NEW ALBUM THE EXODUS SUITE OUT NOW
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Watch the “We Do War” video: https://youtu.be/dxlM0T7vonE
Berlin-based, British-born Gemma Ray will bring her unique torch song psychedelia to the U.S. via a November/December tour in support of her new album The Exodus Suite. The tour will take Ray and her band throughout the country, beginning November 11th in Chicago, IL and wrapping up on December 6th in Los Angeles, CA. A current itinerary is below.
The Exodus Suite – released on June 10, 2016 – has earned Ray international praise, from outlets including Paste (“shadowy beauty”), Mother Jones (“Spine-tingling”), American Songwriter (“riveting”), She Shreds, Mojo (“beautiful, as ever”), Uncut (“a moving collision of past and present”), and Rolling Stone Australia (“deep and meaningful seduction”), among others.
Her sideways blues songs are cinematic and brooding, and sit more comfortably in the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds/PJ Harvey school, “blowing sugary femme-pop out of the water” (NME). It should come as no surprise that Ray has collaborated with several Bad Seeds, as well as the late great Alan Vega of Suicide, Howe Gelb, Sparks, Heavy Trash and the Filmorchester Babelsberg, among others.
Recorded live in seven days at Berlin’s infamous Candy Bomber Studios (situated in the former Tempelhof Airport) by Ingo Krauss, the title The Exodus Suite reflects the personal-political themes of the songs within. An unexpected yet inescapable influence on the album sessions was the presence of 8,000 Syrian refugees housed in the hangar beneath the studio during recording. While Ray’s lyrical explorations of love for all life, exile and relocation, nature’s sovereignty, technology, class, and most of all the need for human empathy were all written prior to entering the studio, she explains, “I realized, more after the fact, that it gave an immediate mirror to some of the lyrics which are, though not political in any direct sense, influenced by these strange and tense times.”
Gemma Ray tour dates:
NOV. 7 CHICAGO, IL SCHUBAS
NOV. 9 CINCINNATI, OH MOTR
NOV. 10 GRAND RAPIDS, MI FOUNDERS BREWING
NOV. 11 PITTSBURGH, PA HAMBONE’S
NOV. 12 PHILADELPHIA, PA PHILAMOCA
NOV. 15 BOSTON, MA ATWOODS
NOV. 16 BROOKLYN, NY THE OWL
NOV. 17 ARLINGTON, VA IOTA
NOV. 18 DURHAM, NC DUKE COFFEEHOUSE
NOV. 19 ATLANTA, GA THE 529
NOV. 21 HOUSTON, TX SATELLITE
NOV. 23 AUSTIN, TX MOHAWK
NOV. 27 TUCSON, AZ CLUB CONGRESS
NOV. 28 SAN DIEGO, CA SODA BAR
DEC. 2 SPOKANE, WA OBSERVATORY
DEC. 3 PORTLAND, OR BUNK BAR
DEC. 6 LOS ANGELES, CA BOOTLEG THEATER
After a landmark year in 2011, the eighth annual RIOT FEST–the music festival which celebrates rock, indie, punk and underground artists from every era–is expanding for the first-time ever into an outdoor music event and carnival in 2012. The RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL will feature a wide mix of artists ranging from Gaslight Anthem, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Built To Spill, AWOLNATION, Gogol Bordello, Frank Turner, Coheed and Cambria, Less Than Jake and many more. It’s set for Friday, September 14, Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 in Chicago on the beautiful grounds of Humboldt Park which boasts rolling fields, pavilions, tall trees, picturesque gardens a lake and lagoons with a majestic view of the Chicago skyline.
Promoters are encouraging fans not to miss out by unveiling the majority of the diverse line-up for 2012 and offering an early-bird 2-Day pass for $36.00, plus surcharges for a limited time. 3-day passes begin at $90.00 and include all shows at Humboldt Park, Congress Theater and after-parties. VIP passes are available for $155.00 and include private stage-viewing areas, a sectioned off VIP area in the park with a private bar and drink tickets. Tickets are available at http://www.riotfest.org.
RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL is expanding to its new location Humboldt Park–which is flanked by a handful of hip neighborhoods including Wicker Park and the Division Street corridor–in order to accommodate a large carnival atmosphere featuring three main music stages, thrilling rides, games, vendors and gourmet food trucks thoughtfully arranged on the gorgeous park grounds with stunning views of downtown Chicago for an enjoyable experience. With temperatures averaging around a perfect 75°F/24°C, September is one of Chicago’s most popular months for travelers from all over the world.
A wide array of confirmed talent is on tap for RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL, including RISE AGAINST, IGGY & THE STOOGES, ELVIS COSTELLO, THE OFFSPRING, A DAY TO REMEMBER, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, DESCENDENTS, GOGOL BORDELLO, THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, DROPKICK MURPHYS, NOFX, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, ALKALINE TRIO, AWOLNATION, THE PROMISE RING, GWAR, AUGUST BURNS RED, FRANK TURNER, BUILT TO SPILL, LESS THAN JAKE, REVEREND HORTON HEAT, FISHBONE, NOBUNNY, A WILHELM SCREAM, SCREAMING FEMALES, TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS, DEALS GONE BAD, WHITE MYSTERY, LARRY AND HIS FLASK, THE STORY SO FAR, JAPANTHER; and the first show for a reunited CHIODOS (original line-up) as well as a reunion for SLAPSTICK.
More acts and events will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to the festival.