So we here at Aural States get dozens upon dozens of new artists dropped into our inbox every day. We try to spare you the worst of it and only post those things each of us deem particularly interesting, or potentially appealing.
In this vein, I present to you music from mr. Gnome, a band that manage to claw its way from the PR-tagged dregs of Gmail and enchant me, almost instantly. The airy, quirky vocals of front-woman Nicole Barille anchored in these haunting, dystopic fantasy soundscapes instantly channeled an image of a vocal student of Bjork and Joanna Newsom fronting a band obsessed with the more expansive aspects of prog metal, punk and generally just rock at large. But arrestingly enough, mr. Gnome are actually another in the long line of indie duos that pack a big wallop, forgoing the bass and just delivering guitar+drum musical goodies.
They are heading on a limited engagement US tour, consisting mostly of mid-west or west coast dates (click the full post link to find out if it hits your neck of the woods).
But fear not regional AS readers, you can score their debut LP, Deliver This Creature, when it drops tomorrow. Here’s three tracks off the album to dip your toes into before taking the plunge. We’ll be sure to let you know when mr. Gnome comes through the 495/695 area.
05/10 Nashville, TN @ Springwater
05/12 Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar
05/13 Athens, GA @ Tasty World
05/14 Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
05/15 New Orleans, LA @ The Circle Bar
05/16 Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s British Pub
05/17 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
05/18 Austin, TX @ Beauty Bar
05/20 Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
05/21 Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
05/22 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
05/23 Madison, WI @ The Annex
05/24 St. Louis, MO @ The Bluebird
05/26 Denver, CO @ 3 Kings
05/27 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
05/28 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
05/29 Portland, OR @ Towne Lounge
05/30 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
05/31 Tacoma, WA @ Le Voyeur
06/02 Arcata, CA @ Jambalaya
06/03 Oakland, CA @ The Stork Club
06/04 San Diego, CA @ Beauty Bar
06/05 San Francisco, CA @ Amnesia
06/06 Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
06/07 Tucson, AZ @ Plush
06/09 Albuquerque, NM @ Atomic Cantina
06/10 Oklahoma City, OK @ OKC Infoshop
06/11 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
06/12 Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon Bar
06/13 Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
06/14 Chicago, IL @ Ronny’s
06/20 Cleveland, OH @ Jigsaw
08/08 Cincinnati, OH @ TBD
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