Rise Records and Racquet Club, the newly formed quartet featuring members of Knapsack, The Jealous Sound and Samiam are proud to announce the band’s self-titled debut album. Produced by Alex Newport (Bloc Party, Frank Turner), Racquet Club (pre-order) presents itself as a breathtaking rock record that will appeal to fans of the members’ previous projects but also stands on its own as something singularly impressive. From the driving pop perfection of “Let Beauty Find You” to the stripped-down power of “Blood On The Moon” (stream) and melodic moodiness of “Boundaries,” these ten songs are like different shades of the same color–and together they paint a picture that’s more hopeful than anything vocalist/guitarist Blair Shehan has penned in the past. 

“The records that I’ve done in the past have really been reactions to chaos in my life and the guilt or hurt that came along with that,” Shehan explains. “I’m still dealing with those tendencies but now rather than focusing on the chaos I’m focusing on solutions and those small victories.” Check out the music video for “Head Full Of Bees,” helmed by Steve Hanft who is known for directing Beck’s “Where It’s At” video.

SEPTEMBER
29 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s #
30 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex #

OCTOBER
03 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge *
04 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour *
05 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues (Voodoo Lounge) *
06 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues *
07 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone *
09 – Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound *
10 – Denver, CO – Bluebird *
11 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room *
12 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean ^
13 – Lansing, MI – The Loft *
14 – Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s *
16 – Cambridge, MA – The Middle East Upstairs ^
17 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s ^
18 – Washington, DC – DC9 ^
19 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory ^
20 – Garwood, NJ – Crossroads ^
21 – Lancaster, PA – Lizard Lounge ^

# = supporting Hot Water Music
* = supporting The Movielife and The Early November
^ = headline show

 

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