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Purity Ring & Braids both announce tours behind new albums

Purity Ring
photo by Carson Davis Brown

Electronic pop duo Purity Ring haven’t put out new material in a while, but they’ve just announced their first album in five years, WOMB, due out April 3rd via 4AD. It’s the duo’s first full-length since 2015’s Another Eternity, and was written, recorded, produced and mixed entirely by members Megan James and Corin Roddick. They’re shared a new single, “stardew,” which is in line with the vibrant, glitzy direction heard on Another Eternity, with a hard-hitting synthetic pop sound. It’s catchy stuff, and you can hear it below.

The duo also have a North American tour scheduled for this spring, which includes stops in Philly, NYC, Toronto, LA, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, and others, before a European tour in the fall. There are two NYC shows at Brooklyn Steel on May 15 & 16, and tickets for those shows (and the whole tour) go on Friday 2/21 at 10 AM, with various presales starting Wednesday 2/19 at noon. View all upcoming dates, and WOMB‘s artwork and tracklist, below.

Meanwhile, fellow Canadians and previous Purity Ring tourmates Braids, who also released a split 7″ with the duo in 2011, have a new album of their own coming out; Shadow Offering, which former Death Cab for Cutie member Chris Walla produced, is due out April 24 via Secret City Records. They’ve now announced a North American tour supporting it this summer, which kicks off in Detroit on June 3 and hits Chicago, Portland, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Boston, Washington DC, and more. The Brooklyn show happens at Rough Trade on July 2, and tickets go on sale Wednesday 2/20 at 11 AM, with an American Express presale starting Tuesday 2/19 at noon. See all of Braids’ upcoming dates below.

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Purity Ring

WOMB Tracklist:
1. rubyinsides
2. pink lightning
3. peacefall
4. i like the devil
5. femia
6. sinew
7. vehemence
8. silkspun
9. almanac
10. stardew

Purity Ring – 2020 Tour Dates
5/3 – Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
5/4 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
5/7 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live
5/8 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
5/9 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
5/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
5/12 – Washington, D.C. @ Anthem
5/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
5/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
5/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
5/18 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
5/20 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
5/23 – Bakersfield, CA @ Lightning in a Bottle Fest
5/26 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
5/27 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Theatre
5/28 – Denver, CO @ Mission
5/29 – Ogden, UT @ Ogden Twilight
5/30 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
6/1 – Spokane, OR @ Knitting Factory
6/2 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount
6/3 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
6/4 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
6/5 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
6/7 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
6/10 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
6/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium
7/18 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
9/4 – Stockholm, SE @ Nalen
9/5 – Oslo, NO @ Parkteatret
9/7 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
9/8 – Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theatre
9/9 – Amsterdam, NE @ Melkweg
9/11 – Brighton, UK @ Chalk
9/12 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
9/13 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3
9/15 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo
9/16 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
9/17 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
9/18 – London, UK @ Roundhouse

Braids: 2020 Tour Dates
06/03 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
06/04 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
06/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
06/12 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
06/13 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
06/14 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
06/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
06/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
06/19 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
06/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
06/23 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
06/24 – Dallas, TX @ Ruins
06/27 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
06/28 – Washington, DC @ DC9
06/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
07/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
07/03 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
07/04 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa
07/09 – Toronto, ON @ Paradise Theatre

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