Chad VanGaalen has extended his North American tour schedule with a series of new dates in support of Shrink Dust. The just announced trek will begin on June 15th in Portland, OR at Mississippi Studios and ends on June 22nd in Spokane, WA at The Bartlett. Chad VanGaalen will also make an appearance at Sasquatch Music Festival on the July 4th Weekend. Additionally, his previously announced east coast and midwest North American tour, which begins May 13th in Montreal, QC at MA at Cabaret Mile-End will end on May 23rd in Pontiac, MI at the Pike Room. Please find a full list of tour dates below.
Chad VanGaalen will release Shrink Dust, his fifth album, on CD / LP / DL April 28th in the UK and April 29th in the US via Sub Pop. The album will also be available in Canada via Flemish Eye. Shrink Dust,featuring the songs “Where Are You?” and “Monster,” was produced by Chad VanGaalen at his Yoko Eno home studio in Calgary, Alberta.
More on Chad VanGaalen (by Bryan Webb):
Shrink Dust, his fifth full-length album under his own name, is partially a score to this film, but it’s also—in Chad’s view—a country record.
Always a fan of esoteric instruments, Chad recently acquired an aluminum pedal steel guitar, and began trying to figure out how to play it: “It took me a month to set it up, and a year to be comfortable recording myself playing this thing.” His experiments with this instrument unify the album, along with themes of death, transformation, fear, benign evil, and the eccentricity of love. A newfound affection for The Flying Burrito Brothers, and the sci-fi mysticism of the 1980s graphic novel The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius, were also significant in recent years.
Somehow, with all of its disparate influences and components, Shrink Dust might be one of the most accessible moments in CVG’s creative life, simply because it is more apparent than ever how much fun he is having blurring the lines between the vivid worlds of his creation, and the world his audience inhabits. For those who are open to it, Chad’s adventures in music and art illuminate a path that is more colorful, playful, and sustainable than those commonly available to us. A path that is, most importantly, always changeable
May 14 – Cambridge, MA – TT The Bear’s Place*
May 15 – Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House*
May 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy*
May 17 – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel*
May 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox*
May 19 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub*
May 20 – Columbus, OH – The Basement*
May 21 – Indianapolis, IN – Do317 Lounge*
May 22 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle*
May 23 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room at The Crofoot*
June 15 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios*
June 17 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall*
June 18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo*
June 19 – Oakland, CA – LEO’S*
June 20 – Eugene, OR – Sam Bond’s Garage*
June 21 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
June 22 – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett*
July 5 – George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
* w/ Cousins