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(Vancouver, BC) - It's been 5 years since Rodney DeCroo released his last studio record, the epic double album 'Queen Mary Trash,' but DeCroo is back in fine form with the beautiful and intimate 'Campfires On The Moon' out on April 28th through Tonic Records. DeCroo will also be embarking on a Cross-Canada Tour in support of the album, starting with a Vancouver release show on April 16 at The Fox Theatre. Full tour schedule listed below.
'Campfires On The Moon' marks Rodney DeCroo's full return to music. His last studio album was released in 2010 and between then and now, DeCroo devoted the years to therapy and healing as he stepped up to a lifelong battle with PTSD. He also threw himself into a more immediately personal trinity of projects, yielding a spoken word album (Allegheny), book of poetry (Allegheny, BC), and a touring stage play (Stupid Boy in an Ugly Town) that expanded both his critical and popular appeal.
Suitably refreshed after his 5-year singer-songwriter hiatus, Rodney DeCroo was finally ready to follow-up 'Queen Mary Trash'. With former Convictions bandmate and stage collaborator Mark Haney on double bass, and longtime friend Ida Nilsen contributing piano and vocals—DeCroo had been quietly amassing material with Nilsen in mind—he returned to Brian Barr’s Vancouver studio and produced a record a s beautiful on the surface as a dusk-painted reflecting pool, as shadowy below as his own tumultuous psyche. The gap between his inner and outer life has always been slender, but 'Campfires On The Moon' gives us DeCroo at his most intimate.The arrangements are fragile—three acoustic instruments and two voices; one glue, one honey—and so is the mood. A low, sonorous note brings Haney into the picture on perhaps the most upbeat of Campfire's songs, the lovely, painfully honest “Stupid Boy in an Ugly Town”. If it’s one of the more openly autobiographical moments on the album, DeCroo is less explicit elsewhere.
“Tear All Lovers Down” captivates with a strident piano hook, but “White Circles” draws us in with its subtler qualities, its words coming on like a transmission from the darkest hour of the wolf. The language on 'Campfires on the Moon' is frequently cryptic, but meaning surfaces nonetheless. DeCroo is wrestling with regret, loss, aging, love, memory, death, art—always with his own ongoing recovery embedded in the background. Gradually the album takes on an emotional force all its own, through its combination of quivering intimacy and DeCroo’s greatest natural resource—his poetry. As its 10 songs draw to a close, Haney throws a little discordant shade into “Ashes after Fire”, foreshadowing the envy that grips DeCroo as he visits some old friends at The Railway Club.
“They’re doing well,” DeCroo sighs, “their wellness never ends.” But there’s a deep irony at work. Breaking from a past in disarray, 'Campfires on the Moon' strongly suggests that its author’s own wellness has well and truly begun.
'Campfires on the Moon' will be released on Tonic Records April 28, 2015. Look for Rodney DeCroo on tour across Canada starting on April 16th in Vancouver, BC at The Fox Theatre. For more information and the most up-to-date Tour Listings, please visit: www.rodneydecroo.com
RODNEY DECROO - 'CAMPFIRES ON THE MOON' TRACKLISTING RELEASE DATE: APRIL 28th, 2015 (TONIC RECORDS) 1. Campfires On The Moon 2. Stupid Boy In An Ugly Town 3. Baby, You Ain't Wild 4. Sparks In The Rain 5. White Circles 6. Tear All Lovers Down 7. Young With You 8. No Saviour Big Enough 9. Ashes After Fire 10. Out On The Backstretch
RODNEY DECROO UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES April 16 - Vancouver, BC @ The Fox Theatre April 17 - Penticton, BC @ The Wild Scallion April 18 - Chilliwack, BC @ Bozzini's April 21 - Salmon Arm, BC @ Salmon Arm Arts Centre April 22 - Nelson, BC @ The Special April 23 - Calgary, AB @ The Ironwood April 24 - Cranbrook, BC @ The Studio Stage Door Theatre April 25 - Edmonton, AB @ Brixx Bar + Grill April 27 - Red Deer, AB @ Fratters Speakeasy April 29 - Regina, SK @ The Artful Dodger April 30 - Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos May 1 - Winnipeg, MB @ Times Changed May 27 - Toronto, ON @ The Tennesee May 28 - Oakville, ON @ Moonshine Cafe May 29 - Windsor, ON @ The Phog May 30 - London, ON @ Call The Office May 31 - Peterborough, ON @ The Garnet June 5 - Wakefield, ON @ Kaffe 1870 June 6 - Guelph, ON @ The Cornerstone
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