds fucking awesome.” - Stereogum
Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill

Rainer Maria is thrilled to be hitting the road this fall, embarking on their first full tour in over a decade. The band will be playing dates across the US and Canada in support of their highly-anticipated forthcoming album, S/T, which is due out August 18th via Polyvinyl Records. Lead single “Lower Worlds,” the first new music released by the band since 2006, has been receiving praise from the likes of The New York Times, NPR Music, Stereogum, Paste and more. Stay tuned for further releases and announcements. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

Stream “Lower Worlds” on NPR Music via YouTube
Pre-Order S/T via Polyvinyl Records

Rainer Maria came up in the idealistic confines of Madison, WI, and the fertile incubator that was the Midwest’s ‘90s indie rock scene. During the summer of 1995, Kaia Fischer, William Kuehn, and Caithlin De Marrais, collectively Rainer Maria, were getting their start as a band. A self-titled EP released in 1996 would be followed by signing to the then nascent Polyvinyl Records and the release of their first full-length albums, Past Worn Searching and Look Now, Look Again.

Those first releases, paired with an ambitious amount of time spent in DIY spaces, basement shows, and rock clubs throughout the US, fostered a dedicated following for the trio while connecting them to other scenes and musicians throughout the country. Rainer Maria, likely without realizing it at the time, were on their way to cementing themselves as an early cornerstone for Polyvinyl, and as ambassadors of the midwest indie rock scene now so revered by later day musicians and fans. In 1999 they moved to New York City, in part to be closer to family and loved ones, but with the added effect of further unconsciously spreading that gospel.

Throughout the first half of the aughts, Rainer Maria would release three more full-length albums. Evolving their sound as they tightened their craft, the band continued to hit the road with opening acts ranging from Ted Leo and Rilo Kiley to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, whom Rainer Maria took out on tour for the then young band’s first string of East Coast dates outside of New York. By 2006, however, Rainer Maria were feeling the strain of having spent life since their late teens as part of the same band. Collectively, they felt a desire to explore other avenues of living, and so, after a few rapturous farewell shows attended by fans from around the world, Rainer Maria hung up their hats.

De Marrais moved out of the City, releasing two well-regarded solo records of intricate, meticulously crafted pop. Kuehn spent time living in Syria and Yemen, studying and playing music with a variety of artists with all sorts of different approaches and ideas. Fischer studied Tibetan language and Tibetan Buddhism at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, a journey that brought her into a traditional-style Tibetan apprenticeship and eventually to living in Asia. (During this time, she also came out as a trans person.)

Over the years that followed, offers for shows would come in every so often, but the band were neither emotionally nor geographically prepared to seriously entertain them. Slowly but surely though, they migrated back to the New York City area, and perhaps more importantly, had moved further along on their own personal journeys. So when the latest offer came in a few years ago, the three got together for dinner to catch up and feel out where they all were both personally and musically. While none of them yet felt the allure of the stage, all three were excited with the idea of writing and recording together again, and so in lieu of any new shows, they began the process of writing the songs that would become S/T.

Guided by their shared history as songwriters, and buoyed by their recent adventures and explorations in music and life as individuals, S/T fits like well worn boots with the spring of new soles. Intuitively written without much post-mortem intellectualization, the album benefits from its origin as an exercise in fun between old friends who didn’t necessarily have the intention of releasing a new record when they started down the path.

The lyrics are full of natural imagery, influenced by the more pastoral setting outside De Marrais’ window—soil and greenery, weather patterns, and other markers of country life. While sonically, S/T retains and even amplifies the core grit and vigor that Rainer Maria has always had as a band. The album also benefits mightily from Kuehn’s hand at production, his first time doing so for a Rainer Maria release. His bandmates implicit trust in him is a guiding force allowing each song to take on its own distinct life without losing a sense of overall cohesion.
Upcoming Tour Dates Below

S/T Album Art
Upcoming Tour Dates:
*w/ Mates of State and Selector Dub Narcotic

13 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
15 - Milwaukee, WI - Colectivo
16 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
17 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
19 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
20 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
21 - Detroit, MI - El Club
22 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
23 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz PDB
24 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
27 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
28 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
29 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
30 - Hamden, CT - The Space*

05 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
06 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
07 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
25-26 - Ybor City, FL - PRE FEST 5
27-29 - Gainesville, FL - FEST 16