Injury Reserve announce world tour
Arizona experimental rap trio Injury Reserve have EPs, mixtapes, and singles dating back to 2013, and they've already built a following for themselves. I witnessed it myself when I caught their great live show at SXSW and they had plenty of fans in the room who came ready to yell the words and mosh, even at 3 PM on a Thursday. They're now signed to Loma Vista (Denzel Curry, St. Vincent, Marilyn Manson) and releasing their proper debut album, and it offers up everything that's been great about Injury Reserve in the past and more. The album will definitely appeal to the types of rap fans who listen to stuff like Death Grips and Run The Jewels, but Injury Reserve never sound exactly like those groups or anything. Producer Parkey Corey provides inventive production that ranges from heady electronic music to abrasive industrial, and rappers Ritchie With a T and Stepa J. Groggs navigate his beats with rhymes that show off an equal amount of love for punky SoundCloud rap and classic hip hop. You can see that in the album's choice of guest rappers too, which range from alternative-minded acts like Rico Nasty, JPEGMAFIA, and Cakes Da Killa to a classicist like Freddie Gibbs. All of those guests fit perfectly into Injury Reserve's world, and that's no small feat, especially for a debut album.
Injury Reserve released their self-titled debut album last month (I wrote the above about it for Notable Releases), and, fresh off bringing their killer live show to NYC's Governors Ball, the trio have announced North American and Europe/UK tours. They'll be trekking all across the U.S. and making a couple Canadian stops, as well as hitting several UK cities plus France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, and more. It follows their previously announced New Zealand, Australia, and Japan dates which begin this week.
The massive tour brings the trio back to NYC for a show on September 25 at Gramercy Theatre. That show is part of a run with Slauson Malone opening. Tickets go on presale today (6/4) at 10 AM and the public on-sale begins Friday (6/7) at 10 AM. All dates are listed on the tour poster below.