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Kylesa share "Night Drive" from new album
Kylesa share "Night Drive" from new album
Following on the heels of the artistic broad jumps Kylesa has exhibited since forming in 2001, their newest release, Exhausting Fire, hurls even more rulebook pages out of the tour van window.
On this album the trio, made up of Phillip Cope, Laura Pleasants, and Carl McGinley, further explore and incorporate psychedelic rock, new wave, space-age twangy Americana, 80s goth and death rock into their pitch-thick DIY punk/metal roots. As much as change is a constant in their world, there exists connective tissue to the past despite Exhausting Fire being the most diverse, dynamic, and fully-realized work of their discography.
Kylesa has shared a new track from the album called "Night Drive" on SPIN who described it as being "like Southern Rock left out to rot, then resurrected right at full moon." The song is now available to listen and share on SoundCloud. They will be hitting the road in October for an extended US tour in support of the album so be sure to check out the tour dates below.
In writing Exhausting Fire, the trio found themselves culling inspirations before getting together in various permutations at various times to wade through the amassed collections of riffs and ideas stockpiled before, during and after the punishing Ultraviolet tour schedule. Another curve Exhausting Fire throws at the listener is the manner in which the co-vocalists emerge sounding infinitely more comfortable and confident working as an integrative unit. The pair expertly dodge and weave around one another as an homage to the stratified spirit of their psychedelic influences while respecting the context of the song, while drummer Carl expertly crafts and performs two separate drum parts.
Captured at the familiar confines of the Jam Room in Columbia, SC, Exhausting Fire sees the trio immersing themselves deeper into themselves and their own process by refusing to hire an outside producer to assume Cope's position. In fact, he reports having additional engineering duties dropped into his production seat, and spending more hours than ever working behind the board. In that sense, it's not difficult to take the band at their word when Cope describes Exhausting Fire as "an album we really put our hearts on our sleeves for. We've always done that, but emotionally, it's probably the most honest and raw album we've ever done."
"No band sounds like us and we don't sound like any other band," concludes Pleasants. "After all these years of experimenting with different styles and sounds, we've really developed our own thing and I can faithfully say that we sound like us. With this album, we've successfully made a record that incorporates all the elements we've always played with into a record that works on its own."
10/9 in Savannah, GA at Jinx
10/10 in Asheville, NC at New Mountain
10/11 in Nashville, TN at The Basement East
10/13 in Columbus, OH at The Basement
10/14 in Grand Rapids, MI at Pyramid Scheme
10/15 in Chicago, IL at The Empty Bottle
10/16 in Cleveland, OH at Grog Shop
10/17 in Pittsburgh, PA at Altar Bar
10/19 in Boston, MA at Brighton Music Hall
10/20 in Philadelphia, PA at Black Box at Underground Arts
10/21 in Brooklyn, NY at Saint Vitus
10/22 in Jersey City, NJ at Monty Hall
10/23 in Richmond, VA at The Broadberry
10/24 in Washington, DC at Rock & Roll Hotel
10/25 in Atlanta, GA at The Drunken Unicorn
11/2 in Oklahoma City, OK at 89th Street Collective
11/3 in Lubbock, TX at Jake's
11/4 in El Paso, TX at Sandbox
11/5 in Tucson, AZ at Club Congress
11/6 in Pomona, CA at The Glass House
11/7 in Los Angeles, CA at The Fonda Theatre
11/8 in San Francisco, CA at The Fillmore
11/10 in San Diego, CA at The Irenic
11/11 in Phoenix, AZ at Club Red
11/13 in Austin, TX at Red 7
11/14 in Houston, TX at Warehouse Live
11/15 in Dallas, TX at The Prophet Bar
11/17 in Colorado Springs, CO at The Black Sheep
11/18 in Denver, CO at Summit Music Hall
11/19 in Salt Lake City, UT at The Complex
11/20 in Boise, ID at Neurolux
11/21 in Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theatre
11/22 in Seattle, WA at The Crocodile