In anticipation of their forthcoming full-length What One Becomes, powerhouse trio Sumac will tour the Western portion of the United States from May 20th through June 4th. The tour will take the band, which features Aaron Turner (Mamiffer, Old Man Gloom, Isis), Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists), Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch, These Arms Are Snakes), through Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas – check out the full tour routing below. These shows will advance the release of What One Becomes on June 10th from Thrill Jockey and a video teaser for the album is viewable below.
What One Becomes was tracked at The Unknown in Anacortes, WA and mixed at GodCity Studios in Salem, MA with Kurt Ballou and the resulting five-song, hour-long LP is a dense aggregate of rhythm, force, and vigor. The album’s first single, “Rigid Man” (streaming now below), begins as a lurching epithet that finds the trio in a shadow boxing lockstep for the song’s first half of pugilistic rhythm and noise, only to smash itself on the ground amidst a diabolical feedback whorl from Turner’s guitar and to tear free from the rhythmic underbelly. Sumac channels psychic distress into their rigorously algebraic maneuvers and syllable-crack dissonance. The songwriting on What One Becomes is unparalleled, unhinged expressionism in all forms.
What One Becomes will be available on double LP format pressed on virgin vinyl, packaged in a wide spine jacket printed on uncoated stock with custom debossed slipcase and free download card. Additionally, the album will be available on CD format packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold jacket printed on uncoated stock with debossed cover and 6 panel fold-out insert. For pre-orders and more info, visit Thrill Jockey.
Sumac Tour Dates:
May 20 Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
May 21 Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge
May 22 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
May 23 Eugene, OR @ The Boreal
May 24 Ashland, OR @ Club 66
May 26 Chico, CA @ TBA
May 27 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
May 28 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge
May 29 Los Angeles, CA @ The Complex
May 30 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
May 31 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
June 1 El Paso, TX @ Bowie Feathers
June 3 Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
June 4 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada