(Vancouver, BC) - Vancouver psych-rockers Spoon River are releasing their sophomore album The New Sun Ahhhhh Hotel on November 18th through Tonic Records and to mark the occasion they're premiering the video for the groovy album track 'In The Parking Lot of The Swamp Museum' (directed by: band member Rachel Horkenheimer). In support of the new album, Spoon River also have 2 upcoming shows in Vancouver - November 21st at The Rickshaw Theatre and December 5th at the Fox Theatre. See below for full details.
Spoon River is a band with a colourful past. Formed in 2008 in Montreal, the band is a large and shifting family scattered all across Canada. Founded by songwriter Tavis Eachan Triance after the sudden acrimonious split of cult heroes, The Royal Mountain Band, he and his wife, Rachel Horkenheimer, have been drifting and living life unconventionally ever since. Their addresses have changed repeatedly: from the teeming, artistically fertile streets of Montreal to tiny reserve towns on the North Pacific Ocean all the way through to the seaside jewel of glass and steel that is Vancouver, British Columbia. They have flown in planes, toured on buses, hauled motorcycles over vast distances, and squeezed themselves into the cramped cabs of straggling pickup trucks; opening for sword swallowers, slogging it out at veterans clubs and prairie roadhouses but also tearing it up in front of packed houses, most recently with San Francisco’s new native sons The Wooden Shjips.
Spoon River's new album, The New Sun Ahhhhh Hotel, offers up pulsing tributaries of sun drenched psychedelic rock & roll and scuffling garage boogie. Reminiscent of such offbeat musical trailblazers as The Growlers, The Royal Trux, King Tuff, Exile-era Stones, T-Rex and Memphis Garage heroes The Reigning Sound, Spoon River seamlessly fortify these influences with a heavy dose of their own wild and weaving brand, to invoke a strutting mixture of fear and exuberance, menace and acid-laced beauty. The album was mixed by Triance and David Carswell of Destroyer and New Pornographers fame, and was recorded between Montreal’s Breakglass Recording Studios, home of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas of the Besnard Lakes, and Vancouver’s up and coming Afterlife and Rain City studios. The New Sun Ahhhhh Hotel is Spoon River's second release and marks a slight change in sound for the band. Their critically acclaimed debut album Kingdom of The Burned, released back in 2009, was more southern rock than psychedelic but it's all just a part of the Spoon River magic.
"The change in sound was more a function of the additions to our lineup that we made than anything," explains Triance. "We started playing with two keyboard players and also with female singers and I started experimenting with guitar pedals and vocal treatment."
In pitch perfect doses of timelessness and vigor, Spoon River's The New Sun Ahhhhh Hotel is set to wade from the rivers of the cosmos to capture your imagination and conquer your soul! Be sure to grab Spoon River's new album, available through Tonic Records on November 18th and catch the band live in Vancouver on November 21st & December 5th. Spoon River will be touring across Canada in support of The New Sun Ahhhhh Hotel in early 2015. Visit spoonriverband.com for the most up-to-date information.
// Spoon River is: Tavis Eachan Triance (lead vocals), Rachel Horkenheimer (vocals, keys), Chris Young (bass), Kris Welch (guitar), Anya Colussi (keys), Gabriel Cohen (drums) //
SPOON RIVER - 'THE NEW SUN AHHHHH HOTEL' TRACK LISTING RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 18th, 2014 (Tonic Records) 1. All The Dark Rains 2. In The Parking Lots of the Swamp Museum 3. Like a Dove 4. Slippery Footed Man 5. Learning to Love the Light 6. Spectres 7. King & Queen of the Razor Blade Boogie 8. Swallow 9. Get On 10. Before, I Guess, Too Bad 11. The City Ain't My Friend
SPOON RIVER UPCOMING SHOW DATES November 21 - Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theater (w/ No Sinner) December 5 - Vancouver, BC @ Fox Theater (w/ Barr Brothers)
FOR MORE INFO: www.spoonriverband.com
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MEDIA TOOLS CLICK HERE - to watch/post the Spoon River video 'In The Parking Lots of the Swamp Museum' CLICK HERE - for high-res photo (photo credit: Kris Krug) & CLICK HERE - for high-res album art (album art by: Rachel Horkenheimer) CLICK HERE - to listen/post the Spoon River track 'Spectres' from 'The New Sun Ahhhhh Hotel.