by Andrew Sacher
Grails at MusicFestNW 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
Psychedelic post-rock band Grails have been keeping pretty quiet lately, but they're finally ready to head out on the (silk) road again. The Portland band will be heading out with Grails members Alex Hall and Emil Amos' side project Lilacs & Champagne and JR Robinson's Wrekmeister Harmonies on a tour that comes to Brooklyn on September 15 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer, below.
For Lilacs & Champagne, the project that gives Alex and Emil a chance to take a break from all the raga rock and make something closer to trip hop, this will be their first tour ever. As mentioned, they released a new album, Danish & Blue, earlier this year, and have now just made a video for its track, "Sensations," which makes its premiere in this post. It's on the NSFW side and you can check it out below.
Grails also recently put out new material: the previously discussed fifth installment of their Black Tar Prophecies EPs, this one being a split with Pharaoh Overlord. The four songs that Grails contributed to the split are dark, atmospheric, and generally less heavy than some of their more recent stuff, like 2011's Deep Politics. You can stream the opening track, "Chariots," below, and the album is available for purchase at the Kemado webstore.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, Chicago's Wrekmeister Harmonies played a hometown show, and you can check out pictures on BV Chicago from that show. You can also check out a review of their new album on Invisible Oranges.
Video, song streams, tour schedule and flyer are below...
Lilacs & Champagne - Sensations
Lilacs & Champagne - "Alone Again and..."
Grails - "Chariots"
Grails - 2013 Tour Dates
9/10 Nashville, TN @ The End *
9/11 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
9/12 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 *
9/13 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery *
9/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *
9/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus *
9/16 Allston, MA @ Great Scott *
9/17 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore *
9/18 Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel *
9/19 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Lounge *
9/20 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen *
9/21 Lexington, KY @ Boomslang Festival
* w/ Lilacs & Champagne, Wreckmeister Harmonies