HOMESHAKE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, HORSIE,
OUT JUNE 28TH VIA DINE ALONE RECORDS

WATCH / SHARE “NOTHING 2 SEE” HERE

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HOMESHAKE — the long-running solo project of Toronto-based musician Peter Sagar — announces his second album of 2024, Horsie, out June 28th via Dine Alone Records, and shares the lead single, “Nothing 2 See”. Following March’s CD WALLET, Horsie was written and recorded at his home studio in Toronto as it explores Sagar’s complicated feelings about returning to live performance. Deepening his relationship to loneliness and anxiety, the record examines those themes in the context of touring and being on the road, which he’ll do this fall with a massive North American headline run on sale now. 

While it marks less of a sonic departure than CD WalletHorsie employs various textures influenced by artists like Four Tet and My Bloody Valentine, the rhythmic forms of D’Angelo and Sade, and moments of ambient Americana found in the works of Ry Cooder. The cornerstone pieces of gear used were an Ensoniq EPS and Roland Juno 60, though the album also employs a great deal of electric guitar, along with his beloved SP-404. He maintains a philosophy of “less is more,” finding the simplest route from one point to another.  

“Nothing 2 See” finds Sagar attempting to hide in plain sight, moving through crowds of people at his shows and daydreaming of the peace and quiet at the end of the night. The song is accompanied by a music video directed by Jim Larson which situates this mood through a small cult at a Palm Springs mansion. 

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MORE ABOUT HOMESHAKE

HOMESHAKE is an expression of adjustment and contortion within the world as he experiences it and the sounds he wants to hear in it. Hallucinatory and heartbreaking in its cries for connection, Sagar’s sound is often imitated but has proven to be entirely his own; textural and profound, uniquely honoring his diverse influences but adrift within its own transportive imagination.

With CD Wallet, Sagar took his heaviest-ever approach to his signature sounds, applying distorted guitars, blown out drums, and 90s digital synths to a devastating, sludgy sound. This feeling of challenging oneself to make work that is focused on pure self-expression dates back to Homeshake’s origin, a chaotic period during which Sagar was splitting his time between home studio recording and playing guitar in Mac Demarco’s touring band. After a long period spent on the road, he decided to leave Demarco’s group to focus entirely on his own work. Sagar approaches every album with the same frame of mind, composing purely for the joy of the moment without consideration to potential commercial reception. Now on his seventh album, a trip through the Homeshake catalog is one of evolution, reflection, and self-criticism, alongside self-love, a clear-eyed realism about the cruelties of the world and a longing for the gentler place it could be.


Praise for CD WALLET

“‘CD Wallet’ is crunchy and a little ugly with references to self-doubt and dreams of a different life plucked straight from Pete Sagar’s adolescence. Gone are the days of CD singles, but HOMESHAKE’s latest deserves more than tossing onto the pile of digital detritus.” – The FADER

The indie songwriter serves up a nostalgic soundtrack, revisiting forgotten feelings conjured by his hometown of Edmonton.” RANGE Magazine

CD Wallet is a fantastic album and an incredible new era for Homeshake.” Northern Transmissions

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HORSIE TRACKLIST

1. Ravioli

2. Horsie

3. Dinner Plate

4. Blunt Talk

5. On A Roll

6. Smiling

7. Nothing 2 See

8. Simple

9. Easier Now

10. Believe

11. Empty Lot

12. Ice Tea

HOMESHAKE TOUR DATES:

Fri. Sept. 27 – Montreal, QC @ Théâtre Fairmount §

Sat. Sept. 28 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace §

Sun. Sept. 29 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace §

Tue. Oct. 1 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom §

Wed. Oct. 2 – Detroit, MI @ El Club §

Fri. Oct. 4 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall §

Sat. Oct. 5 – St Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall §

Sun. Oct. 6 – Milwaukee, WI @ Vivarium §

Tue. Oct. 8 – Nashville, TN @ The Blue Room §

Wed. Oct. 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell) §

Fri. Oct. 11 – Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery §

Sat. Oct. 12 – Orlando, FL @ The Social §

Mon. Oct. 14 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle §

Tue. Oct. 15 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle §

Thu. Oct. 17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club §

Fri. Oct. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts §

Sat. Oct. 19 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair §

Mon. Oct. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg §

Tue. Oct. 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg §

Sat. Nov. 2 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom #

Mon. Nov. 4 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom #

Thu. Nov. 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern #

Fri. Nov. 8 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park #

Sat. Nov. 9 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory #

Sun. Nov. 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom #

Tue. Nov. 12 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace #

Thu. Nov. 14 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk #

Fri. Nov. 15 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Downstairs #

Sat. Nov. 16 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tulips #

Sun. Nov. 17 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Beer City Music Hall #

Wed. Nov. 20 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater #

Fri. Nov. 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell #

Sat. Nov. 23 – Boise, ID @ Shrine Social Club #

Sun. Nov. 24 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile #

§ w/ Freak Heat Waves

# w/ Green-House

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ASKO, THE NEW PROJECT FROM MAREK TYLER (nêhiyawak, WAYFINDING) ANNOUNCE NEW SELF-TITLED LP VIA DINE ALONE RECORDS, OUT SEPTEMBER 9, 2024

Photo Credit: Levi Manchak

Today, ASKO, the new project from Marek Tyler, is announcing his upcoming, self-titled album, set for release via Dine Alone on September 9, 2024. Following lead single “nisis”, Tyler is sharing “nikâwîs”, of which he says: “nikâwîs (aunt) câpân Harper told a story about family responsibilities. This summer, we lost our late aunt on Mom’s side. As our uncle explains, to help our mom’s sister take the next step, we refer to her not by name but by kâkî-kahwîsiyan (our late aunt on mom’s side). Mom noted that after someone’s passing, we don’t refer to individuals by their name at all because kinship terms are used regularly. But nowadays, people will, after one year, preface the person’s name with ‘late-…’.”

“Two years ago, kâkî-kahwîsiyan shared her story of dancing Fancy with me. She said, ‘When I danced, I tried to carve through the air like an eagle.’ This song is for the aunties and nieces and their courage to dance, to be seen, be okimâw (the boss).”

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ASKO TRACKLIST

01 nôkosiw

02 nikâwîs

03 nisis

04 wâhkôhtowin

05 sîsîkwan

06 enoksasant

07 pimohtêwin

08 sôhkisiw

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ASKO, THE NEW PROJECT FROM MAREK TYLER (nêhiyawak, WAYFINDING) SHARES FIRST SINGLE WITH DINE ALONE RECORDS, “nisis

Marek Tyler is nêhiyaw and Scottish/Irish, and while his name is on the project, ASKO is a gathering place of many collaborators and advisors. In some ways, Tyler is an oskâpêwis, listening deeply to the creative forces of his relatives. He follows the guidance of his câpân (great-great-grandfather), his mom, artist, educator and Knowledge Keeper, Linda Young of Onion Lake Cree Nation, his uncle Dale Awasis and advisor Diana Steinhauer. ASKO’s community doesn’t end here, though. ASKO includes the kinetics of pow-wow dancers following the heartbeat of the big drum and embraces the choreography of prairie chickens telling the stories of the grasslands. It is the voice of the wind and the songs of the bright blue sky.

Taking this all inside, Tyler responds with ASKO, a creative offering in the form of a soundscape echoing nêhiyaw life and ways of living. ASKO foregrounds these energies, inviting the listener into a rich gathering of the nêhiyaw creative practice across time and space, generations, and forms of life.

On the first single, “nisis”, Tyler says, “câpân Harper told a story about learning our culture from family. I was 15 when my uncle showed me how to play a round dance rhythm, and 49 when another uncle taught me one of our family’s round dance songs.”

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The song was inspired by “a video of Seth Cardinal Dodginghorse dancing Chicken,” adds Tyler. “Seth’s slick footwork became the bass drum pattern, and their grace and beauty spiced up the track. Seth told me their story of learning Chicken and why they needed to pass it along. They said, ‘If they want to learn some moves, I can teach them.’ They reminded me of my uncles and nephews.”

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The Amazing New METZ Album

Up On Gravity Hill

Is Out Worldwide April 12th

2024 Headlining Tour Dates Announced

Two New Singles Available Now:

“99” and “Entwined (Street Light Buzz)”

Watch the official video for “99” HERE

Watch the visualizer for “Entwined (Street Light Buzz)” HERE

Stream HERE

   Photo Credit: Vanessa Heins

On April 12th, METZ will release Up On Gravity Hill, their first album in 4 years, on Dine Alone in Canada. The album was engineered by Seth Manchester (Mdou Moctar, Lingua Ignota, Battles, The Body) and features guest performances from Amber Webber of Black Mountain and composer/string arranger Owen Pallett.

METZ, a band once known for blowing out eardrums with songs of joyous rage, have, over their past few records, begun exploring ways to turn abrasiveness into atmospherics, the evolution of their sound not only a reflection of the maturing of the band themselves but also of a changed world that demands nuance and compassion to comprehend and to survive. This is so on their latest effort, Up On Gravity Hill, which finds the band continuing to bend the raw power of rock music to its most delicate, intricate ends. Delivering a deep, detailed, and unyieldingly personal collection of songs that are fused together to form not only METZ’s most powerful record to date but also their most beautiful.

To spotlight this evolution, the band has shared two new contrasting singles: the stomping motorik “99,” and the charging and deeply melodic, “Entwined (Street Light Buzz)”, that offers a dreamier Swervedriver-esque guitar sheen never before utilized by the Canadian trio. 

METZ frontman Alex Edkins says, “These two songs couldn’t be more stylistically and thematically dissimilar. ‘Entwined (Street Light Buzz)’ is a song about the deep connection humans can foster with one another and how we carry people with us forever, even after death. ‘99’ is about the scourge of corporate greed and bottom-line thinking that runs rampant in modern society. Anything for a buck is the message being sent to younger generations.”

METZ is also announcing headlining international tour dates supporting Up On Gravity Hill, with dates in North America from April 17th to May 17th and a run of UK and EU dates in the fall from November 3rd through November 29th. The band also has a series of UK and EU festival performances in August, including stops at The Green Man Festival in the UK, La Route Du Rock and Cabaret Vert Festival in France, and the Canela Party in Spain. See below for a full list of shows.

North America

Wed. Apr. 17 – Boston, MA – Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theatre $

Fri. Apr. 19 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom $

Sat. Apr. 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts $ *

Sun. Apr. 21 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar $

Tue. Apr. 23 –  Atlanta, GA – The Earl $

Thu. Apr. 24 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn $

Fri. Apr. 25 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge  $

Sat. Apr. 26 – Austin, TX – The Parish (Austin Psych Fest) $

Sun. Apr. 27 – Dallas, TX – Sons of Hermann Hall $

Mon. Apr. 29 – Sante Fe, NM – Meow Wolf $

Tues. Apr. 30 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar $

Wed. – May 01 –  San Diego, CA – The Casbah $

Tue. May 02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre $

Wed. May 03 – San Jose, CA – The Ritz $

Thu. May 04 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel $

Mon. May 06 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom $

Tue. May 07 – Seattle, WA – Neumos $

Fri. May 10 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club $

Sat. May 11 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge $

Thu. May 16 -Montreal, QE – Theatre Fairmount $

Sat. May 17 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall $

$ w/ Gouge Away

* w/ Rid of Me

UK/EU

Thu. Aug. 15 – Crickhowell, UK – Green Man Festival

Fri. Aug. 16 – St Malo, FR La Route Du Rock

Sat. Aug. 17 –  Charleville-Mezières, FR – Cabaret Vert Festival

Fri. Aug. 23 – Malaga, ES – Canela Party

Sat. Nov. 02 – Rennes, FR – L’Antipode

Sun. Nov. 03 – La Rochelle, FR – La Sirène

Mon. Nov. 04 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie

Tue. Nov. 05 – Clermont-Ferrand, FR – La Coopérative de Mai

Wed. Nov. 06 – Lyon, FR – Le Transbordeur

Thu. Nov. 07 – Zurich, CH – Bogen F

Sat. Nov. 09 – Prague, CZ – Futurum

Sun. Nov. 10 – Budapest, HU – Turbina

Tue. Nov. 12 – Krakow, PL – Klub Zascianek

Wed. Nov. 13 – Warsaw, PL – Klub Hydrozagadka

Sat. Nov. 16 – Berlin, DE – Hole44

Mon. Nov. 18 – Copenhagen, DK – Loppen

Tue. Nov. 19 – Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang

Wed. Nov. 20 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

Thu. Nov. 21 – Groningen, NL – Vera

Fri. Nov. 22- Antwerp, BE – Trix

Sat. Nov. 23 – Lille, FR – L’Aéronef

Mon. Nov. 25 – Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds

Tue. Nov. 26 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club

Wed. Nov. 27 – Birkenhead, UK – Future Yard

Thu. Nov. 28 – Bristol, UK – Strange Brew

Fri. Nov. 29 – London, UK – Village Underground

Get tickets HERE

Up On Gravity Hill is available to pre-order now from the Dine Alone Store

METZ

Up On Gravity Hill

Tracklisting:

1. No Reservation / Love Comes Crashing

2. Glass Eye

3. Entwined (Street Light Buzz)

4. 99

5. Superior Mirage

6. Wound Tight

7. Never Still Again

8. Light Your Way Home

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HOMESHAKE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, CD WALLET, SHARES VIDEO FOR THE TITLE TRACK

HOMESHAKE’S NEW ALBUM, CD WALLET, OUT MARCH 8, 2024 VIA DINE ALONE RECORDS

WATCH / SHARE “CD WALLET” HERE

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HOMESHAKE — the long-running solo project of Toronto-based musician Peter Sagar — announces his new album, CD WALLET, out March 8th via Dine Alone Records, and shares a video for the lead single, “CD Wallet”. Written and recorded over a majority of 2023 at Peter’s home studio in Toronto, CD WALLET is a record that takes place in his hometown of Edmonton, and touches on memories of growing up and the feeling of returning years later. Peter explains how the album was “made in a heavy, straightforward indie rock style to impress my childhood self” and addresses feelings of nostalgia and the trappings one finds themselves in when reflecting on years past. 

The video for “CD Wallet” was shot by Jim Larson in Edmonton and features clips of Peter traveling through his childhood home, visiting places he hasn’t seen since moving away over a decade earlier but is returning to now. It’s also an homage to feeling alien in a place you haven’t lived in, but still know where everything is and how to get there. 

CD WALLET also emphasizes Peter’s early fascination with guitar music: ‘Wake up, grandma why don’t you put on a little makeup,’ or so he thought the lyrics went to “Chop Suey!” by System of a Down. Sagar was flabbergasted; he sat, mouth open, with a copy of Guitar World magazine open to the tablature of “Chop Suey!” Reading the fine print with a magnifying glass completely stunned, knocked flat onto his back, he learned a guitar can be tuned much lower than he had expected! Drop C in fact. A tuning he uses to this day. An artist and an album were born.

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CD WALLET is the sixth HOMESHAKE full-length album and was mastered by Josh Bonati. “Early” from 2019’s Helium was featured in the fifth episode of HBO’s How To with John Wilson in 2020. Following 2021’s Under The Weather, HOMESHAKE toured extensively across North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2022, he released Pareidolia Catalog, a six-volume, 126-track instrumental mixtape, accompanied by a collaborative cassette box set and t-shirt with Brain Dead. That same year, HOMESHAKE co-wrote and featured on Eyedress’ “Spaghetti,” one of his first collaborations since “Love Is Only a Feeling” with Joey Bada$$ in 2017. More new music is forthcoming in 2024 as well as a North American headline tour to be announced with live band members Greg Napier, Mark Goetz, and Brad Loughead.

CD WALLET TRACKLIST:

Frayed

Letting Go

Smoke

Kitty

Basement

CD Wallet

Penciled In

Mirror

Listerine

 

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ALEXISONFIRE + CITY AND COLOUR’S

BORN & RAISED

Festival Returns to Montebello Park, St. Catharines

July 5 & 6, 2024

Alexisonfire, City and Colour, Dine Alone Records and Live Nation Canada have announced the return of the beloved Born & Raised festival. Back for its second year, the two-day event will once again take over Montebello Park in the artists’ cherished hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6, 2024. Tickets for this all ages event go on sale Friday, February 2 at 10am ET at ticketmaster.ca.

Alexisonfire and City and Colour have put together a stacked lineup of friends. Joining them are: Metric, The Used, Sloan, Counterparts, Dooms Children, and Ekkstacy.

Born & Raised is back!” says Alexisonfire’s George Pettit. “After an overwhelmingly successful first attempt, the gang in AOF and City and Colour are returning to Montebello Park in peak physical form. Bring your friends, bring your sunscreen, strap in for the concert of the summer. Don’t sleep on it!”

Born & Raised is a celebration and homecoming for Alexisonfire bandmates Dallas Green, George Pettit, Wade MacNeil, Chris Steele, and Jordan Hastings. The festival pays homage to the Alexisonfire track bearing its name, serving as a tribute to the hometown that witnessed the humble origins of Alexisonfire, City and Colour, Dine Alone Records, and Bedlam Management. Alexisonfire rose up out of the St. Catharines, Ontario underground in late 2001. Green’s City and Colour’s Platinum certified solo album Sometimes debuted a few short years later in 2005.

2022’s inaugural Born & Raised featured four electric nights of music, food, and drink, attracting tens of thousands of fervent fans to St. Catharines’ Montebello Park. The festival included memorable performances from Sam Roberts Band, Broken Social Scene, Billy Talent, NOBRO, Moneen, PUP, and more. Now back with a vengeance and by immensely popular demand, Alexisonfire, alongside City and Colour, Dine Alone Records, and Live Nation, are once again, bringing the music back to where it all started.

Born & Raised Festival has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 per ticket goes to supporting Indspire and their work investing in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada.

About Alexisonfire

Alexisonfire rose up out of the Southern Ontario underground in late 2001 to become one of the most successful independent bands to come out of Canada. The post-hardcore luminaries have sold over 1 million records and released five hugely successful studio albums, with four achieving Platinum-certification: Alexisonfire (2002), Watch Out (2004), Crisis (2006), and Old Crows / Young Cardinals (2009). Crisis debuted at #1 on the Top 200 Soundscan (Canada), and Old Crows / Young Cardinals debuted at #2, and charted at #9 on the US Billboard Independent Album chart. Watch Out helped garner a New Group of the Year JUNO (2004). The band has performed to hundreds of thousands of fans on iconic stages worldwide, and graced notable music magazine covers internationally. Their long-anticipated 5th studio album, and first full-length album in over 13 years, Otherness, was released in 2022 to

international acclaim, garnering a 2023 JUNO award for “Rock Album of the Year”.

About City and Colour

Over the course of seven studio albums, Dallas Green has compiled a canon ripe with songs born of adoration and devotion amassing a legion of fans worldwide and garnering him 5 JUNOs, including 2 Songwriter of the Year awards, plus 4 Double Platinum, 1 Platinum, and 1 Gold certification at home in Canada. Alongside these accomplishments, Green has been awarded Platinum-certification for four of Alexisonfire’s full-length records.

His latest album, The Love Still Held Me Near, spawned a #1 hit at Alternative radio with “Underground” and debuted at #2 on the Alternative Albums chart, #2 Digital Albums, and #2 LP Vinyl Albums. The release also enjoyed chart success in the U.S. debuting at #8 on the Current Rock Albums chart, #15 Digital Albums, and #18 Vinyl Albums.

City and Colour’s sixth album A Pill For Loneliness – released on Green’s Still Records, an imprint of Dine Alone Records – debuted at #1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums Chart, his 4th consecutive chart-topper in Canada. His previous #1 LP If I Should Go Before You made serious waves internationally debuting at #16 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart and #5 in Australia where Green’s LP Little Hell was certified GOLD. In 2014, Green collaborated with international superstar Alecia Moore (aka P!nk) on a new project titled You+Me. Their debut rose ave. went Platinum in Canada, topped the Canadian chart at #1, the Australian chart at #2, and soared to #4 on the Billboard Top 200 culminating in memorable performances on The Ellen Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

In 2022, Green was honoured with the SOCAN National Achievement Award at the JUNO Awards in recognition of his philanthropic contributions to music education in Canada.

About Live Nation Entertainment:

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About PLUS1
PLUS1 is an initiative that channels the collective energy of a concert to catalyze social change. By partnering with performing artists, PLUS1 raises and grants millions of dollars to high impact nonprofits addressing our most serious global challenges around Access, Equity, and Dignity. The work begins with a $1 per ticket add-on that makes fundraising simple and seamless. Beyond the dollar, PLUS1 supports artists as educators and advocates, fuelling their passion, reach, impact. To date, PLUS1 has raised and granted over $7 million, and served as the connective tissue between over 100 artists, millions of their fans, and 100s of leading social justice organizations tackling global injustice. 

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Ghost Woman – Hindsight is 50/50

Despite Hindsight Is 50/50 being the third album from Ghost Woman in 18 months, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Evan Uschenko believes that this is the first album that “finally captures the true nature of the band”.

The album was recorded mostly live in three days at the analogue Kerwax studios in Brittany, France by Christophe Chavanon (The Good Damn).

Uschenko states that “the first two albums were never meant to be albums: they are like pages from diaries that have long since been burned. With the introduction of Ille van Dessel as co-writer/drummer, the project feels like it has a direction”.

There is a confidence and assurance that feels built upon the 2022 eponymous debut and the follow-up ‘Anne, If’, which was only released in January 2023. This urgency to progress and keep moving forward is reflected by the band: “We prefer to keep busy. But we’re lazy too. We still feel like we could be doing a lot more.”

Overall, there is a darker, denser feel compared to previous releases, but the sound and vibe of this album is more akin to what the project was supposed to be when it started in 2016, finally realising Ghost Woman’s creative vision.

The immersion into the album is immediate, locking in with the incessant riffing of ‘Bonehead’ setting the scene for what follows. Next up is the echoey, garage-surf twang of ‘Alright Alright’. The opening line “take a little walk with me…” has a sinister, gothic hue that wouldn’t feel out of place on Murder Ballads or Peaky Blinders.

Sonically the album holds itself together within a warm, analogue soundworld, but with few digestible vocal melodies steering the tracks or easily giving up their meaning. This is a conscious decision, with Uschenko claiming that “there is never a concept when it comes to creating something, and no intention behind anything we create, other than to make noise and complete an album”.

‘Yoko’ reverts to chugging boogie, spitting into life in bursts of squalling guitars, and a mid-song breakdown that infers the live version will far outlive its three and a half recorded minutes.

Most songs are similarly restrained in their running time, indicating a strong sense of focus and editing, rather than letting the songs run away with themselves. Only ‘Juan’ really breaks the five-minute mark and feels like the album’s centrepiece; an exuberant amalgamation of the themes and tones surrounding it. The band say that “these songs were made to be played live”, and the closing build will work perfectly in the darkest, noisiest club you can find.

 

The title track continues this positive curve. The title is a play on the saying “Hindsight is 20/20,” based on a friend’s drunken tattoo gone wrong. “Maybe it means life is all chance. Maybe it means common sense isn’t so common”, say the band.

Vocals come drenched in reverb and meaning is often suggested rather than explicit. The guitars are heavier and the vocals are less easily discernible, but Uschenko believes that “vocals are not important. We prefer to not be understood. If you’re looking for meaning in these lyrics, might I suggest buying a Lenny Bruce record instead?”. Sound advice indeed, so immerse yourself in this album and tell your friends about it without the benefit of hindsight, 20/20 or otherwise.

Overall, Ghost Woman appreciates that they have arrived at where they always wanted to get to: “It is the sound it was meant to be. It is the band as a whole.”

 

The album is released on vinyl, CD, and digital on 24 November 2023 via Dine Alone Records in Canada.

You can pre-order it HERE and listen to the released singles HERE

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EKKSTACY ANNOUNCES SELF-TITLED NEW ALBUM

SHARES NEW DOUBLE SINGLE “BELLA” AND

“I CAN’T FIND ANYONE”

EKKSTACY OUT JANUARY 19TH

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“bella” & “i can’t find anyone”

https://symphony.to/ekkstacy/bella-i-cant-find-anyone

 

Fast-rising Vancouver, BC native EKKSTACY announces his new self-titled album today, along with a pair of new singles. EKKSTACY, the followup to his 2022 album Misery, will be released January 19th via Dine Alone Records in Canada, and both new songs, “bella” and “i can’t find anyone” delve further into the calculated and dynamic new direction EKKSTACY is taking his music with his new album. 

Sonically, it’s fitting that this third body of work from EKKSTACY is a self-titled album. It’s an autobiographical reflection on his life as a musician and the highs and lows of the solitude that comes with creating art and touring. Recorded with frequent collaborators Mangetsu and Apob between long stints on tour and festival plays over the course of the last two years, including his Lollapalooza debut earlier this year, EKKSTACY is the most dynamic version of the raw and frantic sound he first emerged onto the scene with on widely-celebrated debut NEGATIVE and breakout single “i walk this earth all by myself.” He’s continued to hone that sound alongside Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands, The Drums, etc), who mixed his new self-titled LP and his previous album Misery. His songwriting is resolutely solemn, but there’s a maturity behind the meandering thoughts in his head that blossomed into powerful post-punk, jangly surf-rock, and big, brash shoegaze moments on EKKSTACY.

He first teased the new LP with his previous single, “Problems,” featuring Trippie Redd, which embraced a more reflective and somber tone than the rowdy goth and post-punk tracks he belted out on Misery. On new single, “bella,” he describes a mysterious girl who has captured his heart at first sight with a bouncy amalgamation of the surf and garage rock influences that are at the heart of EKKSTACY. “i can’t find anyone” signals a dramatic shift in tone to the wider spectrum of emotion he shares on this album, with a track that sonically mirrors the feeling of spiraling into a pit of despair. His self-titled LP is set to push that to the next level — a natural evolution that was predicted by the Alternative Press who dubbed his 2022 album Misery, as, “the mark of an artist who’s come out of his shell, stepping boldly toward his future.” 

This past summer, EKKSTACY embarked on a summer European tour, including performances at Reading & Leeds, that saw the artist come into his own as a live performer, playing shows that saw his post-punk, dream-pop, and indie blend translate across the globe. Next month, he’ll be back in Europe touring alongside Bakar, with a run of dates including shows in Glasgow, Paris and London.

Check out “bella” and “i can’t find anyone, see below for more info on EKKSTACY and his forthcoming self-titled LP, and stay tuned for more from him coming soon.

Upcoming Tour Dates w/ Bakar:

11/21 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy

11/22 – Dublin, IE @ Academy (SOLD OUT)

11/23 – Belfast, IE @ Limelight

11/25 – Paris, FR @ Le Bataclan

11/27 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo

11/28 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo (SOLD OUT)

11/29 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall (SOLD OUT)

11/30 – Manchester UK @ Albert Hall

EKKSTACY album artwork shot by Jason Nocito

EKKSTACY

EKKSTACY

January 19, 2024

i don’t have one of those

luv of my life

i guess we made it this far

alright (feat. *** *** ******)

goo lagoon 

bella

shutting me out

problems (feat. Trippie Redd)

get me out

fuck

chicago

headless horseman lost his way

i can’t find anyone

More about EKKSTACY:

Since the release of EKKSTACY’s aptly titled, goth and post-punk indebted sophomore record, Misery, the Vancouver-born indie star has been touring basically nonstop. Between shows and festivals across Europe and North America, including his Lollapalooza debut, EKKSTACY found time to work on a third album, the self-titled EKKSTACY, forthcoming January 2024. EKKSTACY’s new project is more expansive and dynamic than anything the 21-year old musician has yet made. EKKSTACY came up on his brooding, raw sound — epitomized by his breakthrough single “i walk this earth all by myself” — but here we find him, increasingly involved in the music’s production, leaning into brighter indie rock and surf punk sounds. 

It’s giving 2010 — the year of Wavves’ King of the Beach, Surfer Blood’s Astro Coast, Beach House’s Teen Dream, of Girls, MGMT, and Japandroids, all of which can be felt within the sonics of EKKSTACY. Despite the fact that, at the time, the artist was still a few years from learning guitar. Songs like “fuck,” “luv of my life,” and “goo lagoon” have the energy of garage rock shows on the waterfront. “goo lagoon” in particular, a marquee track written in a hotel room in L.A. and one of Ekkstacy’s personal favorites, is guitar-heavy, lively, and a little bit sticky: At the start, a wacky B-horror voice informs us we’re about to enter “A stinky mud puddle for you and me,” in which we get drunk by the water and get lazy by the coast. Heck yeah. Meanwhile, “i guess we made it this far” and opener “i don’t have one of those” are low-key jangly, dreamy and drum-driven tunes that are melancholy in a sunny way. It was music that became EKKSTACY’s outlet after battles with mental health. It’s clear why: There’s joy in the music that shines through the goo of gloom. 

Though EKKSTACY and friends and collaborator Mangetsu [and TK?] wrote and recorded this third record in fits and spurts, during tour downtime, and though EKKSTACY is accustomed to and prefers the speedy release process of his SoundCloud origins, EKKSTACY really feels like an album. (The album is made up of a few “little rolls,” EKKSTACY says.) It’s not surprising that EKKSTACY and co were listening to lots of Ramones, The Strokes, and My Bloody Valentine. You can feel the playful punk, the indie rock power chords, the celestial production. It’s a rollercoaster-esque sinking-rising feeling all the way through the ups and downs. Wanting to cry, causing problems, rather drink than fuck. Remembering trips in the backseat of the car, needing to be alone with a guitar — it’s alright, haunted, quickening heartbeats, reminiscing about Chicago, clouds and rain and sunshine at the same time — and all the while these chords that go from languid to swift, and the sweet stretchiness of EKKSTACY’s vocals.

“I think everything is cool,” EKKSTACY told Office magazine in 2022. “Sometimes I’ll be listening to rap, and I’ll be like, Oh fuck, I want to be a rapper. And then I’ll hear a metal song, and I’ll be like, Fuck, I want to do metal.” That all-inclusive, eclectic creative drive is what makes EKKSTACY’s music what it is — and it’s what makes this new chapter so much fun. EKKSTACY’s got everything. ADHD-core but make it cohesive. It’s big, it’s reflective, it might even make you wanna mosh a little. There’s the soft pensiveness of “Problems,” to which Trippie Redd contributed (EKKSTACY “came up listening to Trip,” so it’s notably special), the windy riffs of “the headless horseman lost his way,” reminiscent of the emo-post-hardcore of Title Fight, the dulcet, bouncy moodiness of “alright,”. And there’s the one EKKSTACY calls The One: “bella,” which is like if you took all of EKKSTACY’s faves and influences and rolled it into one 2:30-minute banger. Picture EKKSTACY’s fans packed into one of the huge rooms he plays, all pogo-ing.

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CITY AND COLOUR ANNOUNCES CROSS-CANADA ARENA TOUR

With Special Guests
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Ruby Waters

TOUR KICKS OFF IN VICTORIA, BC ON FEBRUARY 6, 2024

Includes Performances in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

The Love Still Held Me Near Available Now
Stream/Purchase HERE


City and Colour, acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green, has announced a Canadian arena tour kicking off in Victoria, BC on February 6, 2024 and wrapping up in Halifax, NS on February 27. The tour is in support of Green’s critically praised seventh studio album The Love Still Held Me Near released earlier this year and will be his first cross-Canada tour in five years. Joining City and Colour are special guests Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Ruby Waters. Last month, Green performed to a sold-out crowd at Budweiser Stage in Toronto. The evening marked his 12th performance at the iconic venue, the most for any Canadian artist with the exception of Blue Rodeo, and the only independent artist to do so. 


City and Colour is proud to partner with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will go towards local organizations safeguarding people experiencing homelessness and ending the cycle of homelessness and poverty. See a list of organizations below. 

City and Colour Canadian Tour Dates 2024

Feb 06 – Victoria, BC @ Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Feb 08 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

Feb 10 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place

Feb 12 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome

Feb 14 – Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Centre

Feb 15 – Winnipeg, MB @ Canada Life Centre

Feb 18 – London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens

Feb 20 – Oshawa, ON @ Tribute Communities Centre

Feb 22 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell

Feb 23 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre

Feb 24 – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre

Feb 26 – Moncton, NB @ Avenir Centre

Feb 27 – Halifax, NS @ Scotiabank Centre

 

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About City and Colour
Over the course of seven studio albums, Dallas Green has compiled a canon ripe with songs born of adoration and devotion amassing a legion of fans worldwide and garnering him 5 JUNOs, including 2 Songwriter of the Year awards, plus 4 Double Platinum, 1 Platinum, and 1 Gold certification at home in Canada. Alongside these accomplishments, Green has been awarded Platinum-certification for four of Alexisonfire’s full-length records. 

His latest album, The Love Still Held Me Near, spawned a #1 hit at Alternative radio with “Underground” and debuted at #2 on the Alternative Albums chart, #2 Digital Albums, and #2 LP Vinyl Albums. The release also enjoyed chart success in the U.S. debuting at #8 on the Current Rock Albums chart, #15 Digital Albums, and #18 Vinyl Albums.

City and Colour’s sixth album A Pill For Loneliness – released on Green’s Still Records, an imprint of Dine Alone Records – debuted at #1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums Chart, his 4th consecutive chart-topper in Canada. His previous #1 LP If I Should Go Before You made serious waves internationally debuting at #16 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart and #5 in Australia where Green’s LP Little Hell was certified GOLD. In 2014, Green collaborated with international superstar Alecia Moore (aka P!nk) on a new project titled You+Me. Their debut rose ave. went Platinum in Canada, topped the Canadian chart at #1, the Australian chart at #2, and soared to #4 on the Billboard Top 200 culminating in memorable performances on The Ellen Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

In 2022, Green was honoured with the SOCAN National Achievement Award at the JUNO Awards in recognition of his philanthropic contributions to music education in Canada.

About Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
It took Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats less than five years to become one of the most recognizable new forces in contemporary rock ’n’ roll. Since 2015, Rateliff has led his denim-clad, horn-flanked Night Sweats, supplying the zeal of a whiskey-chugging Pentecostal preacher to songs about this world’s shared woes. They’ve had hits, sure, but their combustible mix of soul and rock quickly cemented them as the rare generational band who balanced ecstatic live shows with engrossing and rich records. To wit, is there any other modern act capable of revving up stadium crowds for The Rolling Stones while also appearing on Saturday Night Live and CMT Crossroads and at NPR’s Tiny Desk in short order?

When Rateliff returned from his pandemic-truncated solo tour in March 2020, he struggled with the same question that vexed so many of us then—what now? Fortunately, he returned to his Colorado homestead and penned a set of songs that synthesized his introspection with his anthemic inclinations. The result is The Future, the third Night Sweats album but the first to capture this octet’s true depth and breadth. An instant classic of 11 songs, the album presents something more sustainable, interesting, and indeed open—a songwriter and band growing into bigger questions and sounds, into a future that allows them to remain recognizable but be so much more compelling than some denim-clad caricature. 

About PLUS1

PLUS1 is an initiative that channels the collective energy of a concert to catalyze social change. By partnering with performing artists, PLUS1 raises and grants millions of dollars to high impact nonprofits addressing our most serious global challenges around Access, Equity, and Dignity. The work begins with a $1 per ticket add-on that makes fundraising simple and seamless. Beyond the dollar, PLUS1 supports artists as educators and advocates, fuelling their passion, reach, impact. To date, PLUS1 has raised and granted over $7 million, and served as the connective tissue between over 100 artists, millions of their fans, and 100s of leading social justice organizations tackling global injustice.

Vancouver artist EKKSTACY has joined the Dine Alone Records roster and today releases his debut single for the label, “problems (feat. Trippie Redd).” Fans are eagerly awaiting his next move. In just 3 short years, EKKSTACY has amassed a growing cult following — one that’s all too familiar with the same kind of mental health struggles and grinding gig work he’s experienced — and his eagerly-anticipated third LP is sure to make it even bigger. 2022 was a pivotal year for EKKSTACY, with nods from Complex and Kanye producer Mike Dean, Purity Ring, AFROPUNK, Pitchfork, and fans globally with his viral hit “i walk this earth all by myself” and well-received sophomore LP, ‘misery’. The next chapter is about to be written, with sold-out headlining shows globally and a new album on the way.

EKKSTACY’s new single, “problems (feat. Trippie Redd)” is out now. Stream it HERE

 Stay tuned for more news on EKKSTACY releases for Dine Alone Records.

“problems (feat. Trippie Redd)”

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