Empty Space Orchestra launch dates supporting Minus The Bear, Midwest headling tour in July
Empty Space Orchestra hit the road once again today, this time supporting Minus The Bear in the Pacific NW. Shortly thereafter, the Bend, OR quintet of impeccable musicians bring their symphonic, melodic sound throughout the Midwest in July. Keep reading for more information and tour dates below.
Empty Space Orchestra unleashed the impressive instrumental heft of its new Robert Cheek (RX Bandits, Deftones) engineered, Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Pearl Jam, ISIS) mixed self-titled album back in May.
ALARM Press premiered a new MP3 from the album, “Exit Strategy” which is available HERE. Check out additional album tracks, “Intergalactic Battle Cruiser” HERE and “El Viento” HERE. The band’s musicianship must be seen live — watch videos for “Exit Strategy” HERE, “Brainjar” HEREand “El Viento” HERE.
Their 9-song, 50-minute self-titled album is a hook-laden marriage of heft and harmony that veers far away from the navel-gazing jamming often associated with music of such explorative origins. Elements of The Mars Volta‘s most frenetic moments merge with soaring post-rock of Russian Circles, as well as hints of King Crimson, Deftones, Dub Trio and lilting chamber pop all colliding in brilliant synergy from one song to the next.
The group of classically-trained musicians is anchored by the stunning power and precision of drummer Lindsey Elias — clearly a musician soon to hold rank amongst her most celebrated male counterparts. Guitarist Shane Thomas and bassist Patrick Pearsall provide a balance of head-bobbing riffs interspersed with tasteful and inventive lines that weave like musical narrative throughout. Meanwhile, multi-instrumentalists Keith O’Dell (keyboards, piano, lap steel) and Graham Jacobs (saxophone, flute, synths) add myriad melodic layers and cinematic moods that often deftly counterbalance heavy riffs with glissando piano melodies and swaggering horns.
EMPTY SPACE ORCHESTRA LIVE:
06/17 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
06/18 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory *
07/07 Denver, CO @ Cervantes’ Other Side
07/09 Des Moines, IA @ Bombay Bicycle Club
07/12 Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
07/13 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
07/15 Chicago, IL @ Martyrs’
07/16 Ft. Wayne, IN @ TBA
07/31 Bend, OR @ Century Center
08/19 Tidewater, OR @ Prindell Creek Farms (Mountain Stomp festival)
* w/ Minus The Bear