Thursday, September 27, 2012

THE BLAKES -- Announce Tour Dates and CMJ

"The Blakes return with yet another stellar record proving they're one of the best rock bands out there today."
– John Richards, KEXP

“Dandy Warhols-ish swampy guitars, twitchy Strokes rhythms, and power-pop vocal harmonies, offering an energetic and unmannered romp through modern rock radio.”
– Pitchfork

The Blakes are back on the road next month showcasing at CMJ followed by tour dates in Philly, Boston, DC and Chicago with more dates to be added soon.

The Seattle trio released Art of Losses this summer and in 34 minutes, the album zips through dreamy pop, electro-tinged rock, moody post-punk and lo-fi guitars mixed with big harmonies. Whitney Matheson of USA Today’s “Pop Candy Blog” said, “I've been listening to this album all week long and can't say enough good things about the band...  catchy pop to punk to rockabilly; no matter what genre they tackle, the result is always impressive.”

Accolades continued from KEXP, Consequence of Sound, RCRDLBL, PopMatters, Blurt and more. Emily Zemler at RCRD LBL called Art of Losses, “A terse collection of alt-pop numbers. The title track is a swaggering rocker that pairs grungy guitars with pensively mopey vocals, throwing back to ‘60s-style rock.”  Check out “Art of Losses” at RCRDLBL here.  Grab a taste of The Blakes live from their in-studio performance at KEXP here and stream Art of Losses in full here.

Oct 17 - New York, NY - Bowery Electric - Tijuana Gift Shop CMJ Showcase – 11pm
Oct 20 - Brooklyn, NY - The Rock Shop - Hudson Whiskey Presents TGS CMJ Day Party – 6pm
Oct 22 - Philadelphia, PA - Ortlieb's Lounge
Oct 23 - Boston, MA - TT The Bear's
Oct 25 - Toronto, ONT - The Garrison
Oct 28 - Washington, DC - The Red Palace
Oct 31 - Chicago, IL - Schuba's

“The 12-track Art of Losses finds the band wandering into new territory as they fan out their sound past their post-punk origins... the more vast sound maximizes the trio’s potential like never before.”
– Amanda Koellner, Consequence of Sound

“This is another tremendous effort from the Seattle-based power trio. There’s a youthful exuberance that sidles up to an appreciation for the past and a sharp focus on staying themselves.”
 Steven Spoerl, PopMatters

“The best approach to the Blakes is simply to throw the disc, or switch, on. Which is far from a rough assignment.”
 Mary Leary, BLURT

“ Art of Losses opens the band's sound wide, expanding its garage-rock palette to include dreamy pop, driving synthesizer riffs and eerie vocal harmonies... the band absorbs its musical touchstones seamlessly, filtering them through its own unique sensibilities to create one of the more intriguing indie-rock albums in recent memory.”
– Sam Gnerre, LA Daily News

“From the jangling soul-rock of ‘Paralysis’ to the tambourine-dream, 60s-leaning melodies of ‘New Friends’, this is an album built on diversity and heart, reflection and acceptance.”
 Alyssa Coluccio, PureVolume

“Literate, dreamy indie pop songs, perfect for lazing away a day in the Seattle sun ... a series of cheery melodies, blankets of reverb, and waves of nostalgia.”
 Seattle Weekly

“The Blakes have managed to capture audiences with their new yet old sound. The Seattle natives, comprised of three talented gentlemen, contain many different styles in their music, ranging from electronic to honky tonk.”
 Jonny Cohn, The Aquarian

Art of Losses... moves from The Dandy Warhols’ to Modest Mouse and David Bowie-like vocals.  The album is inescapable, offering something for every rock genre all the way down to my favorite track (surely to be on our year end lists) titled ‘Sea Fishing (Slow It Down)’.”
 Music Under Fire

“A wide spectrum alt rock/garage pop thesis... stripped to the basics rock, with crunchy guitars and powerpop vocals, both of which honor their '60s influences without mimicking them -- from swampy, bluesy and booze-soaked to dreamy and melodic... one of the country's finer bands.”
 When You Motor Away

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