7 NOVEMBER 2022: Rapidly rising Canadian alt-rock band Rare Americans have just announced their 2023 Milk & Honey Tour, which sees the band playing their biggest ever venues to date. Tickets will go on sale on Friday.
This announcement follows the news of their upcoming EP, Songs That Don’t Belong, which will be released on 22nd December via EMPIRE!. Pre-save the EP here.
The intensive 24-date tour will begin in March in their hometown of Vancouver, finishing at the end of April in Dublin. Two further European dates are yet to be announced.
UK and Ireland dates and venues are as follows:
21.04 – Bristol, O2 Academy
22.04 – London, Electric Ballroom
25.04 – Manchester, O2 Ritz
26.04 – Glasgow, The Garage
28.04 – Birmingham, O2 Institute
30.04 – Dublin, The Academy
Songs That Don’t Belong follows this summer’s critically acclaimed new LP You’re Not A Bad Person, It’s Just A Bad World, which won positive nods from the likes of Flood Magazine, SPIN, Alternative Press, and Ones To Watch who praised the band’s “unique brand of inventive audio and visual storytelling.” On 28th October they shared their new single ‘Drawing Swords’, along with an accompanying animated lyric video.
Watch the animated lyric video for “Drawing Swords”: LINK
Pre-Order Songs That Don’t Belong: LINK
“Drawing Swords is a true story,” shares RA’s James Priestner. “One night I was out for a few drinks with friends and my partner and I got into a fight in the street. She really did call me an emotionless stickman! I couldn’t make that up if I tried. The idea of the song is that sometimes it’s hard to let your guard down, but if you don’t, you often miss out on the best parts of life. It’s a reminder that even if we get hurt, we have to throw ourselves back out there in order to really feel.”
The Songs That Don’t Belong EP features a collection of songs from different time periods that didn’t seem to fit any of the band’s other albums and releases. “We figured why keep these jams buried in our iTunes graveyard?” explains the group. “We still really dig these songs, so we thought we might put them out into the world for people to enjoy. These are the odds and ends of Rare Americans over the years. You can hear some raw vocals, some changing of production, and the evolution of the band in a 6 song EP.”
Since their debut in 2018, the band has amassed over 350M+ global streams, 2M+ social media followers, 1.35M Spotify monthly listeners and 800K YT subscribers, and were awarded a 2020 Juno Award for their song “Brittle Bones Nicky”.
All of that success has shown up in ticket sales for their energetic live shows – in 2022 alone, their first year ever touring, the band completely sold out their first ever tour of North America in the spring, all of their summer UK dates, and played to tens of thousands of fans at festivals across Europe before coming back to the United States for a 32-date tour in their biggest venues yet.
A large part of the band’s appeal has been their use of visual media to tell the gripping stories behind their songs. Rare Americans have gone all in on building an animated universe to pair with their musical output, making their fandom unique among other contemporary artists when it comes to how they engage with the group’s catalog.