Today Is the Day, Unsane, Keelhaul on tour
Today Is the Day are currently touring with Unsane and Keelhaul. There is some information out there on this tour, but it's scattered and doesn't paint the whole picture. So here is the whole picture.
Today Is the Day are touring the US for the first time in two years, with a detour last night to Toronto. (See dates above.) This touring lineup includes Wetnurse's rhythm section (bassist Ryan Jones, drummer Curran Reynolds). The tour stops in Minneapolis on August 28 for Amphetamine Reptile's 25th anniversary bash. The dates from 8/31 onwards, except for the Philly one, will have support from A Storm of Light. Handshake, Inc., which made the accompanying film for TITD's Axis of Eden tour, has created a film for this tour called Sexually Frustrated Satanic Landscapes. You can see a clip from it below. It's a video for "Possession" from 1999's In the Eyes of God. I don't know what it has to do with anything, but it probably fits into a larger picture of Steve Austin & Co. generally frying your brains. Today Is the Day recently signed to Blackmarket Activities, with a new record due out next year.
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After a hiatus, Unsane are back. They are on the TITD tour until the 26th. They will also be playing at Grumpy's in Minneapolis, but at a free pre-party on the 27th, the day before the AmRep bash. (See details here.) Note that on the 27th, Today Is the Day are in Dubuque, IA, a recently added show which has not appeared on most public listings so far. On this tour, Unsane are playing 1995's Scattered, Smothered & Covered in its entirety. Yes, that's the record with Unsane's "hit", "Scrape", the song with the video full of painful skating bails. You can see it below.
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Keelhaul are also on this tour until the 26th. (On the 27th, they play in Lansing, MI on the way back to Cleveland.) They are old, they never tour, yet they shred hard live. So this is a rare chance to see them, on a fantastic bill, to boot. Last year's Triumphant Return to Obscurity was a beautiful record. I'd recommend it to anyone.