VOLCANO CHOIR

"Shed skin/ Like a master" It's been four years since the first Volcano Choir album Unmap provided a glimpse into the collaborative mind set between a singer and the band that inspired him. Ideas were minted, written at a distance and realized in the studio; edges sanded back and flaps tucked in, the craftsmanship of the endeavor bearing evidence of the craft itself, and the technology used to assemble it. Unmap strove to find strands of life between the ones and zeroes - a carefully constructed narrative that lead the listener through its darkest passages like a tour guide leading their charges through a cave, with nothing but a slack length of rope and the senses of sound and touch. Just as importantly, it brought these people together, setting an expectation for themselves. Unmap was a luscious experiment. It was written through the mail, pieced together over years of passing notes and audio from one end of Wisconsin to the other. It was written before Volcano Choir was a 'proper' band. A playground of sorts for friends to explore different musical ideas. There were no plans. No preconceptions. It all just happened, and suddenly there was an abundance of music, and a band was formed through the purest form. Over a year after its well-received release in September 2009, a decision was made to adapt Unmap to live performance and to tour Japan. After which, it was clear that Volcano Choir existed as a fully formed entity, or as Justin Vernon succinctly puts it, "those six shows told us everything about what we could be." There would be another record, but as with Unmap, there was no timeline. There were writing sessions that continued for years, sometimes within a couple of months of one another, sometimes within half of a year between November 2010 and March 2013. The drafty ideas were being sealed up, slowly. The way Volcano Choir likes it. Suddenly there was Repave. Repave brings Volcano Choir into sharp focus. The glitch-laden, cautious presentation of the band's previous work serves as points of both reference and departure across these eight songs, the product of growing conviction and trust, of a fully-operational band, gifted in shading and nuance, and rumbling with power. It's the sound of the creative process as it evolves and ultimately explodes, the seamless structuring of electronic and acoustic/amplified instruments, multi-threaded with the timbre and technology of the human voice as it enters and exits the equation. Moreover, Repave is the sound of confident musicians extending their reach to anthemic peaks and pulling back to reveal moments of the utmost vulnerability, sure enough of themselves to let those moments stand on their own. The songs that make up Repave were started with Volcano Choir in mind and the first few songs formed were 'Alaskans', 'Acetate' and album highlight 'Almanac'. Repave focuses on the love and bond between the members of Volcano Choir, how their friendships were fortified over the years-long process of writing and recording these songs. There is openness to this work that won't be taken for granted – real, moving tales of change; sadness, loss and truth grace the wordplay of these tracks, an account of life between the fringes of poetry and reality. With each verse you can sense that somebody somewhere could be listening to this music and getting stronger, feeling better. A soupçon of heart and soul. Repave cements the idea of Volcano Choir that started with Unmap. It takes that musical playground and houses it in the context of a specific sound. Of a unified band. Repaved and filling that "hole in your heart."

WATCH // NPR Music Releases Live Video Of Volcano Choir’s 9:30 Club Show

Haven’t seen Volcano Choir live this year or still waiting for your chance? Courtesy of NPR Music you can preview their live show by watching an amazing video of the group’s whole 9:30 Club concert in Washington, DC on September 12th. You can stream the concert, which includes two unreleased songs, “The Valleyinaire” and “Blue Ni Ni (The Volcano Shores)”, above or on NPR‘s website HERE.

Click read more to see the concert’s set list while you watch along, hear the Comrade Remix EP, see links to buy Repave, and ticket links for newly announced European tour dates!
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LISTEN // Volcano Choir Announce First European Tour Dates Ever, Release “Comrade” Remixes

We have some big news today for Volcano Choir! The band has toured for the last month since Repave‘s release hitting US cities and even playing Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and today they announce their first ever tour dates in Europe! Volcano Choir European fans will be able to see the band in November in Ireland, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and more! Click read more below to see all dates and ticket links.

Today also marks the release of the Comrade Remix EP which includes remixes from musicians in or related to Volcano Choir such as All Tiny Creatures, Collections of Colonies of Bees, guitarist Chris Rosenau, and Altos. The tracks are available for free download and also streaming below or on our Soundcloud page here.

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LATE NIGHT LIVE // Watch Volcano Choir Perform “Byegone” Live On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Last night Volcano Choir made their “smoldering TV debut” [according to SPIN] with a performance of “Byegone” from their new album, Repave, on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Click HERE to watch the performance and see other highlights from the episode or watch ABOVE.

We are also excited to announce Repave debuted today on the Billboard Top 200 at #40.

Read more for ways to buy new album Repave and all Volcano Choir’s currently announced tour dates!

Purchase the new album on iTunes, Amazon, your local record store, and from SC Distribution.

All Volcano Choir tour dates, including a special stop in Justin Vernon‘s home town of Eau Claire, are listed BELOW.


TOUR DATES:


9/06 | Chicago, IL: Metro w/ Sylvan Esso
9/07 | Indianapolis, IN: The Vogue w/ Sylvan Esso
9/08 | Toronto, ON: Phoenix Concert Theatre w/ Sylvan Esso
9/09 | South Burlington, VT: Higher Ground w/ Sylvan Esso
9/11 | Boston, MA: Paradise Rock Club w/ Sylvan Esso
9/12 | Washington, DC: 9:30 Club w/ Sylvan Esso
9/14 | New York, NY: Webster Hall w/ Sylvan Esso
9/27 | Madison, WI: Orpheum Theater w/Field Report
9/28 | Milwaukee, WI: The Pabst Theater w/Hello Death
10/18 | Minneapolis, MN: First Avenue w/Mark Mallman (solo)
10/19 | Eau Claire, WI: Schofield Auditorium w/Adelyn Rose
11/10 | Melbourne, VIC: Werribee Park: Harvest Festival 2013
11/16 | Syndney, NSW: The Domain: Harvest Festival 2013
11/17 | Brisbane, QLD: Botanic Gardens: Harvest Festival 2013
1/17/14 | Phoenix, AZ: The Crescent Ballroom
1/18/14 | Los Angeles, CA: Fonda Theatre
1/19/14 | San Diego, CA: House of Blues
1/23/14 | Portland, OR: Wonder Ballroom
1/24/14 | Vancouver, BC: Commodore Ballroom
1/25/14 | Seattle, WA: Neptune Theatre

ALBUM RELEASE // Volcano Choir’s ‘Repave’ Out Today, New Tour Dates Through January

The day has finally come! Volcano Choir‘s new album, Repave,is available today in stores and online! Repave is the followup album to 2009′s Unmap with a more expansive sound making for memorable recordings which will hypnotize listeners and leave concert goers in awe on their upcoming tour.

Purchase the new album on iTunes, Amazon, your local record store, and from SC Distribution.

Also, a special Volcano Choir Reddit “Ask Me Anything” will happen tomorrow, September 4th, at 3pm EST including members of the band HERE. Redditors can ask the band what they’ll play this coming Tuesday, September 10th, when Volcano Choir makes their TV debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Read more below for buy links, early reviews, and newly announced tour dates through January.

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Tiderays by Volcano Choir

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Byegone by Volcano Choir
Island, Is by Volcano Choir

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