INTRONAUT To Kick Off North American Tour With Cult Of Luna And Emma Ruth Rundle
Los Angeles progressive metal veterans INTRONAUT are readying to kick off a North American tour supporting Cult Of Luna. The journey will begin with a trio of headlining shows beginning tonight, Friday, February 21st in Anaheim, California. The band will unite with Cult Of Luna on February 25th for tour kick off in Dallas, Texas. The trek will run through March 11th in San Diego, California with additional support provided by Emma Ruth Rundle. INTRONAUT will also make an appearance at Psycho Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada in August with more live dates to be announced in the weeks to come.
The band will be touring with Cynic/Trioscapes drummer Matt Lynch. Lynch will temporarily fill-in for drummer Alex Rüdinger due to Rüdinger’s prior commitments with Whitechapel. See all confirmed dates below.
2/21/20 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
2/22/20 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
2/23/20 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM w/ Cult Of Luna, Emma Ruth Rundle:
2/25/2020 Trees – Dallas, TX
2/26/2020 Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX
2/27/2020 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
2/28/2020 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/29/2020 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
3/01/2020 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
3/02/2020 Corona – Montreal, QC
3/03/2020 Opera House – Toronto, ON
3/04/2020 Metro – Chicago, IL
3/05/2020 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
3/06/2020 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
3/07/2020 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
3/09/2020 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
3/10/2020 Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
3/11/2020 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
8/14-16/2020 Psycho Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV
INTRONAUT will be touring in support of their forthcoming new full-length, Fluid Existential Inversions, set for release February 28th via Metal Blade Records. It’s been a five-year gap since 2015’s The Direction Of Last Things, the longest between any two INTRONAUT records, but with good reason. “Some of this music was written within a week of the last record being released, and we originally wanted to get into the studio to make this album back in early 2017, but I think the band was kind of burnt out,” explains guitarist/vocalist Sacha Dunable, “and I personally was definitely burnt out, and we decided to take a year off before committing to a new album and the touring stuff that comes with it. After a little time off, I kept writing on my own and I realized I love making this music whether we’re an active band or not.”
A change in the unit’s ranks set things back another year, but soon enough, they were back on track. The addition of drummer Alex Rüdinger (The Faceless, Whitechapel) to the INTRONAUT lineup definitely played a key part in how the record came together, Dunable praising his obsessive work ethic and a, “dedication to his craft like I’ve never seen before.” With all the players in place, it was a case of getting down to work and creating the ultimate INTRONAUT album – which features keyboards for the first time in the band’s history.
When it came time to record Fluid Existential Inversions, INTRONAUT once again teamed up with producer Josh Newell and spent a month locked in the studio with him. They invited previous collaborator Ben Sharp – AKA Cloudkicker – to be a part of the process, penning one of the main riffs of closer “Sour Everythings” and playing some guitar on both that track and “The Cull”. When it came to mixing the record, the band reached out to Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire), resulting in a unique finished product that stands apart from their catalogue.
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