In anticipation for their upcoming album, What One Becomes, sludge-kicking West Coast trio SUMAC are embarking on a tour along the US West Coast!
The band will be unleashing their uniquely intense brand of heaviness from Washington to Texas, wreaking havoc in Portland, Sacramento, and Phoenix along the way.
Check out the dates, as well as the tour announcement video, below.
Sumac Tour Dates:
May 20 - Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown
May 21 - Seattle, WA - Black Lodge
May 22 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
May 23 - Eugene, OR - The Boreal
May 24 - Ashland, OR - Club 66
May 26 - Chico, CA - Cafe Coda Chico
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
Jun 1 - El Paso, TX - Bowie Feathers
Jun 3 - Austin, TX - The Sidewinder
Jun 4 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
SUMAC was formed in 2014 by Aaron Turner (Isis, Mammifer, Old Man Gloom), Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists), and Brian Cook (Botch, Russian Circles, These Arms Are Snakes). This talented three-piece released their debut album The Deal back in 2015, establishing their meticulously crafted formula that would bring each of the members’ playing abilities together to explore the utter extremes of both seedy, claustrophobic heaviness and ambient serenity.
The band delves further into these murky depths on What One Becomes, structuring songs in a way that displays the inner and outer struggles of living with anxiety. As Turner puts it, “Much of it has to do with questioning fabricated structures of identity and what it means when those structures are destabilized by contact with the outside. That has been a unnerving process to undergo, but also fruitful in terms of discovering the path to individuation and realized connection with the self. Another facet of experience I’m working to convey is about living with the sustained presence of anxiety, and avoiding reliance on musical devices of cathartic release to provide escape from this condition.”
What One Becomes will be released on June 10th through Thrill Jockey Records. It was recorded with none other than the great Kurt Ballou of Converge, who manages to wring every last drop of intensity from each of the songs on the album. It is available now for pre-order through their website.
Be sure to keep up with the band’s latest happenings on Facebook and Twitter, and don’t miss them if they’re coming through your area. The band puts on a show that is one of a kind. Stay tuned!