Monday, August 20, 2012

Chris McFarland recruits Rainer Maria as backing band for new "angry folk" EP "Beauty and Undertow."

Life-long road warrior launches national support tour tomorrow in Brooklyn. Gratis MP3 available now.

Chris McFarland as photographed by Bernie DeChant

“Simple Selfish Plan” featuring the reunited members of Rainer Maria is the latest single from Chris McFarland.

“The sounds on ‘Beauty and Undertow’ are in their own world; one full of passion…” – Mary Leary, My Old Kentucky Blog

Austin by way of Brooklyn-based songwriter Chris McFarland will release the “Beauty and Undertow” EP, his sixth collection of “angry folk” songs on August 21st via the End Up label.  “Beauty and Undertow” is the realization of a long-held dream of McFarland’s to reunite the members of groundbreaking emo group Rainer Maria for the first time since that band’s break up in late 2006.  The EP’s latest single, “Simple Selfish Plan” is available for streaming and download now.

Kyle (FischerRainer Maria guitarist) and I have been best friends for the last 23 years,” says McFarland of his paring with the members ofRainer MariaBill (KuehnRainer Maria drummer) has been one of my favorite drummers for many years and Caithlin (De MarraisRainer Maria vocalist) was on my last EP.” When it came time to plan this new record, McFarland says he “just had to approach them all about being on it with me.”

A true road warrior, McFarland can be found crisscrossing the United States several months of the year, wearing down his late-model Martin acoustic with his ceremonial self-eviscerations. McFarland will embark on a month-long tour of the US next week to promote “Beauty and Undertow”. See below for dates and stay tuned for additional performances to be announced shortly.

Chris McFarland Live
(additional dates TBA)

08/21 Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop
08/22 Philadelphia, PA @ The Grape Room
08/23 Arlington, VA IOTA
08/24 Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave
08/27 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
08/31 Dallas, TX @ Bryan St. Tavern
09/01 Austin, TX @ The Scoot Inn
09/04 El Paso, TX @ The Percolator
09/06 Tucson, AZ @ Plush
09/09 Oakland, CA @ Disco Volante
09/11 Reno, NV @ Jub Jubs Thirst Parlor
09/13 Seattle, WA @ Slim’s Last Resort Saloon
09/14 Portland, OR @ The Blue Monk
09/17 Boise, ID @ Shredders
09/18 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Heavy Metal Shop In-Store, 5PM
09/18 Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt's Tiki Lounge 9PM
09/19 Fort Collins, CO @ Surfside 7
09/20 Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern
09/21 Sioux Falls, SD @ Latitude 44

Chris McFarland
“Beauty and Undertow” EP
(End Up – August 21st, 2012)

Track Listing:

01. Time For Us
02. Wild Abandon
03. Cancer
04. Song For Every Girl
05. Simple Selfish Plan

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