SOUL ASYLUM ANNOUNCES SUMMER TOUR DATES WITH CRACKER
(June 7, 2017) – Minneapolis rockers Soul Asylum announces new U.S. tour dates with Cracker kicking off on July 14 in Marietta, OH at People’s Bank Theatre. Tickets will be on sale Friday, June 9 and can be purchased at: www.soulasylum.com
The band spend most of 2016 crisscrossing the country in support of Change of Fortune, Soul Asylum’s eleventh studio album, which was released in mid-2016. The dozen-song set embodies the band’s trademark balance of rocking abandon, infectious melodic craft and raw-nerved emotional depth, boasting a compelling set of Pirner compositions.
About Change of Fortune, Blurt Magazine said that the album ““kicks serious fucking ass,” while Relix added, “the album shows a band still at the peak of their prowess, with clear potential for garnering whatever fortunes the future may hold.” And Innocent Words offers, “‘Change of Fortune’ is a straightforward rock & roll album led by Pirner’s poetic gift for storytelling.”
Initially known as Loud Fast Rules, the band’s raucous live sets and early releases on the hometown indie label Twin/Tone, including the albums Say What You Will, Made to Be Broken and While You Were Out earned them a loyal fan base. Soul Asylum’s indie success led to the band entering the major-label mainstream with 1988’s Hang Time and its 1990 follow-up And the Horse They Rode In On, and achieving a platinum-level commercial breakthrough with 1992’s Grave Dancers Union and 1995’s Let Your Dim Light Shine. The band went on hiatus after 1998’s Candy from a Stranger, during which time Pirner released his first solo effort, Faces & Names. Soul Asylum returned to action in 2006 with The Silver Lining and released Delayed Reaction six years later. Three and half decades down the road from the band’s indie-punk origins, Change of Fortune came in 2016, co-produced by the band and longtime studio collaborator John Fields.
Soul Asylum’s current lineup teams founding singer/guitarist Pirner with guitarist Ryan Smith, bassist Winston Roye and drummer Michael Bland. “I would say, without reservation, that my band is probably the best band on the planet,” Pirner asserts, adding, “That always gets me in trouble, but it’s not because of me; it’s because of Michael and Winston and Ryan. It’s incomprehensible to me that the elements have fallen into place the way they have, it’s driving me nuts how much I love this band.”
“People who feel disenfranchised tend to identify with Soul Asylum,” Pirner observes. “I’ll look out at the crowd and see people singing along with my songs of frustration and insecurity, and the irony is not lost on me. There’s a part of me that’s never gonna fit in, but I love being around people who love music, and I’m very loyal to the idea of whatever Soul Asylum is. The future is bright, everything is good.”
Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Cofounders David Lowery and Johnny Hickman have been at it for a quarter of a century – amassing ten studio albums (including their most recent double album Berkeley To Bakersfield), multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe (“Low,” “Euro-Trash Girl,” “Get Off This” and “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me” to name just a few), and a worldwide fan base – that despite the major sea-changes within the music industry – continues to grow each year.
July 14 in Marietta, OH at People’s Bank Theatre
July 15 in Pickerington, OH at Picktown Palooza
July 18 in Toronto, ON at Danforth Music Hall
July 19 in Albany, NY at Empire Plaza
July 20 in Westbury, NY at The Space
July 21 in Peekskill, NY at Paramount Hudson Valley
July 23 in Englewood,NJ at Bergen Performing Arts Center
July 24 in Brigantine, NJ at Laguna Bar and Grill
July 26 in Port Chester, NY at Capitol Theater