WE ARE THE CITY ANNOUNCE SOPHOMORE ALBUM
TO BE RELEASED ON JUNE 4, 2013
OFFER A DOCUMENTARY VIEW TO THE MAKING OF THEIR NEW ALBUM
TOUR ACROSS THE U.S. SUPPORTING HEY OCEAN! STARTING MARCH 22
We Are The City, the BC-based progressive rock trio, has weathered a few career twists and turns. On the heels of their debut album, In A Quiet World, they swiftly (and modestly) claimed first place in the inaugural Peak Performance Project landing the group $150,000 in funding in January of 2010. They went on to release the critically appreciated High School EP in 2011 – declared to be a “mini-masterwork.” The vacillations of We Are The City’s home base and core band members and the upheaval of any creative process has ultimately failed to derail the band’s musical momentum.
Today, We Are The City announce their sophomore album, Violent will be released this June 4, 2013 on Hidden Pony Records.
The reunited and reinvigorated group saw this new album take shape in the confines of a condemned house, dubbed the Magic House (which was ultimately demolished) and the entire process documented by the band in video webisodes. A trailer for Violent is available here.
Recorded by Tom Dobrzanski (Said The Whale, The Zolas, Hey Ocean!) at Monarch studios in Vancouver, We Are The City continues to prove it is unafraid to leave open space, employ a colliding drum fill, or experiment with unlikely sounds and arrangements – only serving to make the musical experience of Violent’s 10 tracks that much more exciting to listen to. From soaring highs and hushed comedowns, to dense syncopations going toe-to-toe with noise-soaked crescendos and delicate pop melodies. “King David” moves from aggressive distortion to gentle acoustic plucking to swirling ambience. “Bottom of the Lake” places marimba tinkles atop a gritty guitar backdrop, while the cerebral track “Baptism” rings with gorgeous harmony vocals and builds towards one of the album’s most thunderous ends. A visit to the band’s homepage yields a 20-minute documentary, a behind the scenes glimpse into the making of Violent, at wearethecity.ca
We Are The City will take Violent on a preview tour starting this month as they cross the U.S. with Vancouver’s Hey Ocean! for a run of 14 dates, starting March 22 in Florida. All shows are noted below. We Are The City will tour Canada extensively around the launch of Violent. Stay tuned for a full listing of dates and more album details will be revealed soon.
WE ARE THE CITY – VIOLENT – TRACK LIST
1. Bottom Of The Lake
2. Legs Give Out
3. King David
4. Passing Of The Peace
5. Friends Hurt
6. I Am, Are You?
7. 20 Ft. Up
8. Everything Changes
10. Punch My Face
WE ARE THE CITY– UPCOMING TOUR DATES
March 22 – Phoenix Taproom – Jacksonville, FL
March 23 – Local 662 – St. Petersburg, FL
March 24 – Backbooth – Orlando, FL
March 26 – The Purgatory Room At The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
March 28 – 9th & Beats – Washington, DC
March 29 – Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus – Philadelphia, PA
March 30 – The Space – Hamden, CT
March 31 – The Middle East Upstairs – Cambridge, MA
April 1 – The Studio At Webster Hall – New York, NY
April 2 – The Rathskeller – Ewing, NJ
April 4 – Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI
April 6 – Township – Chicago, IL
April 7 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
April 9 – The Railyard – Billings, MT
All shows supporting Hey Ocean!