by Andrew Sacher

Blues Pills

Blues Pills formed when Swedish howler Elin Larsson met former Radio Moscow members Zack Anderson (bass) and Cory Berry (drums), and connected over a love of early psych and proto-metal. They soon added French guitarist Dorian Sorriaux into the fold, and put out a few EPs and singles before signing to Nuclear Blast and releasing their self-titled debut album in 2014. (Cory left soon after and ex-Truckfighters drummer André Kvarnström took his place.)

The band have a ton of tour dates coming up, going from this month all the way through mid-August. Most of them are in Europe, but they are coming to the US in April to play Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil in California and a NYC show after that.

The NYC show happens April 16 at Saint Vitus with support from two likeminded local-ish bands, Philly's Ruby the Hatchet and NY's Dead Heavens, the band that gives hardcore legend Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, etc) a chance to indulge his love of the late '60s. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Blues Pills dates are listed, with a stream of their album, below.

UPDATE: Actually Blues Pills had to cancel their US dates due to visa issues. They write:

hello friends from overseas... we unfortunately have no good news this time...
due to unforseen difficulties with the US visa process, we will unfortunately not make it in april to USA, means we will not be able to attend at this years FEARFEST EVIL in CA san jose on 11th of april, as well as the show @ the st. vitus in brooklyn NY scheduled for 16th of april...
we want to thank both promoters for inviting us as well as the fans who was looking forward to our shows.
we are very sorry but are sure that time will come sooner than later, when BLUES PILLS get the chance to come over to north america.
all best from BLUES PILLS!

Dead Heavens is one of two new-ish bands Walter Schreifels is pursuing, the other being the more post-hardcore-oriented Vanishing Life with members of Trail of Dead. That band is coming to SXSW this week, where they'll play the free BrooklynVegan Friday party at Red 7 with Power Trip, United Nations, KEN mode, Single Mothers, and many more.

Ruby the Hatchet will be at SXSW too; they're one of the many metal bands we highlighted in our 2015 SXSW Metal Roundup.

Blues Pills tour dates and album stream, below...


Blues Pills -- 2015 Tour Dates
Mar 20 Stadtgarten (w/ Truckfighters, Jex Toth, Three Seasons) Erfurt, Germany
Mar 21 Astra (w/ Truckfighters, Jex Toth, Three Seasons) Berlin, Germany
Mar 22 Tante JU (w/ Truckfighters, Jex Toth, Three Seasons) Dresden, Germany
Mar 23 Backstage (w/ Truckfighters, Jex Toth, Three Seasons) Munich, Germany
Mar 25 USINE (w/ Truckfighters, Jex Toth, Three Seasons) Geneve, Switzerland
Mar 26 Club Vaudeville (w/ Truckfighters, Jex Toth, Three Seasons) Lindau, Germany
Mar 27 Kantine (w/ Truckfighters, Jex Toth, Three Seasons) Koln, Germany
Mar 28 Konzerthalle (w/ Truckfighters, Jex Toth, Three Seasons) Olsberg, Germany
Mar 30 Garage (w/ Truckfighters, Jex Toth, Three Seasons) Saarbrucken, Germany
Mar 31 Substage (w/ Truckfighters, Jex Toth, Three Seasons) Karlsruhe, Germany
Apr 01 Schlachthof (w/ Truckfighters, Jex Toth, Three Seasons) Wiesbaden, Germany
Apr 03 Paaspop (w/ Truckfighters) Schijndel, Netherlands
Apr 04 Turbinenhalle II (w/ Truckfighters, Jex Toth, Three Seasons) Oberhausen, Germany
Apr 05 Komplex (w/ Truckfighters, Jex Toth, Three Seasons) Zurich, Switzerland
Apr 11 Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil San Jose, CA
Apr 16 St. Vitus Brooklyn, NY w/ Ruby the Hatchet, Dead Heavens
Apr 22 O2 Islington London, United Kingdom
Apr 23 The Globe Cardiff, United Kingdom
Apr 24 Club Academy Manchester, United Kingdom
Apr 25 Voodoo Lounge Dublin, Ireland
Apr 27 Limelight Belfast, United Kingdom
Apr 28 Cathouse Glasgow, United Kingdom
Apr 29 Rescue Rooms Nottingham, Uk
Apr 30 Bierkeller Bristol, United Kingdom
May 22 Artrock Festival Saint-Brieuc, France
May 24 Ribs & Blues Raalte, Netherlands
May 30 Muskelrock Alvesta, Sweden
Jun 04 Freak Valley Festival Netphen, Germany
Jun 05 Rock Im Park Nuremberg, Germany
Jun 06 Out And Loud Festival Geiselwind, Germany
Jun 07 Rock Am Ring 2015 Mendig, Germany
Jun 11 Magnolia Milano, Italy
Jun 13 Nova Rock Nickelsdorf, Austria
Jun 19 Graspop Metal Meeting 2015 Dessel, Belgium
Jun 20 Copenhell Festival Copenhagen, Denmark
Jun 26 Tuska Helsinki, Finland
Jul 10 Masters Of Rock Vizovice, Czech Republic
Jul 11 RockHarz Ballenstedt, Germany
Jul 16 Dour Festival Dour, Belgium
Jul 18 Guitar en Scene Festival Saint-Julien-En-Genevois, France
Jul 21 Metaldays Tolmin, Slovenia
Jul 24 Zwarte Cross Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands
Jul 25 Rock im Wald Michelau, Germany
Jul 26 Ramblin Man Festival Maidstone, United Kingdom
Aug 06 Leyendas del Rock Villena, Spain
Aug 08 Reload festival Sulingen, Germany
Aug 15 Elbriot Hamburg, Germany

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