Glass Candy and Chromatics, two Portland, OR bands on the Troubleman Unlimited label, will hit the road together this summer for US and European tours.
Both bands have recently released singles taking them into a decisively more dance / disco oriented direction – Glass Candy released the single Iko late last year and Chromatics have a brand new single, Nite. Glass Candy’s new direction embraces the stripped down stomp of current top 40 rap, while lyrically exploring a doo-wop tragedy over synthesized pulses. On Nite, Chromatics explore everything from a down-tempo narrative to a vocoder driven club song that sounds like Giorgio Moroder spilling his drink on Claudio Simonetti on the way to the dance floor. Both groups share a hazardous approach to making records.
The live shows from both acts are raw and even more unpredictable than they are on record. Using a live drummer to flesh out the 808 drum machine, Glass Candy rolls out the red carpet for its master of ceremonies, Ida No, to do whatever she pleases, which occasionally includes singing, while the band switches, without apology, between a mangled metal guitar and synth. Chromatics crash between punk and electro, successfully offending both camps.
Glass Candy has another single, I Always Say Yes, in the near future and both bands will have new full-lengths this Fall. The Chromatics album is titled Shining Violence and is slated for October, while Glass Candy’s Life After Sundown will drop in November.
Fri May 12: Portland, OR Dunes
Thu May 18: Modesto, CA Mustang Bar
Fri May 19: San Francisco, CA Covered Wagon
Sat May 20: Los Angeles, CA Scene Bar
Sun May 21: Los Angeles, CA The Smell
Tue May 23: Juarez, Mexico TBA
Thu May 25: Austin, TX Room 710
Fri May 26: Denton, TX Rubber Gloves
Sun May 28: Houston, TX Rudyard’s
Wed May 31: Memphis, TN Murphy’s
Thu June 1: Nashville, TN The End
Fri June 2: Atlanta, GA MJQ Drunken Unicorn
Sat June 3: Charlotte, NC The Milestone
Sun June 4: Chapel Hill, NC The Nite Lite
Wed June 7: New Haven, CT Bar
Thu June 8: Allston, MA Great Scott
Fri June 9: New York, NY Don Hill’s
Wed June 14: Toronto, ONT Spin Gallery
Fri June 16: Detroit, MI Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit
Sat June 17: Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Tue June 20: Omaha, NE O’leaver’s
Wed June 21: Kansas City, MO The Pistol
Fri June 23: Denver, CO Hi-Dive
Sat June 24: Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Fri June 30: Seattle, WA The Crocodile (Glass Candy only)
Sat July 1: Portland, OR Fogland Suites