Next week, EARTH heads south, confirmed as one of the many performers set to play at Levitation, in Austin, Texas. The eighth annual installation of the psyche fest gathering runs from May 8th through 10th, with EARTH joining the likes of The 13th Floor Elevators, The Flaming Lips, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Spiritualized, Lightning Bolt, The Sword and countless more at Carson Creek Ranch. Following the festival, the band hits the Southwest for four days with support from True Widow, running through Albuquerque, Tucson, Phoenix and Pioneertown from May 11th through 14th. Saturday the 16th sees EARTH at the three-day Psycho California festival in Santa Ana, performing Saturday, May 16th with Sleep, Kylesa, Pallbearer, Dead Meadow, Subrosa, Sourvein, Eagle Twin, True Widow and many others.
EARTH has also began booking Summer and Autumn tour dates, having recently confirmed a show in Portland, Oregon at a Project Pabst Presents event with Weezer, Blondie, Buzzcocks, Against Me! And more, as well as a set at the Ellnora Guitar Festival in Urbana, Illinois the weekend of September 10th through 12th, with more info and gigs to be announced shortly.
5/09/2015 Carson Creek Ranch – Austin, TX @ Levitation
5/11/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM w/ True Widow
5/12/2015 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ w/ True Widow
5/13/2015 Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ w/ True Widow
5/14/2015 Pappy & Harriets – Pioneertown, CA w/ True Widow
5/16/2015 Observatory – Santa Ana, CA @ Psycho California
7/18/2015 Revolution Hall – Portland, OR @ Project Pabst Presents
9/10-12/2015 Ellnora Guitar Festival – Urbana, IL
Seattle’s EARTH released their mammoth tenth studio full-length, Primitive And Deadly, through Southern Lord Recordings in September 2014, and immediately upon is release amidst massive international touring of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Europe and North America, became the highest-selling EARTH album to date. The New York Times reviewed Primitive And Deadly, stating, “Now, EARTH is reconciling its two moods, rugged and contemplative, and doing something it hasn’t done since 1996: hire vocalists. Mark Lanegan, once of the Seattle band Screaming Trees, appears on a few tracks, sounding like dread and survival and the white blues; when he sings, you almost feel a crust forming. But the clear-voiced Rabia Shaheen Qazi, of the younger Seattle band Rose Windows, suggests something fresher on ‘From the Zodiacal Light,’ a long song at the record’s tasty heart, essentially a series of long approaches to beautiful choruses, with dark words and uplifting chord changes.” Pitchfork’s grand critique of the album offers, “This is the closest Carlson has ever been to leading a rock band, to fully offloading his exceptional sense of control into a systemic and thorough whole… This might be the beginning of a new EARTH.” The band hit Europe on a massive five-week tour from late January through the end of February, and now continues to tour on Primitive And Deadly in the second half of the year.
Primitive And Deadly is now streaming at HERE: